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 9:33-50, 2 Cor 1:1-11, Psa 95, 1 Sam 1-2
(TEV) 35 Jesus
sat down, called the twelve disciples, and said to them, "Whoever
wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant
PRAYER: Today I am a servant.
(TEV) 37 "Whoever
welcomes in my name one of these children, welcomes me;
and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not only me but also the one who sent
me."… 42 "If anyone should cause
one of these little ones to lose faith in me, it would be better
for that person to have a large millstone tied around the neck and be thrown
into the sea.
PRAYER: May our congregation and all our
parents take seriously our ministry to the kids.
(TEV) 47 And
if your eye makes you lose your faith, take it out! It is better
for you to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to keep both
eyes and be thrown into hell.
PRAYER: Help me to have victory over sin in
my life. With YOUR help, I can
(TEV) 49 "Everyone
will be purified by fire as a sacrifice is purified by salt.
PRAYER: I don’t like the trials, but I know
that I’m better for them.
(TEV) 50 "Salt
is good; but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it
salty again? "Have the salt of friendship
among yourselves, and live in peace with one another."
PRAYER: May we be the most flavorful of
people. May people yearn the
love they see in us.
Corinthians 1:4 (TEV) 4 He helps us in all
our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have
all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have
received from God.
PRAYER: I hope to be a conduit of YOUR
blessings. I receive them and I dish them back out there.
Corinthians 1:5-6,9 (TEV) 5 Just
as we have a share in Christ's many sufferings, so also through
Christ we share in God's great help. 6 If we suffer, it is
for your help and salvation; if we are helped, then you too are
helped and given the strength to endure with patience the
same sufferings that we also endure. … 9 We felt that the death sentence
had been passed on us. But this happened so that we should rely, not
on ourselves, but only on God, who raises the dead.
PRAYER: It’s a test, but I hope this
suffering will honor YOU and bless others. Forgive me for trying to do this on my
95:1-2 (TEV) 1 Come, let us
praise the LORD! Let us sing for joy to God, who protects
us! 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise.
PRAYER: May YOUR children prepare now for
next weekend’s community event.
May we all “sing for joy” whether on key or not. YOU certainly
deserve the thanks.
95:6-7 (TEV) 6 Come,
let us bow down and worship him; let us
kneel before the LORD, our
Maker! 7 He is our God; we are
the people he cares for, the flock for which he provides. Listen today to what he says:
PRAYER: I’m all ears now, but may we also
come with open minds and hearts next weekend for worship.
95:8-9 (TEV) 8 "Don't
be stubborn, as your ancestors were …. 9 There they put me to the test and tried me, although they had seen what I did for them.
PRAYER: I know, our memories and loyalties
seem so short sometimes. Forgive us, please!
1:9,12 (TEV) 9
…, Hannah got up. She was deeply
distressed, and she cried bitterly as she prayed to the LORD. Meanwhile,
…. ... 12 Hannah
continued to pray to the LORD
for a long time, ….
PRAYER: YOU not only don’t mind hearing our
cries, I think YOU enjoy the longevity of our conversations (even if
they are negative). Thank YOU
1:28 (TEV) 28 So
I am dedicating him to the LORD.
As long as he lives, he will belong to the LORD." Then they worshiped the LORD there.
NOTE: May more parents
PRAYER: May more parents dedicate their
children to YOU (not the leaving them at church forever part - lol).
2:2 (TEV) 2 "No
one is holy like the LORD;
there is none like him, no protector like our God.
2:8 (TEV) 8 He
lifts the poor from the dust and raises
the needy from their misery. He makes
them companions of princes and puts
them in places of honor. The foundations
of the earth belong to the LORD;
on them he has built the world.
PRAYER: Help us to spread this incredible and
uplifting message to the downtrodden in our community.
2:17 (TEV) 17 This
sin of the sons of Eli was extremely serious in the LORD'S sight, because they
treated the offerings to the LORD
with such disrespect.
PRAYER: May I never treat my offerings with
such contempt, may they always come from a loyal and appreciate heart.
2:26 (TEV) 26 The
boy Samuel continued to grow and to gain favor both with the LORD and with people.
PRAYER: May my life do that also.
2:30 (TEV) 30 I,
the LORD God of Israel, …,
I will honor those who honor me, and I will treat with contempt
those who despise me.
PRAYER: I hope to be the one who honors YOU
THOT: real Jesus followers are servants who
do everything out of love. We
are dedicated to the Lord and each other.
Read: Mark 10:1-16, 2 Cor 1:12-24, Psa 96, 1 Sam
10:4-5,7-8,11 (TEV) 4 Their answer was,
"Moses gave permission for a man to write a divorce notice
and send his wife away." 5 Jesus said to them, "Moses wrote this law for you because
you are so hard to teach. … 7 'And
for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite
with his wife, 8 and
the two will become one.' So they are no longer two, but
one….) 11 He
said to them, "A man who divorces his wife and marries another
woman commits adultery against his wife.
PRAYER: I pray for all the marriages in the church. Make each couple as one
10:14-15 (TEV) 14
When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and
said to his disciples, "Let the children come to me,
and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as
these. 15 I
assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like
a child will never enter it."
PRAYER: Help us all to receive anyone, young or old, who is
interested in YOUR Kingdom.
Corinthians 1:13 (TEV) 13 We write to you
only what you can read and understand. But even though you now
understand us only in part, I hope that you will come to
understand us completely, so that in the Day of our Lord Jesus
you can be as proud of us as we shall be of you.
PRAYER: May we be patient with each other as we continue on this
96:1-2 (TEV) 1
Sing a new song to the LORD! Sing to the LORD, all the world! 2 Sing to the LORD,
and praise him! Proclaim every day
the good news that he has saved us.
PRAYER: YOU deserve not only fresh praises, but our proclamation
of YOU in this world.
96:3 (TEV) 3 Proclaim
his glory to the nations, his mighty
deeds to all peoples.
PRAYER: Open my eyes to see witnessing opportunities.
96:13 (TEV) 13
when the LORD
comes to rule the earth. He will rule
the peoples of the world with justice
PRAYER: May I also reflect YOUR justice and fairmindedness.
Samuel 3:10 (TEV) 10 The LORD came and stood there,
and called as he had before, "Samuel! Samuel!" Samuel answered, "Speak; your servant is
PRAYER: Yes, Lord, speak, your servant is listening.
5:3,11 (TEV) 3 Early
the next morning the people of Ashdod saw that the statue of
Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground in front of the LORD'S Covenant Box. So
they lifted it up and put it back in its place. … 11 So again they sent
for all the Philistine kings and said, "Send the Covenant
Box of Israel back to its own place, so that it won't kill us
and our families." There was panic throughout the city because
God was punishing them so severely.
PRAYER: So YOU are kinda a jokester
THOT: Jesus followers can probably
achieve that required “childlike faith” by simply singing in
public. Give it a try and see.
Read: Mark 10:17-34, 2 Cor 2, Psa 97, 1 Sam 6-8
10:18 (TEV) 18
"Why do you call me good?"
Jesus asked him. "No one is good except God alone.
10:21-23,25 (TEV) 21 Jesus looked straight at
him with love and said, "You need only one thing. Go and
sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will
have riches in heaven; then come and follow me."
the man heard this, gloom spread over his face, and he went away
sad, because he was very rich. 23 Jesus
looked around at his disciples and said to them, "How hard
it will be for rich people to enter the Kingdom of
God!" … 25 It is much harder for a
rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle."
PRAYER: This one is so hard for the American believer. But help us all to focus more on
YOUR Kingdom than this earthly period.
10:26-27 (TEV) 26
At this the disciples were completely
amazed and asked one another, "Who, then, can be saved?"
straight at them and answered, "This is impossible for human
beings but not for God; everything is possible for God."
PRAYER: I trust in YOU the God of the possible.
10:29-30 (TEV) 29 "Yes,"
Jesus said to them, "and I tell you that those who leave
home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or
fields for me and for the gospel, 30 will receive much more
in this present age. They will receive a hundred times more
houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields—and
persecutions as well; and in the age to come they will
receive eternal life.
PRAYER: So there is prosperity on earth along with some pretty
negative stuff. But the
Eternal reward plan is pretty spectacular - thank YOU very much!!!!
10:31 (TEV) 31
But many who are now first will be
last, and many who are now last will be first."
PRAYER: I’ve experienced this!
Corinthians 2:7-8 (TEV) 7 Now, however, you
should forgive him and encourage him, in order to keep
him from becoming so sad as to give up completely. 8 And
so I beg you to let him know that you really do love him.
PRAYER: Help us to truly love the fallen and weak among us.
Corinthians 2:10-11 (TEV) 10 When you forgive
people for what they have done, I forgive them too. …, 11 in
order to keep Satan from getting the upper hand over us; for
we know what his plans are.
NOTE: Forgiveness is not just personal
it’s a corporate move also
PRAYER: Lord, may we all be as merciful as YOU.
Corinthians 2:14,16 (TEV) 14 But
thanks be to God! For in union with Christ we are always led by
God as prisoners in Christ's victory procession. God uses us
to make the knowledge about Christ spread everywhere like a sweet
fragrance. … 16 For those who are being lost,
it is a deadly stench that kills; but for those who are being
saved, it is a fragrance that brings life. Who, then, is capable
for such a task?
PRAYER: May we all be bold and smelly sharers of the faith.
97:7 (TEV) 7 Everyone
who worships idols is put to shame; all the
gods bow down before the LORD.
PRAYER: I’ve experienced that when I’ve worshiped the ‘American
Way’, worldly success and all it’s
97:11-12 (TEV) 11
Light shines on the righteous,
and gladness on the good. 12 All you that are righteous be glad because of what the LORD
has done! Remember what the holy
God has done, and give thanks to
PRAYER: I will pause to remember and give thanks.
Samuel 6:3 (TEV) 3 They
answered, "If you return the Covenant Box of the God of
Israel, you must, of course, send with it a gift to him to pay
for your sin. The Covenant Box must not go back without a gift.
In this way you will be healed, and you will find out why he
has kept on punishing you."
PRAYER: Boy, don’t mess with the Master, or it’ll cost you,
Samuel 7:3 (TEV) 3 Samuel said to the people of
Israel, "If you are going to turn to the LORD with all your hearts,
you must get rid of all the foreign gods and the images
of the goddess Astarte. Dedicate yourselves completely to the LORD and worship only
him, and he will rescue you from the power of the
PRAYER: May the church be wholly devoted to YOUR Word and
Will. May we be wise to the
ways of the world without being drawn in to them. May we shine for YOU.
THOT: for a sincere follower – wealth can
be an enemy, forgiveness a habit, humility a constant, and yet
he/she is fully of gratitude.
Read: Mark 10:35-52, 2 Cor 3, Psa 98, 1 Sam 9-10
10:43-45 (TEV) 43
This, however, is not the way it is among
you. If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of
the rest; 44 and
if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of all.
even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve
and to give his life to redeem many people."
PRAYER: Self-sacrifice, service, and all in love (for whomever)
10:51-52 (TEV) 51
"What do you want me to do for
you?" Jesus asked him. "Teacher,"
the blind man answered, "I want to see again."
Jesus told him, "your faith has made you well." At
once he was able to see and followed Jesus on the road.
PRAYER: First of all, thanks for even asking what I want. Secondly, I also want to see
clearly enough to follow YOU well.
Corinthians 3:12 (TEV) 12 Because we have
this hope, we are very bold.
PRAYER: I do have hope, I will be bold in the faith.
Corinthians 3:14,16 (TEV) 14 Their minds, indeed,
were closed; and to this very day their minds are covered
with the same veil as they read the books of the old covenant.
The veil is removed only when a person is joined to Christ…..
it can be removed, as the scripture says about Moses: "His
veil was removed when he turned to the Lord."
PRAYER: It can be removed.
Guide me to those who remain in the dark. They will see!
Corinthians 3:17-18 (TEV) 17 Now, "the
Lord" in this passage is the Spirit; and where the Spirit
of the Lord is present, there is freedom. 18 All of us, then, reflect
the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same
glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us
into his likeness in an ever greater degree of glory.
PRAYER: I am free and constantly growing in YOU. Amazing, even at my age! May more and more lives
experience this everyday growing transformation YOU do.
98:1,4 (TEV) 1 Sing
a new song to the LORD;
he has done wonderful things! By his own power and holy strength he has won the victory. … 4 Sing
for joy to the LORD,
all the earth; praise him with songs and shouts
PRAYER: YOU deserve a fresh song from us. Today, the radio goes off and my
voice goes up in praise to YOU my Lord and Savior.
98:3,9 (TEV) 3 He kept his promise
to the people of Israel with loyalty and
constant love for them. All
people everywhere have seen the victory of our God. … 9 because he comes to
rule the earth. He will rule the peoples
of the world with justice and fairness.
PRAYER: Thank YOU for YOUR loyalty and love, YOUR justice and
Samuel 9:21 (TEV) 21 Saul answered,
"I belong to the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe
in Israel, and my family is the least important one in the
tribe. Why, then, do you talk like this to me?"
NOTE: Moses thought he couldn’t talk,
Gideon believed he was from the weakest stock, and later, David and
Solomon would question their position. Isaiah thought himself to
sin-stained, and Jeremiah too young. Yet God used each of them in
NOTE2: The tribe Saul comes from was
almost extinguished back in Judges 21. Don’t write yourself off, ever.
PRAYER: Lord, now more excuses.
I am YOUR’s to do whatever YOU say I can do.
Samuel 10:6-7 (TEV) 6 Suddenly the spirit
of the LORD will take
control of you, and you will join in their religious dancing
and shouting and will become a different person. 7 When
these things happen, do whatever God leads you to do.
PRAYER: Whatever YOU will, I’ll be a “wild and crazy guy” dancing
and shouting (new songs and with joy, of course). YOU lead I’ll
THOT: real believers boldly serve and
share faith with the “lost” with hopes that they too will enjoy the
daily transformation the Lord brings.
Read: Mark 11:1-11, 2 Cor 4, Psa 99, 1 Sam 11-13
(TEV) 8 Many
people spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches in
the field and spread them on the road. 9 The people who were in
front and those who followed behind began to shout, "Praise God!
God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord!
PRAYER: Blessed be YOUR Holy Name, YOU are
the one and true King of Kings.
Corinthians 4:3-6 (TEV) 3 For if the gospel we
preach is hidden, it is hidden only from those who are being lost.
do not believe, because their minds have been kept in the dark by
the evil god of this world. …. 5 For it is not ourselves
that we preach; we preach Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves
as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 The
God who said, "Out of darkness the light shall shine!"
is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us
the knowledge of God's glory shining in the face of Christ.
PRAYER: as I once was lost and now am found,
I hope to reach others who remain in the dark. May YOUR light, indeed, shine!!!!
Corinthians 4:7 (TEV) 7 Yet we who have this
spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show
that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us.
PRAYER: May our lives clearly point to YOUR
work in us.
Corinthians 4:8-9,12,14-16 (TEV) 8 We are often troubled, but
not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; 9 there are many enemies, but
we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times,
we are not destroyed. .. 12 This
means that death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
… 14 We know that God, who
raised the Lord Jesus to life, will also raise us up with Jesus
and take us, together with you, into his presence. 15 All this is for your
sake; and as God's grace reaches more and more people, they will
offer to the glory of God more prayers of thanksgiving. 16 For this reason we never
become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually
decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day.
PRAYER: Forgive my complaining. My flesh is weak, but my spirit has
just been renewed. Thank YOU!
Corinthians 4:17-18 (TEV) 17 And this small and
temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and
eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. 18 For we fix our
attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen.
What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts
PRAYER: This too shall pass! Thank YOU!
(TEV) 8 O
LORD, our God, you answered
your people; you showed them that you are a God
who forgives, even though you punished
them for their sins.
PRAYER: Like a Father, I have experienced
YOUR discipline, because YOU do love me. But I really appreciate the mercy and
grace YOU’ve shown me.
11:6-7 (TEV) 6 When
Saul heard this, the spirit of God took control of him, and he became
furious. 7 … The
people of Israel were afraid of what the LORD might do, and all of them, without
exception, came out together.
PRAYER: Whether from holy indignation, or
fear, or even love – may the church unify for the purpose of conquering
12:14 (TEV) 14 All
will go well with you if you honor the LORD your God, serve him, listen to
him, and obey his commands, and if you and your king follow
PRAYER: I will honor, serve, hear, follow,
and obey YOU.
12:20 (TEV) 20 "Don't
be afraid," Samuel answered. "Even though you have done
such an evil thing, do not turn away from the LORD, but serve him with all your heart.
PRAYER: And in those moments I do stray,
thank YOU for allowing me a chance to repent.
12:23 (TEV) 23 As
for me, the LORD forbid
that I should sin against him by no longer praying for you.
Instead, I will teach you what is good and right for you to do.
13:13 (TEV) 13 "That
was a foolish thing to do," Samuel answered. "You have
not obeyed the command the LORD
your God gave you. If you had obeyed, he would have let you and your
descendants rule over Israel forever.
NOTE: Israel is in “a desperate situation”
vs.6, the men are deserting vs.11, it looked very bad. Faith none-the-less is the answer.
PRAYER: I will trust in YOU and lean not on
my own understanding.
THOT: Jesus followers aren’t promised a “rose
garden” without the thorns. We
remain faithful and obedient no matter what the circumstance.