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.

Series: Christian Growth, Maturity and Discipleship (Lesson 1: Who Is Jesus Christ?)

Objective: To recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God

  • Read: John 1:1–34
  • Memorize: John 14:6

What if you could predict that a major world event would take place five minutes from now?

What if you could accurately describe what would happen?

Would knowing the future give you unusual power?

Would anyone believe you?

Possibly some would, but how many would not?

Many people do not believe the Bible, yet it miraculously foretells hundreds of events, sometimes in minute detail, and usually hundreds—sometimes thousands—of years ahead. Some prophecies concern cities and countries, such as Tyre, Jericho, Samaria, Jerusalem, Palestine, Moab, and Babylon. Others relate to specific individuals. Many have already been fulfilled, but some are still in the future.

Jesus Christ is the subject of more than 300 Old Testament prophecies. His birth nearly 2,000 years ago, and events of His life, had been foretold by many prophets during a period of 1,500 years. History confirms that even the smallest detail happened just as predicted. It confirms beyond a doubt that Jesus is the true Messiah, the Son of God and Savior of the world.

Bible Study

Jesus’ Claims Concerning Who He is

  1. In your own words, write the claims Christ made concerning Himself in the following verses:
  • Mark 14:61,62 (I am the Christ.)
  • John 6:38; 8:42 (God the Father sent me.)
  • John 5:17,18 (I do whatever God the Father does.)
  • John 10:30 (I and the Father are one.)
  • What did those who heard what Jesus said think He meant?
  • John 14:7 (We know God by knowing Jesus.)
  • John 14:8,9 (Anyone who has seen Jesus has seen the Father.)
  1. What did Jesus claim to do in the following verses?
  • John 5:22 (Judge mankind.)
  • Matthew 9:6 (Forgive sins.)
  • John 6:45–47 (Anyone who comes to Jesus comes to the Father too.)
  1. What did Jesus predict in the following verses?
  • Mark 9:31 (His betrayal and death.)
  • Luke 18:31–33 (He would be handed over, mocked, spit on, flogged, and killed.)
  • John 14:1–3 (He would go to heaven to prepare a place for His followers, then come back again.)
  1. What characteristics of Jesus are attributes of an omnipotent God?
  • John 2:24 (He knows all men.)
  • Matthew 8:26,27 (He controlled nature.)
  • John 11:43–45 (He raised the dead.)

According to the above passages, Jesus claimed to be God. He made the kinds of claims that only a person who presumed he was God would make. Both His friends and His enemies called Him God, and He never attempted to deny it. He even commended His followers for believing He was God.

The Importance of the Truth About His Identity

  1. Suppose Jesus Christ were not God. If He knew He was not God and that none of those claims were true, what could we conclude about Him?
  • (That He was a liar or an imposter.)
  1. Suppose Jesus were sincerely wrong. Suppose He sincerely believed all these fantastic claims even though they were not true. What could we conclude about Him?
  • (He was crazy.)
  1. Why is it important to investigate His claims?
  • (He claimed to be the only way to God. If that is true, His claims are essential for our future.)

What Others Said About Who He Was

  1. His followers:
  • John the Baptist (John 1:29) (The Lamb of God who takes away sin.)
  • Peter (Matthew 16:16) (The Son of the living God.)

How did Jesus respond to what Peter said (verse 17)?

  • (God has revealed this to him.)
  • Martha (John 11:27) (The Son of God.)
  • Thomas (John 20:28) (My Lord and my God.)

How does Christ’s response to what Thomas said (verse 29) apply to you? (We are blessed because we believe even though we haven’t seen Jesus.)

  • Paul (2 Corinthians 5:21; Titus 2:13) (He was made sin for us; He is God and Savior.)
  1. His enemies:
  • The Jews (John 10:33) (He blasphemed because He claimed to be God.)
  • Judas (Matthew 27:3,4) (Innocent.)
  • Pilate (Matthew 27:22, 23) (Hadn’t committed any crime.)
  • The Roman soldier (Matthew 27:54) (He was the Son of God.)
  1. Who do you believe Jesus is and on what do you base that belief? List the facts that particularly help you know that He is God.

LIFE APPLICATION

  1. Why is it important that you personally recognize who Jesus Christ really is?
  2. Have you invited Jesus Christ into your life? (See “Your Invitation to Life” on page 33.)
  3. What changes do you expect to experience in your life as a result of receiving Christ as your Savior and Lord?
Excerpt From Ten Basic Steps Toward Christian Maturity by Bill Bright

“A Man Without Equal” (Video) – Introducing Jesus to Others and Assisting Believers to Grow and Mature in Their Christian Faith

One of the most effective ways to introduce Jesus to others and to assist believers to grow and mature in their Christian faith is to watch the thirty-minute video, “A Man Without Equal”

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

1. What was Jesus’ greatest teaching?

Answer: (Mark 16:16; John 3:16-18) That salvation is by faith, not works. According to Romans 3:23, all of us have sinned and do not measure up to God’s standards. Sin is going our way independent of God. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. He came to reconcile us to God.

Why was this teaching so unique?

Answer: All other major religions teach that we must work our way to God.

What does this teaching mean in your life?

Answer: It means that I can have a relationship with God without first having to make myself acceptable to Him.

2. Give several examples of how Jesus’ influence on people and nations has altered the course of history, your country, your city, your neighborhood.

3. What are people in your circle of influence saying about Jesus? What are some of the doubts you have felt about Jesus either in the past or in the present?

4. What personal feelings about Jesus were confirmed as you watched the video?

5. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. After viewing the video, who do you believe He is?

Answer: Jesus is the Son of God and my Savior.

Sunday’s Hymn: How Can I Keep From Singing? — Rebecca Writes

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
That hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth;
What though the darkness gather round!
Songs in the night He giveth:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

I lift mine eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smoothes
Since first I learned to love it:
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing:
All things are mine since I am His—
How can I keep from singing?

—Robert Lowry

 

 

 

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via Sunday’s: How Can I Keep From Singing? — Rebecca Writes

February 17 Praying for Others

scripture reading: 1 Timothy 2:1–8
key verse: Philemon 4

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers.

Prayer is a supernatural tool for developing genuine compassion and a burden for the needs of others. We are admonished to pray for all sorts of people—local, state, and national leaders (1 Tim. 2:2); the universal body of Christ, especially those under persecution (Eph. 6:18–20); laborers in God’s harvest fields (Matt. 9:38); our personal enemies (Matt. 5:44); and all people, believers and unbelievers alike (1 Tim. 2:1).

That is quite a list, isn’t it? If we are honest, most of our time spent in prayer is for our personal requirements, sprinkled in with a pinch of worship and a neighborly request or two for others for good measure.

Laboring in prayer for the welfare of those mentioned does not come naturally, does it? That is why when you begin earnestly and systematically to intercede for others, you find a strange release from your selfish bent. Less time is spent on yourself, but you spend significantly more time praying for the needs of others.

In so doing, prayer becomes the spiritual scalpel that lifts off the stifling layers of self–preoccupation. You are freed to heed Jesus’ great command: “Love one another, just as I have loved you” (John 15:12 nasb).

Heavenly Father, expand my focus beyond myself and my needs. Remove the stifling layers of self–preoccupation from my prayer life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.