Bible Readings: Apr 5-11 2021

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

Daily Bible Reading

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through His word and personally speaking back to God through prayer. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started!

We are encouraging everyone to begin 2021 with spending time in the Psalms. We will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We encourage you to set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for reading and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. Have a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. For additional Bible reading plans check out our website at www.faithsf.com. Enjoy your time in God’s Word and Prayer!

DBR 2021 Apr 5-11

Monday, April 5

Read Psalm 76

THINK: Friday’s Psalm 75 celebrated anticipated victory when God will establish judgement at the appointed time. Psalm 76 celebrates victories achieved. The psalmist declares that God has made Himself known in Jerusalem by executing judgment by destroying the wicked and delivering the righteous. What does this passage say about the Lord’s majesty and justice? How have you seen God’s power at work in your life? How does this psalm encourage us to respond to God’s help? (vs 11-12)
PRAY: God’s wrath against the wicked results in the righteous praising Him. Praise God for His power. He is able to defend you against all enemies. We have just celebrated Easter. Praise God for the power He displayed over our greatest enemy—death and the grave!  There are other attributes of God listed in this psalm: His name is great, He is glorious and majestic. He will establish judgement and save the humble. Humble yourself before Him and praise Him!

Tuesday, April 6

Read Psalm 77

THINK: This psalm begins as a lament. Asaph is deeply trouble about something which is unknown to us. Based on the rhetorical questions raised by the author, there is a strong sense of being abandoned by God. What questions does the author raise in his own mind that would lead to that conclusion? What decision did the author make about how to handle God’s apparent inaction in his present situation? (vs 10-12) Ultimately what conclusion did the author make about God’s involvement with the lives of His people (vs 20)?
PRAY: Have you ever felt abandoned by God when He didn’t answer your prayers in a timely fashion? Have you ever lost sleep over a troubling situation? Perhaps He is holding your eyelids open now! Don’t stop praying! Ask God to help you remember. Remember what He has done in the past. Meditate on His works of old. How great a god is our God who can part the waters of the Red Sea! Praise Him for who He is. Even if we don’t see Him at work in our present situation, He hasn’t changed. He is still holy, and He still works wonders!

Wednesday, April 7

Read Psalm 78:1-41

THINK: Rather than a praise or lament psalm, this psalm is considered to be an instructive or historical poem. It remembers events of Israel’s past to show how God persevered with His people, even when they disbelieved. Why did the author encourage God’s people to tell their children of God’s faithfulness in the past? What had God done on behalf of Israel? How had the Israelites responded to God’s faithful protection and guidance? How is the hypocrisy of the Israelites described (vs 32-37)?
PRAY: Philosopher George Santayana is famous for saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. It seems appropriate to mention here since this poem was to be taught to the children so that they would not follow the rebellious paths of their fathers (vs 8). Fathers (and mothers) are to be the primary teachers of their children. Pray for the families that attend Faith. Pray for parents to be active in teaching their children about God’s faithfulness and guidance in their lives.

Thursday, April 8

Read Psalm 78:42-72

THINK: Today we continue on in this instructional and historical poem. The author continues to reflect on the stubborn rebellion of Israel in spite of all God’s miracles. What historical event is the author referring to in vs 41-53? Even after this, how did the people demonstrate their rebellion and unfaithfulness? How does the unfaithfulness of Israel serve as a negative example for us today? How can we guard against the sin of hypocrisy? What can we do to teach our children to be loyal and faithful to God?
PRAY: Reflect on God’s faithfulness and provision for you over the course of your life. Tell it to the younger generations in your circle of influence. Continue to pray for the parents and families in our church family. Pray also for our children and youth ministries as we work with parents to provide Gospel centered teaching and training. Pray for Angela Myers as our Director of Family Ministries and for her staff of children and youth workers; as well as all who serve in  nursery, children’s church, Sunday school, Wednesday nights and Youth ministries.

Friday, April 9

Read Psalm 79

THINK: Asaph has been referred to as a ‘patriotic poet’. This psalm is a lament written in response to a great, unknown disaster that fell upon Jerusalem. Note the extent of the destruction in vs 1-4. What does it mean that God is ‘jealous’? What do the Israelites ask God to do to their enemies (vs 5-7)? What do the Israelites ask God to do for themselves? What prayer and vow concludes this psalm?
PRAY: God’s jealousy reflects a ”marriage” relationship between Him and His people. Unlike human jealousy, which can be irrational, God’s is a passionate commitment to receiving exclusive loyalty from His people—a commitment for their good. (ESV Study Bible). Pray for a deeper understanding of the jealousy of God and His desire for our loyalty and faithfulness to Him. Ask God to reveal areas of unfaithfulness to Him. Confess those and commit to offering thanks, telling of His praises from generation to generation.
 

Weekend, April 10-11

Read John 20:11-18

  If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.
  THINK: Jesus’ first resurrection appearance was to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast seven demons (Luke 8:2) What did Mary see where Jesus’ body had been lain? What did the angels ask her? What did Jesus ask Mary? What happened when Mary realized who was talking to her? What did Jesus ask Mary to do? If you had been one of the disciples who had heard Mary’s exciting news, how do you think you would have reacted?
  PRAY: While many of us can identify with the profound grief of losing a loved one, none of us can truly identify with the intense joy Mary must have experienced when seeing Jesus alive. Pray a prayer of praise and thanksgiving at the amazing news of the Jesus’ resurrection. Ask God to help you be a faithful witness in telling others about the good news of the resurrection!

This weekend our Pastoral staff along with their wives will be at a Converge District Retreat in Nebraska City. Pray for Chris Moyer who will be preaching at the West Campus and Pastor Dallas Johnson at the South Campus.

  FAITH GROUP: Share with your faith group a time when you experienced loss over which you shed tears. Has there been a time when you have experienced unusual joy in your relationship with God? How can you express your devotion to Jesus Christ? Is there someone God has laid on your heart that you need to share the Good News of the Gospel with? Pray about that.