Fifty-one: Promised Messiah

Beginning Monday, December 19

Preparation

  • Recite Psalms 130 and 131
  • Moment of silence

Presence through the word

  • Psalm readings
    • Morning: Psalm 20
    • Noon: Psalm 19:1-11
    • Vespers: Psalm 19:12-14
    • Night: Psalm 103
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings
    • Monday: Matthew 1:1-17
    • Tuesday: Matthew 1:18-25
    • Wednesday: Matthew 2:1-12
    • Thursday: Matthew 2:13-18
    • Friday: Matthew 2:19-23
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling or silent reflection
  • The “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

During this final week before Christmas give a gift to someone unexpected. Find a stranger—anyone at random, and give a gift. It may be to purchase the groceries of the person behind you at the store, or a meal for the person behind you at the drive through window. Perhaps there is a homeless person you see regularly but haven’t helped before. Help this person.

Resolve in the coming year to help people randomly—at least once a month, until it becomes a habit.

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Week Forty-eight: Taking Care of Business

Preparation

  • Recite Psalms 130 and 131
  • Moment of silence

Presence through the Word

  • Morning: Psalm 47
  • Noon: Psalm 38
  • Vespers: Psalm 99
  • Night: Psalm 37:35-40

Moment of Silence

 Scripture Readings:

  • Monday: Titus 1:1-9
  • Tuesday: Titus 1:10-16
  • Wednesday: Titus 2:1-15
  • Thursday: Titus 3:1-15
  • Friday: Re-read Titus through

Moment of silence   

 Prayers

  • Prayers of Thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling or silent reflection
  • The “Lord’s Prayer”

 

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Week Forty-seven: Never Give 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 46
    • Noon: Psalm 90
    • Vespers: Psalm 98
    • Night: Psalm 37:34
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Hebrews 10:19-39
    • Tuesday: Hebrews 11:1-40
    • Wednesday: Hebrews 12:1-13
    • Thursday: Hebrews 12:14-29
    • Friday: Hebrews 13:1-21
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

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

Practice

Who are those who make up your “cloud of witnesses” (both living and dead)? Take a moment to write two lists: those who encourage you from heaven and those who are encouraging you from the earth.

Pray each day thanking God specifically for those who have gone on but who have made a great impact in your life.

Write five letters this week to five people who are in your living cloud of witnesses. Thank them for their encouragement. Let them know how much you appreciate their faithfulness.

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Week Forty-Six: Warnings

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 45
    • Noon: Psalm 37:25-33
    • Vespers: Psalm 97
    • Night: Psalm 114
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Hebrews 5:11-6:20
    • Tuesday: Hebrews 7:1-28
    • Wednesday: Hebrews 8:1-13
    • Thursday: Hebrews9:1-10
    • Friday: Hebrews 9:11-28
  • 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.

Note this is also Thanksgiving Week. So if you prefer–go through all of these passages this week and write down things to thank God for that appear in your readings (either your Psalm readings or the readings from Hebrews 5-9).

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Week Forty-five: The Superior Way

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 44
    • Noon: Psalm 96
    • Vespers: Psalm 115
    • Night: Psalm 69:30-36
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Hebrews 1:1-14
    • Tuesday: Hebrews 2:1-18
    • Wednesday: Hebrews 3:1-19
    • Thursday: Hebrews 4:1-13
    • Friday: Hebrews 4:14-5:10
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

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

Practice

As you read through these texts ask these questions:

-What actions do God and Jesus do on behalf of the world? On my behalf?

-What practical life-style changes am I challenged to make due to God’s actions in these passages?

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Week Forty-three: Alien Nation

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 43
    • Noon: Psalm 89:38-52
    • Vespers: Psalm 116
    • Night: Psalm 150
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: 1 Peter 1:1-13
    • Tuesday: 1 Peter 1:14-2:12
    • Wednesday: 1 Peter 2:13-25
    • Thursday: 1 Peter 3:1-4:11
    • Friday: 1 Peter 4:12-5:11
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

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

 Practice

Explore the central point of the book: Dear friends, I urge you[1], as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (1 Peter 2:12)

What is Peter calling you to this week in response to the call to abstain from sinful desires which wage war against your life and to live good lives among the pagans?

[1] In first century personal letters, the phrase “I urge you” was a marker that signified the point of the letter. What led up to this word (parakeleo) would be background material paving the way for the central concern. All that followed would be the how.
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Week Forty-two: Wealth, Leadership, & Ephesus

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 42
    • Noon: Psalm 94:1-15
    • Vespers: Psalm 94:16-23
    • Night: Psalm 117
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: 1 Timothy 5:21-6:2
    • Tuesday: 1 Timothy 6:3021
    • Wednesday: 2 Timothy 1:1-2:13
    • Thursday: 2 Timothy 2:14-3:9
    • Friday: 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

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

 Practice

As you read these passages each day answer the following questions:

-What intrigues you about this text? What resonates with you?

-What disturbs you about this text?

-How does this text challenge you? What does it call you to do?

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