Week 20: Chosen

Readings for the week: Psalm 58-59, 1 Samuel 15-26, John 13-17, Psalm 60-61, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, as we enter into a season of thanksgiving and holidays, there’s a lot to think about. Food, gathering with friends and family, travel, and why for goodness sakes there’s Christmas decorations already in the stores. Almost everything except what we’re …

Week 19: What does God Care About?

Readings for the week: Psalm 54-55, 1 Samuel 1-14, John 9-12, Psalm 56-57, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for this day. Thank you for inviting us to spend time together. Thank you that you respond to prayers. Sometimes I run out of words, and you still know what I mean. Sometimes you seem silent, but I …

Week 18: Starting Over Yet Again

Readings for the week: Psalm 51, Judges 13-21, Ruth 1-4, John 5-8, Psalm 52-53, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, the world is a crazy place. Sometimes good crazy but often just crazy crazy. There’s all sorts out there, doing all sorts of things that doesn’t make sense, makes things worse for themselves and others.  Even when we mind …

Week 17: Recognizing the Light

Readings for the week: Psalm 49, Judges 1-12, John 1-4, Psalm 50, Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, I like to say that if I only had “this” or “that” or the right situation, then I’d be able to spend more time with you and do better in every part of my life. But there’s always something that grabs …

Week 16: Be Faithful Because God is Faithful

Readings for the week: Psalm 46-47, Joshua 15-24, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Psalm 48,  Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, You have led me through a wilderness. You have met me when I was broken and encouraged me when I was overwhelmed. You have opened up doors for me and led me in the way everlasting. When …

Week 15: Between Culture and Calling

Readings for the week: Psalm 43-44, Joshua 1-14, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Psalm 45,  Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, Thank you for the blessings you have given to me and to those around me. It is easy to focus on the troubles or the negatives in life. Then I get to complaining. Then maybe even forget about …

Week 14: Living and Leading in Community

Readings for the week: Psalm 40, Deuteronomy 21-34, 1 Timothy, Psalm 41-42,  Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, I come before you today with a lot on my mind and a lot going on. I know you are in charge and I know you are working things out in ways I can’t even imagine. I don’t always know …

Week 13: Living Rightly and Waiting Patiently

Readings for the week: Psalm 38, Deuteronomy 5-20, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Psalm 39  Listen to these passages Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, I come before you today with a lot on my mind and a lot going on. I know you are in charge and I know you are working things out in ways I can’t even imagine. I don’t …

Week 12: It’s still God’s mission

Readings for the week: Psalm 36, Numbers 29-36, Deuteronomy 1-4, Hebrews 9-13, Psalm 37  Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear Lord, thank you for all you have done and all you are doing. I look around and I see problems, and it’s easy for me to feel like they’re too much. But then I remember what you’ve brought me through.  …

Week 11: It’s God’s mission

Readings for the week: Psalm 34, Numbers 16-28, Hebrews 1-8, Psalm 35  Listen to these passages Opening Prayer:  Dear God, thanks. Seriously. Thank you.  I don’t always say it and sometimes I get lost in all the busyness or frustrations. But you keep sticking with me, and keep me going when I feel like stopping. Give me eyes to see …