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 4/9/2018

Read: Mark 8:14-21, 1 Cor 14:1-25, Psa 90, Judg 19

Mark 8:15 (TEV) 15  "Take care," Jesus warned them, "and be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod."

PRAYER: I am “in” this world but not “of it”.  May we all sincerely shine for YOU, all the time.

Mark 8:17-18 (TEV) 17  Jesus knew what they were saying, so he asked them, "Why are you discussing about not having any bread? Don't you know or understand yet? Are your minds so dull? 18  You have eyes—can't you see? You have ears—can't you hear? Don't you remember

PRAYER: Oh wow, I don’t always get it. I don’t always see nor hear.  Help me in those slow dull times.

1 Corinthians 14:1 (TEV) 1  It is love, then, that you should strive for. Set your hearts on spiritual gifts, especially the gift of proclaiming God's message.

PRAYER: We could all be better at being proclaimers. Give us so much love that we can’t help but share it.

1 Corinthians 14:12 (TEV) 12  Since you are eager to have the gifts of the Spirit, you must try above everything else to make greater use of those which help to build up the church.

PRAYER: May we all be better at building up the church.

1 Corinthians 14:15 (TEV) 15  What should I do, then? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray also with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will sing also with my mind.

QUOTE:

1 Corinthians 14:25 (TEV) 25  their secret thoughts will be brought into the open, and they will bow down and worship God, confessing, "Truly God is here among you!"

PRAYER: How amazing that in YOUR kingdom, truth really does set us free.

Psalm 90:1 (TEV) 1   O Lord, you have always been our home.

PRAYER: YOU are the center of our lives, the beginning and the end, and the reason for our being.

Psalm 90:4 (TEV) 4  A thousand years to you are like one day; they are like yesterday, already gone, like a short hour in the night.

QUOTE:

Psalm 90:8 (TEV) 8  You place our sins before you, our secret sins where you can see them.

PRAYER: Those dark and buried things, YOU see and can help us with.  Work with me.

Psalm 90:10,12 (TEV) 10  Seventy years is all we have— eighty years, if we are strong; yet all they bring us is trouble and sorrow; life is soon over, and we are gone. … 12  Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise.

PRAYER: While on this side of eternity, I could make better use of my time.

Judges 19:25,28-29 (TEV) 25  But the men would not listen to him. So the Levite took his concubine and put her outside with them. They raped her and abused her all night long and didn't stop until morning. … 28  He said, "Get up. Let's go." But there was no answer. So he put her body across the donkey and started on his way home. 29  When he arrived, he went in the house and got a knife. He took his concubine's body, cut it into twelve pieces, and sent one piece to each of the twelve tribes of Israel..

NOTE: while the “Levite” is no prince charming, the people of God (Benjaminites) had become perversely bad.  This is what happens when we stray from the Lord.

PRAYER: Lord, whether small or large infractions against YOU, forgive us when we stray.  May we come together in YOU to hold one another accountable, to grow strong in YOU, and for YOUR love to be perfected in us.

THOT: Believers are not exempt from straying.  We need to be vigilant, disciplined, and always centered in Christ …every day.

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Tuesday

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TUESDAY 4/10/2018

Read: Mark 8:22-30, 1 Cor 14:26-40, Psa 91, Judg 20-21

Mark 8:23,25 (TEV) 23  Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. After spitting on the man's eyes, Jesus placed his hands on him and asked him, "Can you see anything?" … 25  Jesus again placed his hands on the man's eyes. This time the man looked intently, his eyesight returned, and he saw everything clearly.

NOTE: First, Jesus cares enough to make things private, then He’ll keep working with us till we’re able to receive that healing, wisdom, or whatever.

PRAYER: Lord, thank YOU for YOUR patience and compassion.

Mark 8:27,29 (TEV) 27  …. On the way he asked them, "Tell me, who do people say I am?" … 29  "What about you?" he asked them. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Messiah."

PRAYER: I believe YOU are the Lord of Lords, and YOU are the Savior, my Savior, my Lord.

1 Corinthians 14:26 (TEV) 26  This is what I mean, my friends. When you meet for worship, one person has a hymn, another a teaching, another a revelation from God, another a message in strange tongues, and still another the explanation of what is said. Everything must be of help to the church.

PRAYER: May our gatherings be a blessing to YOU, and may they also be moments of spiritual refueling for the saints.

1 Corinthians 14:32-33,40 (TEV) 32  The gift of proclaiming God's message should be under the speaker's control, 33  because God does not want us to be in disorder but in harmony and peace. As in all the churches of God's people, … 40  Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way.

PRAYER: May our gatherings be full of harmony and peace.  And though YOU are a friend of sinners, YOU are still entitled to respect and honor.

1 Corinthians 14:39 (TEV) 39  So then, my friends, set your heart on proclaiming God's message, but do not forbid the speaking in strange tongues.

PRAYER: Give us boldness to share our faith this week.

Psalm 91:1,11 (TEV) 1  Whoever goes to the LORD for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, 11  God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go.

PRAYER: Thanks for YOUR constant attention and protection.

Psalm 91:7,13 (TEV) 7  A thousand may fall dead beside you, ten thousand all around you, but you will not be harmed. 13  You will trample down lions and snakes, fierce lions and poisonous snakes.

PRAYER: YOU and I equals a majority, right?!!

Psalm 91:15-16 (TEV) 15  When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honor them. 16  I will reward them with long life; I will save them."

PRAYER: I think it’s incredible that YOU even want to hear me let alone be with me, bless me, and ?honor? me. Wow!!!

Judges 20:11 (TEV) 11  So all the men in Israel assembled with one purpose—to attack the town.

PRAYER: Wouldn’t it be cool if all of the church (Baptists, Catholics, whatever) united for the purpose of claiming our city for the Lord.

Judges 20:21-2246-47 (TEV) 21  The army of Benjamin came out of the city, and before the day was over they had killed twenty-two thousand Israelite soldiers. 22  Then the Israelites went to the place of worship and mourned in the presence of the LORD until evening. They asked him, "Should we go again into battle against our brothers the Benjaminites?" The LORD answered, "Yes." So the Israelite army was encouraged, and they placed their soldiers in position again, where they had been the day before. … 46  In all, twenty-five thousand Benjaminites were killed that day—all of them brave soldiers. 47  But six hundred men were able to escape to the open country to Rimmon Rock, and they stayed there four months.

NOTE: Israel would be led by the Lord to attack three times (losing 22k, 18k, and 30 men) before finally having victory.  When brothers fight brothers, everyone loses something.

PRAYER: I lift up my brothers and sisters and pray for such unity that YOU are honored and we are left unharmed.

Judges 21:25 (TEV) 25  There was no king in Israel at that time. Everyone did whatever they pleased.

PRAYER: Sounds like the American Church.  May all believers put YOU back on the throne of their hearts, right now!

THOT: while on earth, even believers stray from the Lord and each other.  Yet if we strive to keep the Lord in the center – we enjoy His love, protection, and even power.

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Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY 4/11/2018

Read: Mark 8:31-38, 1 Cor 15:1-28, Psa 92, Ruth 1

Mark 8:31-32 (TEV) 31  Then Jesus began to teach his disciples: "The Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. He will be put to death, but three days later he will rise to life." 32  He made this very clear to them. So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

PRAYER: How many things have YOU clearly declared that I choose not to hear because I didn’t want to.  Forgive me Lord.

Mark 8:34-35 (TEV) 34  Then Jesus called the crowd and his disciples to him. "If any of you want to come with me," he told them, "you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me. 35  For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for me and for the gospel, you will save it.

PRAYER: I surrender my will to YOUR’s.  I will live a sacrificial and obedient life to YOU.

Mark 8:38 (TEV) 38  If you are ashamed of me and of my teaching in this godless and wicked day, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

QUOTE:

1 Corinthians 15:1 (TEV) 1  And now I want to remind you, my friends, of the Good News which I preached to you, which you received, and on which your faith stands firm.

PRAYER: YOU are my resurrected Lord and Savior. 

1 Corinthians 15:3-4,14,17 (TEV) 3  I passed on to you what I received, which is of the greatest importance: that Christ died for our sins, as written in the Scriptures; 4  that he was buried and that he was raised to life three days later, as written in the Scriptures;… 14  and if Christ has not been raised from death, then we have nothing to preach and you have nothing to believe.  17  And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sins.

PRAYER: YOUR resurrection, one of the world’s greatest undeniable mysteries, and the rock upon which my faith stands.

Psalm 92:2 (TEV) 2  to proclaim your constant love every morning and your faithfulness every night,

PRAYER: I wake up “loved” I go to bed “at peace”

Psalm 92:5 (TEV) 5  How great are your actions, LORD! How deep are your thoughts!

PRAYER: Power and wisdom are YOUR’s!

Psalm 92:12-14 (TEV) 12  The righteous will flourish like palm trees; …. 13  They are like trees planted in the house of the LORD, that flourish in the Temple of our God, 14  that still bear fruit in old age and are always green and strong.

PRAYER: May we all prove this true as we continually grow spiritually stronger and continuously fruitful.

Ruth 1:16-17 (TEV) 16  But Ruth answered, "Don't ask me to leave you! Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17  Wherever you die, I will die, and that is where I will be buried. May the LORD'S worst punishment come upon me if I let anything but death separate me from you!"

PRAYER: Oh that we should be as committed in the Body of Christ, right!

THOT: Love often means sacrifice (of self, personal goals and creature comforts).  But in Christ, it always ends up good.  

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Thursday

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THURSDAY 4/12/2018

Read: Mark 9:1-13, 1 Cor 15:29-58, Psa 93, Ruth 2-3

Mark 9:4 (TEV) 4  Then the three disciples saw Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus.

PRAYER: Wow!

Mark 9:7 (TEV) 7  Then a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow, and a voice came from the cloud, "This is my own dear Son—listen to him!"

PRAYER: I am trying, help me to ignore the noise of this world

Mark 9:10 (TEV) 10  They obeyed his order, but among themselves they started discussing the matter, "What does this 'rising from death' mean?"

NOTE: In Mark 8:32 we’re told that Jesus made this really clear.  So the disciples hearts just weren’t receiving this yet.

PRAYER: Lord, thank YOU for YOUR patience with me.

1 Corinthians 15:33-34,48 (TEV) 33  Do not be fooled. "Bad companions ruin good character." 34  Come back to your right senses and stop your sinful ways. I declare to your shame that some of you do not know God. 48  Those who belong to the earth are like the one who was made of earth; those who are of heaven are like the one who came from heaven.

PRAYER: May the wayward churchians find YOU and fellowship in YOUR true church.

1 Corinthians 15:36 (TEV) 36  You fool! When you plant a seed in the ground, it does not sprout to life unless it dies.

PRAYER: So I will die to myself, in hopes of YOU raising me up in YOUR power.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (TEV) 42  This is how it will be when the dead are raised to life. When the body is buried, it is mortal; when raised, it will be immortal. 43  When buried, it is ugly and weak; when raised, it will be beautiful and strong. 44  When buried, it is a physical body; when raised, it will be a spiritual body. There is, of course, a physical body, so there has to be a spiritual body.

QUOTE:

1 Corinthians 15:51,55-57 (TEV) 51  Listen to this secret truth: we shall not all die, but when the last trumpet sounds, we shall all be changed in an instant, as quickly as the blinking of an eye. For when the trumpet sounds, the dead will be raised, never to die again, and we shall all be changed. …   55  "Where, Death, is your victory? Where, Death, is your power to hurt?" 56  Death gets its power to hurt from sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. 57  But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

PRAYER: I am grateful!

1 Corinthians 15:58 (TEV) 58  So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord's service is ever useless.

PRAYER: I will keep working, I will remain strong in the faith.  However little my accomplishments, I know that they matter to YOU, …that I matter to YOU.  Thank YOU!

Psalm 93:3-4 (TEV) 3  The ocean depths raise their voice, O LORD; they raise their voice and roar. 4  The LORD rules supreme in heaven, greater than the roar of the ocean, more powerful than the waves of the sea.

PRAYER: Yet, I struggle to really hear YOU.  Heal my heart, open my hearing, clear my eyes to see YOU in everything today.

Ruth 2:11-12 (TEV) 11  Boaz answered, "I have heard about everything that you have done for your mother-in-law since your husband died. I know how you left your father and mother and your own country and how you came to live among a people you had never known before. 12  May the LORD reward you for what you have done. May you have a full reward from the LORD God of Israel, to whom you have come for protection!"
Ruth 3:11 (TEV) 11  … as everyone in town knows, you are a fine woman.

PRAYER: May my reputation be a good one amongst this community.  May I be known for my service and loyalty to others, and my devotion to YOU.

Ruth 3:3 (TEV) 3  So wash yourself, put on some perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go where he is threshing, but don't let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.

PRAYER: So a little primping isn’t bad, huh?!!

THOT: The believer’s work may be small and remain unnoticed by the world, but the Lord observes, appreciates our work, and blesses us for it.

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Friday

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FRIDAY 4/13/2018

Read: Mark 9:14-32, 1 Cor 16, Psa 94, Ruth 4

Mark 9:22-24 (TEV) 22  "Many times the evil spirit has tried to kill him by throwing him in the fire and into water. Have pity on us and help us, if you possibly can!" 23  "Yes," said Jesus, "if you yourself can! Everything is possible for the person who has faith." 24  The father at once cried out, "I do have faith, but not enough. Help me have more!"

PRAYER: This is the story that gives me hope.  I don’t know why I have such doubts when YOU have been nothing but amazing and faithful.  Thank YOU for YOUR patience and compassion.

Mark 9:28-29 (TEV) 28  After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive the spirit out?" 29  "Only prayer can drive this kind out," answered Jesus; "nothing else can."

PRAYER: May the church not only be an amazing collection of transformed lives, but may it be filled with more and “pray”ers.

1 Corinthians 16:2 (TEV) 2  Every Sunday each of you must put aside some money, in proportion to what you have earned, and save it up, so that there will be no need to collect money when I come.

PRAYER: My tithes is more appreciation than rent.  I really do appreciate YOU and I want the ministry of the church to spread the WORD.

1 Corinthians 16:13-16 (TEV) 13  Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14  Do all your work in love. 15  You know about Stephanas and his family; they … have given themselves to the service of God's people. I beg you, my friends, 16  to follow the leadership of such people as these, and of anyone else who works and serves with them.

PRAYER: Raise up more “Steves”.  May I be a faithfilled, courageous, and persevering servant for YOU and YOUR church.

Psalm 94:8,11 (TEV) 8  My people, how can you be such stupid fools? When will you ever learn? 11  The LORD knows what we think; he knows how senseless our reasoning is.

PRAYER: Yeah, like we could fool YOU?!! Oops.

Psalm 94:12-14 (TEV) 12  LORD, how happy are those you instruct, the ones to whom you teach your law! 13  You give them rest from days of trouble until a pit is dug to trap the wicked. 14  The LORD will not abandon his people; he will not desert those who belong to him.

PRAYER: I appreciate YOU even wanting to teach me let alone watch over me.

Psalm 94:15 (TEV) 15  Justice will again be found in the courts, and all righteous people will support it.

QUOTE:

Ruth 4:15,17 (TEV) 15  Your daughter-in-law loves you, and has done more for you than seven sons. And now she has given you a grandson, who will bring new life to you and give you security in your old age." …. 17  The women of the neighborhood named the boy Obed. They told everyone, "A son has been born to Naomi!" Obed became the father of Jesse, who was the father of David.

NOTE: Ruth a non-Jew would by faith and obvious devotion/service eventually become a great grandparent to not only King David, but Jesus Himself.

PRAYER: Ruth is another encouraging story of YOUR love and devotion to whomever would love and be devoted to YOU.  I have hope!

THOT: true believers don’t have to be perfect or of a certain lineage, they just need to show a little bit of faith and loving service.

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