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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Monday

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MONDAY 8/14/2017 (10-01) #2058

Read: John 1:1-18, Jam 1:1-11, Eccl 1, Jer 1-2

John 1:1 (GW) 1  In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

QUOTE:

John 1:5 (GW) 5  The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it.

PRAYER: I appreciate the power of the light.

John 1:9-12 (GW) 9  The real light, which shines on everyone, was coming into the world. 10  He was in the world, and the world came into existence through him. Yet, the world didn't recognize him. 11  He went to his own people, and his own people didn't accept him. 12  However, he gave the right to become God's children to everyone who believed in him.

PRAYER: This an amazing gift. Thank YOU!

John 1:14,16 (GW) 14  The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with his only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth. … 16  Each of us has received one gift after another because of all that the Word is.

PRAYER: I appreciate all the gifts, the kindness, and the empowered direction of YOUR Living Word.

James 1:2-4 (GW) 2  My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways. 3  You know that such testing of your faith produces endurance. 4  Endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won't need anything.

PRAYER: I will not quit.

James 1:6-7 (GW) 6  When you ask for something, don't have any doubts. A person who has doubts is like a wave that is blown by the wind and tossed by the sea. 7  A person who has doubts shouldn't expect to receive anything from the Lord.

PRAYER: We all struggle with doubt, yet YOU remain faithful to us, encouraging and ready to answer our prayers when we return to having faith.

James 1:9 (GW) 9  Humble believers should be proud because being humble makes them important.

PRAYER: I could stand to be a little more humble, I guess.

James 1:10-11 (GW) 10  …. Rich people will wither like flowers. 11  … the beauty is gone. The same thing will happen to rich people. While they are busy, they will die.

PRAYER: I like money, but I trust in YOU. 

Ecclesiastes 1:2 (GW) 2  “Absolutely pointless!” says the spokesman. “Absolutely pointless! Everything is pointless.”

PRAYER: Sure seems like it, but I know that YOU have a plan to turn our pointless lives in to purposefully productive lives.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (GW) 9  Whatever has happened before will happen {again}. Whatever has been done before will be done {again}. There is nothing new under the sun.

PRAYER: Got it, but it is new to me!!!

Ecclesiastes 1:18 (GW) 18  With a lot of wisdom {comes} a lot of heartache. The greater {your} knowledge, the greater {your} pain.

PRAYER: Understood!

Jeremiah 1:5 (GW) 5  “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”

PRAYER: I believe YOU have a plan for me.  I hope to line up with that plan.

Jeremiah 1:7-8 (GW) 7  But the LORD said to me, “Don't say that you are only a boy. You will go wherever I send you. You will say whatever I command you to say. 8  Don't be afraid of people. I am with you, and I will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

PRAYER: I will go and share my faith trusting YOU along the way.

Jeremiah 1:19 (GW) 19  They will fight you, but they will not defeat you. I am with you, and I will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

PRAYER: I’d rather there not be any conflict, but I realize this is not heaven yet.  So I will be satisfied to have YOU with me during those storms.

Jeremiah 2:11,13 (GW) 11  Has any nation ever exchanged gods? (Their gods aren't really gods.) Yet, my people have exchanged their Glory for something that doesn't help them. 13  “My people have done two things wrong. They have abandoned me, the fountain of life-giving water. They have also dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that can't hold water.

PRAYER: We frequently abandon YOU to dig our own way out.  Why do we do that?!!! YOU remain faithful and ready to bless.

THOT: Though the Word bring light, hope, and salvation, we humans keep going our own way. Yet God continues to reach out to us with such wonderful gifts that only require a little faith.

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Tuesday

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TUESDAY 8/15/2017 (10-02) #2059

Read: John 1:19-28, Jam 1:12-18, Eccl 2:1-16, Jer 3-4

John 1:23 (GW) 23  John said, “I'm a voice crying out in the desert, ‘Make the way for the Lord straight,' as the prophet Isaiah said.”

PRAYER: I hope to be a ‘path clearer’ for YOU to come and meet the yet unsaved in my life.

James 1:13-15 (GW) 13  When someone is tempted, he shouldn't say that God is tempting him. God can't be tempted by evil, and God doesn't tempt anyone. 14  Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. 15  Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin. When sin grows up, it gives birth to death.

PRAYER: I could use YOUR help in conquering my temptations.

James 1:17 (GW) 17  Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars. The Father doesn't change like the shifting shadows produced by the sun and the moon.

PRAYER: YOUR constant love and grace are greatly appreciated.

Ecclesiastes 2:11 (GW) 11  But when I turned to look at all that I had accomplished and all the hard work I had put into it, I saw that it was all pointless. {It was like} trying to catch the wind. I gained nothing {from any of my accomplishments} under the sun.

PRAYER: I sometimes feel that way.  But YOUR love gives me meaning and purpose

Jeremiah 3:14-16 (GW) 14  “Come back, you rebellious people,” declares the LORD. “I'm your husband. I will take you, one from every city and two from every family, and bring you to Zion. 15  I will give you shepherds after my own heart. They will be shepherds who feed you with knowledge and insight. 16  In those days you will be fertile, and your population will increase in the land,” declares the LORD. “People will no longer talk about the ark of the LORD'S promise. It will no longer come to mind. They won't remember it, miss it, or make another one.

PRAYER: Thank YOU for YOUR mercy and YOUR ‘second chances’.  Raise up leaders in the church with YOUR heart who can inspire us with the power and relevance of YOUR Word.

Jeremiah 4:3-4 (GW) 3  This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem: Plow your unplowed fields, and don't plant among thorns. 4  Be circumcised by the LORD, and get rid of the foreskins of your hearts, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you don't, my fury will flare up like a fire. It will burn, and no one will be able to put it out, because of the evil you do.

PRAYER: Help me to remove the obstacles in my life.  I want to make room for YOUR Word.

Jeremiah 4:22 (GW) 22  “My people are fools. They don't know me. They are stupid people. They don't understand. They are experts in doing wrong, and they don't know how to do good.”

PRAYER: Yep, I’m really sorry!  Help me to be better.

Jeremiah 4:28 (GW) 28  The earth will mourn, and the sky will grow black. I have spoken, and I have planned it. I won't change my plans, and I won't turn back.

PRAYER: Thank YOU for being consistent and reliable. 

THOT: Until we get to heaven, we battle many temptation.  It is upon us to make room for God’s Word to do it’s marvelous work.

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Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY 8/16/2017 (10-03) #2060

Read: John 1:29-34, Jam 1:19-27, Eccl 2:17-26, Jer 5-6

John 1:29 (GW) 29  John saw Jesus coming toward him the next day and said, “Look! This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

PRAYER: Thank YOU, O Lamb of God!!!

John 1:33 (GW) 33  I didn't know who he was. But God, who sent me to baptize with water, had told me, ‘When you see the Spirit come down and stay on someone, you'll know that person is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'

PRAYER: Immerse me in YOUR Holy Spirit that I might shine bright for YOU today.

James 1:19,26 (GW) 19  Remember this, my dear brothers and sisters: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and should not get angry easily. … 26  If a person thinks that he is religious but can't control his tongue, he is fooling himself. That person's religion is worthless.

PRAYER: Help us all to still the anger and open our ears more.  And help me to manage my mouth.

James 1:21 (GW) 21  So get rid of all immoral behavior and all the wicked things you do. Humbly accept the word that God has placed in you. This word can save you.

PRAYER: I will clean up and make room for YOUR Word.

James 1:22 (GW) 22  Do what God's word says. Don't merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves.

PRAYER: Read and Apply, read and apply.

James 1:27 (GW) 27  Pure, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world.

PRAYER: I will show YOUR compassion to a broken world, and I’ll hold to YOUR standards.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 (GW) 24  There is nothing better for people to do than to eat, drink, and find satisfaction in their work. I saw that even this comes from the hand of God.

PRAYER: YOU give my life meaning, and I appreciate the food part.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 (GW) 26  God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to anyone who pleases him. But to the person who continues to sin, he gives the job of gathering and collecting {wealth}. The sinner must turn his wealth over to the person who pleases God. Even this is pointless. {It's like} trying to catch the wind.

PRAYER: I choose to live for YOUR pleasure.

Jeremiah 5:7 (GW) 7  “Why should I forgive you? Your children abandoned me. They took godless oaths. They committed adultery, even though I satisfied their needs. They traveled in crowds to the houses of prostitutes.

Jeremiah 6:16 (GW) 16  This is what the LORD says: Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask which paths are the old, reliable paths. Ask which way leads to blessings. Live that way, and find a resting place for yourselves. But you said that you wouldn't live that way.

PRAYER: We are an obstinate and foolish people.  We are blessed to have such a patient and loving God.

Jeremiah 5:21 (GW) 21  Hear this, you stupid and senseless people! You have eyes, but you cannot see. You have ears, but you cannot hear.

PRAYER: I admit to my own shortcomings.  Forgive, renew, and heal me that I might become a better spokesman and witness for you.

Jeremiah 6:14-15 (GW) 14  They treat my people's wounds as though they were not serious, saying, ‘Everything is alright! Everything is alright!' But it's not alright. 15  Are they ashamed when they do disgusting things? No, they're not ashamed. They don't even know how to blush. So they will die with those who die. They will be brought down when I punish them,” says the LORD.

PRAYER: I am sorry, and we repent as a fallen and wayward people. Forgive, heal, and renew.

THOT: There is power, redemption, and renewal for all those who adhere to God’s Word.

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Thursday

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THURSDAY 8/17/2017 (10-04) #2061

Read: John 1:35-42, Jam 2:1-13, Eccl 3:1-15, Jer 7-9

John 1:40-42 (GW) 40  Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two disciples who heard John and followed Jesus. 41  Andrew at once found his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”). 42  Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at Simon and said, “You are Simon, son of John. Your name will be Cephas” (which means “Peter”).

PRAYER: Open our eyes to see witnessing opportunities.

James 2:5 (GW) 5  Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Didn't God choose poor people in the world to become rich in faith and to receive the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?

PRAYER: YOU have done so with me.

James 2:8,12 (GW) 8  You are doing right if you obey this law from the highest authority: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” … 12  Talk and act as people who are going to be judged by laws that bring freedom.

PRAYER: I will show love in action

James 2:9 (GW) 9  If you favor one person over another, you're sinning, and this law convicts you of being disobedient.

PRAYER: I will try to show favor equally.

James 2:13 (GW) 13  No mercy will be shown to those who show no mercy to others. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

PRAYER: Help us all to forgive AS we have been forgiven.

Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 (GW) 2  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pull out what was planted, 3  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build up, 4  a time to cry and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to hug and a time to stop hugging, 6  a time to start looking and a time to stop looking, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7  a time to tear apart and a time to sew together, a time to keep quiet and a time to speak out, 8  a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

PRAYER: Help me to know what time it is.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (GW) 11  It is beautiful how God has done everything at the right time. He has put a sense of eternity in people's minds. Yet, mortals still can't grasp what God is doing from the beginning to the end {of time}.

PRAYER: Help me to water the seeds YOU’ve planted in the unbelievers in my life.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 (GW) 13  It is a gift from God to be able to eat and drink and experience the good that comes from every kind of hard work.

PRAYER: I will be a hard worker today.

Jeremiah 7:3-5 (GW) 3  This is what the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Change the way you live and act, and I will let you live in this place. 4  Do not trust the words of this saying, “This is the LORD'S temple, the LORD'S temple, the LORD'S temple!” It's a lie. 5  “‘Suppose you really change the way you live and act and you really treat each other fairly.

PRAYER: May my words and actions show love and my devotion to YOU.

Jeremiah 7:23-24 (GW) 23  But I did tell them this, ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Live the way I told you to live so that things will go well for you.' 24  But they didn't obey me or pay attention to me. They followed their own plans and their stubborn, evil ways. They went backward and not forward.

PRAYER: I’ve done that, and I am sorry. I choose to live according to YOUR Word and Will.

Jeremiah 8:11 (GW) 11  They treat my dear people's wounds as though they were not serious, saying, Everything is alright! Everything is alright!” But it's not alright.

PRAYER: I’ll let YOU be the judge of what’s all right and what’s not.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (GW) 23  This is what the LORD says: Don't let wise people brag about their wisdom. Don't let strong people brag about their strength. Don't let rich people brag about their riches. 24  If they want to brag, they should brag that they understand and know me. They should brag that I, the LORD, act out of love, righteousness, and justice on the earth. This kind of bragging pleases me, declares the LORD.

PRAYER: I love that YOU are so interested in a relationship with us mere human beings. I love that YOU are the model of love, holiness, and justice.

THOT: the Jesus believer brings others to the Lord to experience love, God’s presence, and justice.

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Friday

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FRIDAY 8/18/2017 (10-05) #2062

Read: John 1:43-51, Jam 2:14-26, Eccl 3:16-22, Jer 10-11

John 1:46 (GW) 46  Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip told him, “Come and see!”

PRAYER: I hope to have a “come and see” attitude.  May I bring YOU many of the “lost”.

John 1:50 (GW) 50  Jesus replied, “You believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”

PRAYER: I believe!

James 2:14,17,18,20,26 (GW) 14  My brothers and sisters, what good does it do if someone claims to have faith but doesn't do any good things? Can this kind of faith save him? … 17  In the same way, faith by itself is dead if it doesn't cause you to do any good things. 18  … Show me your faith …. 20  …. faith which does nothing is useless? … 26  … faith that does nothing is dead.

PRAYER: May I be full of goodness and good deeds. May people see that I am faith filled.

James 2:19 (GW) 19  You believe that there is one God. That's fine! The demons also believe that, and they tremble with fear.

NOTE: believe and receive, then there’s fruit (or there’s a dead limb).

PRAYER: I believe and I will bear fruit.

Ecclesiastes 3:17 (GW) 17  I thought to myself, “God will judge righteous people as well as wicked people, because there is a specific time for every activity and every work that is done.”

PRAYER: I realize I don’t have forever while here on earth.  Help me to make the most of the time I have left.

Ecclesiastes 3:20 (GW) 20  All {life} goes to the same place. All {life} comes from the ground, and all of it goes back to the ground.

QUOTE:

Ecclesiastes 3:22 (GW) 22  I saw that there's nothing better for people to do than to enjoy their work because that is their lot {in life}. Who will allow them to see what will happen after them?

PRAYER: Help all of us find our roles in the Body of Christ.

Jeremiah 10:3,5,8 (GW) 3  The religion of the people is worthless.. 5  These trees are like scarecrows in cucumber gardens. They aren't able to speak. They have to be carried, because they can't walk. Don't be afraid of them. They can't harm you. They can't do you any good either. 8  They are complete idiots. They learn nonsense from wooden idols.

PRAYER: Forgive me for the times I’ve trust money, or success, or anything but YOU.

Jeremiah 10:6,10 (GW) 6  No one is like you, O LORD. You are great. Your name is powerful. 10  But the LORD is the only God. He is the living God and eternal king. The earth trembles when he is angry. The nations can't endure his fury.

PRAYER: And in all YOUR amazingness, YOU make time for little teeny me. Amazing. There is no one like YOU.

Jeremiah 10:21 (GW) 21  The shepherds are foolish. They don't look to the LORD for help. That is why they won't succeed, and all their flocks will be scattered.

PRAYER: May all our shepherds spend more time with YOU, in YOUR Word, and on their knees. 

Jeremiah 11:4-5 (GW) 4  I made this promise to your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, which was an iron smelter. I said, “Obey me, and do everything that I have told you to do. Then you will be my people, and I will be your God. 5  I will keep the oath I made to your ancestors and give them a land flowing with milk and honey, the land you still have today.”'” I answered, “Yes, LORD.”

PRAYER: I’m on board.

Jeremiah 11:15 (GW) 15  “What right do these people I love have to be in my house when they do so many devious things? Can the meat from their sacrifices turn disaster away from them? They rejoice when they do evil.”

PRAYER: YOU deserve better than the hypocritical show we put on for the weekend.  May YOU receive repentant and sincere worshipers this coming weekend.

THOT: Jesus followers are optimistic good deed doer who obey God’s Word and bring Him pleasure every day.

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