Week Thirty-eight: He’s coming back!

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm
    • Noon: Psalm
    • Vespers: Psalm
    • Night: Psalm
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11
    • Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
    • Wednesday: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
    • Thursday: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
    • Friday: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

 

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Week thirty-seven: Models of Faith

This is a week behind, but rather than jumping to week thirty-eight, I’ll try to double up later!

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

 Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 37:1-7
    • Noon: Psalm 95
    • Vespers: Psalm 119:121-128
    • Night: Psalm 110
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
    • Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
    • Wednesday: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5
    • Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
    • Friday: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-11
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”
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Out of Country…will post next week…

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Week Thirty-Six: The All Sufficient Christ

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

 Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 36
    • Noon: Psalm 88
    • Vespers: Psalm 89:1-13
    • Night: Psalm 89:14-37
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: The book of Colossians in one sitting
    • Tuesday: Colossians 1:1-14
    • Wednesday: Colossians 1:15-2:5
    • Thursday: Colossians 2:6-23
    • Friday: Colossians 3:1-4:18
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

 Practice

Create your own practice for this week based upon your reading of Colossians.

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Week Thirty-five: The Mind of Christ

My apologies. I was on vacation last week and yesterday was swamped with catching up!

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

 Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 35
    • Noon: Psalm 87
    • Vespers: Psalm 119:113-120
    • Night: Psalm 149
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: The book of Philippians in one sitting
    • Tuesday: Philippians 1:1-30
    • Wednesday: Philippians 2:1-29
    • Thursday: Philippians 3:1-4:1
    • Friday: Philippians 4:2-23
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

 Practice

This week the challenge is for you to come up with your own “practice” as you read through Philippians.

 

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Week Thirty-three: Adopted

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

 Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 33
    • Noon: Psalm 85
    • Vespers: Psalm 119:97-104
    • Night: Psalm 147
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Book of Ephesians (read through in one sitting)
    • Tuesday: Ephesians 1:1-23
    • Wednesday: Ephesians 2:1-10
    • Thursday: Ephesians 2:11-22
    • Friday: Ephesians 3:1-21
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

 Practice

What does it mean to be adopted from one family into another? What would it be like to come from an abusive family where rules are arbitrary and one never knows when a parent is going to react violently, passive aggressively, or permissively?

 What would it be like to go from an abusive family into a family where there is disciplined love?

As you read through Ephesians 1-3 contrast being “in Christ” with being someone who “followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air” (Ephesians 2:2).

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Week Thirty-two: Stories, Riddles, and Power

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

 Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 32
    • Noon: Psalm 84
    • Vespers: Psalm 119:89-96
    • Night: Psalm 23
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Mark 3:20-35
    • Tuesday: Mark 4:1-20
    • Wednesday: Mark 4:21-34
    • Thursday: Mark 4:35-5:20
    • Friday: Mark 7:1-23
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

From your meditations this week describe what you learn about the Kingdom of God.

Create your own parable or story-riddle. How would you describe the Kingdom of God in such a way that would get people to think and to reflect? Come up with a contemporary parable and share it with a group of friends. If they are not Jesus-followers merely explain: “I’ve been looking at the stories Jesus told in the gospel of Mark to describe what his movement was all about. I thought I’d try my hand at the same thing. Can I share my bit of creative (writing/storytelling) with you? Tell me what you think.”

If they are Jesus-followers talk about the meaning of the parables with each other over a cup of coffee or in some social setting. Ask them if they think your parable captures what Jesus is trying to say but in a contemporary way.

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