Living the Bible

Living the Bible

Learning, loving, and living the Bible. A daily five-minute Bible study for individuals and families.


5-1 Jesus Will Save (Meeting with Jesus)
Jun 1 • 3 min
A few years ago there was a bad earthquake in a remote part of Guatemala. The Government and relief agencies had lots of supplies for affected areas in the mountains but they couldn’t get there because the roads were blocked with trees and rocks, some…
4-7 Growing Holy by Knowing Jesus (Meeting with Jesus)
May 31 • 1 min
When I was a young boy, I wasn’t a good student. I wasn’t a good person.I began to grow in wisdom and in favor with God and others when I became a Christian in my early twenties. I started reading my Bible and praying in a way I hadn’t done before.Jesus…
4-6 Jesus Grows in Every Way (Meeting with Jesus)
May 30 • 1 min
We all want to grow big and tall.But how much do we want to grow in other ways?In Luke 2:51-52, we learn that Jesus grew in size. But he also grew in other ways.Jesus grew in wisdomJesus grew in favor with GodJesus grew in favor with peopleAim higher…
4-5 Finding Jesus (Meeting with Jesus)
May 29 • 4 min
I once went missing when I was on vacation. I was probably about 10 years old. I told my parents I was going to watch people fishing on a pier. My parents were fine with that because it was quite close. They said not to be away for more than 30 mins.I…
4-4 Jesus Goes Missing (Meeting with Jesus)
May 28 • 3 min
Imagine you went camping with a lot of other families from your town. After a week or so, everyone packs up to return to your town. The kids are all mixed up: some are in their parents’ cars, some are in their friends’ cars, but they’re all heading to…
4-3 Jesus Protected by his Father (Meeting with Jesus
May 27 • 3 min
We live in a dangerous world. There are natural dangers like hurricanes, and viruses. There are supernatural dangers like the devil and his angels. Sometimes it gets really scary, doesn’t it? We don’t feel safe, do we? We feel weak and we feel helpless,…
4-2 Jesus Protected by the Wise Men (Meeting with Jesus)
May 26 • 3 min
What do you do when someone tells you to do what God has commanded you not to do? Perhaps someone tells you to steal something, or tell a lie, or hurt someone. You know it’s wrong but what will you do? Will you obey God or obey the person?Sometimes it’s…
3-7 Are you talking about Jesus? (Meeting with Jesus)
May 25 • 2 min
Yesterday we talked about how our society and even the church divide people up too much based on their age. When this happens:The young do not love or learn from the oldThe old are not encouraged and enlivened by the youngYesterday, God’s Word…
4-1 Jesus Visited by Wise Men (Meeting with Jesus)
May 25 • 2 min
Do you ever feel small and forgotten? You may be actually quite tall but still no one notices you or pays attention to you? You get overlooked, or worse, put down. Not a nice feeling is it? It takes away your confidence. It makes you fell worthless and…
3-6 Jesus Welcomed by Anna (Meeting with Jesus)
May 23 • 1 min
Yesterday we talked about how our society and even the church divide people up too much based on their age. When this happens:Young do not love or learn from the oldOld are not encouraged and enlivened by the youngYesterday God’s Word encouraged us to…
3-5 Jesus Welcomed by Simeon (Meeting with Jesus)
May 22 • 2 min
The young are divided from the old in society and the church and this has some harmful results.The young think they know everythingThe old don’t share their knowledgeIn Luke 2:25-35 we see how much older Christians have to offer if we would meet with…
3-4 Jesus Brought to the Temple (Meeting with Jesus)
May 21 • 2 min
Jesus’s name is not treated well today.It is unused: not used at all It is misused: used in a superstitious way It is abused: used as a curse In Luke 2:21-24, especially verse 21, we learn why and how we should treat Jesus’s…
3-3 Jesus Visited by Shepherds (Meeting with Jesus)
May 20 • 2 min
Do you ever feel useless? Do you ever feel worthless? Do you write yourself off as a nobody. Maybe you compare yourself to others and decide:I have nothingI can do nothingI can give nothingI am nothingI want to encourage you with the shepherds in Luke…
3-2 Jesus Praised by Angels (Meeting with Jesus)
May 19 • 2 min
We are surrounded by bad and sad news today. The Coronavirus hasn’t just killed many people, it’s also cost many people their jobs, it’s stopped school and church, and it’s upset the plans of many people. The result of all this bad and sad news?We get…
3-1 Jesus is Born (Meeting with Jesus)
May 18 • 2 min
Some people rebel against their birthdays. They say:I was born at the wrong timeI was born in the wrong placeI was born to the wrong peopleI was born in the wrong circumstancesHave you ever thought or said that? Let’s look at Christ’s perfect birthday…
2-7 How does Jesus make you happy? (Meeting with Jesus)
May 17 • 2 min
“Jesus is Joy” was the title of this week’s meeting with Jesus. I hope the joy of the daily meetings brought joy into your life. We read about Mary’s happiness, John’s happiness, Elizabeth’s happiness, and Zechariah’s happiness.“How does Jesus make you…
2-6 Jesus’s Cousin is Born (Meeting with Jesus)
May 16 • 2 min
Why are you here? Why are you in this world? What’s your purpose, your aim, your goal? What would make your life happy? What would make your life worth living?Lots of fun? Lots of friends? Doing well at school or at sports? None of these things are…
2-5 Jesus Turns the World Upside Down (Meeting with Jesus)
May 15 • 3 min
The unbelieving world that we live in has a way of thinking, speaking, and doing. The world has its own values and order. Sadly, we can sometimes think, speak, and act like the world.We lift up the high and put down the lowWe honor to the rich and…
2-4 Jesus is Mary’s Happy Song (Meeting with Jesus)
May 14 • 2 min
Worship can go from one extreme to anotherThe extreme of emotionalism: all feeling and no thinkingThe extreme of intellectualism: all thinking and no feelingLet’s learn from Mary’s worship in Luke 1:46-50 about how to get the balance right.WORSHIP…
2-3 Jesus Makes John Happy (Meeting with Jesus)
May 13 • 3 min
When our joy in Jesus is small:Our praises are smallOur witness is smallIn Luke 1:39-45 we will learn how to increase our joy so that we can praise God better and witness better. Our teacher today is going to be a little baby in his mother’s womb. He…
2-2 Jesus’s Birth Explained (Meeting with Jesus)
May 12 • 2 min
As you get older you are going to face some hard situations. Some of them will feel like impossible situations.There’s no solution to our problem:There’s no way out of this situationThere’s no way I can face this challengeIn Luke 1:34-38, Mary faced an…
2-1 Jesus Makes Mary Happy (Meeting with Jesus)
May 11 • 3 min
One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to try to be happy without Jesus We try to find joy in small things (ending up with small joy) We try to find joy in short-lived things (ending up with short joy) We miss the greatest joy of…
1-7 How are you preparing the way for Jesus? (Meeting with Jesus)
May 10 • 1 min
Well done, you’ve completed the first week of Meeting with Jesus.This week we’ve been thinking about how God prepared the world for Jesus. Today, Sunday, Meeting with Jesus asks you a very personal question: How can you prepare the way for Jesus to come…
1-6 A Baby from the Lord (Meeting with Jesus)
May 9 • 2 min
Have you ever been ashamed? Maybe you fell at school and got your clothes all dirty and ripped. You didn’t want anyone to see you.Shame makes us hideShame makes us lonelyShame makes us sadElizabeth was ashamed. She was an old lady but had never had…
1-5 A Lack of Faith (Meeting with Jesus)
May 8 • 2 min
If your parents made a promise to you, do you think they would be unhappy if you didi not believe their promise? Of course they would.So what happens when we do not believe God’s promises.We are unhappyGod is unhappyLet’s see what happens in Luke…
1-4 A Preparer of People (Meeting with Jesus)
May 7 • 2 min
Have you ever had the experience of not being prepared for an important visitor? Somebody important rings the doorbell, but we were not expecting them.We can miss the visitor: We’re not there or paying attention.We can be embarrassed: We look through…
1-3 An Awesome Angel (Meeting with Jesus)
May 6 • 2 min
Have you ever prayed for something for a long time and our prayers have not been answered? Sometimes, when we pray, we don’t think anything is happening and we don’t feel like anything is happening. What happens when that happens?Our prayers stop: We go…
1-2 A Childless Couple (Meeting with Jesus)
May 5 • 2 min
Do you ever think, “If I’m good enough, bad things won’t happen to me?”Some people think that if they are good enough no bad things will happen in their life. So what happens when bad things happen?When bad things happen, they blame themselves: “I…
1-1 A Careful Writer (Meeting with Jesus)
May 4 • 2 min
When we start a new class at school, we hope that our new teacher will be a good teacher, someone who makes things easy and simple rather than hard and difficult.A bad teacher mixes things up: I remember I had a young teacher who was very hard to…
0-11 How I met Jesus
Apr 30 • 5 min
Let me tell you about how I met Jesus in the Bible. I was born into a Christian family. My parents took me to church and also taught me the Bible at home. However, I did not want to meet Jesus when I was young because I wanted to live my own life…
0-10 Meeting with Jesus as a Family
Apr 28 • 4 min
It’s hard to do things on our own, isn’t it? It’s much easier to do something, and keep doing something, if we have others with us, or watching us.For example, how much school-work would you do if you had no other students and no teacher in your class?…
0-9 Meeting with Jesus in Church
Apr 27 • 4 min
One thing you’ll notice about Meeting with Jesus is that it doesn’t have any reading for Sunday. There are passages to read Monday to Saturday but none for Sunday. Why is that?Is it because I don’t want you to read your Bible on Sunday?Of course…
0-8 Memorizing Scripture and Meeting with Jesus
Apr 24 • 5 min
USA Memory Champion Nelson Dillis can memorize 240 names and faces in 15 minutes. He can memorize a deck of cards in 30 seconds and three decks in five minutes. He memorizes 100 lines of poetry a day.That’s incredible isn’t it! God has given us amazing…
0-7 What’s the Role of Questions in Meeting with Jesus?
Apr 23 • 4 min
I’m sure some of you are really missing school during this lockdown. I must be honest, if I was your age and the government closed my school, I’d be so happy. I’m afraid I didn’t like school at all. I wasn’t a very good student at school. I found some…
0-6 What role does prayer have in meeting Jesus?
Apr 22 • 4 min
Imagine a meeting that was just one-sided in conversation. That’s not really a meeting is it? If we met a friend and we never said anything back to them, we just listened and then walked away, do you think your friend would be very happy? Do you think…
0-5 Why should I meet with Jesus?
Apr 21 • 3 min
There are lots of people we could meet in the world. So, why meet with Jesus?Usually when we want to meet with someone it’s for one of three reasons:What can they do for you?What can they be for you?What can they give to you?So let’s think about what…
0-4 When do I meet with Jesus?
Apr 20 • 4 min
What do you do when you want to spend time with friends? You make a plan don’t you? Or you ask your parents to make a plan. You arrange a time and place to play together. “Meet at the park at 4pm.” Unless you make a plan it’s not going to happen.It’s…
0-3 What did Jesus do?
Apr 17 • 4 min
Yesterday we answered the question “Who is Jesus?” Today we want to answer a second question: “What did Jesus do?”Why is that important to ask? Well until you know what someone does, you won’t know what he or she can do for you.For example, if you want…
0-2 Who is Jesus?
Apr 16 • 4 min
Many people don’t know who Jesus is or what Jesus did.Is that such a big deal?It’s a really big deal, because if we don’t know who Jesus is or what Jesus did, then we won’t know what he can be and do for us.Imagine your Xbox or iPad freezes. No matter…
0-1 Meeting With Jesus
Apr 15 • 5 min
How many people have you met in your life? Try to count them. Start with your parents, then your brothers and sisters, your neighbors, your friends. Add up those you know from school, church, vacations, and so on. What number are you up to? Are you over…
Wandering from the Truth (James 5:19-20)
Apr 14 • 5 min
Wandering from the truth is extremely dangerous. It damages and even destroys the soul. It increases sin and destroys the church’s witness.Let’s take a closer look at wandering from the truth and how we can prevent it and even reverse it. In James…
Help! I’m losing confidence in prayer (James 5:13-18)
Apr 13 • 5 min
When we lose confidence and passion in prayer we reduce the power of prayer. This has three harmful consequences: we don’t bring everything to God in prayer, we don’t join with others in prayer, we don’t see results in prayer. But the power of prayer…
God’s Message to the 99% (James 5:7-12)
Apr 10 • 5 min
In chapter 5, verses 1-6, James condemned the wealthy who abuse their wealth and power by oppressing the poor and the weak. In verses 7-12 he addresses the oppressed sufferers who were becoming impatient in suffering. He says, “Be patient, therefore,…
God’s Message to the 1% (James 5:1-6)
Apr 9 • 5 min
This world confronts us with two painful sights. On the one hand, the wealthy have so much unused wealth; on the other hand, many of the wealthy abuse the poor financially and physicallyThis is not only painful, but tests our faith in God. James 5:1-6…
Everyday Worship (James 4:11-17)
Apr 8 • 5 min
We miss valuable opportunities for worship in everyday life with the result that:We miss God’s purpose for our lifeWe miss out on God’s friendship in our lifeWe miss out on God’s joy in our lifeBut there is a way to increase our worship of God in…
Me-first or God-first? (James 4:1-10)
Apr 7 • 6 min
People trace the cause of all their problems to other people putting them down.The problem is always out there never in here.The problem is always them and never meIf the problem is never my problem, I cannot fix itAre we blaming the right person? Are…
Know-it-alls don’t love-at-all (James 3:13-18)
Apr 6 • 5 min
Know-it-alls don’t love-at-all.How can I say that? Because the Apostle James does. In James 3:13 he asks, “Who is wise and understanding among you?” and answers, “By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.”The Apostle links a…
Our Two-Faced Tongues (James 3:9-12)
Apr 3 • 4 min
How come we can so quickly switch from praising God to cursing his image-bearers? We praise God in church, then attack his image in the parking lot? We praise God in our devotions, then attack his image on Facebook. We praise God at work, then attack…
Influencer of the Year (James 3:3-8)
Apr 2 • 3 min
Few of us realize the power of the tongue for good or for evil. We therefore don’t maximize the good our tongue can do. But we also minimize the damage our tongue can doOur tongue has a major impact on our lives and on many lives. It is the influencer…
The Most Dangerous Job in the World (James 3:1-2)
Apr 1 • 4 min
Many want to be preachers and Bible teachers without realizing how dangerous a job it is. This desire often results from an over-confidence in their abilities and from viewing these positions through rose-tinted spectacles. What they don’t realize is…
The Justification of Faith by Works (James 2:18-26)
Mar 31 • 6 min
We believe in the wonderful truth of justification by faith without works. It’s the most important truth in the Christian religion. We are justified, declared right by God through faith alone apart from works. When it comes to salvation, God looks…
God-words without God-works (James 2:14-17)
Mar 30 • 5 min
Some Christians have lots of God-words but no God-works. I’m sure you’ve met them. The Apostle James certainly had and it raised serious questions in his mind.Are they truly saved?Can they ever be useful?Do they have spiritual life?James raises these…
Judgment on Pre-Judgment (James 2:8-13)
Mar 27 • 7 min
“Prejudice” is making a (usually negative) judgment about something or someone that is not based on evidence, experience, or reason. Examples of prejudice include racism, nationalism, sexism, etc. Another word for this is “bias,” meaning we favor…
God’s Heart for the Poor (James 2:5-7)
Mar 26 • 5 min
What happens if we honor only those who are materially rich. The poor reject us and the church. The rich reject us and the church. God rejects us and the church. When we prioritize the wealthy, we all lose. But there is a way for all to win. Let’s see…
Beating Bias to Save Souls (James 2:1-4)
Mar 25 • 5 min
We have hidden biases which damage our witness to Christ. For example, we bias to the wealthy and against the poor. We bias to the powerful and against the weak. We bias to our nation/color and against othersWho can deny this problem or the damage it…
How valuable is your religion? (James 1:26-27)
Mar 24 • 6 min
How do we know what is true and what is false religion? How do I know if I have true religion? These are difficult questions to answer today for three reasons. People are confused about what true religion is, leaving them in a state of…
Change the Pace to Finish the Race (James 1:19-25)
Mar 23 • 4 min
Trials and temptations can upset our spiritual pace.Our anger and sin speeds upOur listening and obeying slow downGetting our pace wrong leads to spiritual defeat. But there’s a way to change our spiritual pace right that leads to spiritual victory. In…
Beating Temptation by Worshipping God (James 1:12-18)
Mar 22 • 5 min
People wrongly blame God for their temptations. This results in:Dark view of GodDenial of personal responsibilityDiminishing of worshipDefeat in temptationDo you see how false ideas can have so many serious personal consequences? But what if we could…
Role Reversal for Rich and Poor (James 1:9-11)
Mar 21 • 5 min
We often value and evaluate people by their financial value.We favor the richWe despise the poorWe pursue financial valueWe forget spiritual valueThis was a problem in biblical times too. But James addressed it in a surprising way. Let’s hear James’s…
I don’t know what to say or do (James 1:5-8)
Mar 20 • 4 min
Trials reveal our lack of wisdom. We don’t know what to do or say.We make mistakes which make things worse.We become physically, verbally, spiritually paralyzed.We are tossed around like waves on a stormy sea.Trials reveal our lack of wisdom. We don’t…
Joyful Trials (James 1:1-4)
Mar 19 • 6 min
Trials get us down and drain our joy.Trials can weaken our faith: Go on so hard and long that we wonder where/who God is.Trials can provoke anger: We run out of patience with God, self, and othersTrials can be a catalyst for sin: A weakened mind, body,…
Living Faith in Testing Times (Introduction to James)
Mar 19 • 6 min
These testing times will overwhelm us if we listen to human words (the media, politicians, ourselves) more than God’s Word. We will be confused, depressed, terrified, and paralyzed.I want to help you live with clarity instead of confusion, with joy…