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 2/19/2018

Read: Mat 24:36-51, Rom 7:13-25, Psa 58, Num 26-27

Matthew 24:37-39,44 (TEV) 37  The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah. 38  In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat; 39  yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes. … 44  So then, you also must always be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.

PRAYER: YOU deserve my full attention always.

Matthew 24:45 (TEV) 45  "Who, then, is a faithful and wise servant? It is the one that his master has placed in charge of the other servants to give them their food at the proper time.

PRAYER: May all shepherds feed their flocks with the whole of YOUR Word.

Romans 7:15,17-20 (TEV) 15  I do not understand what I do; for I don't do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate…. 17  So I am not really the one who does this thing; rather it is the sin that lives in me. 18  I know that good does not live in me—that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. 19  I don't do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do. 20  If I do what I don't want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives in me.

PRAYER: Forgive me, Lord. I can’t wait to be with YOU in a place where this isn’t going to be the daily battle.

Romans 7:22-24a (TEV) 22  My inner being delights in the law of God. 23  But I see a different law at work in my body—a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body. 24  What an unhappy man I am!

PRAYER: This is a regular struggle. Thank YOU for YOUR love and patience.

Romans 7:24b-25 (TEV) 24  …. Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? 25  Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ! This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God's law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.

PRAYER: I am truly grateful for YOUR mercy and grace.

Psalm 58:11 (TEV) 11  People will say, "The righteous are indeed rewarded; there is indeed a God who judges the world."

PRAYER: I hope they can say that about me.

Numbers 26:10,61 (TEV) 10  The ground opened and swallowed them, and they died with Korah and his followers when fire destroyed 250 men; they became a warning to the people. … 61  Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unholy fire to the LORD.

PRAYER: Warning are clearly noted!

Numbers 27:3 (TEV) 3  "Our father … died because of his own sin.

PRAYER: And I will be responsible for my stuff.

Numbers 27:16-17 (TEV) 16  "LORD God, source of all life, appoint, I pray, a man who can lead the people 17  and can command them in battle, so that your community will not be like sheep without a shepherd."

PRAYER: Raise up more shepherds who will lead people to fight for the faith.

THOT: Being a Christ follower doesn’t exempt us from our human weakness to sin.  We need good shepherds, and a desire to always be better.

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Tuesday

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TUESDAY 2/20/2018

Read: Mat 25:1-13, Rom 8:1-17, Psa 59, Num 28-30

Matthew 25:4,10,13 (TEV) 4  while the wise ones took containers full of oil for their lamps. ,,, 10  So the foolish ones went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. The five who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was closed. … 13  And Jesus concluded, "Watch out, then, because you do not know the day or the hour.

PRAYER: I will seek to be as filled, spiritually speaking, as I can …always.

Romans 8:1 (TEV) 1  There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus.

QUOTE:

Romans 8:5-6 (TEV) 5  Those who live as their human nature tells them to, have their minds controlled by what human nature wants. Those who live as the Spirit tells them to, have their minds controlled by what the Spirit wants. 6  To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.

PRAYER: I’ll try to keep giving YOU the reigns to my life.

Romans 8:11 (TEV) 11  If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.

PRAYER: So I really don’t have any excuses, right?!

Romans 8:15 (TEV) 15  For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God's children, and by the Spirit's power we cry out to God, "Father! my Father!"

QUOTE:

Romans 8:17 (TEV) 17  Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people, and we will also possess with Christ what God has kept for him; for if we share Christ's suffering, we will also share his glory.

PRAYER: I will not quit.  I’ll keep going.

Psalm 59:9-10 (TEV) 9  I have confidence in your strength; you are my refuge, O God. 10  My God loves me and will come to me; he will let me see my enemies defeated.

PRAYER: YOUR love and power are very welcomed.

Psalm 59:16 (TEV) 16  But I will sing about your strength; every morning I will sing aloud of your constant love. You have been a refuge for me, a shelter in my time of trouble.

PRAYER: YOUR are my safe place everyday. Thank YOU for your ever present love.

Numbers 30:2 (TEV) 2  When a man makes a vow to give something to the LORD or takes an oath to abstain from something, he must not break his promise, but must do everything that he said he would.

PRAYER: I will try to be a person of my word.

THOT: I am tattooed with the Holy Spirit and have Christ’s resurrection power. I have no excuses.

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Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY 2/21/2018

Read: Mat 25:14-30, Rom 8:18-39, Psa 60, Num 31-32

Matthew 25:15,20,22-23 (TEV) 15  He gave to each one according to his ability: to one he gave five thousand gold coins, to another he gave two thousand, and to another he gave one thousand. Then he left on his trip. … 20  The servant who had received five thousand coins came in and handed over the other five thousand. 'You gave me five thousand coins, sir,' he said. 'Look! Here are another five thousand that I have earned. '… 22  Then the servant who had been given two thousand coins came in and said, 'You gave me two thousand coins, sir. Look! Here are another two thousand that I have earned.' 23  'Well done, you good and faithful servant!' said his master. 'You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts. Come on in and share my happiness!'

PRAYER: I will work with what ever abilities YOU’ve given to me, be they numerous or small. 

Matthew 25:25-26 (TEV) 25  I was afraid, so I went off and hid your money in the ground. Look! Here is what belongs to you.' 26  'You bad and lazy servant!' his master said. …

PRAYER: I don’t want to operate in fear. May we all use however little we have for YOUR kingdom.

Matthew 25:29-30 (TEV) 29  For to every person who has something, even more will be given, and he will have more than enough; but the person who has nothing, even the little that he has will be taken away from him. 30  As for this useless servant—throw him outside in the darkness; there he will cry and gnash his teeth.'

PRAYER: I can do more with the little I have.  I don’t want to be useless nor fear-filled.

Romans 8:18 (TEV) 18  I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.

PRAYER: I will be patient, I will not quit.

Romans 8:25-26 (TEV) 25  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26  In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express.

PRAYER: I have no excuse, I have YOU!

Romans 8:28-29 (TEV) 28  We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose. 29  Those whom God had already chosen he also set apart to become like his Son, so that the Son would be the first among many believers.

PRAYER: May I grow to become more and more like YOU, Lord.  In good times and bad, may I grow to fulfill the purpose for which YOU created me.

Romans 8:31,35,37-39 (TEV) 31  In view of all this, what can we say? If God is for us, who can be against us? … 35  Who, then, can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble do it, or hardship or persecution or hunger or poverty or danger or death? … 37  No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! 38  For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, 39  neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.

PRAYER: That love is powerful and greatly appreciated.

Psalm 60:4 (TEV) 4  You have warned those who have reverence for you, so that they might escape destruction.

PRAYER: I appreciate the cautions.

Psalm 60:11-12 (TEV) 11  …; human help is worthless. 12  With God on our side we will win; he will defeat our enemies.

PRAYER: Why do I tend to lean on human support.  YOU are my Rock.

Numbers 32:5 (TEV) 5  Please give us this land as our property, and do not make us cross the Jordan River and settle there."

PRAYER: How many times have I stopped short of YOUR blessing, our “promised land”.

Numbers 32:23 (TEV) 23  But if you do not keep your promise, I warn you that you will be sinning against the LORD. Make no mistake about it; you will be punished for your sin.

PRAYER: I’ll try to be a person of my Word.

THOT: Gifted with God given abilities, empowered by God’s love, true believers have quite an advantage.  

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Thursday

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THURSDAY 2/22/2018

Read: Mat 25:31-46, Rom 9:1-18, Psa 61, Num 33-36

Matthew 25:34-40 (TEV) 34  Then the King will say to the people on his right, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. 35  I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, 36  naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.' 37  The righteous will then answer him, 'When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38  When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? 39  When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?' 40  The King will reply, 'I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!'

PRAYER: I hope to reflect YOUR generosity, compassion, and grace.

Romans 9:8 (TEV) 8  This means that the children born in the usual way are not the children of God; instead, the children born as a result of God's promise are regarded as the true descendants.

PRAYER: Help me to reach those that are not yet “children of God”

Romans 9:15-16 (TEV) 15  For he said to Moses, "I will have mercy on anyone I wish; I will take pity on anyone I wish." 16  So then, everything depends, not on what we humans want or do, but only on God's mercy.

PRAYER: I know that I am.

Psalm 61:2-4 (TEV) 2  In despair and far from home I call to you! Take me to a safe refuge, 3  for you are my protector, my strong defense against my enemies. 4  Let me live in your sanctuary all my life; let me find safety under your wings.

PRAYER: Right now it’s a little scary and unknown, but tomorrow in YOUR house – it’s going to be sooooo great!!!

Numbers 33:55 (TEV) 55  But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those that are left will be as troublesome as splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will fight against you.

PRAYER: Help me to drive out all the bad influences in my life, people or stuff.

Numbers 35:28 (TEV) 28  Any of you guilty of manslaughter must remain in the city of refuge until the death of the High Priest, but after that you may return home.

PRAYER: May every church be a city of refuge, a place where everyone is welcome.

THOT: Jesus followers give and serve like Jesus, they do not complain, and they work together to accomplish God’s goals.  

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Friday

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FRIDAY 2/23/2018

Read: Mat 26:1-16, Rom 9:19-33, Psa 62, Deut 1-3

Matthew 26:11-12 (TEV) 11  You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me. 12  What she did was to pour this perfume on my body to get me ready for burial.

PRAYER: I will not forget the poor, but I certainly want to prioritize YOU. May our missions never take prominence over YOU.

Romans 9:20-21 (TEV) 20  But who are you, my friend, to talk back to God? A clay pot does not ask the man who made it, "Why did you make me like this?" 21  After all, the man who makes the pots has the right to use the clay as he wishes, and to make two pots from the same lump of clay, one for special occasions and the other for ordinary use.

PRAYER: I may not be special but I am chosen.  Use me, however YOU will.  I am privileged to be YOUR pot.

Romans 9:25 (TEV) 25  This is what he says in the book of Hosea: "The people who were not mine I will call 'My People.' The nation that I did not love I will call 'My Beloved.'

PRAYER: I am grateful for this honor.  Thank YOU for wanting me.

Psalm 62:5,8 (TEV) 5  I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. 8  Trust in God at all times, my people. Tell him all your troubles, for he is our refuge.

PRAYER: Thank YOU for always being my Rock.

Psalm 62:11-12 (TEV) 11  More than once I have heard God say that power belongs to him 12  and that his love is constant. You yourself, O Lord, reward everyone according to their deeds.

PRAYER: May I reflect YOUR power and love.

Deuteronomy 1:9,13,15 (TEV) 9  Moses said to the people, "While we were still at Mount Sinai, I told you, 'The responsibility for leading you is too much for me. I can't do it alone. … 13  Choose some wise, understanding, and experienced men from each tribe, and I will put them in charge of you.'… 15  …. Some were responsible for a thousand people, some for a hundred, some for fifty, and some for ten. I also appointed other officials throughout the tribes.

PRAYER: Raise up Word wise, compassionate, and experienced leaders to share the load over the 10’s,50’s,100’s and 1,000s.

Deuteronomy 1:27,32,34 (TEV) 27  You grumbled to one another: 'The LORD hates us. He brought us out of Egypt just to hand us over to these Amorites, so that they could kill us. … 32  But in spite of what I said, you still would not trust the LORD, … 34  "The LORD heard your complaints and became angry, and so he solemnly declared,

PRAYER: We’re not just rebellious we are complainers.  Forgive us Lord.

Deuteronomy 2:7 (TEV) 7  "Remember how the LORD your God has blessed you in everything that you have done. He has taken care of you as you wandered through this vast desert. He has been with you these forty years, and you have had everything you needed.

PRAYER: I do appreciate YOUR constant role in my life.

THOT: Listen, learn, love, and obey – no better way!

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