February 13 – Scripture of the Day

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Today’s reading covered the building of the following for the Tabernacle:

  • The Ark
  • The Table
  • The Lampstand
  • The Incense Alter
  • The Alter of Burnt Offering
  • The Washbasin
  • The Courtyard
  • Inventory of materials
  • Clothing for the priests
  • The Ephod
  • The Chestpiece
  • Additional clothing for the priests

But the verse that stood out to me was Exodus 39:30 which says, “Finally, they made the sacred medallion—the badge of holiness—of pure gold. They engraved it like a seal with these words: Holy to the lord.”

They were being commanded to make these things Holy to the Lord. Holy means “set-apart.”

Interestingly, in the New Testament we are commanded to be holy as well.

We are also to be set-apart for God.

We are to be different. We are not to copy the behaviors and customs of the world in which we live; instead we are to live differently.

Jesus definitely called us to live differently.

For example, in chapter six of Luke Jesus tells us to love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us and pray for those who hurt us.

If that’s not being different, set-apart, holy, than I don’t know what is.

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Today’s reading: Exodus 37:1- 39:31
Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 39:32-40:38, Numbers 9:15-23

Most Popular Bible Verse 2014

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The Bible app YouVersion has been downloaded an astonishing 164 million times.  It is a great app; I have it on my phone and tablet.

One of the most interesting things I have enjoyed seeing for the last few years, are the most popular verses that have been highlighted, shared or bookmarked.

For 2014, it is the verse in the above graphic:  Romans 12:2.

I thought this was interesting because for a long time it has been one of, if not my favorite, verse.  I think that’s the case because it speaks to what God has done in my life; and a big way he has done it is by changing what I think about, and how.

My first “sermon” I ever delivered was based on Romans 12:2.  And, the first post on this blog was also.

Kinda cool.  At least I think so.

Interestingly, the second most popular verse was Philippians 4:8, which reads, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Also of interest, the third most popular verse on YouVersion is Philippians 4:6, which was the most highlighted verse according on Amazon’s Kindle Bible.

What’s your favorite verse?

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Scripture link:  Romans 12:2
Photo credit:  Pixabay.com
Source link:  Most Popular Bible Verse YouVersion 2014
http://blog.youversion.com/2014/12/our-year-with-the-bible-infographic-2014/

Sharing the Word of God!

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Its an exciting day for me.  October 16 has always been important and special in my life, but this year its because I am celebrating the launch of the PastorJamie.com blog.

Mostly we’ll talk about life, God’s love…and occasionally other things…

I am starting this blog to share the love of Jesus Christ with the world.  There is nothing more important in this world than believing in Jesus.

I didn’t always follow Christ.  I wasn’t always a believer.  But God has changed me by changing the way I think.  And there is no better way to get to know God and let Him change your life than by reading His book.

Let’s enjoy this journey called life together.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Jamie

Scripture link:  Romans 12:2
Photo credit:  Pixabay.com