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 3/19/2018

Read: Mark 2:13-17, 1 Cor 5, Psa 77, Josh 13-14

Mark 2:15,17 (TEV) 15  Later on Jesus was having a meal in Levi's house. A large number of tax collectors and other outcasts was following Jesus, and many of them joined him and his disciples at the table. … 17  Jesus heard them and answered, "People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick. I have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts."

PRAYER: I’ll try to remember that the next time I get all fussy about some of YOUR followers.  Help me to love them like YOU do.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (TEV) 7  You must remove the old yeast of sin so that you will be entirely pure. Then you will be like a new batch of dough without any yeast, as indeed I know you actually are. For our Passover Festival is ready, now that Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.   8  Let us celebrate our Passover, then, not with bread having the old yeast of sin and wickedness, but with the bread that has no yeast, the bread of purity and truth.

PRAYER: Help us clean up any residue sin in our lives.  May we be better examples of purity and truth

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 (TEV) 9  In the letter that I wrote you I told you not to associate with immoral people. 10  Now I did not mean pagans who are immoral or greedy or are thieves, or who worship idols. To avoid them you would have to get out of the world completely. 11  What I meant was that you should not associate with a person who calls himself a believer but is immoral or greedy or worships idols or is a slanderer or a drunkard or a thief. Don't even sit down to eat with such a person.

PRAYER: help me to say “no” to the immoral believers, and guide me to the immoral non-believers.

Psalm 77:12-14 (TEV) 12  I will think about all that you have done; I will meditate on all your mighty acts. 13  Everything you do, O God, is holy. No god is as great as you. 14  You are the God who works miracles; you showed your might among the nations.

PRAYER: There is none like YOU.  I just have to remind myself of that sometimes.

Psalm 77:19-20 (TEV) 19  You walked through the waves; you crossed the deep sea, but your footprints could not be seen. 20  You led your people like a shepherd, with Moses and Aaron in charge.

PRAYER: Whoever is “in charge”, however great the waves, however lonely I feel – YOU are there to guide and protect.

Joshua 14:8 (TEV) 8  The men who went with me, however, made our people afraid. But I faithfully obeyed the LORD my God.

PRAYER: May I be un-detoured by others doubt and unbelief.

Joshua 14:10-11 (TEV) 10  But now, look. It has been forty-five years since the LORD said that to Moses. That was when Israel was going through the desert, and the LORD, as he promised, has kept me alive ever since. Look at me! I am eighty-five years old 11  and am just as strong today as I was when Moses sent me out. I am still strong enough for war or for anything else.

PRAYER: May I have this “can do” attitude as I grow older.

Joshua 14:15 (TEV) 15  …There was now peace in the land.

PRAYER: That just sounds nice!

THOT: Real Jesus followers seek the corrupt, sin stained, and immoral UNBELIEVERS but wholly avoid the bad believers.  

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Tuesday

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TUESDAY 3/20/2018

Read: Mark 2:18-28, 1 Cor 6:1-11, Psa 78:1-39, Josh 15-17

Mark 2:21-22 (TEV) 21  "No one uses a piece of new cloth to patch up an old coat, because the new patch will shrink and tear off some of the old cloth, making an even bigger hole. 22  Nor does anyone pour new wine into used wineskins, because the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins will be ruined. Instead, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins."

PRAYER: Help me to refocus on YOU on the days that I turn our fresh relationship into a mindless routine. YOU deserve fresh and focused devotion every day.

Mark 2:27-28 (TEV) 27  And Jesus concluded, "The Sabbath was made for the good of human beings; they were not made for the Sabbath. 28  So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

PRAYER: Speaking of routines, may people show up this coming Sabbath with openness and excitement about this community/worship event.  And may they leave wanting more!

1 Corinthians 6:5-6 (TEV) 5  Shame on you! Surely there is at least one wise person in your fellowship who can settle a dispute between fellow Christians. 6  Instead, one Christian goes to court against another and lets unbelievers judge the case!

PRAYER: May all believers think about our witness before the unbelievers.  How will what we’re about to say or do reflect upon YOU to the unbeliever.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (TEV) 9  Surely you know that the wicked will not possess God's Kingdom. Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts 10  or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves—none of these will possess God's Kingdom. 11  Some of you were like that. But you have been purified from sin; you have been dedicated to God; you have been put right with God by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

NOTE: There are some believers that seem to focus on one or two of the nine specific sins listed here.  Yet most of them, themselves,  struggle with “greed” or “talking behind people’s backs”.   I like that Paul reminds the church that some of us are like that.  (BTW: Rom.1:29 lists gossip next to murder)

PRAYER: Lord, I’m not perfect, and that’s not an excuse.  It is my motivation to help other “sinners” feel welcome and encouraged to do better … to be better.

Psalm 78:4,7 (TEV) 4  We will not keep them from our children; we will tell the next generation about the LORD'S power and his great deeds and the wonderful things he has done. 7  In this way they also will put their trust in God and not forget what he has done, but always obey his commandments.

PRAYER: I will learn and obey but I’ll seek to teach the younger generations as well.

Psalm 78:21-22,38 (TEV) 21  And so the LORD was angry when he heard them; he attacked his people with fire, and his anger against them grew, 22  because they had no faith in him and did not believe that he would save them. 38  But God was merciful to his people. He forgave their sin and did not destroy them. Many times he held back his anger and restrained his fury.

PRAYER: Thank YOU for YOUR mercy and many “second chances”.

Joshua 17:12-13,18 (TEV) 12  The people of Manasseh, however, were not able to drive out the people living in those cities, so the Canaanites continued to live there. 13  Even when the Israelites became stronger, they did not drive out all the Canaanites, but they did force them to work for them. … 18  The hill country will be yours. Even though it is a forest, you will clear it and take possession of it from one end to the other. As for the Canaanites, you will drive them out, even though they do have iron chariots and are a strong people."

NOTE: Even though we believers are growing, if we allow things that dishonor Christ in our lives – we eventually will pay for that.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to get rid of those things in my life that do not honor YOU.

THOT: while on earth, it’s a constant battle with the flesh.  Believers must purposefully seek Christ every day and aggressively clean up things that will not honor Him.  

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Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY 3/21/2018

Read: Mark 3:1-19, 1 Cor 6:12-20, Psa 78:40-72, Josh 18-19

Mark 3:4-5 (TEV) 4  Then he asked the people, "What does our Law allow us to do on the Sabbath? To help or to harm? To save someone's life or to destroy it?" But they did not say a thing. 5  Jesus was angry as he looked around at them, but at the same time he felt sorry for them, because they were so stubborn and wrong. Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and it became well again.

PRAYER: We turn YOUR Word into rules of enslavement then deny YOU the opportunity to bless. Thank YOU for YOUR patience with us.

Mark 3:14-15 (TEV) 14  and he chose twelve, whom he named apostles. "I have chosen you to be with me," he told them. "I will also send you out to preach, 15  and you will have authority to drive out demons."

PRAYER: I may not be one of the 12, but I definitely appreciate feeling like I’m chosen. With YOU I’ll reach out to others.

1 Corinthians 6:12 (TEV) 12  Someone will say, "I am allowed to do anything." Yes; but not everything is good for you. I could say that I am allowed to do anything, but I am not going to let anything make me its slave.

PRAYER: I need to post this on my fridge.  And I swear that chocolate has magic powers (just teasing!).

1 Corinthians 6:15-17 (TEV) 15  You know that your bodies are parts of the body of Christ. Shall I take a part of Christ's body and make it part of the body of a prostitute? Impossible! 16  Or perhaps you don't know that the man who joins his body to a prostitute becomes physically one with her? The scripture says quite plainly, "The two will become one body." 17  But he who joins himself to the Lord becomes spiritually one with him.

PRAYER: May we be wiser and more selective about whom we connect with.  I’ll share with people of the world, but I’ll abide with the believer.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (TEV) 19  Don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; 20  he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God's glory.

PRAYER: Sometimes I forget that I belong to YOU and that really it’s all YOUR’s. Thank YOU for my life, may it please YOU.

Psalm 78:41,52-53,56 (TEV) 41  Again and again they put God to the test and brought pain to the Holy God of Israel.52  Then he led his people out like a shepherd and guided them through the desert. 53  He led them safely, and they were not afraid; but the sea came rolling over their enemies. … 56  But they rebelled against Almighty God and put him to the test. They did not obey his commandments,

PRAYER: Wow are we just bad!  How amazing is YOUR love.

Psalm 78:72 (TEV) 72  David took care of them with unselfish devotion and led them with skill.

PRAYER: Raise up leaders who will serve with unselfish devotion, leadership, and real skill.

Joshua 18:1 (TEV) 1  After they had conquered the land, the entire community of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the Tent of the LORD'S presence.

PRAYER: May believers everywhere this weekend get together in the spirit of unity and bless YOUR Holy presence.

THOT: We are “the redeemed” but we just don’t seem to keep our noses very clean without the Lord and really good under-shepherds (pastors).

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Thursday

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THURSDAY 3/22/2018

Read: Mark 3:20-35, 1 Cor 7:1-16, Psa 79, Josh 20-21

Mark 3:24-25 (TEV) 24  If a country divides itself into groups which fight each other, that country will fall apart. 25  If a family divides itself into groups which fight each other, that family will fall apart.

PRAYER: Speaking of which, I do pray for our nation.  Unite us Lord.  And the church too!

Mark 3:27 (TEV) 27  "No one can break into a strong man's house and take away his belongings unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house.

PRAYER: Help us to identify and “bind the strong man” in our lives. 

Mark 3:33-35 (TEV) 33  Jesus answered, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" 34  He looked at the people sitting around him and said, "Look! Here are my mother and my brothers! 35  Whoever does what God wants is my brother, my sister, my mother."

PRAYER: We are fam-i-ly (of the Word empowered).

1 Corinthians 7:3 (TEV) 3  A man should fulfill his duty as a husband, and a woman should fulfill her duty as a wife, and each should satisfy the other's needs.

PRAYER: May we all look out for one another’s interests (not sexually, unless we’re married of course).

1 Corinthians 7:10-11,15 (TEV) 10  … a wife must not leave her husband; 11  … and a husband must not divorce his wife. … 15  However, if the one who is not a believer wishes to leave the Christian partner, let it be so. ….

PRAYER: I pray for the marriages in our congregation.  May those with unbelieving partners endure as a fantastic witness.  May all believers remain patient and faithful.

Psalm 79:9 (TEV) 9  Help us, O God, and save us; rescue us and forgive our sins for the sake of your own honor.

PRAYER: May YOU be exalted even in our needs.

Joshua 21:44 (TEV) 44  The LORD gave them peace throughout the land, just as he had promised their ancestors. Not one of all their enemies had been able to stand against them, because the LORD gave the Israelites the victory over all their enemies.

PRAYER: That just sounds nice.

Joshua 21:45 (TEV) 45  The LORD kept every one of the promises that he had made to the people of Israel.

PRAYER: Unlike us, YOU really do keep YOUR Word.  Thank YOU for sharing with us YOUR Word of truth.

THOT: Some countries can be “God blessed” but not because we pray for it, but because we live God’s Word.

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Friday

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FRIDAY 3/23/2018

Read: Mark 4:1-20, 1 Cor 7:17-40, Psa 80, Josh 22-23

Mark 4:11-12 (TEV) 11  "You have been given the secret of the Kingdom of God," Jesus answered. "But the others, who are on the outside, hear all things by means of parables, 12  so that, 'They may look and look, yet not see; they may listen and listen, yet not understand. For if they did, they would turn to God, and he would forgive them.'

PRAYER: Help me to reach the “lost” with this great news of mercy and grace.

Mark 4:15-20 (TEV) 15  Some people are like the seeds … as soon as they hear the message, Satan comes and takes it away. 16  … they hear the message, they receive it gladly. 17  But it does not sink deep into them, and they don't last long. …. 18  ….the ones who hear the message, 19  but the worries about this life, the love for riches, and all other kinds of desires crowd in and choke the message, and they don't bear fruit. 20  But other people are like seeds sown in good soil. They hear the message, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred."

PRAYER: I fear I’ve often been three of those fruitless seeds.  I want to be a MAJOR fruit producer for YOU.

1 Corinthians 7:17 (TEV) 17  Each of you should go on living according to the Lord's gift to you, and as you were when God called you. ….

PRAYER: I’ll try not to waste the time and talents YOU’ve given me.

1 Corinthians 7:19 (TEV) 19  For whether or not a man is circumcised means nothing; what matters is to obey God's commandments.

PRAYER: May we be clear examples of YOUR Word.

1 Corinthians 7:22-23 (TEV) 22  For a slave who has been called by the Lord is the Lord's free person; in the same way a free person who has been called by Christ is his slave. 23  God bought you for a price; so do not become slaves of people.

PRAYER: I am YOUR servant, and I am free!!! Thank YOU!

1 Corinthians 7:28 (TEV) 28  But if you do marry, you haven't committed a sin; and if an unmarried woman marries, she hasn't committed a sin. But I would rather spare you the everyday troubles that married people will have.

PRAYER: I lift up the couples in our congregation.  Unify them to be a partnership in mission.

Psalm 80:4,17-19 (TEV) 4  How much longer, LORD God Almighty, will you be angry with your people's prayers? 17  Preserve and protect the people you have chosen, the nation you made so strong. 18  We will never turn away from you again; keep us alive, and we will praise you. 19  Bring us back, LORD God Almighty. Show us your mercy, and we will be saved.

PRAYER: Admittedly, we’ve been kinda goofy.  May we be more loyal and obedient as YOU help turn us around.

Joshua 22:2-3,5 (TEV) 2  He said to them, "You have done everything that Moses the LORD'S servant ordered you to do, and you have obeyed all my commands. 3  All this time you have never once deserted the other Israelites. You have been careful to obey the commands of the LORD your God. … 5  Make sure you obey the law that Moses commanded you: love the LORD your God, do his will, obey his commandments, be faithful to him, and serve him with all your heart and soul."

PRAYER: Complete devotion to YOU and YOUR kids, got it!

Joshua 23:6-8 (TEV) 6  So be careful to obey and do everything that is written in the book of the Law of Moses. Do not neglect any part of it, 7  and then you will not associate with these peoples left among you or speak the names of their gods or use those names in taking vows or worship those gods or bow down to them. 8  Instead, be faithful to the LORD, as you have been till now.

PRAYER: YOU, not the world, will be my guide.

Joshua 23:10-11 (TEV) 10  Any one of you can make a thousand men run away, because the LORD your God is fighting for you, just as he promised. 11  Be careful, then, to love the LORD your God.

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THOT: Real believers are Word directed and empowered, fiercly loyal to God and His kids, and they are fruitful in all their labors.

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