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2017 Series

Monday, January 22, 2018: Leviticus 17-18

God gave His people laws to set them apart from the nations. To be set apart is the essence of what it means to be holy. As God’s people kept His commands they demonstrated their holiness. Do you faithfully demonstrate your faithfulness as one of Jesus beloved? In what way(s) has Jesus called you to demonstrate your holiness?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Leviticus 19-20

In these verses, I believe God is calling us to understand and live by three truths. They are: Love God above all else (19:12), Love and care for your neighbor as you would yourself (19:13) and Keep yourself pure (20:7-8). Are you living by these truths? Is your life a “light to the world” so others may come to know Jesus through you?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Leviticus 21-22

In these readings, God sets some fairly high standards for those who serve him as “ordained”. He also sets high standards for the service and/or sacrifices that are given to Him by “lay” or “clergy”. Does God still hold His people to high standards today? Why?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Thursday, January 25, 2018: Leviticus 23-24

God gave His people holy days (holidays???). They were meant to help His people remember, worship and rest (from their normal work days). Remembering the “when” and “how to” must have been strenuous and confusing. However, they accomplished God’s will; 23:44, 24:23b. Do you take time to remember, worship and rest as a way to honor our God? Is this still God’s desire for His people?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Friday, January 26, 2018: Leviticus 25-26

In these chapters, we see God promising blessings or a curse. The blessing is seen in the Jubilee and faithfulness and/or obedience to His commands. The curse is seen in the disobedience of His people. Does God hold His people, the Church, accountable to the same standards? Do you need to seek repentance? Do you need to seek renewal of boldness to joyfully live in our Lord’s will?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Saturday, January 27, 2018: Leviticus 27

This chapter speaks of the value of many things, including that of human life. Why would God place a value on everything and everyone? Perhaps so that we would know the price of redemption and adoption. Read again 27:29. Of whom does that verse really speak? Is it a prophetic word of Jesus and the price He had to pay for our redemption, adoption and salvation?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Monday, January 29, 2018: Matthew 1-2

God gave clarity and direction to Joseph and the wise men through dreams. Does God still communicate with the Church through dreams (see Acts 2:17)? How would you respond if you were a recipient of a message from God in a dream?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Matthew 3-4

John thought it “backwards” that he should baptize Jesus. He thought it should be the other way around. Jesus helped John understand it was necessary for him to baptize Jesus to fulfill God’s plan. Have you ever thought it impossible that God would call you to serve him? How will you overcome that thought and fulfill God’s calling for you to “go and make disciples”?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Wednesday, January 31, 2018: Matthew 5

Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Is your life a glaring example of God’s grace, love and mercy? Is it clear to your community you live and speak the way you do to bring glory to our heavenly Father?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Thursday, February 1, 2018: Matthew 6

Do you ever see yourself becoming worried and anxious about the things of this life and world? God has a cure for worry and anxiety. What is it? (Hint: see Matthew 6:33)

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Friday, February 2, 2018: Matthew 7

Who is the wisest and most resilient person you know? What developed their character? Did you ever wish you could be like them? What would your character be like if you lived according to Matthew 7:24-25? What “rock” have you built your life upon?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Saturday, February 3, 2018: Matthew 8

When I look at this chapter, I see Jesus has the power and ability to affect the outcome of any situation. Who or what are you currently trusting for the outcome of your life? Are you being totally honest?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Monday, February 5, 2018: Matthew 9

Matthew 9 is basically paraphrased in verses 35-38. These verses demonstrate Jesus’ love, power and compassion. It is interesting to note Jesus does not point to a pill or powder for the cure to mankind’s woes. He states we need more workers. They are needed to demonstrate the same love, power and compassion of Jesus through the Gospel. How is Jesus calling you to go and work for Him?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Tuesday, February 6, 2018: Matthew 10

Jesus calls people to be His disciples. He makes it clear we are called for a purpose. That purpose is to learn from Him and then serve His will. Have you been called to be a disciple? Have you been faithful in the use of His word? How is Jesus calling you to serve and “confess Him before men”?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Matthew 11

While John the Baptist was in prison he sent His disciples to Jesus to ask if He were the Messiah. Jesus’ answer may seem cruel. He did not answer with a yes or no. For all his service to Jesus, some might say John deserved a yes or no. However, Jesus answered John in such a way that John knew the answer to his question. John knew the Messiah would do the very things Jesus was doing. He knew Jesus was the Messiah. When people ask you who Jesus is, how will you answer? Verses 27-30 may be a valuable tool in formulating an answer.

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Thursday, February 8, 2018: Matthew 12

People have asked, ‘How do I know if I am a Christian? How do I know if I will go to heaven? It is easy to say I believe in Jesus. How do I know if my faith is real?” Verses 33-37 should bring comfort to the struggling soul. Look at what you say and do. Do you live your life for self or Jesus, for evil or good? Faith bears undeniable fruit that Jesus is the most important part of our life. It shows in what we say and do.

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Friday, February 9, 2018: Matthew 13

Jesus gave His disciples tremendous insight through the parables (verses 10-11). He was also sharing things that were “hidden since the foundation of the world” (verse 35). Are we recipients of the same insight and wisdom? What are we to do with these tremendous gifts (verse 52)?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Saturday, February 10, 2018: Matthew 14-15

Jesus’ disciples experienced a raging storm. It was night and they were alone in a boat on the sea. When they saw Jesus coming towards them, they called out to Him for help. Jesus heard and answered them. In the storms of your life, where do you turn for help? Remember times when Jesus helped you. Take time now to thank and praise Him!

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Monday, February 12, 2018: Matthew 16-17

When Jesus asked Peter who he thought Jesus was, Peter gave the correct answer. He was able to do so because he was listening to the voice of God. When Peter heard Jesus speak of His upcoming crucifixion, Peter responded incorrectly. He did so because he was living in his own understanding and desire. As you live life facing its many situations, who do you listen to for advice and guidance? As Jesus said, “You cannot have two masters”.

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Tuesday, February 13, 2018: Matthew 18-19

When Jesus speaks about leaving the ninety nine for the sake of the one, He shows the value of the human soul. 99% saved is not good enough in the eyes of Jesus. He desires 100%. He gave His life to redeem and save the entire world. Do you have the same attitude as Jesus? How many unsaved do you know? Do you have a plan to “go and find” them?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Wednesday, February 14, 2018: Matthew 20-21

When Jesus cleared the temple, do you see that event in your mind’s eye as something chaotic or peaceful? I see it is being very chaotic and probably very emotionally charged. Have you ever noticed Matthew 21:14? Those who needed Jesus were not afraid. They did not lose their focus which was Jesus. In the midst of storm and trials, does Jesus remain your focus? Do you receive His peace, joy and healing even in the most difficult situations?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Thursday, February 15, 2018: Matthew 22

Jesus would always teach and instruct or confound and silence people with the strength of His testimony or the revealed word of God. Do you study God’s word often? How do you use God’s word to do kingdom work?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Friday, February 16, 2018: Matthew 23

I see this chapter as a call to repentance. Jesus calls both the Pharisees and His people to self-examination and repentance. They are guilty of not receiving the true word of God and of living by their own understanding and desires. Do you daily examine your life against the Word of God? When was the last time you repented and sought God’s forgiveness? Do you need to do it now?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)


Saturday, February 17, 2018: Matthew 24-25

The world is full of crime, violence, unbelief, broken marriages and broken relationships. It is enough to fill anyone with despair. Is there anything that can make a difference, bring about a change? Can the Church do anything to bring about change? Is there anything you can do to bring about change (see Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 24:14)?

—Charles Byer (Our Redeemer, Aquebogue)