"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September 14 Bible Reading: Daniel Chapters 10-12

Be WISE and SHINE like STARS FOREVER: "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever." (Dan 12:2-3)

Daniel looked into the future and saw hope in the midst of death. He described the state of the dead in terms of “those who sleep” (v. 2), which is a metaphor. The “sleep” of death means that the dead will someday “wake up” from their temporary condition and go on to an eternal state—“some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt” (12:2).

These verses contain the first explicit teaching of the general resurrection, with everlasting life awaiting the faithful, but eternal punishment for those who reject God (see Matt. 25:46). Those who are wise by obeying the Lord and by leading others to faith and righteousness will receive honor from God and will be resplendent in eternal glory. They will glow like the stars for eternity.

Let’s keep in mind that this prophecy gives encouragement to all of God’s people in every generation to know that God is in control and will accomplish His purposes in spite of the forces of evil. No matter what kind of affliction or tribulation God permits us to experience, He is still in control. Let us earnestly seek to win others to righteousness that can only be done by sharing the gospel – the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ alone!

"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." (Prov 11:30)

Let’s be wise and shine like stars forever!

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