Bible Readings: July 19-25 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 Jul 19-25

Monday, July 19

Read Psalm 141

THINK: David offers himself in worship of the Lord (“my prayer be counted as incense…my hands as the evening sacrifice”). No matter where we are, we can worship the Lord and commune with him. What does David say about his…

Mouth and lips –

 

Heart –

 

Head –

 

Eyes –

 

PRAY: Having jotted down David’s desires for his own body, pray about your own mouth, heart, head, and eyes. Ask the Father for help by the Holy Spirit guard what you say, protect your heart from evil, keep your head in the face of opposition, and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the founder and protector of our faith (Heb 12:2).

Pray for the leadership of our city and the nearby communities.

 

Tuesday, July 20

Read Psalm 142

THINK: “No one cares for my soul” and “I am brought very low.” These are heart-wrenching phrases, are they not? Perhaps you can relate in some way. The superscription attributes this Psalm to David in the cave, crying out to God for help from the enemies pursuing him. When in a pickle-whatever that may be-the best thing to do is pray and tell our Father, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Thankfully, we know that the Lord did attend to his cry and deliver him out of that cave! And as the Lord dealt bountifully with David, so he will with us as we trust and pray.
PRAY: What pickle are you in today? Perhaps none, but you recall a time of difficulty, when you felt trapped (perhaps by circumstances or by people), and you needed mercy from our Father. Pray about your present situation, whatever that may be. Ask the Lord for help. Cry out to him today. Tell him that he is your refuge and strength, your portion in the present. Cast your cares upon him, for he cares for you! Pray for the leaders of our state, including Gov. Noem and others who serve our state, like our own Ben Jones at Faith.

 

Wednesday, July 21

Read Psalm 143

THINK: Worship and prayer in hard times: this psalm seems to fit our present struggles. When the enemy seems to be succeeding, lift up your hands to God. Call to mind all of his works and meditate on them. Count on his faithfulness and kindness and mercy. Look for God in the morning! Our reading brings to mind this song on Ps 143:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs1YtlNG1GA (Singers Shane and Shane also have a more recent song on this psalm.) Look to the Father for refuge, for deliverance! Trust him & worship!

PRAY: Verse 9 and verse 10 provide such a marvelous, healthy prayer:

-Deliver me! Reflect on your present circumstances and ask God!

-Teach me! Where do you need to grow? Tell your Father.

-Let your good Spirit lead me! Do you need direction? Are next steps a mystery to you? Ask God to make the path clear by his Spirit as you trust him with your whole heart.

Pray for our national leaders (I Tim 2:1-2) in all three branches of government: Executive (President Biden and those who serve), Legislative (including our SD reps), and Judicial (all judges, etc.).

 

Thursday, July 22

Read Psalm 144

THINK: Our God is no wimp. King David says that God trains his hands for war! “My Rock!” Notice all the imagery for God that he pronounces as he prepares for battle (v.2). Isn’t it amazing grace that God considers us at all (v.3)? David and his men will fight, but the king knows that God actually is fighting his battle (vv 5-8). What a time to sing a song! Yes, David so trusts in God that he sings a song of worship as he prepares to face his enemy. Verse 12: “our daughters like corner pillars” – what do you suppose that means? Are we not blessed to belong to the Lord? Yes, we are! (v.15)
PRAY: Tell the Father that he is your Rock! Pray through v.2 turning the “he is” into “you are” and blessing the Lord for his grace to you. Express your wonder and amazement that God knows you, cares for you, loves you, and goes to battle on your behalf. Sing a song of worship to the Lord, preparing for whatever “battle” you may face today. Pray for those servants who seek to serve and protect us: military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and others.

 

Friday, July 23

Read Psalm 145

THINK: From Pastor Dana: While with Prayer First, I taught often on this glorious psalm. I encouraged people to build their own Praise Builder. Divide a sheet of paper into 4 columns. In column 1, list all the verbs of worship in this psalm, adding others that come to mind (extol, bless, praise, etc.). In #2, list names for God. There aren’t too many here but add others from your knowledge of Scripture. [Note: try to have 12 items in every column.] In column 3, list twelve attributes of God (greatness, majesty, goodness, etc.). Then in the last column, list works of God (upholds the falling, feeds the hungry, etc.). Once you have filled all four columns with at least 12 items, you will be ready to PRAISE GOD with prayers of worship. “I exalt you, God my King, for you are faithful and gave me your Holy Spirit to fill me.” “I delight in you, Heavenly Father, for you are kind and generous with me and my family and provide us daily bread.” Simply build a prayer with one or more items from each column.
PRAY: Now, put your Praise Builder to good use! If you have 12 items in every column, you have hundreds and hundreds of combinations for prayers of exaltation and praise. Praise the Lord!

 

Weekend, July 24-25

Read I Tim.3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-4

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: The New Testament office of elder/overseer/pastor is essential to both the Apostle Paul and Apostle Peter. It seems clear that there were to be multiple male elders in a church, and that these elders were responsible for keeping the gospel central, the doctrine of the church accurate, and the life of the church healthy. There were qualifications for this office that were stricter than those for deacon (servant minister). Ponder the qualifications. Why do you think these were so important for a local church? What kind of shepherding were the elders to exercise? Why is it vitally important to pray faithfully for a church’s elders? Do you pray for our Elder Council?
PRAY: Pray for our Faith Baptist Fellowship Elder Council. Current members, along with our pastoral staff of Dana, Jayson, Dave V, and Thomas, are TJ Phillips, Grant Wall, and Bob Sneller (West Campus), and Todd Holthaus, Ryan Decker, Tanner Leuthold, Brian Bennett, and Jeff Smith (South Campus). Ask God to give our Elders wisdom and discernment in shepherding our flock and keeping our church life and ministry on track.

   Pray for Pastor Thomas and Pastor Jayson as they preach on the importance of elders in the life of the local church this Sunday.

FAITH GROUP: Share why you think it is important for a church to have multiple elders and a team approach to oversight. Are there any surprises in the list of qualifications? Spend some time praying for our Faith Elders, and for our Nominating Committee which works with the Elder Council in nominating elders for our confirmation ballot in October.