Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

January 31 – Review and Reflections

jan 31    January 31  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Exodus 12:14-13:16

Matthew 20:29-21:22

Psalm 25:16-22

Proverbs 6:12-15

Review and Reflections

1. Read Exodus 12:14 – 20. What feast is God talking about?

Why were the people to observe this feast annually?

What is a memorial?

What is a holy convocation?

How were the people to observe this feast?

2. Read Exodus 12: 21- 28. What did Moses instruct the people to do?

After they killed the lamb they were to do what with the blood?

What would happen to the people in the homes where the blood had been applied?

What would happen to the people in the homes where the blood had not been applied?

The people in the homes were the blood had been applied were not to do what? Why?

3. Read Exodus 12:29- 30. What happened at midnight?


There was a great cry in Egypt because there was someone _____________ in every household.

4. Read Exodus 12:31 – 36. How did the Pharaoh respond – what did he do?


How did the Egyptian people respond -what did they do? Why?


The Lord had given Hebrews favor in the sight of the Egyptians. What were the Hebrews given?

5. Read Exodus 12:37- 42. The Hebrews journeyed from Rameses to _______________.

Other people went with the Hebrews. Who was these mixed multitude?

This journey ended on the very same day it began ________________ years earlier.

6. Read Exodus 12:43- 51. These verses describe the  ____________________ requirements.

7. Read Exodus 13:3- 16. These verses describe the Feast of  ______________________ and why they were to observe it.

8. Read Matthew 20:29-21:11. As Jesus was leaving ____________ a great multitude followed Him.

Who was sitting by the road as Jesus passed?


What did these men cry out?


Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. What immediately happened?

As they drew near Jerusalem, what were the two disciples instructed to do?

Why were the people gathered in the streets when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the donkey?

What did they shout when they saw Jesus?

9. Read Matthew 21:12- 17.  Jesus went into the temple of God and ___________ out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

Jesus said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of _______________.“

What had the people been doing in the temple for Jesus to say that?

The blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He _____________ them.

How did all these thing make the chief priests and scribes  feel?


10. Read Matthew 21:18-21. What happened on Jesus’ way from Bethany back to Jerusalem?

In these verses Jesus is talking about ____________.

Whatever things you ask in prayer, ________________, you will receive.

11. Read Proverbs 6:12-15.  A worthless person and  a wicked man have a __________________ mouth.

What does perverse mean?


A perverse person devises evil continually – he sows discord.  What is discord?

Dear Father,

I thank-you that when I turn to You, You have mercy on me. With You beside me I never have to feel desolate, sad or lonely. During times of distress You are right beside me. Delivering, leading and guiding me every step of the way. I put my trust in You and in Your great power. In You, I will never be ashamed or embarrassed. By the power of the Holy Spirit convict me of any sin or bad habits in my life. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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January 30 – Review and Reflections

jan 30January 30  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Exodus 10:1-12:13

Matthew 20:1-28

Psalm 25:1-15

Proverbs 6:6-11



Review and Reflections

1. Read Exodus 10:1-20. These verses describe the plague of the _______________.

Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east __________on the land all that day and all that night.

When it was morning, the east wind brought the ______________ and they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened.

2. Read Exodus 10:21- 29. These verses describe the plague of the _______________.

The Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be ________________ over the land of Egypt.

How long was it dark?

All the children of Israel had ____________ in their dwellings.

Why did Moses say they needed to take all their livestock with them?


What was Pharaoh’s response?


3. Read Exodus 11:1- 10.These verses describe the plague of the _______________________.

The Lord told Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. Afterward he ____ let you go from here.“

I will go out into the midst of Egypt and all the __________________ in the land of Egypt shall die.

Why weren’t the Hebrews going to be effected by this plague?


4. Read Exodus 12:1-13.  God told Moses that on the tenth of the month every man was to take a lamb and keep it for four days before they kill it. During these four days they were to examine the lamb to make sure that it had no _________________.

At twilight the people were to kill the lambs. What were they to do with the blood from the lamb?


How were they to eat the lamb?


How were they to cook the lamb?


5. Read Matthew 20:1-16. These verses describe the parable of the ______________ in the ______________.

What was the landowner doing?


When the landowner went out about the third sixth hour and the eleventh hours and saw others standing idle in the marketplace what did he do?


How much did he say that he would pay them?


When evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, “Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the ___________ to the first.”

How much did the workers receive?

Why did the man that was hired at the third hour complain?


What is the meaning of this parable?



6. Read Matthew 20:17-19. In these verses Jesus predicts His death. He said that the chief priests and the scribes will condemn Him to ____________ and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify.

When did Jesus say that He would rise again?


What did the mother of Zebedee’s sons want from Jesus?


When the other ten disciples heard what they asked how did it make them feel?


If you want to be great in the kingdom of God you must learn how to be a ______________.

Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His ________ a ransom for many.

7. Proverbs 6:6-11.  The ant is not ____________.

Through these verses we can see that God _____________ of us being lazy.



Dear Father,

Thank-you for not allowing my enemies to triumph over me. I place my trust in You. Through the power of the Holy Spirit show me Your ways and keep me on Your paths. Lead me in Your truth. You are the God of my salvation. Your surround me with tender mercies and lovingkindnesses. Thank-you for casting my sins into the sea of forgetfulness. Thank-you for pardoning my iniquity. Fill me with a greater reverence and respect for You, O Lord.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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January 29 – Review and Reflections

jan 29January 29 – Review and Reflections


Today’s Bible Reading 

Exodus 8:1-9:35

Matthew 19:13-30

Psalm 24:1-10

Proverbs 6:1-5



Review and Reflections

1. Read Exodus 8:1-15. These passages describe the plague of the ________________.

When Moses stretched out his hand with his rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, it caused ____________ to come up on the land of Egypt.’

Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “Entreat the Lord that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the Lord.” However did he keep his word?


2. Read Exodus 8:16-19.These passages describe the plague of the ________________.

The Pharaoh’s __________________ tried to  worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not.

The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of ___________.

3. Read Exodus 8: 20- 32. These passages describe the plague of the ________________.

Did this plague effect the land of Goshen?

Once again what did the Pharaoh tell Moses?


4. Read Exodus 9:1-7. These passages describe the plague of the ________________.

What is pestilence and what or who did it effect?


All the livestock of Egypt died, but of the livestock of the children of _________ did not die.

5. Read Exodus 9:8-12. These passages describe the plague of the ________________.

This plague caused sores on __________ and beast.

The _____________ were on t (he magicians and on all the Egyptians.

6. Read Exodus 9:13- 35.These passages describe the plague of the ________________.

The Egyptians that feared the word of the Lord made his servants and his livestock go ______________.

Moses stretched out his rod toward heaven and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and _________ darted to the ground. And the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt.

Was there hail in the land of Goshen?


When Pharaoh saw that the rain, the hail, and the thunder had ceased, he _____________ yet more. He hardened his heart, he and his servants.

7. Read Matthew 19:13-15. Why were the little children brought to Jesus?

The Bible tells us that the disciples rebuked them. What does rebuke mean?

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not _______________ them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

8. Read Matthew 19:16-30. These passages describe the  ____________ young ruler.

What did this person ask Jesus?

What was Jesus’ response to him?


Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, _____________  ___________.“

The young man  went away sorrowful. Why?


With God all things are_______________.

Read Proverbs 6:1-5. We must be careful when entering into pledges and contracts for someone else’s __________________.

Dear Father,

Thank-you that through Jesus Christ I may enter into Your presence. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to keep my hands clean and my heart pure. May my relationship with others be free of guilt, and may my relationship with You be free from impurities. I desire for You to be the object of adoration for my mind, will and emotions. Put a guard at my lips that my words may not be deliberately misleading. May I seek Your face, not Your hand, more and more each day.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Saint Patrick’s Day – One Christian’s Perspective

st patricks day Saint Patrick’s Day – One Christian’s Perspective   

Maewyn Succat was born in 387, at Kilpatrick, in Scotland. He was captured when he was 16 years old and was made a slave in Ireland. Soon after his capture Maewyn had a vision from God.  During his time as a slave his relationship with God grew and became stronger.

When he was 22 years old he had another vision from God giving him a plan for his return home. In the vision he saw a boat ready to take him back to Scotland. He escaped and found the boat.

After his return home, Maewyn realized, through another vision from God, that God was calling him back to Ireland to spread the Gospel. He sought a Christian education and training. Around 430 He was ordained a bishop, after which he returned to Ireland. There he preached the Gospel and established Christianity.

Maewyn is most often recognized for comparing the Trinity to a shamrock. Illustrating that the shamrock has three parts, and yet is one; in a similar way, the Trinity has three persons, and is still one – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The name St. Patrick was given to Maewyn much later in life by Pope Celestine. St. Patrick died in Downpatrick, Ireland on March 17, 461.

St. Patrick’s Day started out as a Catholic holy day, celebrated on March 17, in Ireland. Over time it has evolved into more of a secular holiday. The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737 where it was first publicly celebrated in Boston.

As Christians, St. Patrick’s Day is a good day for us to reflect on God and His great love for us.


God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to us.

Jesus loved us so much that He sent the Holy Spirit to us.

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Tu B’ Shvat – One Christian’s Perspective

tu'b shavat

         Tu B’ Shvat is the Jewish New Year for trees, for the purpose of calculating the age of the tree for tithing. It is usually in January or February. One custom associated with this celebration is to consume those fruits which grow in the land of Israel. Before any food is eaten a blessing is said.

When we look at a tree in the winter it looks like nothing is happening inside it, but that is far from the truth. Trees (as well as us) have suffered through cold, dark days and nights. The sap is beginning to rise deep in the heart of trees. New life is starting to emerge. Many things are going on where the eyes cannot see. What looks dead and frozen over will blossom out with buds before long. All looks bleak, cold and lifeless, but there is a promise of rejuvenation.

Tu B’ Shvat is the point at which the trees stop being nourished by the waters of the previous year, and begin to be nourished by the new years waters.

In our lives many things are going on that we can’t see with our natural eyes. At times there are situations in our lives that look dead or hopeless. However, when all looks bleak, cold and lifeless we must remember that there is a promise of rejuvenation. We serve a God of restoration. There is nothing that He cannot restore.

Like the trees on Tu B’ Shvat, last years water supply is not enough. We too need fresh rain (fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit / fresh moves of the Holy Spirit).

Tu B’ Shvat has more to do with the tree’s fruit  rather than the tree itself. Just like a fruit tree our lives should produce.

Galatians 5:2-23  NIV    

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”

          As we look back over the past year, how was our fruit bearing? Did we bear fruit? There will be (or have been) times in our lives when everything looks bleak and there seems to be no sign of life (growth). During these times we must remember that many things are going on where the eyes can not see.

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Search For Leaven – One Christian’s Perspective

search for leaven 

     The week before Passover, the people cleaned their houses and all leaven (yeast, baking soda, baking powder…) was removed. When we see the word leaven in the Bible it refers to sin. The night before Passover the family would conduct a search for leaven. This was their way of teaching the children to examine their lives.

All the lights would be turned off and they would search for leaven in the house by candlelight. They used a candle, a feather, a paper bag, and a wooden spoon. If leaven was found they used the feather to brush it onto the wooden spoon and the wooden spoon was then placed in a paper bag and tied shut. The next day all the people would take their paper bags and place them in a pile, then they were all burnt.

* The candle represents the Bible.

* The feather represents the Holy Spirit.

* The paper bag represents the tomb.

* The wooden spoon represents the cross.

* The fire represents Hell (and the lake of fire)

* The leaven represents sin.

Today we don’t have to go through our houses and remove all the yeast, baking soda and baking powder, but we must examine our homes and our lives and remove all sin. If people were found with leaven in their homes during this time, they were considered unclean and they would be cut off from the rest of the people.

* The Word of God will shine light into our lives. It will reveal sin.

* The Holy Spirit draws us to Jesus and He convicts us of sin and bad habits.

* All our sins were placed upon Jesus and He was nailed to a cross.

* Jesus was placed in a tomb, however the tomb could not hold Him..

* One day all sin will be cast into the Lake of Fire.

God desires for us to go through our homes and lives, with the Holy Spirit, and remove (forsake) all sin. Just like the whole house had to be searched and cleaned, our whole house must be also. Each believer needs to go through their home (and life) with the Holy Spirit and use the Light of the World (the Word of God) to guide them. Everything that causes the Holy Spirit to grieve must be removed or we will be cut off from the glory of God, the manifest presence of God.

Just like Esther, we will stand before the King and what we hear will be based on:

 Have you clothed yourself with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and have you prepared  yourself to come into His presence?

 Have you removed (forsaken) the sin from your life?

     When we bow before the King of Kings will you hear, “ Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter in” or will you hear “Depart from Me. I never knew you.” ?  Will you be allowed to stay in the presence of the King or will you be cut off from His presence?

The morning after the search for leaven, the bags with the leaven are thrown into the fire. One day all sin will be thrown into the lake of fire, along with every person that has allowed sin to remain in their heart and life. Jesus gave Himself on the cross so that we could be forgiven, and the Holy Spirit has been given to us to convict us of sin and unrighteousness. However, it is up to us to accept the gift of salvation and to act upon what the Holy Spirit tells us. If we willing allow sin to remain in our life, we have not forsaken our sins and we remain in our sin.

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January 28 – Review and Reflections


 jan 28 January 28  – Review and Reflections


Today’s Bible Reading 

Exodus 5:22-7:24

Matthew 18:23-19:12

Psalm 23:1-6

Proverbs 5:22-23

Review and Reflections

1. Read Exodus 6:2-8. God speaks to Moses and tells him…

* I am the ______________.
* I have also established My ________________ with Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

* I have heard the ______________ of the children of Israel.

* I will bring you out from under the _________________ of the Egyptians.

* I will ___________ you from  bondage.

* I will redeem you with an outstretched ___________ and with great judgments.
* I will take you as ________ people.

* I will be your ___________.

2. When Moses tells the children of Israel what God as spoken, how did they react?

3.The Lord spoke to Moses and told him to tell Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go out of his land. However, God said that He was going to _______________ Pharaoh’s heart.

4. And Moses was _____ years old and Aaron ________ years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.

5.  Moses and Aaron went  to Pharaoh, and they did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. What happened next?


6. What was the next sign that God instructed Moses to show the Pharaoh? Did this change the Pharaoh’s heart?

7. Read Matthew 18:23-34. Describe the  parable of the unmerciful servant.

8. What happens if you do not forgive your brother his trespasses?

9. Read Matthew 19:1-12. What is Jesus talking about in these passages?


What reason does Jesus give for a divorce?


10. Read Proverbs 5:22-23.  Misguided _________________________ will lead a person astray.


Dear Father,

You are my shepherd. In You I lack nothing. You supply my every need, and You refresh and restore me. I will not fear when things are dark and uncertain, for You are there with me. You provide relief in my distress and You show me the way. You lead me in the right direction. You have set me apart for a particular purpose, even in the presence of my enemies. Thank-you for all the goodness and mercy that You shower upon me. By the power of the Holy Spirit keep me on Your path. And may I bring glory to You. It is my heart’s desire that I dwell in Your house forever.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Palm Sunday – One Christian’s Perspective

palm sunday  Palm Sunday – One Christian’s Perspective

At the time of Christ this was the day that the people had been commanded by God to choose their Passover lamb. On Palm Sunday the priest would carry the Passover lamb that would be sacrificed for the people through town. When the people saw the priest and the lamb parading down the streets they would come out and surround him, waving palm branches and crying out, “Hosanna.”

Right behind this procession Jesus, the true Passover Lamb,  came riding into town on a donkey. When the people saw Jesus they ran and surrounded Him, crying out, “Hosanna.” Meaning, deliver us now.

God had commanded the people to keep the Passover lamb in front of the temple area for four days. During this time it was examined by the people to see if it was fit to be the Passover lamb, It could not have any blemishes or faults. It had to be perfect.

After Jesus came into town on Palm Sunday, He went to the temple for four days prior to His crucifixion. During these four days He was questioned and examined by the priest and the people.

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January 27 – Review and Reflections

jan 27  January 27  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Exodus 4:1-5:21

Matthew 18:1-22

Psalm 22:19-31

Proverbs 5:15-21

Review and Reflections

1. Read Exodus 4:1-17.

God demonstrated the reality of His power and presence to Moses by doing what?


What did God say would happen if they did not believe the first two signs, or listen to his voice?


What excuse did Moses give for not wanting to go talk to the Pharaoh?

What was God’s response to him?


Unknown to Moses, God had already set into motion someone to help him. Who was it?


2. Read Exodus 4:18-23. Who did Moses ask permission of to go back to Egypt?


Moses took his ____________ and his __________ and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

What was Moses to do when he arrived back in Egypt?


3. Read Exodus 4:24-26. Describe what happens in these verses and the meaning.

4. Read Exodus 4:27-31. Who met Moses in the wilderness and what did they talk about?


After their conversation, what did they do?


5. Read Exodus 5:1- 21. After Moses first approached the Pharaoh what happened?


How did this make the Hebrews feel about Moses?


6. Read Matthew 18:1-9. When asked,  “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus responded by doing what?


What did Jesus mean when He said, “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire”?

7. Read Matthew 18:10-14. The Son of Man has come to save that which was ______________.
What does the parable of the lost sheep mean to you?

8. Read Matthew 18:15-20. What should you do when a brother sins against you?


What does, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” mean?


9. Read Matthew 18:21-22. How many times are we to forgive someone?


10. Read Proverbs 5:15-21. These verses speak about what?

Who sees everything that we do?


Dear Father,

Thank-you that You are never far from me. You are my strength and you quickly come to help me. Thank-you for Your Word which delivers me. I will declare Your name and I will praise You with my whole heart. Marvelous is the knowledge that You do not hide Your face from us and that You draw close to the brokenhearted and the hurting. By the power of the Holy Spirit help me to always glorify You in every thing I do and in all circumstances. Let me never forget to recounted what You have done to the next generation.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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January 26 – Review and Reflections

jan 26  January 26  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Exodus 2:11-3:22

Matthew 17:10-27

Psalm 22:1-18

Proverbs 5:7-14

Review and Reflections

1. Why did Moses kill an Egyptian?


2.  How did Moses react when he realized someone knew that he had killed the Egyptian?


How did Pharaoh react when he heard that Moses had killed a Egyptian?


3. Moses fled from Egypt. Where did he go?

4. How did Moses come to meet the priest of Midian?

5. Read Exodus 2:18- 22. What did the priest of Midian ask his daughter’s when they returned home from watering the sheep?


What did he tell his daughters to do concerning Moses?

Who was Moses given for a wife?


6. Then the children of Israel _____________ because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their _________ came up to God because of the bondage. So God __________ their groaning, and God ______________________ His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

7. Read Exodus 3:1-4. Where was Moses when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him?


How did  the Angel of the Lord appear to him?

What did Moses do when he saw that the bush was burning with fire, but was not consumed?


When Moses went to look at the bush God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”  How did Moses react?


8. Read Exodus 3:5-6. What instruction was Moses given?

How does this relate to my life?


9. Read Exodus 3:7-20. What did God want Moses to do?

Did Moses question God?

Is God displeased when we ask Him questions?

When we ask asked to do something that we think is difficult or impossible ___________ is with us just like He was with Moses.

What was Moses to tell the Pharaoh?

Did God already know what the Pharaoh’s answer would be?

10. Read Exodus 7:21-22. God said that He would give His people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. What was this favor?

Does God still give His people favor today?

11. Read Matthew 17:10-13. Jesus said that Elijah has come already. Who was He referring to?

12. Read Matthew 17:14-23. When Jesus returns from the mountain where He was transfigured, what does He find?

What did the man tell Jesus?

What did Jesus say to His disciples?


Jesus rebuked the _________________, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

While Jesus and His disciples were staying in Galilee, He said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” What was their reaction?

13. Read Matthew 17:23-27. How did Jesus  and Simon Peter pay their taxes?


14. Proverbs 5:7-14.

We must ______________ to instruction.

We must approve correction.

We must _________ the voice of our teachers.

Dear Father,

I thank-you that You never forsake me and are never far from me. When I cry out You always hear me. I trust in You and You deliver me. You delight in Your children and You surround them with Your presence. By the power of the Holy Spirit, when all around me seems lost help me to remember that You lift me up and restore all things.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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