Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus

Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus

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Readers of the Life Application Study Bible—the #1 bestselling study Bible—will welcome the arrival of the new Life Application Study Bible Devotional. Let the life of Jesus sink into your mind and heart with 312 readings from the gospels—one for each weekday and one for the weekend. In the Life Application Study Bible Devotional:


Readers of the Life Application Study Bible—the #1 bestselling study Bible—will welcome the arrival of the new Life Application Study Bible Devotional. Let the life of Jesus sink into your mind and heart with 312 readings from the gospels—one for each weekday and one for the weekend. In the Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from Jesus, each week focuses on a different event in Jesus’ life—drawing out daily wisdom from his parables, teachings, conversations, miracles, and interactions with people. You’ll learn important biblical principles, become inspired to put God’s Word into practical action, and be forever changed by a year spent going deeper with your Savior.

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Life Application Study Bible Devotional

Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus
By David Veerman


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ISBN: 978-1-4143-4813-1

Chapter One


Week 1, Day 1

* John 1:1-18; Luke 1:30-38; 1 John 1:1-3

Because he is God, Jesus has always existed. This week, we will explore Jesus' true identity— before and after his earthly birth—and the announcement of his coming. We will discover the real Jesus and know how we should respond to him.


Setting the Scene

Many believe that the apostle John, writer of the Gospel bearing his name, had first been a disciple of John the Baptist, who had pointed him to Jesus. Then John must have become an intermittent disciple of Jesus, for Scripture details another time when Jesus called John along the Sea of Galilee, where he had returned to his fishing trade with his brother, James, and their father, Zebedee. This time when Jesus called, John and James left everything, father and boat included, and followed him (Mark 1:19-20). At this point Jesus had already turned water into wine (John 2:1-11), cleared the Temple the first time (John 2:13-22), and been visited by Nicodemus at night (John 3:1-21). This calling of John and James also occurred after Herod had imprisoned John the Baptist (Luke 3:19-20), Jesus had spoken with the woman at the well (John 4:1-26), and Jesus had been rejected at Nazareth (Luke 4:16-30).

So John and his brother James became two of Jesus' original twelve disciples and, along with Peter, enjoyed a special relationship with Jesus. At times Jesus called just the three of them to see an important event, such as his Transfiguration.

John, therefore, was an eyewitness to Jesus' life and teachings. In his letter to the church, John wrote: "We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands" (1 John 1:1, NLT). As one who had seen Jesus up close, John wanted everyone to understand Jesus' true identity.

We learn in John 1:14 that "the Word" refers to Jesus. Theologians and philosophers, both Jews and Greeks, used the term "word" (in Greek, logos) in a variety of ways. In the Hebrew language of the Old Testament, "the Word" is described as an agent of creation (Psalm 33:6), the source of God's message to his people through the prophets (Hosea 1:1-2), and God's law, his standard of holiness (Psalm 119:11).

For Greeks, "the word" could mean a person's thoughts or reason, or might refer to a person's speech (the expression of thoughts). As a philosophical term, logos was the rational principle that governed the universe, even the creative energy that generated the universe.

In both the Jewish and Greek conceptions, logos conveyed the idea of beginnings, as in Genesis where the expression "God said" occurs repeatedly (Genesis 1:3ff). John may have had these ideas in mind, but his description shows he was speaking of Jesus as a human being he knew and loved, who was at the same time the Creator of the universe, the ultimate revelation of God, and the living picture of God's holiness, the one who "holds all creation together" (Colossians 1:17, NLT). Jesus as the logos reveals God's mind to us.

Clearly, John wanted everyone to know Jesus was not merely a man. Jesus was the eternal, all-powerful God who existed before time, created everything, and gave life.

Getting Personal

What qualities of Jesus convinced John that Jesus was divine, God in the flesh? Why is Jesus' divinity crucial to the Christian faith? If Jesus had been just a very good man, his life and death would have provided a great example of how a person should live. We could honor him and learn from his lifestyle. If Jesus had been only a great human teacher or orator, we could be motivated and inspired to work and achieve. But a great moral leader and powerful speaker can't save us from our sins, can't change us on the inside. Jesus can. As the divine Creator, he has the power to make us new.


* John 1:1-4, 14, NLT

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.... 14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son.


Thank God for sending his Son to earth. Ask him to deepen your understanding of Jesus as fully divine and yet fully human.


Setting the Scene

This week's passages reveal that Jesus was born as a baby. The divine Creator humbled himself and entered the human race as a flesh-and-blood human being. The apostle John knew Jesus man-to-man, having lived, eaten, conversed, and traveled with him. John had heard Jesus teach and heal, and had seen him suffer and die. According to John, "the Word became human and made his home among us" (John 1:14, NLT).

But no one was closer to Jesus than his mother, Mary. In this passage, an angel approached this startled teenager and explained that she would have a baby, but not just any baby, "the Son of God" (Luke 1:35, NLT). God would come to earth supernaturally but through natural means: conception, pregnancy, and birth. Jesus was (and is) both divine and human, the God-man. No one knows exactly how that works, but we see the evidence. Jesus was fully God and fully man—at the same time.

Imagine what Mary must have been thinking and feeling at this moment. Angel visits didn't happen every day! And Gabriel's message was even more startling—a virgin conceiving, by the Holy Spirit, and birthing God's Son. Yet Mary responded with faith and submission. No wonder she had "found favor with God."

Getting Personal

How does knowing that Jesus was human help you? If you were in Mary's place, how would you have responded to the angel's announcement? When do you find it difficult to submit to God's will? Jesus was a living, breathing, and feeling human person. He wasn't a divine being dressed up like a human; he wasn't acting a part. Jesus fully took on flesh and experienced firsthand all that we experience. Thus, the Bible tells us, he can understand us and fully sympathize with us (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus, the Creator, became a baby, a child, an adolescent, an adult—with all of the human physical, psychological, and emotional qualities, but perfect, without sin. He knows us in every way. He knows you. And get this—he loves you and wants only the best for you. That's a truth almost as amazing as Gabriel's announcement.

Week 1, Day 2


* Luke 1:30-38, NLT

"Don't be afraid, Mary," the angel told her, "for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!" 34 Mary asked the angel, "But how can this happen? I am a virgin." 35 The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What's more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God." 38 Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true." And then the angel left her.


Meditate on Luke 1:37: "Nothing is impossible with God" (NLT). Pray for faith like Mary's to believe God in every situation.


Setting the Scene

The divine Son of God, the true Light, came to the earth he had created but was rejected by most—but not everyone. All who put their faith in him, back then, today, and in the future, are reborn—spiritually, divinely transformed. John's letter affirms that Jesus is the "Word of life" and "eternal life." The salvation message is simple: Jesus, the God-man, entered human history, revealing sin and showing the way to eternal life. The first response is to recognize our sinfulness and to acknowledge that Jesus is the way. The second is to "believe" and "accept" the Savior.

When the first disciples believed and were regenerated by the Holy Spirit, they entered into a close relationship ("fellowship") with the Father and with his Son. The readers of 1 John had not seen and heard Jesus themselves, but they could trust that what John wrote was accurate. Believers today are like those second- and third-generation Christians. Though we have not personally seen, heard, or touched Jesus, we have the New Testament record of his eyewitnesses, and we can trust that these eyewitnesses spoke the truth about him.

Getting Personal

What convinced you to put your faith and trust in Christ? How does being a child of God open up doors of fellowship with others? When Jesus began his public ministry, many rejected him. Certain leaders felt his teaching threatened their status and authority. Some couldn't believe his claims—to be God in the flesh, their Messiah. Others couldn't get past Jesus' humble beginnings, which hardly befitted a king. Some struggled with Jesus' call to deny self. Today people reject Jesus for those same reasons. A man claiming to be God, the forgiver of sins, and the only way to heaven—that's tough to swallow. But now, just as then, many do believe and receive eternal life. The word savior means "one who saves, rescues, or delivers." Jesus the Savior has delivered you from your enemy, Satan, rescued you from sin's power, and saved you from sin's penalty. You're forgiven, free, and on your way to heaven.

Week 1, Day 3


* John 1:10-13, NLT

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn't recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

* 1 John 1:1-3, NLT

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us.


Thank God for the gift of salvation through Jesus. Ask God to open your eyes and your ears to his work in the world, so that you can proclaim what you "have actually seen and heard."


Setting the Scene

Yesterday, we read John's declaration of his fellowship with the Father and the Son (1 John 1:1-3). Today's reading takes the relationship even closer: father and child. Those who believe in Jesus are "reborn" by God and become his children.

Family lineage and heritage were important to John and his fellow Jews. The Jews prided themselves on being God's chosen people through whom the whole world would be blessed. They knew, of course, that a person was Jewish by birthright. But they may have assumed that being born Jewish would also mean they automatically were God's children. Not so fast, John says. First, becoming a member of God's family is open to all who believe in Christ. Second, being of a specific race, nationality, family, or religion does not guarantee a spot at God's table. Only those who "believe" and "accept" are "reborn" into this family.

These days, many assume they have a relationship with God because they are relatively good people, attend church, or have a Christian family history. But God's family membership comes by faith alone. Each person is responsible for his or her own relationship with Christ.

The family analogy goes much further. As members of God's family, we have Jesus as our brother (Romans 8:29) and all other believers as our brothers and sisters. We're accepted; we're affirmed; we belong.

Getting Personal

How does knowing you are God's child affect your day-to-day choices? According to this passage, how did you acquire "the right" to become God's child? As God's children, we have a heavenly Father who cares about us and watches over us. We have an older Brother who is with us and who is interceding for us. We have the Holy Spirit inside us who comforts, guides, and leads us. We have brothers and sisters who encourage, teach, and assist us and hold us accountable. We're not alone. We should relate well to other believers. This may seem like a tall order, but we don't pursue these relationships in our own power. With God's help we can be his kind of people.

Week 1, Day 4


* John 1:12-13, NLT

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. JESUS RELATES Week 1, Day 4


Talk with God the Father about your relationship with your earthly father. Ask him for a greater understanding of what it means to be his child.


Setting the Scene

John the Baptist (the "John" referred to in verse 15) acknowledges that Jesus existed long before him. From Luke 1:26, we learn that Elizabeth, John's mother, was six months pregnant when Gabriel made the grand announcement to Mary. So John was born at least six months before Jesus. But John knew that Jesus was much more than his blood relative through Mary; Jesus was the eternal Son of God, the Messiah. Truly Jesus is far greater than John and Moses and any other Old Testament prophet or king. John submitted himself to Jesus and sent his followers to him.

Because Jesus is God, he is perfect in every way. He is the perfect example, so we should look to him for an example of how to live. He is the perfect teacher, so we should listen to him and learn about God, morality, relationships, the meaning of life, and the future. He is the perfect sacrifice, fulfilling the requirements of the law, becoming sin, and dying in our place, so we should rest in him alone for salvation.

The apostle John affirms this by saying that Jesus was "full of unfailing love and faithfulness" and that he had given his people "one gracious blessing after another." That is, John had never found Jesus lacking in any way. John's description invites us to trust Jesus' ability to meet our needs. All believers receive Christ's blessings, but nothing can deplete Christ. No matter how much we receive of him, he keeps on giving. We don't need to seek any other source of spiritual power but Christ.

Getting Personal

What gracious blessings have you experienced because you know Jesus? What other spiritual sources have you been tempted to consider recently (in the media, in books, in conversations)? The author of Hebrews gives the secret to running the race of life. He says, "We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith" (Hebrews 12:2, NLT). Jesus is the initiator and the perfecter of our faith. He is all we need. What helps you keep your eyes focused on Christ?

Week 1, Day 5


* John 1:14-17, NLT

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son. 15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, 'Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.'" 16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.


Thank God for the "gracious blessings" of his unfailing love and his faithfulness. Ask him to expand your vision of his glory and keep your focus on Jesus.


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themiraclesnook More than 1 year ago
The Life Application Study Devotional - Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus is a devotional from the Gospels is published by Tyndale House Publishers. This is 52 weeks long with days 1-5 and also a weekend page at the end of each week. This devotional walks you through Jesus' life. It is great for those who are new believers. It introduces you to not only Jesus but all the men that he chose as disciples. In each story of Jesus you will find the disciples saw the same event however they may have seen it from a different perspective. In this devotional guide you get the verses of the same event written for you to read or to direct to where in the Bible to read each account. Some of the verses you will find written to the right or left of the devotion depending on the page in a category called reading the word. The devotions I felt that were very good at humanizing the different parties written about. I learned little things that I never realized about the disciples that helped me get to know them on a person to person level and in turn that helps when you are new to faith. Each devotion has a section called getting personal with God. In this section it asks you questions that are personal to you. In this book there is also a section called talking to God. It helps you with your prayer life. Over all I liked this and really thought it was good for those who needs a refresher course on the life of Jesus or that are really new to faith and the life of Jesus. I have to say when I chose this Bible I expected that this was a complete Bible with devotional because the cover says Study Bible and was disappointed that is it is a devotional. If you are looking for a devotional this is great but is you think you want a full Bible this is not the book. I have to say that I could not help compare this devotional to others I have read in the past. This was decent but for me it was not the best devotional I have had. What I did appreciate about this Tyndale published devotional is that you do not need a lot of time to read the devotionals. I spent about 10 minutes a morning with this and learned. In today's fast paced world this is excellent. I give this devotional a total of three and half stars. I rate the books I read on a scale of one to five stars with one being the worst and five the best. I must also let you know that I did receive this complementary book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my review; however the opinions are my own. I hope you get this book and learn from it.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
I just can't say enough good things about this book. It's not your usual devotional where you read just a small paragraph and that's it. It's more of an indepth devotional and I really like that. You first read the Word and this is provided for you in the margin of the daily devotional Then there is a devotional that explains the Scripture and it really makes you think about what the Scripture is saying. Then at the end of the devotional, there is a series of questions you can ask yourself regarding what you just read. Personally, I liked this because it really helped me to grow closer to the Lord and helped me to understand what my own personal faith is all about. There is also a prayer for each day that helps you to focus on thanking God and also to pinpoint areas where you may need to ask God to help you in the areas you just read about. The thing I really like about this devotional is that you can definitely go through it year by year and grow stronger in your faith. I can imagine that you would get more and more out of this study each year as you understand more about the Word of God. I highly, highly recommend this book. It's a definite treasure to add to your daily time with God. *********************** This book was provided to me by Tyndale for my honest review
rmattos More than 1 year ago
The writers and editors of Tyndale did a magnificent job selecting 52 main topics on the life of Jesus - to be used one per week during one year - and for each topic creating 6 wonderful studies, one for each work day and one for the weekend during a given week. The ideas are well organized. For each study day we have a "Reading the Word" section containing a passage from the Scriptures, a "Setting the Scene" section, where the passage is explained in details, a "Getting Personal" section with questions for reflection, and a "Talking to God" section, with a guidance for your daily prayer. Some particular days touched me deeply, like in Week 39, Day 2. Topic is "Jesus Celebrate the Passover" and Passage for the day is Luke 22:14-16. Question to Reflect was "What activities and interests threaten to keep you from finding personal time to spend with God?" That was a knock out. If you are able to find personal time to spend with God and learn more about the life of Jesus, this is a must have book in your permanent library. This book was published by Tyndale House Publishers in August 2011 and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their blogger book review program.
Khamneithang More than 1 year ago
If you are fascinated by devotionals, and burns with a desire to possess a new one for personal use and also for the book-shelf, Tyndale House Publishers offers a must-have for you in the form of Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus, which is a unique offering. If you have read, used and been blessed by Life Application Study Bible - the #1 bestselling study Bible - this latest offering from Tyndale is an attractive companion, which can go together but both can stand on their own. About 400 pages, and moderately priced, the devotional explores the life of Jesus in an attempt to let you draw closer to the Man from Galilee with 312 readings from the gospels - one for each weekday and one for the weekend. The focus of the devotional shifts from one important event in the life of Jesus to another every week. The Life Application Study Bible Devotional is intended to impart important biblical principles, and to inspire you to a life of action in the footsteps of the Jesus and be forever changed by Him through a life spent with Him week after week through the reading of this new devotional. If you are serious about your walk with Jesus, Life Application Study Bible Devotional is a must have for the family.
nanookWI More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking devotional that brings you to the feet of Jesus. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the study devotionals every day. It's a biography of Jesus'life hence, I am learning more of Him in a personal manner. I am also reading Study Notes in my bible starting with Genesis thru Revelation. They are included in my daily quiet time.
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HLWashington More than 1 year ago
The publishers of the Life Application Study Bible present a year of digging deeper into the life of Jesus. Every week focuses on a different event in Jesus' ministry. There is a reading for each weekday and one reading for the weekend. Each reading consists of: READING THE WORD: The day's selection from the Gospels SETTING THE SCENE: A reflection of the passage and highlighting points of significance GETTING PERSONAL: Brief notes and questions to make each lesson personal TALKING TO GOD: Suggestions for shaping extended time of conversation with God each day I really like this devotional. I like that it is meaty. If you do not own a study Bible with extra notes, this devotional would be a great tool. The devotional contains wonderful history and background information. There are also questions that will allow time for reflection. I think it is easy to read a devotional and let the book do all the thinking. This devotional provides a focused look at Jesus but it also invites participation. I anticipate that one might want to open their journals and write their thoughts and prayers and ultimately thanksgiving as the life of Jesus is unfolded week by week. Thinking about delving more into the life of our Savior? This devotional might just be a great way to start digging.
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kwaub More than 1 year ago
The "Life Application Study Bible Devotional" Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus is a good read for those who like a devotional to read daily. I really have enjoyed this devotional so far. It also has been a good resource for teaching, as I have used some of the quotes out of the book for bible study. The devotional is a 52 week devotion on the life of Jesus. The devotion starts with the announcement of Jesus being born unto the world all the way up to his Resurrection and final instructions for our lives. I have read bible many times but each time I read about Jesus' life I find more and more amazing things that he did while on this earth. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone. I received a free review copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers.
HSMomof4 More than 1 year ago
For all of us who love the Life Application Study Bible, this devotional picks up where the Word ends. Each of the 312 daily readings from the gospels - one for each weekday and one for the weekend - welcomes you into the life of Jesus. "Each week focuses on a different event in His life - drawing out daily wisdom from his parables, teachings, conversations, miracles, and interactions with people." Each devotion helps you establish a time of reflection and meditation and challenges you to respond to God's Word through... Reading the Word: the day's selection from the Gospels Setting the Scene: a reflection on the passage with background information and other details explained. The historical context is so important to understand Scripture. Getting Personal: brief notes and questions to help you personalize the lessons of the daily Scripture reading. This section helped me apply God's Word to my life and circumstances. Talking to God: suggestions for shaping an extended time of conversation with God each day I have enjoyed "walking" with Jesus and learning from his life. This is a great companion devotional to the Life Application Study Bible. For homeschoolers, this devotional works well as part of any Bible curriculum and a great way to start your day. My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars I received this complimentary copy of the Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus from Tyndale Publishing for my review.
PJHC More than 1 year ago
I am truly enjoying this book. It is layed out so easy and understandable. The way each days devotion is divided into sections makes it so much easier to grasp and retain. I like it also because it makes you feel as though you are right there in the midst of things and has reflective questions and a bit of daily wisdom at the end of each days devotion. Each day is divided into 4 parts, Reading God's Word, which the the subject passage, Talking to God, which gives you an idea of understanding what to pray for while looking for guidance in the devotional, Setting the Scene which tells in laymen's terms what is going on in the passage along with reference scriptures, and last but not least, Getting personal which asks some reflective questions to ponder, and a bit of daily wisdom. I am a true fan of Devotionals but this one reigns over all the others so far. It is so understandable I can retain it without really getting into deep thought (unless I want to dig further). I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone teenager and above. God Bless, Patti Creek
jbrewer More than 1 year ago
I recently had the chance to review this Bible Devotion book. This is a devotion book from the Life applications study Bible. It takes on different parts from the life of Jesus. It goes by the week with a different part from the life of Jesus and each day it gives you a devotion to study each day. It's filled with a wide range of topics on the life of Jesus and gives you bible verses to go too and read and what part of the bible it is coming from. It is very well put together and easy to follow along. A very good book if you want to have certain topics on the life of Jesus each day to learn and have devotions. Very nice Read to take you through his life and to learn more about Jesus. I received this book free from Tyndale for my honest review.
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