Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 97

Prayer Point. The power of the recent storms in our area has reminded us how fragile and unpredictable our lives can be. It calls us to rely on a power that is greater than a hurricane or thunderstorm: God. Jesus, who calmed the storms has been raised to life and is now both Lord and King. Take time today to confess your lack of faith and worship God who rules this world.

Mark 10:1-16

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the background  to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. Neither women nor children were held in high regard in Jesus’ day. This was reflected in local attitudes towards marriage and divorce. The controversy around divorce that Jesus was asked to address centered on the question of when it was lawful for a husband to divorce his wife. It was taken as a given that a woman could not divorce her husband. Some rabbis believed that divorce was unlawful except in cases of infidelity, while others believed that husbands could end their marriage for any reason they chose. The Pharisees ask Jesus to weigh in on this question, not because they are interested in his opinion, but in hopes that his answer will alienate some of his followers.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why God allowed men to divorce their wives.
  • God’s perspective of marriage.
  • What Jesus teaches his disciples about divorce and remarriage.
  • Jesus’ attitude toward children.
  • How Jesus saw children as a model for those who would enter the kingdom of God.

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Acts 21:1-14

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following background to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.  After an emotional farewell to the elders of the Ephesian church, Paul now continues his journey to Jerusalem. How do the Christians in Tyre and Ptolemais feel about his mission to Jerusalem? Are there fears well founded? Who is telling them that there is trouble ahead?

Why does Paul refuse the advice of his friends even though what they say is guided by the Holy Spirit?

Why do Paul’s friends eventually give in? Compare this to Jesus’ prayer the night before his death in Luke 22:39-44.

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

2 Samuel 14:1-20

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

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