October 29 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Having a rough day? You’re in good company. Lamentations is a book recounting the sorrow and difficulty the Israelites felt due to the exile. They felt rejected, lost, and abandoned. Some of us have felt that way before. Note that there is hope in Lamentations. One of the greatest hymns of all times, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” comes directly from Lamentations. No matter what, there is hope.

Lamentations 1:1-2:19:

  • Lamentations is believed to have been written by Jeremiah. He is known as the “weeping prophet”. This is written as a response to being exiled and being rejected by God.
  • 1-22 – Here the prophet is lamenting or crying out in sorrow at the fate of Israel and Judah as they are exiled and rejected.
  • 1-19 – This chapter focuses on the contrast between where the relationship between God and the Israelites was and where it is during the exile. Special aspects of their relationship such as the temple and being set apart are highlighted.

Philemon 1-25:

  • This letter is from Paul to Philemon and Apphia. It is only one chapter long.
  • 8-16 – Paul is writing to Philemon on behalf of Onesimus who, while Paul was imprisoned, formed a special relationship with Paul. Onesimus had been a servant but was now to become a fellow laborer for Christ with Philemon.

Psalm 101:1-8:

  • David commits to living faithfully and commits to not tolerating anyone who doesn’t.

Proverbs 26:20:

  • We are all capable of adding fuel to the fire when we gossip and keep angry words flowing. If we choose to stop our words, we can squash arguments.

August 3 – Daily Notes – Amanda

connecting

Today we finish up Romans and you’ll notice Paul ends by trying to connect believers together. In most of his letter conclusions he attempts to connect the churches with other believers he’s worked with. We should take a note here. It’s important, as believers, to be connected with other believers.

2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33:

  • 1- Strangely, Josiah is not the youngest king to ever start his reign. Joash started ruling at age 7.
  • 8-13 – Unfaithful kings tended to let the temple fall into disrepair. Both boy kings took the offerings of the people to put it to temple reparations.
  • 27-28 – Even though the people had been evil, the king still had love for them and would have been pained to see them suffer.

Romans 16:8-27:

  • 8-16 – In Paul’s conclusion to the Romans, he is doing his best to connect the believers with others they might encounter.
  • 17-19 – Satan does not like it when people are faithful and make faithful decisions. He tries to deceive and turn them with things and people who seem holy-ish.

Psalm 26:1-12:

  • 2 – This is a pretty scary prayer to pray. This is inviting God to look into all the part of us we normally try to hide.

Proverbs 20:19:

  • Often the person who tells you great gossip will tell yours as well. Better not to associate with them at all.