Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, September 5, 2013

Prayer  Psalm: 37

Prayer Point. Wicked men and women will continue prosper in our world and wield power.  That will not change until Christ returns.  What must change is our response to it.  Psalm 37 lists several sinful responses to the presence of evil. Repent by confessing to God the ones you see in your life.  Pray for the faith to trust God, delight in him, commit ourselves to following him and to place matters of justice into his hands.

Mark 15:12-21

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? Using the following background as a guide.

Background. Next we see Jesus before Pilate and Pilate asking the Jewish leaders, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews? The chief priests shout back to Pilate, “Crucify him!”

Why do the leaders call for Jesus to be crucified? Why does Pilate then ask “what evil has he done?” Why does Pilate finally relent and call for the crucifixion of Christ?

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.

James 3:13-4:12

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. In the Jewish mind, wisdom is not simply knowing something, it is knowledge put into action. What sorts of actions indicate true wisdom (from heaven)? What are the marks of earthly, unspiritual and devilish wisdom?

What are the root causes of our conflict? What should we do with our desires? Why does God often not give us what we ask for?

For James, “the world” is “the world system.” That is the values, aspirations, way of relating to each other that are prevalent in our world. Friendship with the world is ______________ towards God. Why? What should we do about our sin?

How is slandering someone, “playing 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.

1 Kings 11:1-13

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. What sets Solomon on the path to worshiping other gods? Could anyone had lived the life Solomon lived without damaging their soul? What punishment is threatened against Solomon? (See 1 Kings 9:6-8.) For whose sake will this punishment be left incomplete?

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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