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That would be like committing a crime, then telling the judge we are not guilty because we did a good deed afterwards. We must remember all sin no matter how small in thought or deed is punishable by Hell. But the good news is God wants to have a relationship with you and me. God's desire is that all people would spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Therefore, God's salvation is a free gift given by His grace, through faith alone in Jesus alone. God gave us a way to receive forgiveness of all of our sins past, present and future! And that is His free gift of grace. We know that we are not perfect. Though try as we might, no one can achieve perfection. We cannot behave perfectly all, or even most of the time, and God knows that! And that's why He gave us the gift of salvation which is the forgiveness of sins. As the Bible says "for by grace you are saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

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Daily Bible Promises
for Sunday, August 20, 2017

God Promises His Call is For Us and Our Family - (Acts 2:39)

My promise of life is for you and for your family.

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Salvation is ultimately of the Lord and here God is promising to call us to Himself even if we are far off. In addition, He promises us, that His call for us means life to us, our families and whoever He calls. However, we do need to be careful, this doesn't mean all people are going to heaven. Just because our parents or our kids know Christ, doesn't mean we inherit or adopt their salvation. Yes, it's true that the life of a real Christian can and does bless the lives of those around them. However, each and every one of us individually have a responsibility to respond to God's call. We each have to personally accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, understanding and believing that He is who He claims to be. That is the incarnate living God of Heaven. When the Apostle Peter spoke these words, he was in front of a large crowd of people from many countries. This was on the day of Pentecost, the day God sent His Holy Spirit on all believers.

Peter spoke the Gospel message to the crowd in Hebrew, however, each person heard Peter speaking in their own native tongue. This happened because of the Holy Spirit, who was calling people from the great crowd to come to God through faith in Christ. The Holy Spirit was calling them to come to faith in Christ Jesus our Lord as He changed their hearts to hear and understand the Gospel message. From that message, delivered by Peter through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, approximately three-thousand people came to faith in Christ. And they did so by each person individually hearing God's call and personally accepting Jesus. And this perfectly demonstrates how each and every one of us are individually responsible to respond to God's call to salvation. A grace demonstrated by God Himself, when Jesus shed his blood for us on the Cross of Calvary, that we through His sacrifice, by our faith in Him, may live to God and spend eternity in His presence. And here in this passage, God promises that no matter how far we may stray from Him, He is always there with us. Calling us to salvation in Christ alone, through faith alone and not by the works of our hands.

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Seventy Weeks are Determined Part III

Bible Verse Daniel 9:24-27

Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.

And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.


As we look closer into the pattern of weeks making up the prophecy of the seventy weeks or seventy groups of seven years given to Daniel. We see it's broken into three groups of weeks. The first group consists of seven weeks. Followed by sixty-two weeks of years. Followed by a single week later in the passage. These groups of years indicate blocks of years separated by important events fulfilling God's promises.

The first group of seven weeks or forty-nine years correlates to the first portion of the prophecy. This is where the command was given to rebuild the city, even in troublesome times. This corresponds to the book of Nehemiah and the command came on March 5th, 444 B.C. When the Persian king Artaxerxes gave the order to rebuild the city. It took exactly forty-nine years and was completed in 396 B.C., bringing us to the end of the book of Malachi.

The second group of sixty-two weeks or four hundred and thirty-four more years was to make an end of sin and reconcile iniquity. That gives us 483 years from the time the order was given to rebuild the city (which is 49 years, first group of seven + 434 sixty-two sevens = 483 years). This takes us from March 5th, 444 B.C. to March 30th 33 A.D. the day Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the people shouting hosanna which began the Passover week. The prophecy tells us after sixty-nine (seven plus the sixty-two) weeks of years the Messiah will be cut off.

This is exactly what happened with Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, which effectively stopped the prophetic time clock with one week or one group seven years remaining. This finishes up the third part of these prophecies next we'll get into the details surrounding the final week concluding this section of scripture.

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Our Selected Daily Bible Verse is made up of selected Bible verses usually consisting of 2-4 verses from all parts of the Bible meant to encourage and build us up as we walk in faith.


Through the Blood of Christ We Are Reconciled

Colossians 1:19-20

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

We Are Predestined Through Christ

Ephesians 1:5-6

Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Jesus Removes Our Sin

Micah 7:19

Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!

Through Christ We Receive Full Pardon

Micah 7:18-19

Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love. Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!

God is in Control

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

God is Our Help

Isaiah 41:13

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not, I will help you.

Looking Forward to His Appearing

Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Courage Jesus is With Us

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid… for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Exhort One Another

Hebrews 3:13

Exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called "today;" lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Jesus Our Gift of Eternal Life in Him

Romans 3:22-23

For there is no difference; for all have sinned and [all] fall short of the glory of God, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. For the Scripture says, Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.

God's Word the Seed of Life

Luke 8:11, Act 6:7

The seed is the word of God. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Year of Proverbs
for Sunday, August 20, 2017

Use Our Words to Build, Not to Destroy - (Proverbs 25:23, 25)

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance. As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.

Reading Notes

Here in these passages the Bible is giving us practical advice in cause and effect, when it comes to human behavior. These two verses are paired together and emphasize the consequences of our actions. God is speaking about our attitude toward others and how we go about trying to edify and lift each other up with our words. The north wind was not the usual source of rain in Israel, and when it came it was not only unexpected, but it was also damaging. And in the same manner slander when it comes is often unexpected. Moreover, slander like gossip, is always intended to do damage to others by those who use it. This is compared to good news when it comes unexpectedly. In this passage the phrase "far country" brings with it the idea that it was unexpected news. And the message at the heart of these passages is our treatment of others is a reflection of the condition of our hearts.

And the condition of our hearts is determined by the quality of our relationship with Christ Jesus our Lord. The psalmist here in these passages is reminding us that unexpected good news or acts of kindness always refreshes the soul. Dear believer, we must take this advice from God to heart. We must learn to use our tongues not for destruction, but rather for building up others. We are not to use our tongue for tearing others down, but to build up and strengthen others in their walk with God and in their daily lives. Our time in this world before we step into eternity is brief. And in the end the only thing that will matter is our relationship with Jesus. And the only thing that people will remember is how we treated them. And it's our real love for Jesus, that determines how we treat those around us and what we do with the blessings God has given us. We should remember God not only looks at our actions, but at the motive, intent and desires behind our actions. This means God also looks at what we do with the time, talents and resources He has blessed us with in this world.

Year of Psalms
for Sunday, August 20, 2017

God Wants Relationship, He Will Show Christ to Those Who Seek Him - (Psalm 50:22-23)

"Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver: whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God."

Reading Notes

We should remember this psalm was a claim against the people who trust in religion and ritual rather than having a true relationship with God. The people had forgotten God and forgotten His promise of the Messiah to come, whom we know today as Christ Jesus our Lord. And we mustn't forget the group of people God is addressing in these passages, are those who claim they belong to Him. The people had a covenant relationship with God, however, they had turned their hearts far from God. They loved not the Lord, but the world around them. The people were guilty of two things, ritualism and rebellion. Instead of relying on God by faith, they relied on the acts of religion or "attending church" as we would say today. They relied not on God, but on the ceremonies of religion and lost sight of two very important things. They lost sight of the purpose and the meaning behind the ceremonies and they lost sight of their relationship with God through faith. They set their eyes not on God, but on the things of the world and on idolatry. And that's the message at the heart of these passages. Asaph is calling the people to take their eyes off of the world and instead, turn their hearts back to God.

We have to remember Old Testament saints were saved by their faith in God as well. They trusted God for His promise of the coming Messiah, the promised one who would take upon Himself our sins and restore our broken relationship with God. The Messiah whom we know today as Christ Jesus our Lord. We can say that Old Testament saints believed God by faith and looked forward to the Cross, while we the New Testament saints believe God by faith and look back at the Cross. And the entire purpose of the Mosaic system and God's perfect law was to show the people their sin and show them their need for a Savior. The sacrificial system of the Mosaic law had a purpose, and it pointed forward to the perfect "Lamb of God" who was to come. The one who would save them and us, thereby removing the penalty for our sins. God credited their faith in the promises of His word, not their works as righteousness. And this passage as well as others, remind us that God is true to His elect. If we earnestly seek Him with all our heart, He will make Christ known to us, and thereby show us the salvation of God, so that through faith in Jesus, we may spend eternity with Him. And when we stray from God, because of His immense love for us, He will do what it takes to warn us and seek the restoration of our relationship with Him, through faith.

Bible Principle for Today
for Sunday, August 20, 2017

We come to God through Christ alone, which gives us a oneness with God, the fruit of which is peace with God, which is the source of the joy in our hearts.

Prayer for Today
for Sunday, August 20, 2017

God build my heart and give me a faith that does not falter and boldness for your Word that does not wavier.