Daily Archives: February 17, 2019

February 17 The Precious Blood

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:17–21

Key Verse: Romans 3:23

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

In Genesis we read about God performing the first animal sacrifice: “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21 nasb).

Adam Clarke writes it is not likely that “sacrifice could have ever occurred to the mind of man without an express revelation from God.” The slaying of the animals was His chosen way to atone for Adam and Eve’s transgression. A blood sacrifice was the only payment that would suffice.

Many years later, God gave the Israelites specific commands concerning sacrifice for sins, from how to prepare the animal to what the priests should wear to what to do with the leftover portions from the altar. But the bottom-line requirement was still the same—blood.

When Jesus died on the cross, He literally took our place by becoming the ultimate and final sacrifice for mankind’s sin. Once we accept Him as our Savior, our sins are covered by His precious, atoning blood.

Jesus submitted His life to the power of death for a time so that you can have life for all time. He satisfied once and for all God’s requirement for forgiveness: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23 nasb). The precious blood of Jesus is the only cleansing agent that works.

Lord, let the precious, cleansing blood of Your Son, Jesus, flow over my life today. O cleansing stream, cover me![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 50). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Meet Generation Z: The Newest Member Of The Workforce — ZeroHedge News

Every generation approaches the workplace differently.

While talk over the last decade has largely focused on understanding the work habits and attitudes of Millennials, Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins points out that it’s already time for a new generation to enter the fold.

Generation Z, the group born after the Millennials, is entering their early adult years and starting their young careers. What makes them different, and how will they approach things differently than past generations?

MEET GENERATION Z

Today’s infographic comes to us from ZeroCater, and it will help introduce you to the newest entrant to the modern workforce: Generation Z.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

There is no exact consensus on the definition of Generation Z, and demographers can differ on where it starts. Some have Gen Z beginning as early as the mid-1990s, while others see it starting in the mid-2000s.

Regardless, Generation Z is the group that follows the Millennials – and many Gen Zers are wrapping up high school, finishing up their university degrees, or looking to get their first real jobs.

MILLENNIALS VS. GEN Z

While generational differences cast a wide net and don’t necessarily apply to every individual, here is what demographers say are some key similarities and differences between Gen Z and Millennials.

Generation Z tends to be more pragmatic, approaching both their education and career differently than Millennials. It appears that Gen Z is also approaching money in a unique way compared to past groups.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Generation Z does not remember a time when the internet did not exist – and as such, it’s not surprising to learn that 50% of Gen Z spends 10 hours a day connected online, and 70% watches YouTube for two hours a day or more.

But put aside this ultra-connectivity, and Gen Zers have some unique and possibly unexpected traits. Gen Z prefers face-to-face interactions in the workplace, and also expects to work harder than past groups. Gen Z is also the most diverse generation (49% non-white) and values racial equality as a top issue. Finally, Gen Z is possibly one of the most practical generations, valuing things like saving money and getting stable jobs.

You may already have Gen Zers in your workplace – but if you don’t, you will soon.

Source: Meet Generation Z: The Newest Member Of The Workforce

February 17 A Firm Foundation

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1–5

Key verse: 1 Corinthians 2:7

We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.

The people of Corinth were proud intellectuals. They loved to debate, philosophize, and speculate, depending on their human reasoning to work through problems and understand their world. It wasn’t long before this cultural emphasis carried over into the church.

Paul didn’t waste any time using the human arguments they were used to hearing. Instead, he said, “[I] did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom … For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:1–2).

Jesus is the foundation of our faith. He is the one foundation. Through Jesus alone, we are cleansed from sin, reconciled to and adopted by God. The Word of God is the foundation of our beliefs.

Have you been sidetracked by minor issues? Are your relationship with Jesus and conformity to His Word your top priorities? Faith that relies solely on Christ and His Word makes you stable, secure, discerning.

Make me stable, secure, and discerning, Lord, as I rely solely upon Your Word. I want to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 50). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 17, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

3:9 Eli finally realized that God was speaking to Samuel and advised the young man what to do.[1]


3:9 Eli, at length, discerned the source of the voice calling Samuel. Recognizing the call of God is not always easy. Here Eli performed faithfully as a witness, and Samuel was instructed to return and indicate his willingness to hear whatever God would say.[2]


3:9 Eli’s suggested words to Samuel, Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening, provide a model prayer for those who seek to follow God’s will.[3]


[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 351). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., 1 Sa 3:9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Beyer, B. E. (2017). 1 Samuel. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 416). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.