August 22 – Gift Unused

Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you. (1 Corinthians 14:26) Read: Job 4:1-7:21, 1 Corinthians 14:18-40, Psalm…

Ask Bigger

Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. (Psalm 2:8) Read: Genesis 3:1-4:26, Matthew 2:13-3:6, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 1:7-9 Relate: I don’t often get interrupted when I am praying. Even if someone else in my hearing might not be in “agreement” with what I am praying, I honestly can’t remember…

Ruth 2:12 (Be The Answer)

May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done. (Ruth 2:12) Read: Ruth 2:1-4:22, John 4:43-54, Psalm 105:16-36, Proverbs 14:26-27 Relate: There was a small town pastor of a small country church that had fallen on some hard times. There were good…

Between The Living And The Dead

He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped. (Numbers 16:48) Read: Numbers 16:41 – 18:32, Mark 16:1-20, Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 11:7 Relate: You could say it was all about leadership issues. Moses had been leading the people of Israel out of Egypt, through the desert, and into the Promised Land. He had raised up key men…

Before Dawn Breaks

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. (Mark 1:35) Read: Leviticus 1:1 – 3:17, Mark 1:29 – 2:12, Psalm 35:17-28, Proverbs 9:13-18 Relate: By nature I am a night owl. I often feel like my best, most productive moments don’t come until that sun sets. In…

Over My Heart

In this way, Aaron will carry the names of the tribes of Israel on the sacred chest piece over his heart when he goes into the Holy Place. This will be a continual reminder that he represents the people when he comes before the Lord. (Exodus 28:29) Read: Exodus 28:1-43, Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalm 31:9-18, Proverbs 8:12-13 Relate: I’m flipping over…

The Spot

After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. (John 18:1-2) Read: Acts 10:1 – 12:5 Relate: Do you have a spot? Actually, currently I have three. Problem is, none of them…

Benediction

After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you.” (John 17:1) Read: Matthew 26:1-5, 14-30, Mark 14:1-2, 10-26, Luke 22:1-30, John 13:1-30 Relate: Usually, when Jesus prays, it is a very private thing. Occasionally in the gospels we…