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July 6

Gratefully do what God puts in your hands
2Chronicles 28-30 / 1Peter 3-5

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OT

30:6-9 At the king’s command, messengers were sent throughout Israel and Judah. They carried letters which said: “O people of Israel, return to the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so that he will return to the few of us who have survived the conquest of the Assyrian kings. Do not be like your ancestors and relatives who abandoned the LORD, the God of their ancestors, and became an object of derision, as you yourselves can see. Do not be stubborn, as they were, but submit yourselves to the LORD. Come to his Temple which he has set apart as holy forever. Worship the LORD your God so that his fierce anger will turn away from you. For if you return to the LORD, your relatives and your children will be treated mercifully by their captors, and they will be able to return to this land. For the LORD your God is gracious and merciful. If you return to him, he will not continue to turn his face from you.”

NT

4:7-10 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.


OT Flash Points

Return to the LORD!
Some mocked
But the grace of God and the celebration of those who returned to the LORD eclipsed the mocking

NT Flash Points

Prayer of compassion opens and applies God’s grace
Joyfully do whatever it takes to be counted with Christ and do the work He gives you with gratitude
Avoid impatiently “helping” God


Perspective

Parched ground becomes a foundation
Forming the vision in us, God takes us to humiliation to hone us into its shape

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