Daily Reading

Sunday, February 5, 2023
February 5th, 2023
Preparing for Today's Message:ReadBiblical Prayer Focus:Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.Pray that God would fill you with His supernatural joy and "all is well" peace so that you can have a confident assurance.......
Saturday, February 4, 2023
February 4th, 2023
Daily Scripture & QuestionsJames 3:13-5:20 What are the key markers of earthly, unspiritual wisdom?  How is peace related to wisdom from above?  To whom does God give more grace?  How does humility impact the way that we relate to others?  How does humility relate to how we make plans about the future?  What perspective is essential to being patient in the midst of suffering?Family Devotions—Scrip...
Friday, February 3, 2023
February 3rd, 2023
Daily Scripture & QuestionsJames 1:1-3:1 James, the half-brother of Jesus, came to faith in Christ only after the resurrection.  He went on to be a key leader in the church of Jerusalem.  His letter is full of practical truths that emphasize living out our faith.  Some think that he contradicts the apostle Paul when he talks about faith and works, but the two are easily reconciled when we realize ...
Thursday, February 2, 2023
February 2nd, 2023
Daily Scripture & QuestionsActs 13-14 These chapters are the account of Saul/Paul's first missionary journey.  Now that Paul is working among the Gentiles, it makes sense that he would use his Gentile name (Paul) rather than the name that would have fit the Jewish culture (Saul).  How is Paul's message at Antioch in Pisidia (which is a different Antioch than the one referred to in chapter 13:1) a ...
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
February 1st, 2023
Daily Scripture & QuestionsActs 11-12 As Peter retells what happened in Caesarea, what does he make clear?  How wonderful it is that God has "granted repentance that leads to life" even to the Gentiles (11:18)!  More Gentiles come to faith in the city of Antioch, but that doesn't mean that everything was going easily for the early church.  James, one of the original 12 apostles, is killed fulfilli...
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
January 31st, 2023
Daily Scripture & QuestionsActs 9-10 Why were the believers afraid or skeptical of Saul's conversion?  Saul (whose Greek name would have been Paul) was powerfully used to prove that Jesus was the Christ (9:22).  Are you able to give a clear testimony of your conversion and then provide a solid defense of your faith?  The story line of Acts then returns to Peter's ministry.  Why would Peter's minis...
Monday, January 30, 2023
January 30th, 2023
Daily Scripture & QuestionsActs 6:8-8:40 Today we read of the accounts of two of the deacons, Stephen and Philip.  Contrast the way that Stephen is described in this passage with the way he describes those he confronts at the end of his message.  The persecution pushes the early church out into Judea and Samaria with the gospel.  Philip ministers among the half-breeds of the Samaritans, who were d...
Sunday, January 29, 2023
January 29th, 2023
Preparing for Today's Message:  "The Diligence 'Q'"Read 2 Peter 1:10-15Biblical Prayer FocusJohn 17:20-21  I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.Like Jesus, seek the Heavenly Father, asking that...
Saturday, January 28, 2023
January 28th, 2023
Daily Scripture & QuestionsActs 4:1-6:7 Twice in this passage the apostles are threatened.  What is their response; who will they obey?  Do their prayers reflect the way that you pray (4:29-30)?  Two internal threats are also mentioned in these chapters.  What threat would sins like that of Ananias and Sapphira have brought into the church?  What would have been the danger of the complaint that wa...
Friday, January 27, 2023
January 27th, 2023
Daily Scripture & QuestionsActs 1-3 Luke's second book, Acts, records the early history of the church.  Why did the disciples need to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit? What would He help them to do?  How does Peter's first sermon reflect both the sovereign plan of God and the human responsibility of those who crucified Jesus?  In Peter's second sermon, after the healing of the lame beggar, wh...