Today's Scripture - ODB


Today's Scripture:1 Peter 3:8–14 (NIV)

Friday, Insight - ODB

Insight 

When Peter wrote, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult” (1 Peter 3:9), he echoed the words of Jesus Himself, who said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27). Jesus added, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them” (v. 32).
Why are we to display such supernatural love? It shows the world the heart of our Father. By loving our enemies, Jesus said, “You will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (vv. 35–36). As Peter noted, “To this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9). By blessing our enemies, we ourselves are blessed. Such is the counter-intuitive nature of the gospel

Friday, Excerpt - ODB

"The Scriptures go a step further: rather than seeking vengeance, the apostle Peter tells us we are to bless (v. 9). We extend forgiveness, the hope of well-being, for those who have unjustly wronged us. Without excusing their evil actions, we can meet them with God’s scandalous mercy. On the cross, Jesus bore the burden of our wrongs, that we might receive grace and extend it to others—even those who have wronged us."

Friday, Daily Devotion's

March 22: Forsaken to Delight
Numbers 26:1–65; 1 Corinthians 8:1–9:27; Psalm 22:1–13
“My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you far from helping me, far from the words of my groaning?” (Psa 22:1).
These are some of the darkest words in Scripture. It’s almost painful to speak them, to imagine a feeling of complete abandonment by God. These are also the words we hear Jesus say when He is hanging from the cross (Matt 27:46). When He utters them, He makes Himself one with this ultimate sufferer, this true lamenter, in Psa 22. He is essentially saying, I am He: the one who has suffered the most for God’s cause and thus knows what it means to be human.”
The plea in this psalm becomes even sadder, but then it is followed by a surprising affirmation of complete faithfulness in God: “O my God, I call by day and you do not answer, and by night but I have no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel” (Psa 22:2–3). The very nature of crying out to God, even in a time of feeling like He has completely abandoned you, is an act of faith. When we cry out in His name, we affirm His presence and the reality that He can intercede. Even if we’re not sure how He will intercede, crying out to Him is an act of faith. It is always the right solution; it’s what Jesus did in His time of greatest need and pain.
The psalmist goes on to depict just how dire the situation is: “All who see me mock me. They open wide their lips; they shake the head, saying: ‘He trusts Yahweh. Let him rescue him. Let him deliver him because he delights in him’ ” (Psa 22:8–9).
Jesus does precisely this: He trusts in Yahweh to be His rescuer. What the mockers—both at the cross and those depicted in this ancient psalm—don’t realize is that God is delighted in the suffering for His cause. God sees the ultimate purpose of Jesus’ suffering—the redemption of His people (compare Isa 52:13–53:12). And likewise, God sees the ultimate purpose of our suffering. He will delight in it when it is done for His purposesHis kingdom. This psalm is a model for us of what to do in those times.
What are you currently suffering through for God’s purposes? How can you use Psalm 22 as a model for your response?
John D. Barry


 Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012. Print.
March 22nd
The burning heart
Did not our heart burn within us? Luke 24:32.
We need to learn this secret of the burning heart. Suddenly Jesus appears to us, the fires are kindled, we have wonderful visions; then we have to learn to keep the secret of the burning heart that will go through anything. It is the dull, bald, dreary, commonplace day, with commonplace duties and people, that kills the burning heart unless we have learned the secret of abiding in Jesus.
Much of our distress as Christians comes not because of sin, but because we are ignorant of the laws of our own nature. For instance, the only test as to whether we ought to allow an emotion to have its way is to see what the outcome of the emotion will be. Push it to its logical conclusion, and if the outcome is something God would condemn, allow it no more way. But if it is an emotion kindled by the Spirit of God and you do not let that emotion have its right issue in your life, it will react on a lower level. That is the way sentimentalists are made. The higher the emotion is, the deeper the degradation will be if it is not worked out on its proper level. If the Spirit of God has stirred you, make as many things inevitable as possible, let the consequences be what they will. We cannot stay on the mount of transfiguration, but we must obey the light we received there; we must act it out. When God gives a vision, transact business on that line, no matter what it costs.

‘We cannot kindle when we will
The fire which in the heart resides,
The spirit bloweth and is still,
In mystery our soul abides;
But tasks in hours or insight will’d
Can be through hours of gloom fulfill’d.

 Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986. Print.

March 22
And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send
Exod. 4:13
It was a very grudging assent. It was as much as to say, “Since Thou art determined to send me and I must undertake the mission, then let it be so; but I would that it might have been another, and I go because I am compelled.” So often do we shrink back from the sacrifice or obligation to which God calls us, that we think we are going to our doom. We seek every reason for evading the divine will, little realizing that He is forcing us out from our quiet homes into a career which includes, among other things, the song of victory on the banks of the Red Sea; the two lonely sojourns for forty days in converse with God; the shining face; the vision of glory; the burial by the hand of Michael; and the supreme honor of standing beside the Lord on the Transfiguration mountain.
F. B. Meyer

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Friday, Byzantine Church Lectionary's

Friday, March 22, 2019 | Triodion and Great Lent
Third Friday of Great Lent
Dark Vestments



Old Testament Isaiah 13:2–13
Old Testament Genesis 8:4–21
Old Testament Proverbs 10:31–11:12


 Byzantine Lectionary (Gregorian). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015. Print.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | Triodion and Great Lent
Second Friday of Great Lent
Dark Vestments



Old Testament Isaiah 7:1–14
Old Testament Genesis 5:32–6:8
Old Testament Proverbs 6:20–7:1

 Byzantine Lectionary (Revised Julian). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015. Print.

Fri, Mar 22, 2019 (Mar 9, 2019) | Triodion and Great Lent
Second Friday of Great Lent
Dark Vestments



Old Testament Isaiah 7:1–14
Old Testament Genesis 5:32–6:8
Old Testament Proverbs 6:20–7:1

 Byzantine Lectionary (Julian). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2016. Print.

Friday, Christian Church Lectionary's

Friday, March 22, 2019 | Lent
Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Years 1 & 2 | Roman Missal | Lectionary



First Reading Genesis 37:3–4, 12–13a, 17b–28a
Response Psalm 105:5a
Psalm Psalm 105:16–21
Gospel Acclamation John 3:16
Gospel Matthew 21:33–43, 45–46


 Catholic Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2009. Print.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | Lent
Friday of the Second Week in Lent
Year 1



Invitatory Psalm 95
Psalms (Morning) Psalm 69:1–21 (22–28) 29–36
Psalms (Evening) Psalm 73
Old Testament Jeremiah 5:1–9
New Testament Romans 2:25–3:18
Gospel John 5:30–47

 The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2010. Print.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | Lent
Friday before the Third Sunday in Lent
Year C

Psalm Psalm 63:1–8
First Reading Daniel 12:1–4
Second Reading Revelation 3:1–6

 Consultation on Common Texts. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2011. Print.