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
MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI
Read: Mark 1:1-8, 1 Cor 1:1-17, Psa 72, Josh 1-2
(TEV) 3 Someone
is shouting in the desert, 'Get the road ready for
the Lord; make a straight path for him to
PRAYER: I need to straighten up a
few things in my life to make YOUR stay more pleasant, don’t I?!!
Mark 1:4,8 (TEV) 4 So
John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching. "Turn
away from your sins and be baptized," he told the people,
"and God will forgive your sins." … 8 I baptize you with
water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
PRAYER: As I clean things up, pour
out YOUR Spirit upon me.
Corinthians 1:8 (TEV) 8 He will also keep
you firm to the end, so that you will be faultless on the
Day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: I will need YOUR help on
Corinthians 1:10 (TEV) 10 By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ I appeal to
all of you, my friends, to agree in what you say, so that there
will be no divisions among you. Be completely united,
with only one thought and one purpose.
PRAYER: I pray for the church. May
we truly be one.
72:12-14 (TEV) 12 He
rescues the poor who call to him, and those
who are needy and neglected. 13 He has pity on the weak and poor; he saves the lives of those in need. 14 He rescues them from oppression and violence; their lives are precious to him.
PRAYER: May I be a generous and
compassionate as YOU.
1:5-9 (TEV) 5 Joshua,
no one will be able to defeat you as long as you live. I will be
with you as I was with Moses. I will always be with you; I
will never abandon you. 6 Be determined
and confident, for you will be the leader of these people as they
occupy this land which I promised their ancestors. 7 Just be determined,
be confident; and make sure that you obey the whole Law that
my servant Moses gave you. Do not neglect any part of it and you
will succeed wherever you go. 8 Be sure that the book
of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and
night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Remember that I have
commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid
or discouraged, for I, the LORD your God, am with you
wherever you go."
PRAYER: YOU are with me, YOUR Word
directs me daily – so I will be strong and courageous.
followers must be wholly devoted to God’s Word and each other.
Read: Mark 1:9-20, 1 Cor 1:18-31, Psa 73, Josh
1:11-13 (TEV) 11
And a voice came from heaven, "You
are my own dear Son. I am pleased with you." 12 At once the Spirit made him go into the desert, 13 where
he stayed forty days, being tempted by Satan. Wild animals
were there also, but angels came and helped him.
note that God takes Jesus from the “pleasing” moment to the desert
of temptation. It’s not all smooth sailing
PRAYER: I’ll be prepared for
whatever the next adventure is, high or low.
1:15 (TEV) 15 "The
right time has come," he said, "and the Kingdom of God
is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the
PRAYER: Help me to prepare
others for YOUR gospel.
1:17 (TEV) 17 Jesus
said to them, "Come with me, and I will teach you to
PRAYER: I’m following and I’m
open to learning how to better share my faith with others.
Corinthians 1:18 (TEV) 18 For the message about Christ's death on the cross is nonsense
to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved
it is God's power.
PRAYER: Help me to present the
gospel in such a way that it will make sense.
Corinthians 1:20 (TEV) 20 … God has shown
that this world's wisdom is foolishness!
1 Corinthians 1:23 (TEV) 23 As
for us, we proclaim the crucified Christ, a message that is
offensive to the Jews and nonsense to the Gentiles;
Corinthians 1:26-29,31 (TEV) 26 Now remember what you
were, my friends, when God called you. From the human point of
view few of you were wise or powerful or of high social
standing. 27 God
purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order
to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak
in order to shame the powerful. 28 He chose what the
world looks down on and despises and thinks is nothing,
in order to destroy what the world thinks is important. 29 This
means that no one can boast in God's presence. …31 So
then, as the scripture says, "Whoever wants to boast must boast
of what the Lord has done."
PRAYER: Use me to reach the
powerful and wise. And my I be encouraging to those other “weak”
vessels YOU might choose to spread the Good News.
Corinthians 1:30 (TEV) 30 But God has
brought you into union with Christ Jesus, and God has made Christ
to be our wisdom. By him we are put right with God; we become
God's holy people and are set free.
PRAYER: Thank YOU!
73:2-3,21-24 (TEV) 2 But I had nearly lost
confidence; my faith was almost gone
I was jealous of the proud when I
saw that things go well for the wicked.
.. 21 When
my thoughts were bitter and my feelings
were hurt, 22 I was as stupid as
an animal; I did not understand you. 23 Yet I always stay close to you, and you hold me by the hand. 24 You guide me with your instruction and at the end you will receive me with honor.
PRAYER: I too get dumb, so I
thank YOU for being so patient with me. I’m hangin’
73:16-17 (TEV) 16
I tried to think this problem through,
but it was too difficult for me 17 until
I went into your Temple. Then I understood
PRAYER: YOUR word is certainly a
blessing but so is YOUR House.
May many people find huge answers this coming weekend.
73:25 (TEV) 25
What else do I have in heaven but you? Since I have you, what else could I want on earth?
PRAYER: YOU are my
treasure. Earth is not my
3:10 (TEV) 10 As
you advance, he will surely drive out the Canaanites, the Hittites,
the Hivites, the Perizzites,
the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. You will know that the living God
is among you
PRAYER: YOU are the Living God!
3:14,16-17 (TEV) 14 ... As soon as the priests stepped into the river, … 16 the
water stopped flowing and piled up, far upstream at Adam, …and the people were able to
cross over near Jericho. 17 While the people walked across on dry ground, the
priests carrying the LORD'S
Covenant Box stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan until
all the people had crossed over.
Joshua 4:23-24 (TEV) 23 Tell
them that the LORD
your God dried up the water of the Jordan for you until you
had crossed, just as he dried up the Red Sea for us. 24 Because
of this everyone on earth will know how great the LORD'S power is, and you
will honor the LORD
your God forever."
PRAYER: Yep, that’s a big deal.
5:11-12 (TEV) 11
The next day was the first time they ate
food grown in Canaan: roasted grain and bread made without yeast. 12 The
manna stopped falling then, and the Israelites no longer had
any. From that time on they ate food grown in Canaan.
PRAYER: Sometimes I miss the
manna moments (YOU know, when YOU baby me along). But I appreciate
this new place YOU’ve brought me to.
believers aren’t necessarily very impressive nor smart, but they
are blessed and empowered by a Living God who loves them dearly.
Read: Mark 1:21-34, 1 Cor 2, Psa 74, Josh 6-7
1:22,27-28 (TEV) 22 The people who heard him
were amazed at the way he taught, for he wasn't like the teachers
of the Law; instead, he taught with authority. … 27 … This man has authority
to give orders to the evil spirits, and they obey him!" 28 And
so the news about Jesus spread quickly everywhere in the
province of Galilee.
PRAYER: Authority to teach, Authority to change lives. That’s preachable
1:31 (TEV) 31 He
went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever
left her, and she began to wait on them.
PRAYER: Yeah, I can be so lazy.
Pete’s mom is an inspiration. No more excuses from me.
1:34 (TEV) 34 Jesus
healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases and drove
out many demons. ….
NOTE: Not all problems were resolved by
the end of the day, even for Jesus.
PRAYER: May I be satisfied to get done what I can today. I will however make a good
Corinthians 2:1-5 (TEV) 1 When I came to you, my friends, to preach God's secret truth,
I did not use big words and great learning. 2 For while I was with you, I made up my mind to forget
everything except Jesus Christ and especially his death on the
cross. 3 So when I came to you, I was weak and trembled all
over with fear, 4 and my teaching and message were not
delivered with skillful words of human wisdom, but with convincing
proof of the power of God's Spirit. 5 Your faith, then, does not rest on human wisdom but on
PRAYER: May YOU, and not clever words or theatrical performances,
be the rock upon which tomorrows church is
Corinthians 2:10 (TEV) 10 But it was to us
that God made known his secret by means of his Spirit. The Spirit
searches everything, even the hidden depths of God's
PRAYER: So I could use a little of YOUR Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Corinthians 2:16 (TEV) 16 As the scripture
says, "Who knows the mind of the Lord?
Who is able to give him advice?" We,
however, have the mind of Christ.
74:12 (TEV) 12
But you have been our king from the
beginning, O God; you have saved us many
PRAYER: Many many times, Thank YOU!
74:20-21 (TEV) 20
Remember the covenant you
made with us. There is violence in every dark
corner of the land. 21 Don't let the oppressed be put to shame; let those poor and needy people praise you.
PRAYER: I’ll be patient, I know our day is coming.
6:16 (TEV) 16 The
seventh time around, when the priests were about to sound the
trumpets, Joshua ordered the people to shout, and he said,
"The LORD has
given you the city!
PRAYER: I’d just like it if the church were so loud on the
“seventh day” that the whole city stopped to pay homage to YOU. May
this coming weekend be a blessing to YOU.
6:27 (TEV) 27 So
the LORD was with
Joshua, and his fame spread through the whole country.
PRAYER: May we be known for our strong relationship with
YOU. May I be known for
7:11-12 (TEV) 11
Israel has sinned! They
have broken the agreement with me that I ordered them to keep. They
have taken some of the things condemned to destruction. They
stole them, lied about it, and put them with their own things. 12 This
is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies. They
retreat from them because they themselves have now been
condemned to destruction! I will not stay with you any longer
unless you destroy the things you were ordered not to take!
NOTE: “Israel has sinned” actually it was
just Achan, but since we are a
family. Thousands of people
lost God’s favor and died. The nation of Israel experienced
defeat. The strongest chain
is limited by it’s
weakest link. So fix the weak ones!
PRAYER: Lord, help us to hold one another responsible and to
build one another up in YOU.
THOT: a Jesus follower is always active,
sharing, caring, and building up other believers who may have a
Read: Mark 1:35-45, 1 Cor 3, Psa 75, Josh 8-9
1:35 (TEV) 35 Very early the next
morning, long before daylight, Jesus got up and left the house. He went
out of town to a lonely place, where he prayed.
PRAYER: If the King of Kings needs this private prayer time, what
about me, right?!!!
1:40-41 (TEV) 40
man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to Jesus, knelt
down, and begged him for help. "IF YOU WANT TO,"
he said, "you can make me clean." 41 Jesus was filled with pity, and reached out and
touched him. "I DO WANT TO," he answered.
PRAYER: I love how willing YOU are to help me. May I be as willing to help “the
untouchables” (those whom everyone else avoids).
1:45 (TEV) 45 But
the man went away and began to spread the news everywhere.
Indeed, he talked so much that Jesus could not go into a town
publicly. Instead, he stayed out in lonely places, and people came
to him from everywhere.
NOTE: Funny, Jesus tells us not to
witness, we do. Jesus
commands us to witness, we don’t.
Why is that?
PRAYER: Lord, I think we need more help with sharing our faith
than we do keeping it to ourselves. Guide us, empower us to witness.
Corinthians 3:3-4 (TEV) 3 because you still
live as the people of this world live. When there is jealousy
among you and you quarrel with one another, doesn't this
prove that you belong to this world, living by its
standards? 4 When
one of you says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I
follow Apollos"—aren't you acting like worldly people?
PRAYER: Help me to break with the ways of the world and to mature
Corinthians 3:6 (TEV) 6 I planted the seed,
Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant
Corinthians 3:9-15 (TEV) 9 … You
are also God's building. 10 … But each of you must be careful how you build. 11 For God has already placed Jesus Christ as the one and
only foundation, and no other foundation can be laid. 12 Some will use gold or silver or precious stones in building
on the foundation; others will use wood or grass or straw. 13 And the quality of each person's work will be seen when
the Day of Christ exposes it. For on that Day fire will
reveal everyone's work; the fire will test it and show its real
quality. 14 If what was built on the foundation survives the fire, the builder
will receive a reward. 15 But if your work is burnt up, then you will lose it; but you
yourself will be saved, as if you had escaped through the fire.
PRAYER: YOU deserve better from me.
Corinthians 3:18 (TEV) 18 You should not
fool yourself. If any of you think that you are wise by this
world's standards, you should become a fool, in order to be really
Corinthians 3:21,23 (TEV) 21 No one, then, should
boast about what human beings can do. Actually everything
belongs to you: …. 23 and you belong to Christ,
and Christ belongs to God.
PRAYER: It’s all YOUR’s not just my stuff, but me and everything
75:1 (TEV) 1 We give thanks to you, O God, we give
thanks to you! We proclaim how
great you are and tell of the wonderful
things you have done.
PRAYER: And not just on Sundays.
May we boldly share YOU in the marketplace.
75:7 (TEV) 7 it
is God who is the judge, condemning
some and acquitting others.
PRAYER: I’ll try to leave that job up to YOU and YOU alone.
8:18 (TEV) 18 Then
the LORD said to
Joshua, "Point your spear at Ai; I am giving it to you." Joshua
did as he was told,
PRAYER: May I be as obedient to YOUR Word.
8:34 (TEV) 34 Joshua
then read aloud the whole Law, including the blessings
and the curses, just as they are written in the book of the
PRAYER: yes, I’m reading the good stuff and the hard to read
9:14 (TEV) 14 The
Israelites accepted some food from them, but did not consult the LORD about it.
PRAYER: How many times have I done something without YOUR
approval because it “seemed right”. Forgive me.
THOT: Jesus followers need daily
connections in prayer and in God’s Word to be able to make a
positive difference in this world.
Read: Mark 2:1-12, 1 Cor 4, Psa 76, Josh 10-12
(TEV) 5 Seeing
how much faith they had, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "My
son, your sins are forgiven."
PRAYER: May my faith be seen in my
actions. And may my actions
result in good for others and glory for YOU.
(TEV) 9 Is
it easier to say to this paralyzed man, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to
say, 'Get up, pick up your mat, and walk'? 10 I will prove to you,
then, that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins."
So he said to the paralyzed man,
PRAYER: Sometimes I think the forgiveness
thing is the bigger deal.
Anyway, I appreciate mine!
Corinthians 4:3,5 (TEV) 3 Now,
I am not at all concerned about being judged by you or by any
human standard; I don't even pass judgment on myself…. 5
So you should not pass judgment on anyone
before the right time comes. Final judgment must wait until the Lord
comes; he will bring to light the dark secrets and expose the hidden
purposes of people's minds. And then all will receive from God
the praise they deserve.
PRAYER: YOU are the judge, mine and I’ll let
YOU be in charge of others.
Corinthians 4:12-13 (TEV) 12 we wear ourselves out
with hard work. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are
persecuted, we endure; 13 when we are insulted,
we answer back with kind words. We are no more than this world's
garbage; we are the scum of the earth to this very moment!
PRAYER: Scum to others, heirs to YOU. May I respond to other’s with YOUR
Corinthians 4:16 (TEV) 16 I beg you, then, to follow
PRAYER: And I will be an exemplary example
Corinthians 4:20 (TEV) 20 For the Kingdom of God
is not a matter of words but of power.
76:11-12 (TEV) 11 Give
the LORD your God what you
promised him; bring gifts to him, all you
nearby nations. God makes everyone fear him;
humbles proud princes and terrifies great kings.
PRAYER: I appreciate YOU and certainly stand
in awe of YOU.
(TEV) 8 The
LORD said to Joshua,
"Do not be afraid of them. I have already given you the
victory. Not one of them will be able to stand against you."
10:25 (TEV) 25 Then
Joshua said to his officers, "Don't be afraid or discouraged.
Be determined and confident …."
NOTE: Josh is now sharing with others the
same Word God gave to him.
PRAYER: Lord, may I take YOUR Word and breed
enthusiasm and devotion in others.
Joshua 11:4,8 (TEV) 4 They
came with all their soldiers—an army with as many men as there are
grains of sand on the seashore. They also had many horses and chariots.
… 8 The
LORD gave the Israelites
victory over them; ….
PRAYER: Stats don’t bother YOU do they!?!!
11:23 (TEV) 23 Joshua
captured the whole land, as the LORD
had commanded Moses. Joshua gave it to the Israelites as their
own and divided it into portions, one for each tribe. So
the people rested from war.
PRAYER: That “rested from war” sounds great
but I understand that if only follows complete obedience. Got it!
THOT: God can and does respond to people’s
faith however rich or poor, known or unknown, privileged or poor.