THIS WEEK'S READINGS

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Power Passages & Prayer! 

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If you use this weekly guide  - you'll cover all of the Bible in just 300 days.   This is sort of a "Cliff Notes" version of the reading plan that Pastor John uses.  But it's more than just learning stuff.  This helps you to communicate with God.  You'll hear Him, and He will hear you..

 

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 MON,     TUE,     WED,     THU,     FRI

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Monday

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MONDAY 2/20/2017

Read: Mark 9:33-50, 2 Cor 1:1-11, Psa 95, 1 Sam 1-2

Mark 9:35 (GW) 35  He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, “Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else.”

PRAYER: I am here to serve.

Mark 9:37 (GW) 37  “Whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me. Whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

PRAYER: I will be more patient, understanding, and loving with whomever YOU lead me to.

Mark 9:39-40 (GW) 39  Jesus said, “Don't stop him! No one who works a miracle in my name can turn around and speak evil of me. 40  Whoever isn't against us is for us.

PRAYER: I will try to be open to ‘servant believers’ who are different from me.

Mark 9:43 (GW) 43  “So if your hand causes you to lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life disabled than to have two hands and go to hell, to the fire that cannot be put out.

PRAYER: Give me to the strength to say “no” to the things that don’t please YOU.

Mark 9:48-49 (GW) 48  In hell worms that eat the body never die, and the fire is never put out. 49  Everyone will be salted with fire.

NOTE: If Hell isn’t real why does The Teacher keep referring to it?!!!

PRAYER: Lord, I don’t want anyone to miss heaven.  Guide me to whomever I can share my faith with.

Mark 9:50 (GW) 50  Salt is good. But if salt loses its taste, how will you restore its flavor? Have salt within you, and live in peace with one another.”

PRAYER: May it be obvious to all that we are YOUR followers.  May people see us unified in YOUR love.

2 Corinthians 1:4,7 (GW) 4  He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God.  7  We have confidence in you. We know that as you share our sufferings, you also share our comfort.

PRAYER: With YOUR unlimited Love we can do amazing things amongst one another.

2 Corinthians 1:9 (GW) 9  In fact, we still feel as if we're under a death sentence. But we suffered so that we would stop trusting ourselves and learn to trust God, who brings the dead back to life.

PRAYER: Why do I worry at all?!! Why do I think I have to have all the answers?!!!  I trust YOU.  I will rely on YOU!

Psalm 95:1-2,6-7 (GW) 1  Come, let's sing joyfully to the LORD. Let's shout happily to the rock of our salvation. 2  Let's come into his presence with a song of thanksgiving. Let's shout happily to him with psalms. 6  Come, let's worship and bow down. Let's kneel in front of the LORD, our maker, 7  because he is our God and we are the people in his care, the flock that he leads. If only you would listen to him today!

PRAYER: Not only did you make me, but YOU lead me and care for me.  YOU deserve happy sounds from me.

Psalm 95:8-9 (GW) 8  “Do not be stubborn …. 9  Your ancestors challenged me and tested me there, although they had seen what I had done.

PRAYER: OK, yet I know that I have foolishly done that in the past.  Please forgive me.

1 Samuel 1:15-18 (GW) 15  Hannah responded, “No, sir. I'm not drunk. I'm depressed. …. 16  …. I was praying like this because I've been troubled and tormented.” 17  Eli replied, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your request.” 18  … Then the woman went her way and ate. She was no longer sad.

NOTE: Cry out to the Lord, hear His promise, then believe and act like you believe!

PRAYER: Lord, I will put my trust in YOU.

1 Samuel 2:2 (GW) 2  There is no one holy like the LORD. There is no one but you, O LORD. There is no Rock like our God.

PRAYER: YOU are it, The One, my Rock!

1 Samuel 2:30 (GW) 30  ““But now the LORD declares: I promise that I will honor those who honor me, and those who despise me will be considered insignificant.

PRAYER: I will seek to honor YOU all day, all week, every year.

DEVOTION: the Jesus follower is authentic, God – honoring, and an obvious example of faith in an unbelieving world. 

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Tuesday

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TUESDAY 2/21/2017

Read: Mark 10:1-16, 2 Cor 1:12-24, Psa 96, 1 Sam 3-5

Mark 10:4-5,8-9 (GW) 4  They said, “Moses allowed a man to give his wife a written notice to divorce her.” 5  Jesus said to them, “He wrote this command for you because you're heartless. … 8  and the two will be one. So they are no longer two but one. 9  Therefore, don't let anyone separate what God has joined together.”

NOTE: there is a difference between an “allowance” and a “law”

PRAYER: Lord, I lift up all the marrieds in our church. 

Mark 10:14-15 (GW) 14  When Jesus saw this, he became irritated. He told them, “Don't stop the children from coming to me. Children like these are part of the kingdom of God. 15  I can guarantee this truth: Whoever doesn't receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it will never enter it.

PRAYER: May we be as innocent and excited, submissive yet hope-filled as a child.

2 Corinthians 1:12 (GW) 12  We are proud that our conscience is clear. We are proud of the way that we have lived in this world. We have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity, especially toward you. It was not by human wisdom that we have lived but by God's kindness.

PRAYER: May I live in this world with such honor and genuineness and love that YOU get the glory.

Psalm 96:1 (GW) 1  Sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth!

PRAYER: For all YOU constantly do in my life, I could certainly come up with some fresh appreciation for YOU.

Psalm 96:4 (GW) 4  The LORD is great! He should be highly praised. He should be feared more than all {other} gods

PRAYER: May the church give YOU the exuberant praise YOU deserve.

1 Samuel 3:9 (GW) 9  “Go, lie down,” Eli told Samuel. “When he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD. I'm listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his room.

PRAYER: My ears, my heart, and my mind I open to YOU.

1 Samuel 5:1-4 (GW) 1  After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, …. 2  They brought it into the temple of Dagon and placed it beside Dagon. 3  Early the next day … Dagon had fallen forward on the ground in front of the LORD'S ark. …. 4  But the next morning they saw that Dagon had {again} fallen forward on the ground in front of the LORD'S ark. Dagon's head and his two hands were cut off {and were lying} on the temple's threshold. …

PRAYER: Eventually every knee will bow before YOU.  But I do so right now.

DEVOTION: Jesus Followers honor God with integrity, right-living, graciousness, and loud singing.

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Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY 2/22/2017

Read: Mark 10:17-34, 2 Cor 2, Psa 97, 1 Sam 6-8

Mark 10:21,23,25 (GW) 21  Jesus looked at him and loved him. He told him, “You're still missing one thing. Sell everything you have. Give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!” … 23  Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for rich people to enter the kingdom of God!” … 25  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

NOTE: Sometimes I wonder how many Americans, who call themselves Christian, will really get in.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to manage my finances rather than the other way around.  And may I be a generous follower.

Mark 10:27 (GW) 27  Jesus looked at them and said, “It's impossible for people {to save themselves}, but it's not impossible for God to save them. Everything is possible for God.

PRAYER: I am YOUR impossible miracle.  I could never be saved outside of YOUR sacrifice.  Thank YOU!

Mark 10:29-30 (GW) 29  Jesus said, “I can guarantee this truth: Anyone who gave up his home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or fields because of me and the Good News 30  will certainly receive a hundred times as much here in this life. They will certainly receive homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields, along with persecutions. But in the world to come they will receive eternal life.

PRAYER: I like family, farm, and fortune – but I’ll content myself with the gift of eternal life.

Mark 10:33-34 (GW) 33  “We're going to Jerusalem. There the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to foreigners. 34  They will make fun of him, spit on him, whip him, and kill him. But AFTER THREE DAYS HE WILL COME BACK TO LIFE.

PRAYER: YOU couldn’t be any clearer, yet I like YOUR disciples, sometimes remain dumb to what YOUR saying. Help me to unclog my hearing and soften my heart to receive all of YOUR Word.

2 Corinthians 2:6-7 (GW) 6  The majority of you have imposed a severe enough punishment on that person. 7  So now forgive and comfort him. Such distress could overwhelm someone like that if he's not forgiven and comforted.

NOTE: Nobody likes to administer discipline. But the love that drove you to do it – should be ready to quickly help with the ‘patching it up’ process.

PRAYER: Lord, may we be strong enough in our love to discipline, and compassionate enough to comfort and forgive quickly.

2 Corinthians 2:11 (GW) 11  I don't want Satan to outwit us. After all, we are not ignorant about Satan's scheming.

PRAYER: And help me to keep my eyes open to the Devil’s cunning.

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (GW) 14  But I thank God, who always leads us in victory because of Christ. Wherever we go, God uses us to make clear what it means to know Christ. It's like a fragrance that fills the air. 15  To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are dying.

PRAYER: May we all be victorious in sharing our faith this week.

Psalm 97:6 (GW) 6  The heavens tell about his righteousness, and all the people of the world see his glory.

PRAYER: There really is no excuse to not believe, is there!?!

Psalm 97:10 (GW) 10  Let those who love the LORD hate evil. The one who guards the lives of his godly ones will rescue them from the power of wicked people.

PRAYER: Rescue us from temptation and the tempters.

Psalm 97:11-12 (GW) 11  Light dawns for righteous people and joy for those whose motives are decent. 12  Find joy in the LORD, you righteous people. Give thanks to him as you remember how holy he is.

PRAYER: May we all shine bright for YOU (inside and out).  Thank YOU for sure!!!

1 Samuel 7:3 (GW) 3  Samuel told the entire nation of Israel, “If you are returning to the LORD wholeheartedly, get rid of the foreign gods you have, …. Make a commitment to the LORD, and serve only him. Then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”

PRAYER: Help me to identify and remove anything in my life that is not pleasing to YOU.  I am committed to YOU.  I live to serve YOU.

1 Samuel 7:10-11 (GW) 10  While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines came to fight against Israel. On that day the LORD thundered loudly at the Philistines and threw them into such confusion that they were defeated by Israel. 11  Israel's soldiers left Mizpah, pursued the Philistines, and killed them as far as Beth Car.

PRAYER: I love the picture of believers worshiping while YOU are out there taking care of things.  Nice!

DEVOTION: Jesus followers are on the constant watch to be free of worldly temptations.  Their love is tough, their mercy is quick, and they try to do all to God’s glory and pleasure.

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Thursday

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THURSDAY 2/23/2017

Read: Mark 10:35-52, 2 Cor 3, Psa 98, 1 Sam 9-10

Mark 10:43-45 (GW) 43  But that's not the way it's going to be among you. Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant. 44  Whoever wants to be most important among you will be a slave for everyone. 45  It's the same way with the Son of Man. He didn't come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people.”

PRAYER: I can learn from YOU to serve and sacrifice more. 

Mark 10:48 (GW) 48  The people told him to be quiet. But he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

NOTE: Don’t let people silence your faith.

PRAYER: Lord, I will not let my voice of faith be silenced.

Mark 10:52 (GW) 52  Jesus told him, “Go, your faith has made you well.At once he could see again, and he followed Jesus on the road.

PRAYER: I do see better, and I am going to follow …YOU!!!

2 Corinthians 3:2-3 (GW) 2  You're our letter of recommendation written in our hearts that everyone knows and reads. 3  It's clear that you are Christ's letter, written as a result of our ministry. You are a letter written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, a letter written not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

NOTE: So how does your letter read?.

PRAYER: Lord, may my life truly reflect YOUR love and power.

2 Corinthians 3:5 (GW) 5  By ourselves we are not qualified in any way to claim that we can do anything. Rather, God makes us qualified.

PRAYER: Qualify me for sure!

2 Corinthians 3:12 (GW) 12  Since we have confidence {in the new promise}, we speak very boldly.

PRAYER: bless those who are not confident enough to share their faith.

2 Corinthians 3:17 (GW) 17  This Lord is the Spirit. Wherever the Lord's Spirit is, there is freedom.

QUOTE:

Psalm 98:1,6 (GW) 1  Sing a new song to the LORD because he has done miraculous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gained victory for him. 6  …. Shout happily in the presence of the king, the LORD.

PRAYER: May this weekend be a resounding loud, happy, new sound of praise.

Psalm 98:9 (GW) 9  in the LORD'S presence because he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice and its people with fairness.

PRAYER: I will leave the justice to YOU.

1 Samuel 9:21 (GW) 21  Saul replied, “I am a man from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe of Israel. My family is the most insignificant of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin. So why are you saying such things to me?”

1 Samuel 10:1 (GW) 1  Samuel took a flask of olive oil, poured it on Saul's head, kissed him, and said, “The LORD has anointed you to be ruler of his people Israel. You will rule his people and save them from all their enemies. ….

PRAYER: I guess YOU can do what YOU want to do through whomever YOU choose,… including me.

DEVOTION: God can use whomever He wants to whenever He wants to.  That person won’t look like the person you’d pick, so stay open.

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Friday

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FRIDAY 2/24/2017

Read: Mark 11:1-11, 2 Cor 4, Psa 99, 1 Sam 11-13

Mark 11:9 (GW) 9  Those who went ahead and those who followed him were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

PRAYER: Amen

2 Corinthians 4:4 (GW) 4  The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. As a result, they don't see the light of the Good News about Christ's glory. It is Christ who is God's image.

PRAYER: I realize that the people that need the Good News are going to require a little time and patience, …like YOU’ve shared with me.

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (GW) 8  In every way we're troubled, but we aren't crushed by our troubles. We're frustrated, but we don't give up. 9  We're persecuted, but we're not abandoned. We're captured, but we're not killed. 10  We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies.

PRAYER: I will not quit.  Empower me with YOUR resurrection power and presence .

2 Corinthians 4:13 (GW) 13  The following is written, “I believed; therefore, I spoke.” We have that same spirit of faith. We also believe; therefore, we also speak.

PRAYER: And I will speak of my faith to others.  Show me who.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (GW) 16  That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. 17  Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine. 18  We don't look for things that can be seen but for things that can't be seen. Things that can be seen are only temporary. But things that can't be seen last forever.

PRAYER: Help me keep my eyes on YOU and YOUR kingdom instead of the glittery things of this world.

Psalm 99:7-8 (GW) 7  He spoke to them from a column of smoke. They obeyed his written instructions and the laws that he gave them. 8  O LORD, our God, you answered them. You showed them that you are a forgiving God and that you are a God who punishes their {sinful} deeds.

PRAYER: I appreciate both YOUR guidance and discipline,…although I prefer the former.

1 Samuel 12:14,24 (GW) 14  If you fear the LORD, serve him, obey him, and don't rebel against what he says, then you and your king will follow the LORD your God….  24  Fear the LORD, and serve him sincerely. Consider the great things he did for you.

PRAYER: It is easier to respect and obey YOU when I think of all that YOU have done.

1 Samuel 12:20-21 (GW) 20  “Don't be afraid,” Samuel told the people. “You did do all these evil things. But don't turn away from the LORD. Instead, serve the LORD wholeheartedly. 21  Don't turn away to follow other gods. They can't help or rescue you, because they don't exist.

PRAYER: Thank YOU for so many “second chances”.

DEVOTION: real Jesus people are surrounded by temptations ( to have, to be, to quit, etc.). But they hang on to the stories of God’s grace and the counsel of His Word.

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