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 6:30-44, 1 Cor 11:1-16, Psa 86, Judg 9
(TEV) 34 When
Jesus got out of the boat, he saw this large crowd, and his heart was filled
with pity for them, because they were like sheep without a
shepherd. So he began to teach them many things.
PRAYER: We need more of YOUR Word.
(TEV) 37 "You
yourselves give them something to eat," Jesus answered. They asked, "Do you want us to go and spend two hundred
silver coins on bread in order to feed them?"
NOTE: God’s answer to world hunger is you and
PRAYER: No excuses, right?!! What little I
have can do miracles with YOU.
6:39-40 (TEV) 39 Jesus
then told his disciples to make all the people divide into groups
and sit down on the green grass. 40 So the people sat down
in rows, in groups of a hundred and groups of fifty.
PRAYER: Bless our Small Groups and raise up
more of them where we can be fed in real community.
(TEV) 41 Then
Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to
heaven, and gave thanks to God. He broke the loaves and gave
them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the
two fish among them all.
PRAYER: For what little I have, I thank
YOU. It’s enough isn’t it!
Corinthians 11:1 (TEV) 1 Imitate me, then, just as I imitate Christ.
PRAYER: I’m not just reading this stuff, I’ll
live it. May my life be an
example to others.
Corinthians 11:10 (TEV) 10 On account of the
angels, then, a woman should have a covering over her head to show that
she is under her husband's authority.
NOTE: In the culture of Christ, authority is exercised
differently that in the world’s culture. The woman, now freed because of
Christ, must humbly submit to letting man sacrifice his life for her,
to give selflessly to her. She
must be willing to let her husband serve her. This is counter cultural thinking.
PRAYER: Lord, may we all serve selflessly and
receive love humbly, male or female.
Corinthians 11:11-12 (TEV) 11 In our life in the
Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent
of woman. 12 For
as woman was made from man, in the same way man is born of woman; and
it is God who brings everything into existence.
PRAYER: I will value female and male
alike. Although they are
different, we need each other don’t we.
(TEV) 5 You are good
to us and forgiving, full of constant
love for all who pray to you. … 15 But
you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God, always
patient, always kind and faithful.
PRAYER: All of which I appreciate
(TEV) 11 Teach
me, LORD, what you want me
to do, and I will obey you faithfully;
teach me to serve you with complete devotion.
PRAYER: I know that sounds funny but I really
do need YOUR help in keeping YOU front and center in my everyday
9:22,53,56 (TEV) 22 Abimelech
ruled Israel for three years. … 53 But a woman threw a
millstone down on his head and fractured his skull. … 56 And so it was that God
paid Abimelech back for the crime that he committed against his
father in killing his seventy brothers.
NOTE: Notice that justice is not always
immediate. But God will even
things out in this life or the next.
PRAYER: Lord, I hope to be more patient while
waiting for YOUR justice.
THOT: Whether or not we personally see
justice or promised prosperity – we must remain selflessly devoted to
learning and living God’s Word.
Read: Mark 6:45-56, 1 Cor 11:17-34, Psa 87, Judg
6:48 (TEV) 48 He
saw that his disciples were straining at the oars, because they
were rowing against the wind; so sometime between three and six
o'clock in the morning, he came to them, walking on
the water. He was going to pass them by [or join them],
PRAYER: Whatever hour, YOU’ll walk on
water to get to us, won’t YOU?!!!
6:52 (TEV) 52 because
they had not understood the real meaning of the feeding of
the five thousand; their minds could not grasp it.
PRAYER: I’m glad I’m not the only spiritually slow person here!
6:56 (TEV) 56 And
everywhere Jesus went, to villages, towns, or farms, people
would take their sick to the marketplaces and beg him to let
the sick at least touch the edge of his cloak. And all who
touched it were made well.
PRAYER: May we reach the place where people are hauling in their
broken friends and neighbors for YOU to touch them. Prepare our congregation to be
part of this divine possibility.
Corinthians 11:17 (TEV) 17 In the following instructions, however, I do not praise
you, because your meetings for worship actually do more harm
PRAYER: Sometime Sunday morning is more for our entertainment or
just a tradition instead of a divine encounter with YOU and a
representative sample of YOUR whole family. Forgive us. May this coming weekend please
YOU, our songs, our silence, and our service, as well as
our fellowship with each other.
Corinthians 11:23-25 (TEV) 23 For
I received from the Lord the teaching that I passed on to you: that
the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took a piece of
bread, 24 gave
thanks to God, broke it, and said, "This is my body, which is
for you. Do this in memory of me." 25 In the same way,
after the supper he took the cup and said, "This cup is God's
new covenant, sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in
memory of me."
Corinthians 11:28,31 (TEV) 28 So then, you should each examine
yourself first, and then eat the bread and drink from the
cup. … 31 If
we would examine ourselves first, we would not come under God's
PRAYER: This introspection stuff is sometimes kinda
hard, but OK!
87:3 (TEV) 3 Listen,
city of God, to the wonderful things he says
PRAYER: Wow, the fact that YOU even notice me is great. I
appreciate YOU constant love, attention, and encouragement.
10:12-14,16 (TEV) 12 the Sidonians,
the Amalekites, and the Maonites
oppressed you in the past, and you cried out to me. Did I
not save you from them? 13 But you still
left me and worshiped other gods, so I am not going to
rescue you again. 14 Go and cry out
to the gods you have chosen. Let them rescue you when you get
in trouble." … 16 So
they got rid of their foreign gods and worshiped the LORD; and he became
troubled over Israel's distress.
PRAYER: I know there have been times I’ve wanted YOUR help
without being willing to really change. Forgive me. If there is something in my life
not pleasing to YOU, help me rid of it.
11:29,31 (TEV) 29 Then the spirit of the
LORD came upon
Jephthah. He went through Gilead and Manasseh and returned to Mizpah in Gilead and went on to Ammon. … 31 I will burn as
an offering the first person that comes out of my house to meet
me, when I come back from the victory. I will offer that person to
you as a sacrifice."
NOTE: In the excitement of the moment
don’t make grandiose promises.
PRAYER: Forgive me for the times YOU’ve
given me victory or a sense of power – and, in my excitement, said
or done something really dumb.
THOT: worship is more than music and a
message, it’s more than a building or a tradition. Worship is what happens when God
takes center stage with His children present.
Read: Mark 7:1-23, 1 Cor 12:1-13, Psa 88, Judg
7:6,8,13 (TEV) 6 Jesus answered them,
"How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you! You are
hypocrites, just as he wrote: 'These people,
says God, honor me with their words, but their heart is really far away from me. … 8 "You
put aside God's command and obey human teachings." … 13 In this way the teaching
you pass on to others cancels out the word of God. And there
are many other things like this that you do."
PRAYER: Forgive us for the times we’ve bent YOUR word to fit our
7:15,21-23 (TEV) 15 There is nothing that
goes into you from the outside which can make you ritually unclean.
Rather, it is what comes out of you that makes you unclean."
… 21 For from the
inside, from your heart, come the evil ideas which lead you to do
immoral things, to rob, kill, 22 commit
adultery, be greedy, and do all sorts of evil things; deceit,
indecency, jealousy, slander, pride, and folly—
23 all these evil
things come from inside you and make you unclean."
PRAYER: Proved that! And some of that stuff is so common. Help me
Corinthians 12:3 (TEV) 3 I
want you to know that no one who is led by God's Spirit can say
"A curse on Jesus!" and no one can confess "Jesus
is Lord," without being guided by the Holy Spirit.
Corinthians 12:4-7,11 (TEV) 4 There are different
kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. 5 There
are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. 6 There
are different abilities to perform service, but the same God
gives ability to all for their particular service. 7 The
Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each person for the
good of all. … 11 But
it is one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he
wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.
PRAYER: I will appreciate YOUR role in my life, and I’ll
appreciate the unique differences/talents in others.
88:10 (TEV) 10
Do you perform miracles for the dead? Do they rise up and praise you?
PRAYER: I don’t want to be dead in my faith walk (in a
funk). I want to praise YOU,
I want to see YOUR miracles. Help me when I’m in that funk.
88:13-14 (TEV) 13
I call to you for help; every morning I pray to
you. 14 Why do you reject me, LORD?
Why do you turn away from me?
PRAYER: Thank YOU for this Psalm. Thank YOU for allowing me to
vent my frustration and lack of faith. I know YOU are there and YOU have
not truly rejected me. How
patient YOU are with me!
13:14 (TEV) 14
She must not eat anything that comes from
the grapevine; she must not drink any wine or beer, or eat any
forbidden food. She must do everything that I have told her."
NOTE: words given to a special mother-to-be:
watch your diet, spiritually and physically. Feed on God’s Word, and watch out
for anything that zaps power from you.
PRAYER: Lord, may we normal people be as careful (and wise) with
our spiritual and physical diets.
14:19 (TEV) 19 Suddenly
the power of the LORD
made him strong, …,
PRAYER: That’s the part I like.
I know that YOU empower me.
15:14-15 (TEV) 14
When he got to Lehi, the Philistines came
running toward him, shouting at him. Suddenly the power of
the LORD made him
strong, and he broke the ropes around his arms and hands
as if they were burnt thread. 15 Then he found a
jawbone of a donkey that had recently died. He reached down and
picked it up, and killed a thousand men with it.
PRAYER: In the face of obvious adversity, may I remember that
“thou art with me”. Empower
me, inform me, direct me.
THOT: the real Christian has two
advantages, the presence of the Lord, and the power of community
Read: Mark 7:24-37, 1 Cor 12:14-31, Psa 89:1-18,
7:28-29 (TEV) 28
"Sir," she answered, "even
the dogs under the table eat the children's leftovers!" 29 So Jesus said to her, "Because of that answer,
go back home, where you will find that the demon has gone out of
PRAYER: I’m OK with scraps too!
7:33-34 (TEV) 33 So
Jesus took him off alone, away from the crowd, put his
fingers in the man's ears, spat, and touched the man's tongue. 34 Then
Jesus looked up to heaven, gave a deep groan, and said to the man, "Ephphatha,"
which means, "Open up!"
PRAYER: Move powerfully and privately with all the members of our
congregation. Open all of us
up to share and care and reach out.
7:37 (TEV) 37 And
all who heard were completely amazed. "How well he
does everything!" they exclaimed. "He even causes the
deaf to hear and the dumb to speak!"
PRAYER: YOU are amazing.
May the church become un-dumbed and may we really begin to
hear YOU as well as each other. May we even hear the needs of the
“lost” so we can better guide them to YOU.
Corinthians 12:14-15,21,27 (TEV) 14 For the body itself is
not made up of only one part, but of many parts. 15 If
the foot were to say, "Because I am not a hand, I don't belong
to the body," that would not keep it from being a part of the
body…. 21 So then, the eye cannot
say to the hand, "I don't need you!" Nor can the
head say to the feet, "Well, I don't need you!" …) 27 All
of you are Christ's body, and each one is a part of it.
PRAYER: May we value and better cooperate with the unique contributions
and personalities of each member of YOUR body.
Corinthians 12:23 (TEV) 23 and
those parts that we think aren't worth very much are the ones which
we treat with greater care; while the parts of the body which
don't look very nice are treated with special modesty,
PRAYER: we can all stand to be a little more understanding and
sensitive to one another.
Corinthians 12:25-26 (TEV) 25 And so there is no
division in the body, but all its different parts have the
same concern for one another. 26 If one part of the
body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if
one part is praised, all the other parts share its
PRAYER: Good and bad times WE will experience it together. May love bind us together.
89:1-2 (TEV) 1 O LORD,
I will always sing of your constant love; I will proclaim your faithfulness forever.
I know that your
love will last for all time, that
your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky.
PRAYER: I will declare YOUR love and faithfulness all week. Besides, it’s a great reminder
when my heart wanders.
89:13-14 (TEV) 13
How powerful you are! How great is your strength! 14 Your kingdom is founded on righteousness and justice;
love and faithfulness are
shown in all you do.
PRAYER: Power, righteousness, justice, and all reveled with love
and faithfulness, wow! Thank
89:15-16 (TEV) 15
How happy are the people who worship
you with songs, who live in the
light of your kindness! 16 Because of you they rejoice all day long, and they praise you for your goodness.
PRAYER: Be blessed by our assembly next weekend and our private
worship moments all week.
16:20-21 (TEV) 20
Then she shouted, "Samson! The
Philistines are coming!" He woke up and thought, "I'll
get loose and go free, as always." He did not know that the
LORD had left him.
Philistines captured him and put his eyes out. They took him to
Gaza, chained him with bronze chains, and put him to work grinding
at the mill in the prison.
NOTE: Bad things happen when the Lord
leaves you. Best to stay
close to Him.
PRAYER: Lord, may I never stray too far from YOU.
16:28 (TEV) 28 Then
Samson prayed, "Sovereign LORD,
please remember me; please, God, give me my strength just this
one time more, so that with this one blow I can get even with
the Philistines for putting out my two eyes."
PRAYER: I like how YOU give second chances for us goof
balls. Thank YOU!
THOT: God blesses the outcasts, the
rejected, and even deserters.
So we should be open and encouraging to whomever He should
bring into the fold.
Read: Mark 8:1-13, 1 Cor 13, Psa 89:19-52, Judg 17-18
Mark 8:4-5,8 (TEV) 4 His
disciples asked him, "Where in this desert can anyone find enough
food to feed all these people?" 5 "How much bread do you have?" Jesus asked. "Seven
loaves," they answered. … 8 Everybody ate and had
enough—there were about four thousand people. Then the disciples took
up seven baskets full of pieces left over. Jesus sent the people away
PRAYER: I realize that we are YOUR answer to
world hunger. YOU feed us, we
feed them. Got it!
8:11-12 (TEV) 11 Some Pharisees came to
Jesus and started to argue with him. They wanted to trap him, so they
asked him to perform a miracle to show that God approved of him. 12 But Jesus gave a deep groan and said, "Why do the
people of this day ask for a miracle? No, I tell you! No such proof
will be given to these people!"
PRAYER: Not everyone REALLY wants to know
YOU, but I’ll talk to them anyway.
Corinthians 13:1 (TEV) 1 I may be able to speak the languages of human beings
and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy
gong or a clanging bell.
PRAYER: Love, got it!
Corinthians 13:4-7 (TEV) 4 Love is patient
and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; 5 love is not ill-mannered or
selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs;
6 love is not
happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. 7 Love
never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.
PRAYER: I can do this. The mark is kinda
high, but I can do this with YOUR love moving through me, right?!
Corinthians 13:12 (TEV) 12 What we see now is
like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face.
What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete—as
complete as God's knowledge of me.
PRAYER: I really don’t get it (a lot).
Eternity will be quite an education, thank you very much!
Corinthians 13:13 (TEV) 13 Meanwhile these three
remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.
Psalm 89:21,24 (TEV) 21 My
strength will always be with him, my power
will make him strong. .. 24 I
will love him and be loyal to him; I
will make him always victorious.
PRAYER: Why would I want anything but YOU?!!
89:46-47,52 (TEV) 46 LORD, will you hide yourself
forever? How long will your anger
burn like fire? 47 Remember how short my life is; remember
that you created all of us mortal! .. 52 Praise the LORD forever! Amen! Amen!
PRAYER: However long my periods of trial are,
I will yet Praise YOU, ‘cuz YOUR still the answer.
17:5-6 (TEV) 5 This
man Micah had his own place of worship. He made some idols and
an ephod, and appointed one of his sons as his priest. 6 There
was no king in Israel at that time; everyone did whatever they
PRAYER: That matches the cultures needs but
it’s not good, is it?!
18:19-20,31 (TEV) 19 They told him, "Keep
quiet. Don't say a word. Come with us and be our priest and
adviser. Wouldn't you rather be a priest for a whole Israelite tribe
than for the family of one man?" 20 This made the priest
very happy, so he took the sacred objects and went along with
them…. 31 Micah's idol remained
there as long as the Tent where God was worshiped remained at
NOTE: Chpts 17-18 show the corrupt nature of
religion for not only individuals but even for the nation of
Israel. They just didn’t “get
PRAYER: Lord, forgive me the times I’ve set
up my traditions and idols that make me comfortable without considering
what meets YOUR will.
THOT: The true believer, doesn’t worship
tradition but the Lord. Everything they do is based on love not
performance (though good acts follow good intents).