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October 17. 2021 // a year with jesus' best friend: the letters



GENESIS 1:21-22

...God saw that it was good. God blessed them...

God’s blessing is a gift of grace.

GENESIS 1:27-28

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them...


Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.

God's blessing is meant to be shared.

GENESIS 12:2-3

I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you...


"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You're blessed when you feel you've lost what's most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. You're blessed when you're content with just who you are-- no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought. You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat. You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-ful,' you find yourselves cared for. You're blessed when you get your inside world--your mind and your heart--put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family. You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom. Not only that--count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me."


...who has blessed us...with every spiritual blessing in Christ.


The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw--that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who read aloud the words of this prophecy, and blesed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

The blessing is in the book.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness...


'Is not my word like fire?' declares the Lord, 'and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?'


Blessed is the one...whose delight is in the law of the Lord and who medidates on his law day and night.

ISAIAH 55:11

" word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."


For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

PSALM 119:9

How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.

What's happening in this text?

What's confusing or interesting?

What does this tell me about God?

Is there an example to follow?

Is there a sin to confess?

Is there a promise to trust?

Is there a prayer to repeat?

Is there a command to obey?

Is there a warning to listen to?

Is there a truth to memorize?