JUNE 15 AND 16
Jesus is clear that serving is a key element in following him (John 13.) Peter says grace is given to each of us, and its purpose is to enable us to serve others and point them to Jesus – to how he lived and to the things that are important to him. As we serve in the ways he did, our connection to Jesus gets deeper – the “plant” is cultivated and our lives and the Church is set up to bloom in the ways Jesus calls us to. As you read the following passages, note what they say about using what we have to serve the needs of others.
MONDAY (6/17): Luke 6:46-49
TUESDAY (6/18): James 1:22-25
WEDNESDAY (6/19): James 2:14-22
THURSDAY (6/20): Matthew 12:46-50
If DOING the words of Jesus builds the foundation for life that will withstand storms, knowing WHAT Jesus said is also of critical importance. It’s safe to say the heart of what Jesus said is found in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5-7. And the heart of the Sermon itself is in what’s called “The Beatitudes” in Matthew 5:1-12. The first Beatitude - and the first entry point for the “BLESSED” life as Jesus describes it - has to do with being “poor in spirit.” To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following texts and note what they say about being “humble people.”
FRIDAY (6/21): Micah 6:6-8
SATURDAY(6/22): Matthew 11:25-30
SUNDAY (6/23): Matthew 5:1-12
JULY 6 AND 7
The Beatitude that we are looking at this weekend is, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) A good understanding of what it looks like to be “meek” is to think about “gentleness.” Read the following texts and note where and how gentleness shows up in the passages.
MONDAY (7/8): Numbers 12:1-8
TUESDAY (7/9): 2 Corinthians 10:1-5
WEDNESDAY (7/10): 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
THURSDAY (7/11): Galatians 5:16-26
The Beatitude for next week is Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” To prepare for our next times together for worship, spend some time with these scripture passages and pay attention to what they say about how God responds when we seek him as source for life.
FRIDAY (7/12): Psalm 63:1-8
SATURDAY (7/13): Isaiah 55:1-3, 6-11
SUNDAY (7/14): Matthew 5:1-6
JULY 27 AND 28
With so much to easily distract us in our day it is no wonder we struggle to hear God speak. With so much that fights for the attention of our hearts and our minds it is no surprise we struggle to see God. As you read these passages begin to put into practice the emptying out of distractions to be filled up by God. You will see that which occupies the space within you. Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.
Monday 7/29: Psalm 51:7-12
Tuesday 7/30: 1 Peter 1:13-25
Wednesday 7/31: Psalm 119:9-16
Thursday 8/1: 1 John 3:1-10
The Beatitude for next week is Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” To prepare for our time of worship together pay attention to what these passages are telling you about making peace, not just keeping the peace.
Friday 8/2: 1 John 3:11-24
Saturday 8/3: Romans 14:13-19
Sunday 8/4: Matthew 5:1-9
JUNE 22 AND 23
Our journey through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 begins with number one: Blessed are the poor in spirit... We’ve discovered that to be poor in spirit means to live with a humble frame of mind when we engage our lives in all aspects. It’s a choice that positions us to receive and live in the kingdom of heaven. To stay connected to that truth, read the following scripture passages.
MONDAY (06/24): 2 Samuel 22:26-31
TUESDAY (06/25): Psalm 25:4-10
WEDNESDAY (06/26): Isaiah 57:14-16
THURSDAY (06/27): Luke 18:9-14
To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following passages. As you read, pay attention to what they say about God’s care for those who mourn.
FRIDAY (06/28): Psalm 30:4-12
SATURDAY (06/29): Isaiah 61:1-4
SUNDAY (06/30): Matthew 5:1-12
JULY 13 AND 14, 2019
The Beatitude that we are looking at this week is Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” Another word for righteousness in this passage is justice. Pay attention to two topics in this weeks readings. 1. What does it look like to hunger and thirst? 2. What is God’s idea of justice?
Monday 7/15: Luke 19:1-10
Tuesday 7/16: Deuteronomy 8:1-10
Wednesday 7/17: Job 12:13-23
Thursday 7/18: Revelation 22:14-17
The Beatitude for next week is Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.” To prepare for our next time of worship together read these scriptures and pay attention to what God has to say about mercy.
Friday 7/19: Matthew 9:10-13
Saturday 7/20: Micah 7:18-19
Sunday 7/21: Matthew 5:1-7
This week during our “Blessed” series we’ve talked about being “peacemakers”: “Blessed are the peacemakers,” Jesus said, “for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Peace-keeping is not the same as being peacemakers. Peacemaking is a willingness to stand in the middle between different ways of engaging life and working to bring reconciliation and unity. It’s not an easy place to stand. It requires a solid degree of inner peace to be a peacemaker. Read the following texts that speak of finding peace in Christ, and working for peace because of Christ.
MONDAY (08/05): Philippians 4:4-9
TUESDAY (08/06): Colossians 3:12-17
WEDNESDAY (08/07): James 3:13-18
THURSDAY (08/08): Ephesians 2:11-18
To prepare for our final message in the “BLESSED” series, read these scripture passages and pay attention to what they say about persecution that becomes a pathway for blessing.
FRIDAY (08/09): Matthew 10:16-22
SATURDAY (08/10): Acts 4:1-4
SUNDAY (08/11): Matthew 5:1-12
JUNE 29 AND 30
As we continue on our journey through the beatitudes Jesus reminds us of his presence with those who mourn. It is in the presence of Christ that we find hope because we realize our mourning does not have the final say. Listen for what these passages have to say about those who mourn and the comfort we receive.
Monday: John 11:1-44
Tuesday: Revelation 21:1-4
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 15:50-57
Thursday: John 14:16-31
To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following passages. As you read, pay attention to what they say about those who are meek.
Friday: Matthew 1:25-30
Saturday: Galatians 5:13-26
Sunday: Matthew 5:1-12
JULY 20 AND 21, 2019
The Beatitude we are looking at this week is Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.” The bible has a lot to say on showing and receiving mercy. It was hard to choose which verse to draw attention to. I want to encourage you to do a simple word search on mercy and dig deeper into the many passages that speak about mercy. Also, pay attention to what these scriptures below say about our responsibility to show mercy and God’s goodness in showing us mercy.
Monday 7/22: James 2:1-13
Tuesday 7/23: Luke 18:9-14
Wednesday 7/24: Hebrews 4:12-16
Thursday 7/25: Luke 6:27-36
The Beatitude for next week is Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” To prepare for our time of worship together read these scriptures. Pay attention to what they say about being pure in heart.
Friday 7/26: Psalm 24
Saturday 7/27: 2 Timothy 2:14-26
Sunday 7/28: Matthew 5:1-8
AUGUST 10 AND 11
We have come to the end of our Blessed series. Jesus has come to the end of what we call the Beatitudes. He wraps it up with this in Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” He goes on in verses 11 and 12 to drive home this point. It is clear that if you follow all these words (all the Beatitudes) 1. You will be persecuted 2. You will be blessed. Who wants to receive a blessing?
Monday 8/12: Matthew 10:16-31
Tuesday 8/13: 2 Timothy 3
Wednesday 8/14: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Thursday 8/15: Psalm 23:4
When Everything Falls Apart…
Throughout the history of Christianity many have said you should not question God. One of our biblical Prophets Habakkuk helps us know this is wrong. God is not threatened by our questions, our challenges, our doubts, our fears, God invites us into open communication with Him. The very name Habakkuk means “to embrace.” As God invites Habakkuk’s questions and challenges God embraces humanity in all its glory and all its mess. Pay attention for the ways in which God embraces us.
Friday 8/16: Judges 6
Saturday 8/17: Psalm 13
Sunday 8/18: Habakkuk 1