June 2021 Chapters

  • 1 – Hebrews 11, 12
  • 2 – Hebrews 13; Acts 14; Galatians 1
  • 3 – Galatians 2, 3
  • 4 – Galatians 4-6
  • 5 – Acts 15; James 1
  • 6 – James 2-5
  • 7 – Acts 16, 17
  • 8 – Acts 18; 1 Thessalonians 1-4
  • 9 – 1 Thessalonians 5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3
  • 10 – Acts 19; 1 Corinthians 1
  • 11 – 1 Corinthians 2-4
  • 12 – 1 Corinthians 5-7
  • 13 – 1 Corinthians 8-10
  • 14 – 1 Corinthians 11-13
  • 15 – 1 Corinthians 14, 15
  • 16 – 1 Corinthians 16; Acts 20; 2 Corinthians 1
  • 17 – 2 Corinthians 2-5
  • 18 – 2 Corinthians 6-9
  • 19 – 2 Corinthians 10, 11
  • 20 – 2 Corinthians 12, 13
  • 21 – Romans 1-3
  • 22 – Romans 4-6
  • 23 – Romans 7, 8
  • 24 – Romans 9-11
  • 25 – Romans 12-14
  • 26 – Romans 15, 16; Acts 21
  • 27 – Acts 22-24
  • 28 – Philippians 1, 2
  • 29 – Philippians 3, 4; Acts 25
  • 30 – Acts 26, 27

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May 2021 Chapters

  • 1 – Hosea 10-14
  • 2 – Psalm 78; Isaiah 6, 1
  • 3 – Isaiah 2-5
  • 4 – 2 Chronicles 27; Micah 1-5
  • 5 – Micah 6, 7; 2 Kings 16
  • 6 – 2 Chronicles 28; Isaiah 7, 8
  • 7 – Isaiah 9; 2 Kings 17; Psalm 80
  • 8 – 2 Chronicles 29-31
  • 9 – 2 Kings 18; Psalm 84; Isaiah 10
  • 10 – Isaiah 11, 12, 36; 2 Kings 19
  • 11 – Isaiah 37; Psalms 33, 75, 76; 2 Kings 20
  • 12 – Isaiah 38, 39; 2 Chronicles 32; Psalm 116
  • 13 – Isaiah 15-19
  • 14 – Isaiah 20-23
  • 15 – Isaiah 24-26
  • 16 – Isaiah 27-29
  • 17 – Isaiah 30-32
  • 18 – Isaiah 33-35, 40
  • 19 – Isaiah 41, 42, 46
  • 20 – Isaiah 47-50
  • 21 – Isaiah 51-54
  • 22 – Isaiah 55-58
  • 23 – Acts 1, 2
  • 24 – Acts 3-5
  • 25 – Acts 6, 7
  • 26 – Acts 8, 9
  • 27 – Acts 10, 11
  • 28 – Acts 12, 13
  • 29 – Hebrews 1-4
  • 30 – Hebrews 5-8
  • 31 – Hebrews 9, 10

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“Do You Come in Peace?”

The trial of Derek Chauvin ended on Tuesday. He was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd. Wednesday morning, I read…

I see a mob” … “Do you come in peace?”

No, these were not quoting from the media but quotes from the Bible.

2 Kings 9:17, 18, “Now the watchman was standing on the tower in Jezreel. He saw Jehu’s mob approaching and shouted, ‘I see a mob!’

Joram responded, ‘Choose a rider and send him to meet them and have him ask, “Do you come in peace?” ‘

18) So a horseman went to meet Jehu and said, ‘This is what the king asks: “Do you come in peace?” ‘

Jehu replied, ‘What do you have to do with peace? Fall in behind me.’

The watchman reported, ‘The messenger reached them but hasn’t started back.’ “

Christian Standard Bible

The mob was there to usher in a new kingdom. History is repeating itself. People are falling in – just as they got behind Jehu.

God told Elisha to anoint Jehu King of Israel, see 2 Kings 9:1-3. God was in control.

He is still in control. He can bring beauty from ashes. He promises to make all things work together for our good, see Romans 8:28.

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April 2021 Chapters

  • 1 – Mark 14; John 17
  • 2 – John 18; Mark 15
  • 3 – Matthew 27; Luke 23
  • 4 – John 19; Matthew 28; Luke 24
  • 5 – Mark 16; John 20, 21
  • 6 – Job 20-24
  • 7 – Job 25-30
  • 8 – Job 31-34
  • 9 – Job 35-39
  • 10 – Job 40-42; 1 Kings 12
  • 11 – 2 Chronicles 10, 11; I Kings 13
  • 12 – 1 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 12, 13; I Kings 15
  • 13 – 2 Chronicles 14-16; 1 Kings 16
  • 14 – 1 Kings 17-19
  • 15 – 1 Kings 20, 21; 2 Chronicles 17
  • 16 – 2 Chronicles 18; Psalm 44; 1 Kings 22
  • 17 – 2 Chronicles 19; Psalm 82; 2 Chronicles 20; Psalms 14, 15, 53, 83, 117
  • 18 – Psalm 118; 2 Kings 1-3
  • 19 – 2 Kings 4, 5
  • 20 – 2 Kings 6-8;
  • 21 – 2 Chronicles 21; 2 Kings 9, 10
  • 22 – 2 Kings 11; 2 Chronicles 22-24
  • 23 – 2 Kings 12; Psalms 42, 43, 88; 2 Kings 13
  • 24 – 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Kings 14; Jonah 1, 2
  • 25 – Jonah 3, 4; Joel 1, 2
  • 26 – Joel 3; 2 Chronicles 26; Amos 1, 2
  • 27 – Amos 3-6
  • 28 – Amos 7-9; 2 Kings 15
  • 29 – Hosea 1-5
  • 30 – Hosea 6-9

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A Sad Heart Produces a Broken Spirit

David and I married young – really young! We waited almost 5 years to have children. The picture below was taken right before our second anniversary.

David and I serving as counselors at the Spencer Lake Youth Camp.

When people ask us the secret to a long marriage, we both answer…

“Marriage Counseling!”

It felt like we were in counseling for the first 20 years! You would think we have it all figured out. We don’t.

In sickness and in health

The last 17 months have been a battle with debilitating allergies. The dermatologist found the trigger and I finally healed.

But I had an appointment scheduled at the allergy clinic in Iowa City for months. My instructions were to stop medications 5 days before the appointment.

I was not a happy camper. I was miserable.

I took the medicine as soon as the doctor let me but my eyes did not stop watering.

Doctor: “Your eyes look angry.”

Me: “I am mad at them, too!”

Twenty-four hours later, my eyes were still watering constantly. I couldn’t see!

David came home from work and found me sitting on the couch listening to a movie. He said something less than helpful and I responded in kind.

I shut down.

Proverbs 15:13, “A joyful heart makes a face cheerful, but a sad heart produces a broken spirit.”

Christian Standard Bible

We have been married too long for me to be wondering if I made a mistake. But I started to wonder.

I could relate to everything Toni Nieuwhof said in a guest post on annvoskamp.com.

“I didn’t know how to engage our differences anymore. I wondered whether I should reach out and let the people close to us know how deeply we were struggling. …

Are you sowing seeds of kindness, patience, and love? Or are you sowing indifference, criticism, or suspicion?…”

“Before You Split” by Toni Nieuwhof

I didn’t want a broken spirit. Only God can help me sow the correct seeds.

“Enlighten me with a clear shining inward light, and remove away all darkness from the habitation of my heart. (3 – 23 – 4)”

“Principles of a Centered Life,” Compiled and with notes by Michael Phillips

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March 2021 Chapters

  • 1 – 1 Kings 1; Psalms 2, 110; 1 Chronicles 22; Psalm 30
  • 2 – Psalms 91, 92; 1 Chronicles 23-25
  • 3 – 1 Chronicles 26-28
  • 4 – 1 Chronicles 29; 1 Kings 2
  • 5 – 1 Kings 3; Psalms 45, 72, 127; Song of Solomon 1, 2
  • 6 – Song of Solomon 3-8
  • 7 – 2 Chronicles 1; 1 Kings 4; Proverbs 1, 2
  • 8 – Proverbs 3-6
  • 9 – Proverbs 7-10
  • 10 – Proverbs 11-14
  • 11 – Proverbs 15-18
  • 12 – Proverbs 19-22
  • 13 – Proverbs 23-26
  • 14 – Proverbs 27-30
  • 15 – Proverbs 31; 1 Kings 5; 2 Chronicles 2; 1 Kings 6
  • 16 – 2 Chronicles 3; 1 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4
  • 17 – 1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5
  • 18 – 2 Chronicles 6; Psalms 46-48, 87, 93
  • 19 – Psalms 95, 97-100, 132; 2 Chronicles 7; 1 Kings 9
  • 20 – 2 Chronicles 8; 1 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 9; Ecclesiastes 1
  • 21 – Ecclesiastes 2-5
  • 22 – Ecclesiastes 6-9
  • 23 – Ecclesiastes 10-12; 1 Kings 11
  • 24 – Psalm 73; Job 1-4
  • 25 – Job 5-9
  • 26 – Job 10-14
  • 27 – Job 15-19
  • 28 – Luke 19; John 12
  • 29 – Matthew 21; Mark 11
  • 30 – John 13; Luke 22
  • 31 – Matthew 26

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I Will…

It has been frigid for a week! It is dangerously cold. My heart goes out to those who are enduring this polar vortex without heat.

We had an “online church” on Sunday. David planned on watching it in the office. (It is cold in the office.) I grabbed the tablet and climbed back into my warm bed.

David rolled an office chair in the bedroom and watched with me.

Psalms 104:33, “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.”

Christian Standard Bible

How easy it is to just listen to the music with an “online church.” Singing and worship are an act of my will.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Psalm 108:1, “My heart is confident, God; I will sing; I will sing praises with the whole of my being.”

Christian Standard Bible

Yesterday, I sang along with worship at “online church.” But I didn’t sing with my whole being.

The temperature was below zero. I watched it in bed. I sang but didn’t clap or move my feet.

It’s easy to sing at the top of my lungs at a concert. When was the last time I sang with the “whole of my being” at church?

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Psalm 86:12, “I will praise you with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor your name forever.”

Christian Standard Bible

When I praise God half-heartedly, I am not bringing him honor.

It’s easy to praise with my whole being when playing the piano. I play from memory and I need 100% of my concentration to remember where I play softly and where I play louder. Many times, there are last-minute suggestions right before the service. I must remember those, too.

I must put 100% effort into worship during an “online service.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

I was going to write a post about my plans to worship wholeheartedly during the online service tonight. But I care for my grandson during church. Sometimes, I can participate, but when he is teething or fussy, I wait and listen to it on Thursday.

Today I read why I should not say what I plan to do.

After Nathan told David the story of the poor man’s lamb, David said what he was going to do.

2 Samuel 12:6, “Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb.”

Christian Standard Bible

David took Uriah’s wife. That act cost him four of his sons:

  • The baby died, 2 Samuel 12:15-18.
  • Amnon, 2 Samuel 13:1-29.
  • Absalom, 2 Samuel 18:1-15.
  • Adonijah, 1 Kings 1:5-2:25.

I believe I won’t say anything at all.

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Examine Me

“If the Crisis catalyst comes on schedule, around the year 2005, then the climax will be around 2020, the resolution around 2026.”

“The Fourth Turning” by William Strauss and Neil Howe

“The Fourth Turning” shows the seasons as “turnings.” Going back to the 1400’s they show plagues come every 100 years or so. Wars: national, civil, racial, or cold wars, come every 15-20 years. The Coronavirus pandemic came in 2020. The next event will be a war. Will it be without bloodshed like the “Cold War?”

Psalm 27:3, “Though an army deploys against me, my heart will not be afraid; though a war breaks out against me, I will still be confident.”

Christian Standard Bible

In Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, he spoke of the Civil War as the judgment of God on the nation’s sin of slavery:

“…until every drop of blood drawn from the lash, shall be paid by another drawn by the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, ‘the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.'”

“The Harbinger II” by Jonathan Cahn

Cahn went on to explain that Lincoln declared April 30, 1863 “a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer.”

The next day, Ulysses Grant won the Battle of Port Gibson, the first of five victories that would lead to the taking of Vicksburg. It was the turning point of the war.

On the same day, the Battle of Chancellorsville began. On the second day of that battle Robert E. Lee’s right-hand man, Stonewall Jackson was killed. His absence at Gettysburg proved critical.

The Civil War took the lives of those who had slaves and those who stood by saying nothing. Those who amassed great wealth from slavery lost everything.

I do not need to fear war. I need to fear the judgment of God.

Psalm 27:5, “For he will conceal me in his shelter in the day of adversity, he will hide me under the cover of his tent, he will set me high upon a rock.”

Christian Standard Bible

Cahn went on to share that the law that led to “Roe vs. Wade” was signed in Albany, New York on April 9, 10, 1970. On April 9, 2019, New York passed a law making infanticide legal.

Fifty years after that first law was passed the COVID-19 pandemic took the lives of so many that they had no place for the bodies. The highest number of deaths occurred in New York City on April 9 and 10. The majority of the deaths were the elderly who voted for abortion or stood by saying nothing. In both cases, the Civil War and the Pandemic, many innocent people also lost their lives.

I am Pro-life. But I have also been silent when I should have spoken.

Psalm 26:2, “Test me, Lord, and try me; examine my heart and mind.”

Christian Standard Bible

This post may be the end of this blog. If so, get yourself a “One Year Bible.”

(I am not quitting; I have the 2022 Bible Reading Guide finished!)

In the “One Year Bible” on September 11th, a portion of the reading is: “The Lord sent a word against Jacob, and it has fallen on Israel. All the people will know – Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria – who say in pride and arrogance of heart: ‘The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.'”

God warned about the destruction of the World Trade Center on that day. The last sentence has been repeated many times.

If you want to know the future – read your Bible. If you want to know what to do and where to go, ask God to show you. He promises to protect us.

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Seek Refuge

People are surprised when I tell them that I am housebound. They see it as a prison. I view it as a sanctuary protecting me from the allergens that make my life miserable!

1 Samuel 23:7, “When it was reported to Saul that David had gone to Keilah, he said, ‘God has handed him over to me, for he has trapped himself by entering a town with barred gates.'”

Christian Standard Bible

I am not trapped. I am protected and safe. (I do leave for 4 hours a week to attend church.)

1 Samuel 23:16, 17, “Then Saul’s son Jonathan came to David at Horesh and encouraged him in his faith in God, 17) saying, ‘Don’t be afraid, for my father Saul will never lay a hand on you. You yourself will be king over Israel, and I’ll be your second-in-command. Even my father Saul knows it is true.'”

Christian Standard Bible

Jonathan encouraged David in David’s faith in God. Did Jonathan have faith in God? Would things have worked out differently if he had?

Psalm 57:1, “Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me, for I take refuge in you. I seek refuge in the shadow of your wings until danger passes.”

Christian Standard Bible

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Terror Spread

Saul was not the only one who did whatever he wanted. Jonathan took on an army garrison without telling his commanding officer and father, King Saul.

1 Samuel 14:1, “That same day Saul’s son Jonathan said to the attendant who carried his weapons, ‘Come on, let’s cross over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.'”

Christian Standard Bible

Talk about tempting God!

This rebellious heart could be why God disqualified him as the next king. (What have I missed out on because of a rebellious heart?)

Jonathan was good at giving commands but not good at waiting for a command. He was a horrible leader! How do I know? No one was following him. He did this secretly.

1 Samuel 14:3, “…But the troops did not know Jonathan had left.”

Christian Standard Bible

Jonathan did not go on this mission by faith.

1 Samuel 1:6, “…Perhaps the Lord will help us.”

Christian Standard Bible

1 Samuel 15:15, “Terror spread through the Philistine camp and the open fields to all the troops. Even the garrison and the raiding parties were terrified. The earth shook, and terror spread from God.”

Christian Standard Bible

Speaking of terror, in my last post I wrote about the terror of God falling on us. Then we will be in unity. And that it was a sin to forget to pray.

Then I forgot to pray. What!?!

When I realized my mistake, I felt a little terror from God. I rectified it.

1 Samuel 14:19, “…So Saul said to the priest, ‘Stop what you’re doing.'”

Christian Standard Bible

Saul didn’t think he had time to seek God. Just like I thought I didn’t have time to pray. I had to make time. Today, I prayed before I read.

Jonathan lived under Saul’s curse because he wasn’t where he was supposed to be to hear the command, see 1 Samuel 14:24.

Dear Lord,

Show me anything that could bring a curse in my life.

Amen

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