Daily Reading

Sunday, March 3, 2024
March 3rd, 2024
Preparing for Today's Message: "Listening to the Heart of Jesus"Read John 17Biblical Prayer FocusPsalm 125:4-5  Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts!  But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers!  Peace be upon Israel!Give the Lord your frustrations with those who are "crooked."  Ask that He deal with them, e...
Saturday, March 2, 2024
March 2nd, 2024
Daily Scripture & QuestionsJohn 6; Matthew 15; Mark 7 In John 6:15, the people wanted to make Jesus king by force.  By John 6:66, many were doing what?  What had Jesus taught that offended them so?  In Matthew 15, we see another miracle of feeding, in addition to the one found in Matthew 14.  What impressed Jesus about the Canaanite woman?  Like Matthew 15, Mark 7 records the interaction regarding...
Friday, March 1, 2024
March 1st, 2024
Daily Scripture & QuestionsLuke 8:1-9:17; Matthew 14; Mark 6 How does Luke's version of the parable of the soils describe the "good soil"?  In what ways do Herod's questions about Jesus’ identity reflect the perceptions of the people in general?  Jesus feeds the 5,000 (that is 5,000 men plus women and children for a total of over 20,000 people).  According to the account in Mark 6, how do we know ...
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
February 28th, 2024
Daily Scripture & QuestionsLuke 11; Mark 4-5 In Luke 11, how does Jesus confront the crowds?  How does He confront the various religious leaders?  Why did Jesus often teach in parables?  Which of the lessons of the bad soils is of the greatest challenge to you personally?  In other words, what sorts of things might keep you from being fruitful for God?  Jesus controls the storm, the demons, and ev...
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
February 27th, 2024
Daily Scripture & QuestionsMatthew 8-10 Note how many ways Jesus manifests His authority and power.  He also teaches about the cost of following Him (8:18-22; 10:16-39).  Have you made the personal commitment to be a true follower of Jesus, not just when He displays His gracious healing power but also when it is going to cost you something? Family Devotions—Scripture & QuestionsRead Matthew 8:5-13...
Monday, February 26, 2024
February 26th, 2024
Daily Scripture & QuestionsMatthew 5-7 Some have thought that the "Sermon on the Mount" (as is commonly called) sets standards that are too lofty to reach.  Yet, it seems that Jesus is presenting a challenging, practical ethic of how we are to live in His kingdom here and now. What issues does Jesus get to the root of by saying, "You have heard that it was said. . ."?  What is the most important l...
Sunday, February 2024
February 25th, 2024
Preparing for Today's Message:  "A Hard Goodbye with Great Hope"Read John 16:16-33Biblical Prayer FocusPsalm 6:1-3 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.  Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.  My soul also is greatly troubled.  But you, O LORD—how long?Be honest with the LORD about the state of your soul.  If yo...
Saturday, February 24, 2024
February 24th, 2024
Daily Scripture & QuestionsMatthew 12; Luke 6-7 Matthew 12 teaches us about our words.  Where do our words come from?  Are our words good fruit?  What teachings about who Jesus is do we find here?  Luke 6 records teachings similar to the Sermon on the Mount that we will look at tomorrow.  In Luke, however, they are referred to as being given on a level area (see 6:17).  It is likely that Jesus, as...
Friday, February 23, 2024
February 23rd, 2024
Daily Scripture & QuestionsJohn 4-5 The Samaritans were considered half-breeds that were looked down upon by both Jewish and non-Jewish people. How does Jesus present Himself as the Messiah (Christ) to this woman?  What is the response by the others in the town?  Why is the healing of the official's son such a powerful sign?  What makes the healing at the pool so exceptional?  How does Jesus turn ...
Thursday, February 22, 2024
February 22nd, 2024
Daily Scripture & QuestionsMark 2-3 How does Jesus go beyond the expectations of the people in these chapters?  How does He use these situations to point to His true identity as Lord?  Why won't He allow the unclean spirits to make Him known?  What did His earthly family think about Him?  What about the scribes; to whom did they attribute Jesus' undeniable powers?     Family Devotions—Scripture & ...