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 4:21-41, 1 Cor 8, Psa 81, Josh 24
(TEV) 24 He
also said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear! The same
rules you use to judge others will be used by God to judge you—but
with even greater severity.
PRAYER: I’ll try to leave the judging up to
(TEV) 25 Those
who have something will be given more, and those who have nothing will
have taken away from them even the little they have."
PRAYER: got it - “use it “
or “lose it”.
4:26-27 (TEV) 26 Jesus went on to say,
"The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in
his field. 27 He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the
while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how
PRAYER: A marvelous mystery. May we all plant
more seeds and watch the miracles happen.
4:31-32 (TEV) 31 It
is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in
the world, and plants it in the ground. 32 After a while it grows
up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large
branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade."
PRAYER: So it doesn’t take that much faith,
right?! And we don’t have to
understand how it works! OK, I’ll
(TEV) 41 But
they were terribly afraid and began to say to one another, "Who
is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
Corinthians 8:1 (TEV) 1 Now, concerning what you wrote about food offered to idols. It
is true, of course, that "all of us have knowledge," as they
say. Such knowledge, however, puffs a person up with pride; but love
PRAYER: I’ll be a builder upper.
Corinthians 8:6 (TEV) 6 yet
there is for us only one God, the Father, who is the Creator of
all things and for whom we live; and there is only one Lord,
Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created and through whom
PRAYER: with YOU I will live for YOU.
Corinthians 8:9 (TEV) 9 Be careful, however, not
to let your freedom of action make those who are weak in the faith fall
PRAYER: got it!
81:10-13 (TEV) 10 I
am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Open
your mouth, and I will feed you. 11 "But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not obey me. 12 So I let them go their stubborn ways and do whatever they wanted. 13 How I wish my people would listen to me; how I wish they would obey me!
PRAYER: Forgive us our stubbornness and
disregard for YOUR Word. May we
seek to hear it and obey it.
24:13 (TEV) 13 I
gave you a land that you had never worked and cities that you had not
built. Now you are living there and eating grapes from vines that
you did not plant, and olives from trees that you did not plant.'
PRAYER: It’s all YOUR’s. I appreciate all my blessing, thank
24:14 (TEV) 14 "Now
then," Joshua continued, "honor the LORD and serve him sincerely
and faithfully. Get rid of the gods which your ancestors
used to worship in Mesopotamia and in Egypt, and serve only the LORD.
PRAYER: I will faithfully serve and honor YOU
in public and in private. Help
me to get rid of anything that doesn’t please YOU in my life.
24:15 (TEV) 15 If
you are not willing to serve him, decide today whom you will serve,
the gods your ancestors worshiped in Mesopotamia or the gods of the
Amorites, in whose land you are now living. As for my family and me,
we will serve the LORD."
PRAYER: Me too, me
and my house will serve YOU.
THOT: Just a little faith can move mountains,
but if you don’t use it – you lose it.
It is wise to make Jesus your daily “front and center” choice,
and purposefully clear out the rest.
Read: Mark 5:1-20, 1 Cor 9:1-12, Psa 82, Judg 1-3
5:9,15,17 (TEV) 9 So Jesus asked him,
"What is your name!" The man answered,
"My name is 'Mob'—there are so many of us. … 15 and when they came
to Jesus, they saw the man who used to have the mob of demons in
him. He was sitting there, clothed and in his right mind;
and they were all afraid. … 17 So
they asked Jesus to leave their territory.
NOTE: They might have feared JC’s power,
or their own demon’s demise, or it might simply be about economic
loss when spirituality is prioritized (ie:
pig slaughter before market).
lots of people don’t want YOU for lots of reasons.
Help me reach the few who just might want what YOU’re
5:19-20 (TEV) 19
But Jesus would not let him. Instead, he
told him, "Go back home to your family and tell them how
much the Lord has done for you and how kind he has been to
you." 20 So the man left and went all through the Ten Towns,
telling what Jesus had done for him. And all who heard it were
NOTE: I love that Jesus prioritizes being
a witness in your home first.
PRAYER: Lord, may I be a witness in my own family. But also give me boldness to
reach my “Ten Towns”.
Corinthians 9:7,9 (TEV) 7 What soldiers ever have to
pay their own expenses in the army? What farmers do not eat the
grapes from their own vineyard? What shepherds do not use the milk
from their own sheep? … 1 Corinthians 9:9 (TEV) 9 We
read in the Law of Moses, "Do not muzzle an ox when you are
using it to thresh grain." Now, is God concerned about oxen?
PRAYER: God bless the pastors who do with what do without thought
of compensation. But help
the church to make sure all our soldiers are well fed.
Corinthians 9:10-11 (TEV) 10 … Anyone who plows
and anyone who reaps should do their work in the hope of getting a
share of the crop. 11
We have sown spiritual seed among you. Is
it too much if we reap material benefits from you?
PRAYER: Woah brother Paul, sounds like all you are interested in
is money and power. Just
teasing! But we do pray for
all our workers out there may they know that we do support them as
well as appreciate them.
82:3-4 (TEV) 3
Defend the rights of the poor
and the orphans; be fair to the needy
and the helpless. 4 Rescue them from the power of evil people.
PRAYER: May we the church not forget nor ignore those who are not
blessed, not free, or not fed.
1:18,21,28 (TEV) 18 The LORD helped the people of
Judah, …. But they did not capture … their surrounding
territories. …the people of Judah were not able to drive them
out. … 21 But
the people of the tribe of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites living in Jerusalem, and the Jebusites have continued to live there with
the people of Benjamin ever since. … 28 When
the Israelites became stronger, they forced the Canaanites to work
for them, but still they did not drive them all out.
PRAYER: How many times have YOU given me a command, and I’ve
wimped out or found my own alternative plan – only to miss YOUR
full blessing for complete obedience?! Forgive me, forgive us!
2:2-3,12-13 (TEV) 2 You must not make any
covenant with the people who live in this land. You must tear
down their altars.' But you have not done what I told you. You have
done just the opposite! 3 So I tell you now
that I will not drive these people out as you advance. They will be
your enemies, and you will be trapped by the worship of their
gods." … 12 They
stopped worshiping the LORD,
…, and they began to worship other gods, the gods of the peoples
around them. They bowed down to them and made the LORD angry. 13 They
stopped worshiping the LORD
and served the Baals and the Astartes.
PRAYER: We haven’t changed much, only the Baals
are “soccer gods”, “vacations”, or “weekend parties” – whatever the
excuse – YOU don’t get worshipped (not really). We are entrapped by
the gods of this culture.
2:18-19 (TEV) 18
Whenever the LORD gave Israel a leader, the LORD would help that leader
and would save the people from their enemies as long as that
leader lived. The LORD
would have mercy on them because they groaned under their
suffering and oppression. 19 But when the
leader died, the people would return to the old ways and behave
worse than the previous generation. They would serve and
worship other gods, and stubbornly continue their own evil
PRAYER: So raise up spiritual moral leaders who will raise up
spiritual and moral apprentice leaders who will in turn repeat this
3:6-7,12 (TEV) 6 They
intermarried with them and worshiped their gods. 7 The people of Israel forgot
the LORD their God;
they sinned against him and worshiped the idols of Baal
and Asherah. … 12 The people of Israel
sinned against the LORD
PRAYER: At least we are predictable. Forgive us and empower us to make
better choices and serve YOU more fully.
THOT: A lot of people don’t want God in
their lives, sadly we believers are often lulled into our culture
and away from the Lord. It is a constant battle. We need godly leaders and we need
Read: Mark 5:21-43, 1 Cor 9:13-27, Psa 83, Judg
5:34 (TEV) 34 Jesus
said to her, "My daughter, your faith has made you well.
Go in peace, and be healed of your trouble."
PRAYER: So my faith, as small as a mustard seed, can do great
5:36,41-42 (TEV) 36 Jesus paid no
attention to what they said, but told him, "Don't be
afraid, only believe." … 41
He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha,
koum," which means,
"Little girl, I tell you to get up!" 42 She got up at once and started walking around. (She
was twelve years old.) When this happened, they were completely
PRAYER: Sounds so simple, yet I spend so much time worrying and
doubting. Thank YOU for YOUR
patience with me.
Corinthians 9:19 (TEV) 19 I
am a free man, nobody's slave; but I make myself
everybody's slave in order to win as many people as possible.
PRAYER: We could all be more determined to win people to YOU at
whatever the cost.
Corinthians 9:20-22 (TEV) 20 While working with
the Jews, I live like a Jew in order to win them; …. 21 In
the same way, when working with Gentiles, I live like a Gentile, ….
the weak in faith I become weak like one of them, in order to win
them. So I become all things to all people, that I may save some
of them by whatever means are possible.
PRAYER: Help all of us to blend better without compromise, so
that we can win the opportunity to lead people to YOU.
Corinthians 9:24,26 (TEV) 24 Surely you know that many
runners take part in a race, but only one of them wins the prize.
Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize. … 26 That is why I run
straight for the finish line; that is why I am like a boxer who
does not waste his punches.
PRAYER: I have frequently been sidetracked from the objective of
Help me to be more focused on YOUR mission for my life.
Corinthians 9:27 (TEV) 27 I
harden my body with blows and bring it under complete
control, to keep myself from being disqualified after having
called others to the contest.
PRAYER: I will live a more disciplined life – in order to bring
glory to YOU.
83:18 (TEV) 18
May they know that you alone are the LORD, supreme ruler over all the earth.
PRAYER: Amen, YOU are “tops” on my list.
4:14 (TEV) 14 Then
Deborah said to Barak, "Go! The LORD is leading you! Today he has given you
victory over Sisera." So Barak went
down from Mount Tabor with his ten thousand men.
NOTE: First note that there are two women
in today’s reading that make the difference in the leadership of
Israel. Women leadership in
the OT (mic drop).
PRAYER: Lord, man or woman, we should “go” more so long as YOU
are our main leader.
5:31 (TEV) 31 …,
O LORD, but may your friends shine like the rising sun!
And there was peace in the land for forty
PRAYER: May the church begin to shine a bit brighter today.
THOT: God leads male and female into
light shining roles that can and will win the “lost”
Read: Mark 6:1-13, 1 Cor 10:1-13, Psa 84, Judg
6:3 (TEV) 3 Isn't
he the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James,
Joseph, Judas, and Simon? Aren't his sisters living here?" And
so they rejected him.
PRAYER: Forgive me for the times I’ve made YOU anything but the
Living God YOU really are.
6:4 (TEV) 4 Jesus
said to them, "Prophets are respected everywhere except in
their own hometown and by their relatives and their
6:5-6 (TEV) 5 He
was not able to perform any miracles there, except that he
placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 He
was greatly surprised, because the people did not have faith.
Then Jesus went to the villages around there, teaching
PRAYER: Thank YOU for doing what miracles YOU do perform even
amidst or unbelief.
Corinthians 10:6-10 (TEV) 6 Now,
all of this is an example for us, to warn us not to desire evil
things, as they did, 7 nor
to worship idols, … drinking and sex." 8 We must not be
guilty of sexual immorality, …. 9 We must not put
the Lord to the test, …. 10 We must not
PRAYER: Help me to clean up my life. May the our
congregation purposefully clean up the complaining, the carousing,
and making sex or success our focus.
10:12 (TEV) 12
If you think you are standing firm you
had better be careful that you do not fall.
PRAYER: I’ve done that, and I’ve fallen. Didn’t like it! Help me stay firm.
Corinthians 10:13 (TEV) 13 Every
test that you have experienced is the kind that normally
comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not
allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the
time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to
endure it, and so provide you with a way out.
PRAYER: I trust YOU to provide the way out when it does reach my
limit. But till then may I
endure. YOU are the example
of endurance. I will not quit.
84:2,10 (TEV) 2 How I want to be
there! I long to be in the LORD'S Temple. With my whole being I sing for joy to the living God. … 10 One
day spent in your Temple is better than a
thousand anywhere else; I would
rather stand at the gate of the house of my God than live in the homes of the wicked.
PRAYER: I love you all week, but there is something different
about weekend worship with everyone in YOUR house. May YOU be
blessed this coming weekend with shouts of joy.
84:6 (TEV) 6 As
they pass through the dry valley of Baca, it becomes a place of springs; the autumn rain fills it with pools.
PRAYER: May our congregation get refilled this weekend and may it
spread that joy and power to the dry places we live and work.
84:11 (TEV) 11
is our protector and glorious king, blessing us with kindness and honor.
He does not refuse any good thing
to those who do what is right.
PRAYER: I appreciate YOUR leadership and security, YOUR charity
and constant encouragement.
6:1,10 (TEV) 1 Once
again the people of Israel sinned against the LORD, so he let the people
of Midian rule them for seven years. … 10 I
told you that I am the LORD
your God and that you should not worship the gods of the
Amorites, whose land you are now living in. But you have not
listened to me."
PRAYER: There are too many “once agains”
in our lives, huh?!!! Help
me/us to do better.
6:11-12 (TEV) 11
Then the LORD'S
angel …. His son Gideon was threshing some wheat secretly in
a wine press, so that the Midianites would not see him. 12 The
LORD'S angel appeared
to him there and said, "The LORD
is with you, brave and mighty man!"
PRAYER: Who says YOU aren’t sarcastic?!!! I love it! Yeah, big brave warrior of the
wheat, yet it’s motivating!
6:14-16,34 (TEV) 14 Then the LORD ordered him, "Go
with all your great strength and rescue Israel from the
Midianites. I myself am sending you." 15 Gideon replied, "But Lord, how can I rescue Israel?
My clan is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh, and I am
the least important member of my family." 16 The LORD
answered, "You can do it because I will help you.
You will crush the Midianites as easily as if they were only one
man." … 34 The
spirit of the LORD
took control of Gideon, and he blew a trumpet to call the men
of the clan of Abiezer to follow him.
PRAYER: I’ve got no excuses.
I’ve got YOU!!!!
6:31 (TEV) 31 But
Joash said to all those who confronted
him, "Are you arguing for Baal? Are you defending him? Anyone
who argues for him will be killed before morning. If Baal is a
god, let him defend himself. It is his altar that was torn down."
PRAYER: There are people in the church who seem to be defending
the Baals of this culture. Help me reach
them before it’s too late.
7:2 (TEV) 2 The
LORD said to Gideon,
"The men you have are too many for me to give them
victory over the Midianites. They might think that they had won by
themselves, and so give me no credit.
NOTE: Don’t be afraid to do something so
big that only God can get the credit.
PRAYER: Lord, may our planning for the church be such that YOU
will get the glory.
7:7 (TEV) 7 The
LORD said to Gideon,
"I will rescue you and give you victory over the
Midianites with the three hundred men who lapped the water.
Tell everyone else to go home."
PRAYER: This really is the original “300” only they won and
without weapons. All praise to YOU!
THOT: We tend to forget that Jesus are
our rock. When things go
well – we forget that Jesus was the reason. We need to constantly refocus on
Read: Mark 6:14-29, 1 Cor 10:14-33, Psa 85, Judg 8
(TEV) 20 Herod
was afraid of John because he knew that John was a good and
holy man, and so he kept him safe. He liked to listen
to him, even though he became greatly disturbed every time he
PRAYER: This is frustrating for both of us
when they listen but don’t apply it.
But I’ll keep trying.
Corinthians 10:16-17 (TEV) 16 The cup we use in the
Lord's Supper and for which we give thanks to God: when we drink from
it, we are sharing in the blood of Christ. And the bread we break: when
we eat it, we are sharing in the body of Christ. 17 Because there is the
one loaf of bread, all of us, though many, are one body, for we all
share the same loaf.
PRAYER: YOU, Lord, make us as one.
10:21,23 (TEV) 21 You cannot drink from the
Lord's cup and also from the cup of demons; you cannot eat at the
Lord's table and also at the table of demons. … 23 "We are allowed to do
anything," so they say. That is true, but not everything is
good. "We are allowed to do anything"—but not everything
PRAYER: I’ll make better choices that would
Corinthians 10:24 (TEV) 24 None of you should be
looking out for your own interests, but for the interests of others.
PRAYER: I’ll try to be more aware and
considerate of others. Today,
I’m a servant.
Corinthians 10:26 (TEV) 26 For, as the scripture
says, "The earth and everything in it belong to the Lord."
PRAYER: I appreciate everything YOU allowed
me to enjoy on this side of eternity.
Corinthians 10:31 (TEV) 31 Well, whatever you do,
whether you eat or drink, do it all for God's glory.
PRAYER: In all things I do and think – may
YOU get blessed.
Corinthians 10:32-33 (TEV) 32 Live in such a way as
to cause no trouble either to Jews or Gentiles or to the church
of God. 33 Just do as
I do; I try to please everyone in all that I do, not thinking
of my own good, but of the good of all, so that they might be
PRAYER: I’ll serve and generate peace
wherever I go. Show me those I
might try to lead to YOU.
(TEV) 8 I
am listening to what the LORD
God is saying; he promises peace to us, his
own people, if we do not go back to our
PRAYER: I can be so dumb, but I hope to be a
Psalm 85:10,13 (TEV) 10 Love
and faithfulness will meet; righteousness
and peace will embrace. … 13 Righteousness
will go before the LORD and prepare the path for him.
PRAYER: May YOU be exalted in all I say and
(TEV) 23 Gideon
answered, "I will not be your ruler, nor will my son. The LORD will be your ruler."
PRAYER: How wise. We pray for our leaders of the church
and our nation – but YOU are the Lord of Lords.
(TEV) 27 Gideon
made an idol from the gold and put it in his hometown, Ophrah. All the Israelites abandoned God and
went there to worship the idol. It was a trap for Gideon and
PRAYER: Help me to find an
remove any idols I may be setting up in my life.
THOT: Believers are called to a higher
standard, but we still have to be aware of our constant battle with our
sin stained nature.