F260 Week 17: Day 3

For those who have been joining us with the F260 Reading Plan, feel free to continue to read along this week. SRC’s next regular Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will begin January 7, 2019. Stay tuned!

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 2 Samuel 6 & 7

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

 

 

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F260 Week 17: Day 2

For those who have been joining us with the F260 Reading Plan, feel free to continue to read along this week. SRC’s next regular Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will begin January 7, 2019. Stay tuned!

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 2 Samuel 3:1 & 5:1-25

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

 

 

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F260 Week 17: Day 1

For those who have been joining us with the F260 Reading Plan, feel free to continue to read along this week. SRC’s next regular Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will begin January 7, 2019. Stay tuned!

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 2 Samuel 1 & 2:1-7

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

 

 

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God is WITH Us…Day 5

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     Day 5: God is WITH Us…

READING:

     JOHN 15

Who is the hero of the story of Jesus? What passages in the Gospels lead you to this conclusion?

In just one sentence, write out the one thing you learned from the story of Jesus.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Samuel 28 & 31

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

 

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God is WITH Us…Day 4

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     Day 4: I Am…

In the Old Testament, when God first appeared to Moses, Moses asked God His name. In Exodus 3:14 we read, 14 God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” While the name I AM has been discussed by Jewish and Christian scholars for centuries, the Gospels make it clear that Jesus speaks of Himself with the same name. Within the Gospel of John we read the following statements by Jesus:

I AM: John 6:20, 8:24, 8:28, 8:58, 18:5

I am the bread of life: John 6:35, 6:48, 6:51

I am the light of the world: John 8:12, 9:5

I am the door of the sheep: John 10:7, 10:9

I am the good shepherd: John 10:11, 10:14

I am the resurrection and the life: John 11:25

I am the way, the truth, and the life: John 14:6

I am the true vine: John 15:1

As you read today, consider this: Who is God? Who is God inviting you to be? How is God inviting you to respond to Him?

READING:

     MATTHEW 7

Who is God?

Who is God inviting you to be?

How is God inviting you to respond to Him?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Psalm 22, 1 Samuel 24:1-25:1

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

Heavenly Father, admittedly, it’s impossible for me to fully wrap my mind around who You are. It’s impossible for me to fully grasp how big You are and how much You love and care for me. As a result, I’m sometimes tempted to not even try. I’m sometimes tempted to not meditate on who You are, and how much You love and care for me. But Father, I don’t want to give into these temptations. My desire is to know You as well as I possibly can. My desire is to see and know the wonders and majesty of who You are. My desire is to see and know myself as You do, and to see and know how I may live in the way You’ve called me to live. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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God is WITH Us…Day 3

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     Day 3: Logos

While there are literally dozens of names attributed to God throughout the Old Testament, there are only a handful that are specifically attributed to Jesus. While the name Immanuel, God with us, has extreme significance, there’s another name attributed to Jesus that also has great importance.

In the Gospel of John, John begins by writing, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Of all the different authors throughout the New Testament, only John refers to Jesus as the Word.

The ESV Study Bible notes, “Here are the building blocks that go into the doctrine of the Trinity: the one true God consists of more than one person, they relate to each other, and they have always existed.” Similarly, the Faithlife Study Bible says, “The Word shares the same character, quality, and essence of God. John’s phrasing preserves the distinction between God the Father and God the Son while emphasizing their unity in all other regards.”

John basically says that God is Jesus, and Jesus is God. Any name used to describe God may also be used to describe Jesus. They are one and the same.

As you read today, consider this: In what ways does John 1:1-34 reveal that Jesus came to be with us?

READING:

     JOHN 1:1-34

In what ways does John 1:1-34 reveal that Jesus came to be with us?

Colossians 1:16 reads, “Everything was created through Him, and for Him.” Today, how will you celebrate the truth that you were created for Jesus?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Samuel 21 & 22

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

Heavenly Father, I’m so grateful for who You are, and all You have done for me. Admittedly, there are times when I struggle to remember that I was created for Jesus. There are times when I struggle to remember that I was created for a purpose, and that You have created me with this unique purpose in mind. I confess there are also times when I overthink what this purpose may be. Instead of overthinking it, Father, I simply pray for opportunities to love You and others in the same way You have loved me. There is nothing more worthy than fulfilling this purpose. I worship You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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God is WITH Us…Day 2

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Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks for continuing to read along with us!

     Day 2: El Shaddai

One of the names attributed to God in the Old Testament was El Shaddai. The name is often translated into English as God Almighty or perhaps God of Heaven. Some scholars, however, have noticed a similarity in the name El Shaddai to other ancient languages, and have translated it as God of the two breasts. The imagery of the name isn’t to be feminine or sexual, but is instead a picture of God standing with arms wide open, both inviting and encouraging us to come close to Him so that He may wrap His arms around us.

We see this same imagery in the life of Jesus throughout His ministry as well. In Mark 10:16, Jesus took children into His open arms. In Luke 15 within the parable of the Prodigal Son, the father welcomed his son home with arms open wide. We also see it in Matthew 11:28, as Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

As you read today, consider this: Do you struggle to think about God as having His arms wide open, both inviting and encouraging you to be close to Him?

In what ways does the name given to Jesus, Immanuel (God with us) prove that God really does want to be close to you?

READING:

     LUKE 15:11-32

Do you struggle to think about God as having His arms wide open, both inviting and encouraging you to be close to Him?

In what ways does the name given to Jesus, Immanuel (God with us) prove that God really does want to be close to you?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Samuel 19 & 20

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t always think of You as being there with arms wide open, inviting and encouraging me to be close to You. But this is exactly who You are! This is Your nature. This is your character. This is how You want me to see You, and this is who You want me to be for others.

Throughout the remainder of the week, I pray for opportunities to be available with arms wide open for others. Specifically, I pray for opportunities to be available to love and encourage these individuals: (______), (______), and (______). I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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God is WITH Us…Day 1

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     Day 1: Immanuel

If you were to give God just one name, what name would you give Him? That’s a tough question, isn’t it?

If you read through both the Old and New Testaments, you’ll discover that God had a lot of names given to Him from His people. And as we will see throughout the week, the sad reality is that many of the names of God throughout the Bible don’t translate into English very well. But one name that does translate well is the name given to Jesus, Immanuel, which simply means, “God with us.”

Throughout this message series, we’ve looked into the lives of Joseph, Moses, Nebuchadnezzar, Esther, Jonah, Peter, and Paul. We’ve focused on how God was with each of them in their trials, doubts, or persecutions. We’ve even seen how God was with them in the silence, and in their running. This week, we’re going to focus our attention on the truth that God wasn’t just with them; He is also with us.

As you read today, consider this: What do these passages about Jesus tell you about the reality that God is with us?

In what ways are you able to identify with Mary, Joseph, and others in the story of Jesus’ birth?

READING:

MATTHEW 1:18-25; LUKE 2:1-21

What do these passages about Jesus tell you about the reality that God is with us?

In what ways are you able to identify with Mary, Joseph, and others in the story of Jesus’ birth?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Samuel 17 & 18

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

Heavenly Father, this week is all about celebrating the birth of Christ. I know that there will be many things that will try to distract me from celebrating Jesus, but my heart is to remember that Jesus left a perfect world in order to come to an imperfect one, so that He would be with me. As I interact with family, friends, and many others this week, may I be a reflection of His kindness, mercy, and love. And may I celebrate all He has done for me, within me, through me, and all He will continue to do. I worship You today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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God is WITH Us in Our Persecution: Day 5

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     Day 5: God is WITH Us in Our Persecution

READING:

    ACTS 17

Who is the hero of the story of Paul? What passages in this story lead you to this conclusion?

In just one sentence, write out the one thing you learned from the story of Paul.

Then write out how You will respond to God as a result.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Samuel 15 & 16

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

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God is WITH Us in Our Persecution: Day 4

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     Day 4: Paul’s Suffering

Take just a moment to think about one of the most challenging, painful, or trying experiences you’ve had in your lifetime. (It may not be fun to think about, but it will be helpful to better identify with some parts of Paul’s story.)
*Take one minute to have this memory come to mind.*

Even though our experiences may be very different from the Apostle Paul, he, too, has some very painful life experiences.

In 2 Corinthians 11:23-27, Paul writes, “I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.”

As you read today, consider this: How did Paul respond to the challenges he experienced?

READING:

    2 CORINTHIANS 11:23-27, 12:7, 13:11-14

Think back through all of the readings from this week: How did Paul respond to the challenges he experienced?

Would you have responded any differently a year ago? 5 years ago? 10 years ago?

Would you respond any differently today?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Samuel 13 & 14

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

Heavenly Father, I’m grateful for the life and ministry and Paul, and how he set an example as to how to respond to various forms of persecution and other life challenges. Admittedly, I haven’t always responded well to some of the challenges I’ve faced throughout my life. Reading about Paul has been an excellent reminder that it’s best to respond to life challenges, rather than react to them. May this truth continue to permeate my life, so that each and every day my life is a response to You, and the life sacrifice You made on my behalf. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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