My Year of Bible Reading with No Chapters or Verses

Not too long ago I took one of my grandsons out for a bagel and asked him a question. “What’s the most important thing in the world?” I told him it had to be a person or an object.

After a long pause, he responded, “The Bible?” “That’s right,” I said.

I went on to say that apart from God’s Word, we would have no way of knowing God’s thoughts, commands, warnings, or promises. We’d be limited to general revelation, which gloriously declares aspects of God’s character and deeds, but is silent when it comes to our separation from God and his plan to reconcile us to himself through Christ.

The Bible is an unspeakably precious gift that men and women have given their lives to protect, proclaim, and publish. So it makes all the sense in the world to spend as much time getting to know God through his Word as we can.

A Plan for Reading

As 2020 comes to a close, a lot of us are thinking about a Bible reading plan for 2021. I’ve spent numerous years since 2001 reading through the Bible. It’s always a rich, rewarding practice, whether I’m reading through a study Bible, using the McCheyne Bible reading plan, or benefiting from the Prof. Grant Horner plan.

When I want to slow down and go more in-depth I’ll read Scripture along with a trusted commentary (Christopher Ash on Job and Greg Beale on Revelation were both fantastic).

But a couple years ago my church committed to reading through the Bible and I decided to use the 6 volume ESV Reader’s Bible.

Wow.

I discovered early on that I do better reading the Bible in a year when I seek to finish early, rather than always trying to catch up. So I aimed to read 25 pages each time I sat down. I didn’t always achieve that, but I succeeded often enough to enable me to finish by the end of September.

As I read, I wrote comments in the columns and then transferred those thoughts to a single note in Evernote. At the end I had a record of everything I learned last year. Later I reviewed all the Scriptures I had written notes next to and again saw things I hadn’t noticed before.

I’ve become a huge fan of the ESV Reader’s Bible. Here are three reasons why.

Entering the Story

Chapter and verse numbers weren’t common until the mid-1500s. They’re great for memorization and knowing exactly where a verse is. But most of us have never read our Bibles without them. It’s a different experience.

History feels like history, poems like poetry, and letters like letters. I found, especially in the longer history and prophetic books, I was more deeply engaged with the plot.

I didn’t always know what was coming next, which made familiar chapters like Exodus 32, Isaiah 53, and Jeremiah 31 fresh. The flow of thought was never interrupted. I had no idea how long or short chapters were, which enabled me to more fully enter in to what I was reading.

Overall, I was able to enter God’s story with more consistency, depth, and delight.

Kindness in Commands

One of the biggest takeaways in reading the Reader’s Version was realizing how God’s requiring our obedience is an expression of his kindness.

In the garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed to be completely content and satisfied. “It was very good.” And what made their existence so idyllic was the fact that everything and everyone submitted to God’s gracious rule.

Once Adam and Eve rejected God’s authority and declared themselves “lord,” they experienced life apart from the blessing of God’s presence and God’s kingship. When I got to Exodus I started noticing how often God declares, “I am the Lord.” Seventeen times. In Leviticus, “I am the Lord” occurs 49 times. Rather merely stating who’s in charge, God was reminding his people that when he doesn’t reign as Lord life leads to confusion, chaos, and destruction. There is no goodness outside his reign.

Further on, I saw how the prophets’ cries to repent, the victories of Israel’s enemies, and the repeated listing of Israel’s sins were God wooing his people back to the protection of his rule.

To those who refuse to bow the knee, “I am the Lord” is a terrifying promise that God will ultimately have his way. But to those who respond in glad obedience, “I am the Lord” is a gracious call back to the peace, joy, and safety of the garden, and a foretaste of the new heavens and earth.

In all the times I’ve read through the Bible previously, I never saw so clearly what the Psalmist saw: “The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (Ps. 119:72).

Hearing God’s Heart

When I get an email or letter, no one ever numbers their sentences. At least not yet. That would make the communication feel more formal.

Reading Scripture with numbered verses and chapters can have a similar effect. It can come across as something other than Spirit-breathed words of a personal and present God.

That certainly doesn’t have to be the case. But reading the ESV Reader’s Version through the year gave me new eyes and ears. I was surprised how much easier it was for me to receive what I was reading as coming from the heart of God, intended for my good and growth.

Since reading the Reader’s Version, I’ve also read through the ESV Reader’s Bible that has the chapter and verse numbers. Even though the numbers were in a lighter print, it was still a different experience.

Having it Both Ways

Reading through the ESV Reader’s Bible has caused me to read numbered Bibles with a fresh perspective. I find myself paying less attention to the numbers and breaks. Still, I’m grateful that when I want to access a phrase, sentence, or verse, I can identify its address.

Whatever way you choose to read your Bible, whatever plan you use, however many times you’ve started to read through the Bible and failed, there is always grace to start again. And the rewards are incalculable.

“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7–11, ESV)

A Gift

You might be reading this post and thinking, “This six-volume set would be so great to have.” Or maybe you’re thinking, “I would love to give this to someone for Christmas this year.”

Well, after writing this post I contacted Justin Taylor at Crossway and asked if Crossway would be willing to donate a free set of the Six-volume ESV Reader’s Bible for someone to win. Not surprisingly he said yes.

Here’s how it will work. Leave a comment (only one per person please!) with a favorite Bible verse (written out, not just the reference). That’s all. If you want to say how God has spoken to you through that verse, that would be great. This coming Tuesday, I’ll pick one name at random and contact the winner by email. You have to live in the continental U.S. to win, but you can leave a Bible verse in the comments no matter where you reside!

If you don’t win, I’d encourage you to check out the multitude of Bibles you can buy for yourself or someone else for Christmas.

And always remember what Charles Spurgeon said:

“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”

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208 Responses to My Year of Bible Reading with No Chapters or Verses

  1. Richard Lee December 11, 2020 at 1:14 PM #

    Romans 5:8

    • Josh Kruger December 12, 2020 at 7:05 PM #

      Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked nor stand in the way if sinners nor sit in the seat scoffers scoffers; but his DELIGHT is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night – Without chapter and verse :)

      I thank God that He is willing to reveal Himself to us through His inspired word. What a gracious God we serve.

      • Nathan Golden December 14, 2020 at 2:53 PM #

        Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. – Psalm 107:8-9

        Been listening to new music (The Psalms Project) from Mike Janzen. His song reflecting Psalm 107 has been on constant repeat the past week.

    • Jared Lindsey December 13, 2020 at 6:49 AM #

      Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He’ll direct your path.

      Like most, My life has been filled with ups and downs. From seizures as a teenager, to addictions as an adult. When I felt like I was walking alone and couldn’t see a step in front of me, this verse always encouraged me. It’s not about what I see ahead, so long as my eyes are fixed on the one who saved me.

  2. Thomas Womack December 11, 2020 at 1:19 PM #

    “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

  3. Andrew December 11, 2020 at 1:19 PM #

    Matthew 6:33!

    • Rebekah Rojas December 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM #

      It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
      Deuteronomy 31:8

      • Drew T Hacker December 12, 2020 at 9:47 AM #

        Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
        Ephesians 2:11‭-‬13 ESV

        How awesome a picture of the reconciliation that we have in Christ and how we are one people, no matter our “tribes or tongues” that has been brought near by the blood of Christ. This should unite us as a Christian brothers and sisters in these dark times, for the glory of God.

        • Peter August 12, 2021 at 5:13 AM #

          Verses and chapters are not part of God’s Word. They are man-made, human novelties that should be avoided.

    • CindyCampbell December 11, 2020 at 9:21 PM #

      Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds ,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
      And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4

  4. David Rojas December 11, 2020 at 1:20 PM #

    James 1:2-4 has been a constant reminder of the goodness of hardships throughout my life.

    “Count it all Joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

    • Jackson December 11, 2020 at 7:05 PM #

      Hebrews 3:13
      But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

      Great reminder for the church! May God be glorified!

  5. Ben Barcomb December 11, 2020 at 1:23 PM #

    Psalm 103:1 – bless the lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name

  6. Boyd December 11, 2020 at 1:23 PM #

    2 Timothy 2:15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

  7. Noah December 11, 2020 at 1:24 PM #

    Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21

  8. William Slack December 11, 2020 at 1:25 PM #

    “God made Him Who had no sin to become sin for us, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21) My life verse.. The Gospel driven home! I too have been using Horner.. Love it – but as you wrote Bob, I need to go deeper into context, and this would be great..

  9. James Asselin December 11, 2020 at 1:25 PM #

    Romans 15:13. Works great as a benediction!

  10. Stephanie B December 11, 2020 at 1:25 PM #

    Isaiah 43:2 is my absolute favorite.

    • Cody McCallister December 11, 2020 at 8:26 PM #

      He must increase, but I must decrease-John 3:30

  11. Amber Stacy December 11, 2020 at 1:26 PM #

    “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  12. Robert Davis December 11, 2020 at 1:27 PM #

    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30 (ESV)

  13. Jonathan C December 11, 2020 at 1:27 PM #

    5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
    6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
    7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
    8 It will be healing to your flesh
    and refreshment to your bones. Prov. 3:5-8 ESV

    God Bless you and your family for your ministry, brother. Merry Christmas!

  14. Nick M December 11, 2020 at 1:27 PM #

    Romans 1:16-17

    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

  15. DAVID CHAPDELAINE December 11, 2020 at 1:28 PM #

    “For it is by grace you have been saved
    through faith
    and it is not of yourselves
    it is a gift of God
    not by works,
    so that no one can boast.”
    Ephesians 2:8-9

    I’ve memorized this one, but find that I have not fully internalized it.
    I learned this while I was a counselor at a VBS one summer, realizing that my relationship with God was based on the way I felt about the works I had done and not the gift of salvation.
    It also sent me on a path realizing that God had done the work for me to be part of His family, adopted as His son forever.

    -DC

    • Bob Kauflin December 11, 2020 at 5:05 PM #

      Praise God that he spoke to you even while you were seeking to minister to others!

  16. Adam Hunter December 11, 2020 at 1:28 PM #

    “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” –Deuteronomy 29:29

    I’ve spent way too much time the past few years driving myself crazy trying to figure out every nook and cranny of theology. But I’ve realized (in part thanks to this verse) that God can’t be locked into a system… we can’t comprehend the infinite with our finite minds. So I’ve learned to accept the tensions of Scripture and the mysteriousness of God and instead focus on obedience to the things he has chosen to reveal.

    Adam

    • Bob Kauflin December 11, 2020 at 5:05 PM #

      Ps. 131:1 is great for that too: “O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.” (Psalm 131:1, ESV)

  17. Amanda December 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM #

    But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved- Ephesians 2:4-5

  18. Michael Blue December 11, 2020 at 1:33 PM #

    Great encouraging read. I’ve been considering using a reader’s Bible next year. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 16:11: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

    God bless.

  19. Andy December 11, 2020 at 1:33 PM #

    “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

    So much truth to unpack and meditate on! Our glorious Savior, existing before all things were created, came near to us to bring us to the Father. Humility, majesty, kindness, righteousness… praise God for Jesus.

  20. Christine December 11, 2020 at 1:34 PM #

    Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

    It’s my favorite verse because of how beautifully it depicts our wretched, despicable sins being washed away (undeservedly!) and how God has made us new through the sacrificial death of His Son. The gospel is a message that we as Christians should not overlook, and this verse is a powerful reminder of that.

    • Bob Kauflin December 11, 2020 at 5:04 PM #

      The gospel never gets old. Jesus is always better than we think he is.

  21. Razmik S December 11, 2020 at 1:34 PM #

    My favorite Bible verse these days is Phillipians 4:6
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

  22. Bryan Sullivan December 11, 2020 at 1:34 PM #

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been wanting to try this version for a while.
    1 Peter 1:13 – Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

  23. Drew Byers December 11, 2020 at 1:36 PM #

    My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9

    Christ is not disappointed by my weakness. It’s is an opportunity for him to demonstrate his perfect power.

    • Bob Kauflin December 11, 2020 at 5:03 PM #

      Drew, if you heaven’t read Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund yet, you should get it!

    • Sterling Tollison December 12, 2020 at 12:40 AM #

      14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
      15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
      16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16

      • Jason Riley December 12, 2020 at 4:21 PM #

        Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
        -Proverbs 3:5-6

  24. Kristin Smetona December 11, 2020 at 1:37 PM #

    My favorite verse is Psalm 42:5 – “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation”

    It’s been a great comfort when my soul feels sad and sorrowful that the Lord renews and gives praise to his sorrowful people.

  25. Adam VanderHeiden December 11, 2020 at 1:38 PM #

    Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13

    What a friend we have in Jesus! This verse has comforted me in times of loneliness, but more than that, it preaches the Gospel to me in profound ways!

    • Matt December 11, 2020 at 8:45 PM #

      2 Corinthians 3:18

      And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

  26. John Bjorkman December 11, 2020 at 1:38 PM #

    1 John 4:20
    “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”

    This was the verse on a poster I saw in the mid 1960s. I found my parents’ dusty, unused Bible to look it up. Found it, read the whole chapter, then the whole letter, then the whole Bible. I was nine years old, and have read the Bible cover to cover many times since, in various translations. These days, I read the Bible aloud to my wife (of 41 years) to start our day. Even today, I still feel some excitement whenever we start 1 John.

    • Bob Kauflin December 11, 2020 at 5:02 PM #

      John, that is a fantastic testimony of God’s working in your life. Praise his name!

      • Luke Tanis December 11, 2020 at 8:57 PM #

        Colossians 1:29
        For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

  27. Stephen Brown December 11, 2020 at 1:39 PM #

    “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Ps 119:18).

  28. Robert Roberson December 11, 2020 at 1:39 PM #

    Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say Rejoice.

  29. Chris Combs December 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM #

    Isaiah 26:3-4
    “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”

    My wife reminded me of this verse. We’ve had a child dealing with seizures and recently been in a children’s hospital while tests were ran and came back. Upon reflection this was on her heart. God is good and sovereign. We can trust him with the bad and the good.

  30. Fabrizio December 11, 2020 at 1:42 PM #

    2 Corinthians 12:9 — But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  31. Jared Howell December 11, 2020 at 1:42 PM #

    Great article, Bob!

    23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
    24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
    25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
    26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:23-26

    My favorite section of scripture. What a wonderful expression of trusting in the Lord even in the midst of trial, confusion, and frustration. My confidence is in Him alone, He who does not fail.

    • Pierce Brown December 12, 2020 at 1:03 AM #

      Love that Jared! Thanks buddy!

  32. Geoff December 11, 2020 at 1:44 PM #

    2 Samuel 9

  33. Lindsey Doud December 11, 2020 at 1:45 PM #

    Hebrews 12:1-11 is my passage of the year. It is often easy to allow worldly pressure to guide my actions or attitudes, but this passage reminds me to continue to strive for godliness and endure in faithfulness, even as Christ did. It also is an excellent reminder that the Lord sends discipline out of love in order to bring about the fruits of righteousness.

  34. Shannon Bellamy December 11, 2020 at 1:46 PM #

    Every year I ask God to give me a scripture and a word to focus on for the year. This year He has given me 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27, the word is Strength. God is calling me to a year of getting strong spiritually, physically, and mentally.
    In 2 weeks I will be having surgery that will give me another tool in my work chest towards this goal. I am committed to a year of hard work. My desire is to honor God in all I eat, all I do physically to get myself back in good health and to spend more time getting to know His will for my life.
    I feel this is a year of preparation. God has big plans- and I want to be a tool He can use for His glory and honor.

    • Bob Kauflin December 11, 2020 at 5:01 PM #

      May God fulfill all your prayers, Shannon, as you seek to bring him glory!

  35. westbreedlove December 11, 2020 at 1:48 PM #

    “This is my beloved and this is my friend” (Song of Solomon 5:16) is engraved in our wedding bands. It captures so perfectly not just my love and relationship with my wife but with my Lord.

  36. Jens Nelson December 11, 2020 at 1:49 PM #

    John 21:25.

  37. Luke December 11, 2020 at 1:50 PM #

    “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

  38. Flip Michaels December 11, 2020 at 1:51 PM #

    Col 1:28

  39. Ingrid Johnson December 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM #

    Psalm 103

  40. Brian v Betts December 11, 2020 at 1:57 PM #

    2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

  41. Eric Bachner December 11, 2020 at 1:57 PM #

    Romans 8:28

  42. Mike December 11, 2020 at 1:58 PM #

    So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

  43. Jenny December 11, 2020 at 1:58 PM #

    He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
    Romans 8:32

    • Craig Archer December 11, 2020 at 5:04 PM #

      “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
      ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-19‬ ‭

  44. Jonathan December 11, 2020 at 1:59 PM #

    There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
    Romans 8:1

  45. Nate Norberg December 11, 2020 at 2:01 PM #

    Luke 15:20 “And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”

    This part of the story is always such a deep encouragement whenever my thoughts sound like the previous verses.

  46. Scott Chandler December 11, 2020 at 2:03 PM #

    Romans 5:6-11 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

  47. Aaron Campbell December 11, 2020 at 2:09 PM #

    He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
    For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
    as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
    – Psalm 103:10-12

    What a gracious God!

  48. Matthew Cates December 11, 2020 at 2:12 PM #

    Isaiah 53

    • Tim Clark December 12, 2020 at 5:43 AM #

      The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
      Lamentations 3:22‭-‬24

  49. Dan December 11, 2020 at 2:17 PM #

    Some trust in horses and some in chariots, but we trust in the Lord our God. Psa 20:7

  50. Brandon Sickling December 11, 2020 at 2:17 PM #

    Revelation 21:1-5
    “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

  51. John Gardner December 11, 2020 at 2:19 PM #

    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from Christ you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

  52. Jared Doty December 11, 2020 at 2:23 PM #

    “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” – Psalm 62:1-2

  53. Jamie Braziel December 11, 2020 at 2:23 PM #

    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

    In 2020, I think we all need to remember that God commands us not to fear over and over in His Word.

  54. Caleb Lewis December 11, 2020 at 2:30 PM #

    “Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” – Phil. 4:5

  55. Nathan December 11, 2020 at 2:38 PM #

    The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

  56. Kyle Plattner December 11, 2020 at 2:39 PM #

    Romans 8:18-25 – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

  57. Alex Valencia December 11, 2020 at 2:49 PM #

    The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. – Ecclesiastes 12:13

  58. Alex Valencia December 11, 2020 at 2:53 PM #

    The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. – Ecclesiastes 12:13

    (Trying again, I think my first comment didn’t work)

  59. Matt Widder December 11, 2020 at 2:59 PM #

    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

  60. AJ December 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM #

    Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

  61. Chris Youell December 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM #

    Romans 6:14 – For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

  62. Brad December 11, 2020 at 3:03 PM #

    John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

  63. David Cornett December 11, 2020 at 3:24 PM #

    Psalm 42:5 – Why are you cast down, O my soul,

    and why are you in turmoil within me?

    Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

    my salvation and my God.

  64. Jack Wickwire December 11, 2020 at 3:27 PM #

    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Somewhere in Galatians)

  65. Daniel December 11, 2020 at 3:41 PM #

    “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). – Matthew 1:23

    18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
    19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
    20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20

    Matthew starts and ends with the promise of God with us! I was encouraged by this today.

  66. Josh Cass December 11, 2020 at 3:48 PM #

    Revelation 21:1–5
    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

    And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    This passage ALWAYS gives me chills. The hope that it instills is so enduring and powerful. The finality. The sovereignty. Grace upon grace. “Why was I made to hear Thy voice and enter while their’s room?”

  67. John December 11, 2020 at 3:53 PM #

    Daniel 2:44-45 – In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.

  68. Buddy A. December 11, 2020 at 3:58 PM #

    38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39

  69. Bob December 11, 2020 at 4:00 PM #

    Joshua 24:15 “…”But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”

  70. Jordan December 11, 2020 at 4:01 PM #

    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

  71. Jenn Little December 11, 2020 at 4:43 PM #

    Psalm 16:5-6 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in peasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

  72. Candi December 11, 2020 at 4:47 PM #

    I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:3-5
    This verse has been monumental in my family’s life of ministry and missions. We seek partnerships with like-minded individuals and churches who long to see the Great Commission obeyed!
    Would love this set for my husband, who sold nearly all of his books when we moved overseas, but we’re now back and I’d like to help him re-outfit his theological library.

  73. Judi Byma December 11, 2020 at 5:24 PM #

    “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

    This verse hangs on my door at my office in my church where I serve as worship coordinator. It’s always there to remind me that God is always there as I’m doing the work he’s called me to. I’m never alone. And even when I mess up, he delights in me and quiets me with his love. The thought of him singing over me inspires me to plan creative ways for his people to sing to Him!

  74. Elizabeth Huynh December 11, 2020 at 5:27 PM #

    “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  75. Joe Allen December 11, 2020 at 5:44 PM #

    Revelation 15:4: “Who will not fear, O Lord,
    and glorify your name?
    For you alone are holy.
    All nations will come
    and worship you,
    for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

  76. Sean Evans December 11, 2020 at 5:51 PM #

    1 Peter 1:3 “According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

  77. Taylor December 11, 2020 at 6:03 PM #

    “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” Hebrews 1:1-3

  78. Franklin Hang December 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM #

    “I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭101:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  79. Noah Bramlett December 11, 2020 at 7:58 PM #

    My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

  80. Josh Vandgrift December 11, 2020 at 7:58 PM #

    Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

  81. Samuel Kassing December 11, 2020 at 8:01 PM #

    Titus 3:4

    But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, (ESV)

  82. William Francis Aylward Jordan December 11, 2020 at 8:02 PM #

    John 1:5
    The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it

  83. George Mayes December 11, 2020 at 8:05 PM #

    “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

  84. Taylor December 11, 2020 at 8:20 PM #

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7

  85. Maggie Garay December 11, 2020 at 8:30 PM #

    The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. – Ps. 16:5-6

  86. Lance Parrott December 11, 2020 at 8:34 PM #

    Isaiah 26:3

    You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

  87. Rachel Beard December 11, 2020 at 8:39 PM #

    “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:71‬ ‭

  88. Mia Slager December 11, 2020 at 8:39 PM #

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45. This reminds me in the every day things to remember that Christ served others always.

  89. Trent Broussard December 11, 2020 at 8:42 PM #

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  90. Joon Roh December 11, 2020 at 8:44 PM #

    Isaiah 40:28

    Have you not known? Have you not heard?

    The Lord is the everlasting God,

    the Creator of the ends of the earth.

    He does not faint or grow weary;

    his understanding is unsearchable.

    ————————————————————————————–
    Praise God for his faithfulness and kindness for the year 2020!

  91. Sarah Irons December 11, 2020 at 8:46 PM #

    But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us —
    not by works of righteousness that we had done,
    but according to His mercy — through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
    Titus 3:4-5

  92. Nathan Stuller December 11, 2020 at 8:51 PM #

    One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His Temple.
    Psalm 27:4

    This is a powerful reminder to me that the Christian’s reward is God Himself.

  93. Lynnda December 11, 2020 at 8:52 PM #

    Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2

    This season, I have been continually reminded to keep my eyes on Jesus through all the trials, disappointments, and distractions of 2020, and to keep running with endurance. Nothing we go through will compare to what Jesus willingly went through on the cross – for the JOY set before Him. He is our hope and our joy!

  94. Ian Stamps December 11, 2020 at 8:53 PM #

    Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.
    1 Peter 1:8

  95. Matt December 11, 2020 at 9:00 PM #

    1 Corinthians 15:3-4

    For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

  96. aaron beane December 11, 2020 at 9:00 PM #

    But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. – Acts 20:24

  97. Brandon Long December 11, 2020 at 9:06 PM #

    1 Cor. 2:2 has been my life verse since my youth pastor encouraged me to memorize scripture!

    ‘For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

  98. Caroline Ferrell December 11, 2020 at 9:10 PM #

    PSALM 97:1 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
    let the many coastlands be glad!

  99. Lisa LaGeorge December 11, 2020 at 9:20 PM #

    Hebrews 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. Reason to press on!

  100. Taylor Bradbury December 11, 2020 at 9:30 PM #

    “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another, every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” (Heb. 3:12–14).

  101. Richard E. Ulrich December 11, 2020 at 9:34 PM #

    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

    “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

  102. shannon conley December 11, 2020 at 9:36 PM #

    The Lord Will perfect that which concerns me.

  103. Deanna Carnley December 11, 2020 at 9:37 PM #

    Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1.

  104. Jeff Hudson December 11, 2020 at 9:38 PM #

    For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:21

  105. Kevin December 11, 2020 at 9:38 PM #

    2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  106. CJ Finch December 11, 2020 at 9:47 PM #

    Matthew 22:37 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might.

  107. Valerie December 11, 2020 at 9:47 PM #

    “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
    ‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:4-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  108. Matt December 11, 2020 at 10:24 PM #

    “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭105:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  109. Becca December 11, 2020 at 10:28 PM #

    Over the past year, Genesis 1:1 has moved from the dusty past of preschool memorization to the forefront of importance in my thinking – In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth.

    If we miss that, we miss everything, God is the everlasting creator. We live in His world, and must abide by His Word.

  110. Justin December 11, 2020 at 10:54 PM #

    Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”

  111. Matthew Bone December 11, 2020 at 11:18 PM #

    So grateful for your ministry and encouragement, but the task of picking one verse is painful. I have made it through some dark seasons resting in Lamentations 3:21-24. “But this I call to mind and therefore have HOPE!”

  112. Andrew Boyton December 11, 2020 at 11:21 PM #

    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

  113. Grace December 11, 2020 at 11:22 PM #

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). The verses I go to the most often whenever life feels so overwhelming!

  114. Anthony Foster December 11, 2020 at 11:23 PM #

    Proverbs 3 Verses 5-6
    Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. — I memorized this as a youth in the KJV and it has come back to me nearly daily as a reminder of how limited I am and how my great God is not hindered at all by my limitations. It is so true that He really has directed me, even me, in my paths. That is a sweetness beyond compare.

  115. Craig Archer December 11, 2020 at 11:23 PM #

    “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-19‬

    I’ve been trying to look at the prayers found in Scripture in order to shape my own prayer life. I’m finding Paul’s first two prayers in Ephesians to be greatly profound and life changing. We can pray these for the rest of our lives!

  116. Grace December 11, 2020 at 11:37 PM #

    Psalm 104:33-34
    I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.

  117. Melanie Campbell December 12, 2020 at 12:11 AM #

    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
    Hebrews 13:8 – this has been a verse I’ve gone to over and over throughout the years when things seem chaotic and uncertain.

  118. Caleb Grunau December 12, 2020 at 12:13 AM #

    1 Corinthians 10:31
    Whether then you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

  119. Michael December 12, 2020 at 12:22 AM #

    “Whoever sees me, has sees him who sent me.” John 12:45

    Sometimes it seems to know the Father is more abstract than knowing Jesus. Oh but when we see the heart of Christ we’ve seen the very heart of the Father.

  120. Pierce Brown December 12, 2020 at 12:57 AM #

    “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins… and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—”
    ‭‭
    Ephesians‬ ‭2:1, 3-5‬

    These verses, again and again and again, through multiple decades, have beat the drum of the gospel ever louder in my life. They’ve reminded me how desperately in need I am when I’m puffed up and feeling full of myself, and how desperately in need I am when I’m broken and feeling beaten down. No matter the season, my need is always the same: the “rich mercy,” the “great love,” and the Christ that brings me back to life! “It is by grace you have been saved.”

  121. Mike Chambers December 12, 2020 at 1:21 AM #

    “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” – Colossians 1:28

  122. Cory Vail December 12, 2020 at 6:37 AM #

    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

  123. Alex McNeilly December 12, 2020 at 7:10 AM #

    John 17:20: “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word…”

  124. Sam Choi December 12, 2020 at 7:53 AM #

    But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. – Genesis 8:1

  125. Paige Garcia December 12, 2020 at 8:11 AM #

    Isaiah 26:3-4 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” I learned this verse early on in my walk with Him, and through it He has helped me persevere through trials.

  126. John Alexander December 12, 2020 at 8:25 AM #

    1 Timothy 1:15:

    “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”

  127. Randy Vandemark December 12, 2020 at 8:28 AM #

    Phillipians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Constant prayer + gratitude = Peace – have found this to be true over and over and over again in my life! Thank you God for guarding me in Christ Jesus!

  128. Travis December 12, 2020 at 8:32 AM #

    Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, that God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

  129. Terese Christian December 12, 2020 at 8:32 AM #

    Psalm 37:4 – “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I’ve come to see that this is more about as I delight in him, my desires change, so it isn’t as much about getting what I want because I delight in Him, but transforming my desires to what He wants for me!

  130. Joel Frank December 12, 2020 at 8:41 AM #

    “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:13

  131. Jennifer Palumbo December 12, 2020 at 8:46 AM #

    Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

  132. David Wells December 12, 2020 at 8:58 AM #

    Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:1-3 NIV)

    An action-packed summary about worship: what we should do, how we should do it, and why the Lord deserves it.

  133. John Melton December 12, 2020 at 9:09 AM #

    The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)

    Ray and Jani Ortlund post this verse as the impetus behind their passion at Renewal Ministries. Its become my own this year, and has made all the difference.

  134. Lana Crespo December 12, 2020 at 9:18 AM #

    Psalm 46:10
    Be still and know I am God.

  135. Stacia Emory December 12, 2020 at 9:30 AM #

    “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”
    Psalm‬ ‭147:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  136. Vicki Miller December 12, 2020 at 9:33 AM #

    1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you!”
    I love how the Lord never tires of hearing us, either in concerns or praises. HE is AMAZING!!

  137. Dan December 12, 2020 at 9:44 AM #

    1 Peter 5:7

  138. Lisa Harmon December 12, 2020 at 9:54 AM #

    Exodus 15:20-21 20
    Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:

    “Sing to the Lord,
    for he is highly exalted.
    Both horse and driver
    he has hurled into the sea.”

  139. Kevin Carlson December 12, 2020 at 9:57 AM #

    For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

    Habakkuk 2:14

  140. Tim Clayton December 12, 2020 at 10:03 AM #

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm‬ ‭51:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    • David Borishkevich December 14, 2020 at 2:42 PM #

      “I distinguish the end from the beginning, and ancient times from what is still to come, saying: ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” Isaiah 46:10!
      Simply a stunner of a verse. Reminds me at times who is ultimately in control, and who I need to put my trust into!

  141. Pam Milner December 12, 2020 at 11:03 AM #

    “I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
    My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
    Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!
    Psalm 34: 1-3 ESV

  142. Yanna December 12, 2020 at 11:26 AM #

    “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:15-16 ESV

    So beautifully said to strengthen our souls in the body of Christ!!

  143. Aaron December 12, 2020 at 11:41 AM #

    Ephesians 3:4: When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ.”

  144. Jesse McLaughlin December 12, 2020 at 12:28 PM #

    “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,”
    ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    Praise the Lord for the “knowledge of him” given us in Holy Scripture!

  145. Ellis Meschke December 12, 2020 at 2:05 PM #

    “Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:1-5

  146. Jon Rice December 12, 2020 at 6:01 PM #

    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. – James 1:17

  147. Colin December 12, 2020 at 7:43 PM #

    1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider how great things He has done for you.

    • Bob Kauflin December 12, 2020 at 10:24 PM #

      The best motivation for fearing the Lord and serving him with all our hearts: considering what great things he has done for us!

  148. Isaac Snare December 12, 2020 at 7:50 PM #

    Revelation 21:3-4
    “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’”

    Longing for the day where the “already, not yet” is just “already.”

  149. McKenzie Fuller December 12, 2020 at 10:45 PM #

    “for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” 1 john 3:20

  150. Joshua Meranda December 12, 2020 at 10:45 PM #

    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me – Psalm 51:10

  151. Stephanie Purtle December 12, 2020 at 11:43 PM #

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

    With all the uncertainties in this life, this verse is the one that makes going on each day worth it.

  152. Josh Pannell December 13, 2020 at 12:50 AM #

    Philippians 1:20–21 (ESV): it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain

  153. Jacqueline Smith December 13, 2020 at 12:56 AM #

    Philippians 4:8
    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

  154. Tiffany December 13, 2020 at 1:01 AM #

    Isaiah 46:4, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

    Only He is the Creator and sustainer. I cling to this especially as I consider my journey through the scriptures. Praying for another year of seeking the insearchable wonders of His word.

  155. keith hersch December 13, 2020 at 7:21 AM #

    Isa 6:8
    Please make your notes shareable

  156. Jennie December 13, 2020 at 10:20 AM #

    2 Corinthians 4:8-9
    We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed.

  157. Seth Mick December 13, 2020 at 11:37 AM #

    “The righteous is not afraid of bad news.” – Psalm 112.

    Because of The righteous Jesus, I don’t have to be afraid of any bad news. All news can only work out for my good, anyway, as Romans 8 comforts.

    Thanks Bob!

  158. Lynn Hamilton December 13, 2020 at 1:02 PM #

    “Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.” 1 Tim 4:13

  159. Carol S. December 13, 2020 at 2:34 PM #

    I’ve been studying Isaiah with friends since September, which has been a fabulous preparation for the Advent. Today we’re in chapters 8-9. At the end of chapter 8 we learn that those who ignore the word and consult mediums instead of inquiring of God will be thrust into distress, gloom, anguish and thick darkness. “If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.” (Is. 8:20) Yet, in chapter 9 we learn that for God’s people, there will be no gloom and no more darkness:

    “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone….For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end.” (Is. 9:3,6-7)

    Jesus, the living word, is our dawn and our light. As the darkness increases, His light shines ever brighter. Merry Christmas, Bob and Julie!

  160. Matt Collins December 14, 2020 at 9:53 AM #

    “Taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”

  161. Henry Link December 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM #

    1 Timothy 6:11-12 (ESV) — “11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

  162. Matthew Trego December 14, 2020 at 10:01 AM #

    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

    (Galatians 2:20)

    God has used this verse time and time again to remind me that the heart of Christ that God placed into me; out of His compassionate generosity (grace), now battles against the desires of the flesh and will ultimately be victorious because the atonement was proven satisfactory in the resurrection – declaring by faith that He will recieve glory in Christ alone, but also in a life risen with Christ.

  163. Melissa Abernathy December 14, 2020 at 10:06 AM #

    “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.””
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    This is my favorite since reading Gentle and Lowly! This beautiful Bible is now on my wishlist 💗

  164. Michael Lumpkin December 14, 2020 at 10:17 AM #

    For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. ~ Hebrews 10:14

    My constant battle to remember the positional and propositional truth up against the daily practical grind.

  165. Ashley Ulrich December 14, 2020 at 10:25 AM #

    Beloved let us love one another. For love is of God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not (clap clap clap) knoweth not God, for God is love. Beloved, let us love one another 1 John 4:7-8

    (If you sang this as a child, the claps will make sense.

  166. Jonathan Farrell December 14, 2020 at 10:26 AM #

    Matthew 11.29 – “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” The verse (and its context), and the book that pointed me to it recently, “Gentle & Lowly”, have been a rich source of refreshment to me in recent weeks reflecting on the heart of Jesus for me!

  167. David December 14, 2020 at 11:11 AM #

    31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

    “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

    37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Romans 8:31-39

  168. Robert Sparkman December 14, 2020 at 11:30 AM #

    I Peter 5:7 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

  169. Rich Tuttle December 14, 2020 at 1:23 PM #

    He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

    Ecclesiastes 3:11

  170. David Borishkevich December 14, 2020 at 2:49 PM #

    “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
    According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
    And cleanse me from my sin.
    For I know my transgressions,
    And my sin is ever before me.
    Against You, You only, I have sinned
    And done what is evil in Your sight,
    So that You are justified when You speak
    And blameless when You judge.”
    Psalms 51:1-4
    Reading this chapter without seeing the chapter or verse really amplifies his plea with the Lord, absolutely love this prayer, and often will repeat it as I seek the Lord’s forgivness.

  171. David Karkhut December 14, 2020 at 3:25 PM #

    “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    This is such an encouragement, especially on our lowest days. We can always depend on God and bring Him our all; He will hold us in His hands and lead us on.

    I’m not usually someone to win these kind of thing, but looks like this is a good opportunity to have some faith!

  172. Joshua Nadel December 14, 2020 at 4:16 PM #

    “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬

  173. Sam Peterson December 14, 2020 at 5:47 PM #

    16 Draw near to me, hear this:
    from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
    from the time it came to be I have been there.”
    And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.

    17 Thus says the Lord,
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
    “I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you to profit,
    who leads you in the way you should go.

    18 Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
    Then your peace would have been like a river,
    and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;

  174. Karen December 14, 2020 at 6:25 PM #

    Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”
    — John 6:68-69

  175. Jeremy Sauskojus December 14, 2020 at 6:27 PM #

    Philippians 2:3-5a –> Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Look out not only for your own interests but also the interests of others. Your attitude should be that of Christ Jesus . . .

  176. Luke December 14, 2020 at 8:36 PM #

    “And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
    2 Peter 1:19

    To have the Bible (the more fully confirmed word), the very words of Jesus in our hands is a blessing that we very often take for granted. May God bless us all whenever we read the Bible, knowing that His Word does not return void.

  177. Amy Johnson December 14, 2020 at 11:31 PM #

    Ezekiel 36: 26-28
    26 And I will give you ia new heart, and ia new spirit I will put within you. iAnd I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 jAnd I will put my Spirit within you, iand cause you to walk in my statutes and kbe careful to obey my rules.1 28 lYou shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and myou shall be my people, and I will be your God.

  178. Robb Fowler December 15, 2020 at 10:02 AM #

    Jeremiah 6:16 – Thus says the LORD; Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and was in it, and find rest for your souls.” A timely reminder that hope and peace are found not in the ‘next best thing’, but in the truth of an eternal God and His unchanging grace.

  179. David Smith December 21, 2020 at 1:58 PM #

    I know the giveaway is over but still thought it would be nice to leave a favorite verse!

    Philippians 3:8, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”

    This verse has been especially sweet to me over the past few years as having become acquainted with the concept of Christian Hedonism (this year was the first time reading Desiring God). Oh, how I want the heartbeat of my life to be to enjoy Jesus as much as I can and to show how worthy He is through my life!

  180. Merrick Potter January 22, 2021 at 1:16 PM #

    Proverbs 3:5-6:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
    In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

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