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OYB April 13

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    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
  • 2009 Apr 13
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

Luke

16:13-14 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him. Then [Jesus] said to them, "You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your evil hearts. What this world honors is an abomination in the sight of God."

16:17 "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the [Torah] to fail." As we have learned over the past 3.5 months, the Torah is a relevant and beautiful part of our future. Jesus is our Living Torah! He is the fullness of the written Word of God made flesh. He will never be outdated or obsolete!

Questions for reflection:

Think about some of the things this world honors...

  • Fame

  • Fortune

  • Sex appeal

  • Beauty

  • Dishonest gain

  • Security

  • Popularity

  • Success

  • Status Quo (don't rock the boat)

  • Independent Spirit

  • Me First

  • Live for the moment (not the big picture)

What else?

Who was Jesus speaking to in this passage? What would be the modern day counterpart of this group of people? What is God saying to us through this passage today?