"Helping people become deliberate in their pursuit of God is the mission of my heart. The message and music serve to communicate God's desire for His people to experience and enjoy a true relationship with Him that will effect all our other relationships." - Phil Joel

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Welcome 2015!

This is going to be an amazing year!  It’s such a fun thought to know that there are bunches of us who want to know God better and are waking up and beginning everyday meeting with Him.  It makes those blurry-eyed mornings a little more “doable” when you know you’re not the only one in the world who is going for it! 

The Daily Reading section is going to be used for notes about the daily readings. The purpose is to simply highlight the fact that God wants to speak to us every day.  He isn’t silent!  Sometimes we just need a little extra perspective to see the things He may want us to see.  Our hope is that these daily comments would provide encouragement, open your heart in a new way or simply just “add to” your own personal time with Him. Wewill have new entries each day that correspond with the daily reading schedule – so keep checking in! 

God bless,

Phil Joel

 

Daily Reading

Monday
Mar302015

March 30th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23 / Luke 8:40-9:6 / Psalm 71:1-24 / Proverbs 12:5-7

 

Standout Verse:

Proverbs 12:5-7

“The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.  The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright will deliver them.  The wicked are overthrown and are no more, BUT THE HOUSE OF THE RIGHTEOUS WILL STAND.”

Inspiring and filled with hope!  No matter what we are up against, no matter what schemes of the enemy may try and come against us, when the Lord is on our side, the enemy CANNOT prevail! 

Matthew 7: 24-27 talks about he man who built his HOUSE (his FOUNDATION) on the ROCK.  When our lives are built on the TRUTH of who God is and what He says, we can fend off and arrow or lie that the enemy throws our way.  ”Greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world”...steadfast, life-giving, hope-filled truth that we can STAND ON!

Sunday
Mar292015

March 29th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

 

Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32 / Luke 8:22-39 / Psalm 70:1-5 / Proverbs 12:4

 

Standout Verse: Deuteronomy 12:28

“Observe and obey all these words which I command you, THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH YOU and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of your God.”

Again, a great example of how our God loves simple equations.  Chapter 11 outlines God’s “blessings for obedience” and “curses for disobedience”.  Basically, when we stay “in the lines” of the things God calls us to do (obedience) and when we love Him and serve Him with our hearts (for real, not just in words or ideals), THINGS GO WELL.

If we choose to walk in disobedience to the things He calls us to and when our hearts are far from Him, the opposite is true – THINGS DON”T GO WELL.

God is straight forward and uncomplicated.  We must be people who are yielded and passionate in our pursuit of our Heavenly Father. As we seek Him, grow in our knowledge and understanding of who He is and live in relationship with Him, we can know that He is with us, leading and guiding all the way THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH US! 

Saturday
Mar282015

March 28th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22 / Luke 8:4-21 / Psalm 69:19-36 / Proverbs 12:2-3

 

Standout verse:

Deuteronomy 9:12

“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you have brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly; they have quickly turned aside from the way which I had commanded them; they have made themselves a molded image.”

The Israelites were in a period of waiting. God was seemingly silent; they didn’t like the season they were in or where they were living.  Instead of believing and standing on the promise that God had a plan and was in the process of seeing it through, the people became anxious and tired of waiting.  They didn’t like God’s timing – it wasn’t comfortable.  So, they decided to take matters into their own hands and try to speed up the process.  The people were well aware of the Promises God had spoken over them for generations and they felt that now was the time for them to “help Him out”.  

Enter: the golden calf…that didn’t go well for them…jumping ahead of God’s plans and timing for us never does.  Let’s be people that study history and learn through it.  We are called to TRUST God with EVERY AREA of our lives and WAIT for His best!

Lord, thank You for YOUR PLANS and YOUR TIMING.  Help us not to run ahead of You, but keep our eyes focused and our ears listening to what You are saying.  As we press into You each day, let us hear Your voice more clearly so that our lives will be in step with Your will for us.  HELP US TO BE WILLING TO WAIT ON YOUR TIMING – continue to transform us and grow our faith!

 

Friday
Mar272015

March 27th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20 / Luke 7:36-8:3 / Psalm 69:1-18 / Proverbs 12:1

 

Standout verse:

Luke 7:36-50 = The story of the sinful woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and anointed His head with costly oil.

Jesus uses this woman as an example to His followers of TRUE REPENTANCE.  We know this woman had walked in a lifestyle of sin.  She came to Jesus, fell at His feet, washed them with her tears and then anointed His head with costly oil. Note: she did all this before He had forgiven her.  She had nothing left to lose; she was stripped of her pride and desire for self-gratification – she was desperate for Him.  Jesus could see the evidence of her brokenness - He lovingly forgave her and commended the purity of her heart and her motives.

Repentance isn’t jut being “sorry” for what we’ve done or “sorry” we were caught.  TRUE REPENTANCE is humbly acknowledging our sin, confessing it to our Heavenly Father (and those we’ve wronged), asking to be washed clean and TURNING from our sin toward the LIFE that God calls us to passionately and obediently.

A broken and a contrite heart- these O God, You will not despise.  -  Psalm 51:17

Thursday
Mar262015

March 26th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25 / Luke 7:11-35 / Psalm 68:19-35 / Proverbs 11:29-31

 

Standout Verse:

Deuteronomy 6:5-9

“And YOU shall love the Lord YOUR God with all YOUR heart, with all YOUR soul and with all YOUR strength.  And these words, which I command you today, shall be in YOUR heart.  YOU shall teach them DILIGENTLY to YOUR children, and shall talk of them when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

These verses are great instructions for living individually AND in the context of family.  As individuals we are called to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength.  Our relationship with our Heavenly Father must be primary – He holds the keys to our lives.  It is through our one-on-one relationship with Him that we get to know Him and walk with Him, stand on His life-giving truth and become the people He created us to be.  It starts with US as INDIVIDUAL children of God - we can’t give away anything we don’t possess…. 

THEN, we are called to teach this same life-giving truth to the next generation.  If God has given us children, it is OUR responsibility to teach, train and grow them up in the ways of the Lord.  It’s not a job that should be given away or "assigned" to others (School teachers, Sunday School teachers, Youth Pastors - partnering with them, YES, abdicating our responsibility to them, NO).  It’s God’s ideal that WE, as passionate followers of Him, TRAIN UP OUR CHILDREN TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THEIR HEART, SOUL, MIND AND STRENGTH.  Our children should be able to get a great sense of our passion for Him as we live out our daily lives – as we walk by the way, as we lie down and wake up.  That’s His plan!  He is calling this generation of parents to BE STRONG, STEADFAST and PASSIONATE in our relationship with Him so we can pour the life-giving truth we experience into our children.  So cool!