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In 2024, we will be reading this plan together. It is a 2-year, through the Bible plan prepared by Stephen Witmer. Following this plan might be a great way to order your Bible reading and keep many of us in the church reading the same passages each day.

We will publish the daily readings here, on the church app, and in the bulletin each week, along with some reflections and thoughts about the sermon each weekend. You can track along on the app or website, where a song is included each day! We look forward to this journey through the Bible together as a church family in 2024-2025.

Archives for October 2023

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Daily Worship - Tuesday, 10/31/2023

Prepare: Psalm 7:8-17 Read Titus 3:1-15 Think Paul continues to contrast Christian maturity with sinful immaturity. On a piece of paper or in a notebook list the items in the two contrasting descriptions: Maturity in Christ: Immaturity/Sin: Now write out verses 4-7 in your own hand: Pray Pray through the lists. Then praise God for your salvation.Ask God to work p...

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Daily Worship - Monday, 10/30/2023

Prepare: Psalm 7:1-7 Read Titus 1:1-2:15 Think What a glorious calling Paul has! What are the qualifications of elders? (The terms elder/overseer are likely interchangeable.) On the other hand, who are a danger to the church? What evidence shows that a profession of faith is false? Why is sound doctrine so important? What does maturity look like in older men and wom...

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Daily Worship - Weekend, 10/28-10/29/2023

Prepare: Psalm 6:1-10 Read Titus 3:1-8 Think As a church, we continue to press into Paul's instructions to Titus, and we are seeing that these are very clear and practical instructions about the Christian life and rooted in the gospel! What are the commands of verses 1-8? List the ones you want and in which you need to grow. What are some practical ways to grow in "...

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Daily Worship - Friday, 10/27/2023

Prepare: Psalm 5:1-12 Read 2 Timothy 3:1-4:22 Think Think seriously about vv. 1-5 as a detailed description of TODAY. Is there any item in this list that is not true today? Consider the fact that evil people can "creep into households" digitally as well as literally, and lead people to destruction. Who were Jannes and Jambres? Now consider all that Paul endured for ...

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Daily Worship - Thursday, 10/26/2023

Prepare: Psalm 4:1-8 Read 2 Timothy 1:1-2:26 Think Paul's affection for Timothy is expressed in earnest prayer for him. 8-12 has one of Paul's famously long run-on sentences. So much precious truth! "Guard the gospel" (v. 14) might well sum up both of these letters to Timothy. Who could you "refresh" today? "What you have heard entrust to others" is there someone y...

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Daily Worship - Wednesday, 10/25/2023

Prepare: Psalm 3:1-8 Read 1 Timothy 5:1-6:21 Think We are to exercise care in our handling of relationships both in the church and in our families. We have a clear responsibility to help care for our family members (v. 8); notice the warning! How are widows to be cared for? Though our culture is quite different todaywith pensions, Social Security, and so forthhow wo...

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Daily Worship - Tuesday, 10/24/2023

Prepare: Psalm 2:1-12 Read 1 Timothy 3:1-4:16 Think Most Bible scholars believe Paul uses the terms overseer, elder, and pastor interchangeably, differentiating that office of teaching and authority from the office of deacon. Reflect on the list of qualifications for overseers. Compare that list to the qualifications for deaconsministering servants. Why do you think...

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Daily Worship - Monday, 10/23/2023

Prepare: Psalm 1:1-6 Read 1 Timothy 1:1-2:15 Think Why did Paul consider it crucial that Timothy stay on at Ephesus as pastor there? Verse 5what a beautiful summary of gospel life! False teachers "wander away" from this, much to their detriment. Whom does the law confront? What does Paul's life now display? Why must we, like Timothy, "wage the good warfare"? What is...

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Daily Worship - Weekend, 10/21-10/22/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:173-176 Read Titus 2:11-15 Think As we come to the end of chapter 2 of Titus, Paul gives a sweeping command to Titus. Nothing in chapter 2 is meant just for Titus. Rather, Titus is to "teach these things". He is to teach Christians on Crete how to live in accord with sound doctrine, how to adorn the doctrine of God our Savior, and how the grace of...

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Daily Worship - Friday, 10/20/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:169-172 Read 2 Thessalonians 3:1-17 Think After encouraging them to stand firm, Paul requests the prayers of the Thessalonians. What two specific petitions does Paul ask for in verses 1-2? Who is the one who provides the protection (v.3)? In verse 6 Paul commands another type of "Social Distancing", who are the Thessalonians to avoid? Why would yo...

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Daily Worship - Thursday, 10/19/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:165-168 Read 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2:17 Think In his second letter, Paul takes special note of the Church's growing in faith and love even in face of persecution and affliction. What does Paul state this perseverance is evidence of in v. 5? Whose job is it to repay the evil doers who afflict us and when will that happen (v.6-7b)? Paul goes on to war...

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Daily Worship - Wednesday, 10/18/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:161-164 Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-28 Think What might the imagery "like a thief in the night" suggest about the day of the Lord? Ponder the phrase "peace and security" in verse 3. How much do you desire that in your life, and at what cost? Is it worth having delusional peace and security if sudden destruction comes next? Paul puts forth a powerful ...

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Daily Worship - Tuesday, 10/17/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:157-160 Read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-4:18 Think Why did Paul send Timothy to the Thessalonians, and what does that tell you about how Paul viewed his work? Paul is comforted to hear good news about the Thessalonians' faith. Are you similarly encouraged to hear good news from Faith's missionaries? What does Paul urge the Thessalonians to do in chapter ...

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Daily Worship - Monday, 10/16/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:153-156 Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:20 Think Paul is confident and thankful that the Thessalonians are chosen by God for eternal life. What does Paul mention to support his confidence? What does it look like to be an imitator of the Lord? In chapter 2 Paul describes his ministry to the Thessalonians. Consider some of the aspects he mentions in vers...

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Daily Worship - Weekend, 10/14/-10/15/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:149-152 Read Titus 2:11-14 Think For the last three weeks, we have considered the call for Christians to "adorn the doctrine of God our savior". This week, we move into the next passage of Titus: Titus 2:11-14. List below the things the appearing of the grace of God teaches us, according to this passage: How is the Lord working in your life throug...

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Daily Worship - Friday, 10/13/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:145-148 Read Malachi 2:17-4:6 Think We continue to write brief descriptions of the 6 disputations that make up much of this book: Disputation 4. (Handel's Messiah!) Disputation 5. (Robbing God by refusing to give.) Disputation 6. (Wait for the Lord and fear him.) The book (and the OT) close with a final word of both exhortation and hope (4:4-6)...

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Daily Worship - Thursday, 10/12/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:141-144 Read Malachi 1:1-2:16 Think Malachi means "my messenger." The book is a wake-up call (ESV SB) to renewed fidelity to God, in the form of 6 disputations. Today we will read the first 3 of them. Write a brief description of each, with a thoughtful response to each. Pray What of our own fidelity (faithfulness!) toward God? How is your walk...

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Daily Worship - Wednesday, 10/11/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:137-140 Read Zechariah 10:1-14;21 Think What is the problem with Judah's "shepherds"that is, their leaders? What were Favor and Union? Who wielded them? How was this special shepherd treated? Who replaces that good shepherd? Can you outline the final three chapters of Zechariah? 12:1-9 12:10-13:1 13:2-9 14:1-15 14:16-21 Pray Perhaps the gre...

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Daily Worship - Tuesday, 10/10/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:133-136 Read Zechariah 6:9-9:17 Think The symbolic crowning of Joshua (not the Joshua previously known for the Promised Land) looks ahead to another prophetic fulfillment. What is his special title? (See Jeremiah 33:15) Who is the ultimate fulfillment of this "crowning"? What was the problem with the people's religious rituals (ch. 7)? What prophe...

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Daily Worship - Monday, 10/9/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:129-132 Read Zechariah 1:1-6:8 Think Linked to Haggai, Zechariah "shows that the references to the coming Messiah are not to be understood in a political, historical sense, but rather in the eschatological, future sense. The messianic promises are still intact and look toward the future." (Sailhamer) Identify the eight night visions with a summary...

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Daily Worship - Weekend, 10/7 - 10/8/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:121-128 Read Titus 2:1-10 Think Last week was round 2 with this passage, focusing in on older men and women. This week, Pastor Mike plans to focus on Titus 2:4-10, focusing on young men, women, and bondservants. These instructions are practical ways that Christians "adorn the doctrine of God." Using this passage, consider your "adornment". Is it i...

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Daily Worship - Friday, 10/6/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:117-120 Read Haggai 1:1-2:23 Think ESV SB: "After the exile, the Lord is renewing his promises to his people and calls on them to finish rebuilding the temple so that he might be with them and fulfill his promises to bless the whole world through them (2:9), particularly through the Messiah from the house of David (2:23)." Take particular note of ...

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Daily Worship - Thursday, 10/5/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:117-120 Read Zephaniah 3:1-20 Think While judgment is yet declared for the rebellious and defiled (3:1), a ray of hope springs forth also that a great change will come (v. 9ff.). God will change the heart of the nations and give them new speech; there is hope for the humble and lowly of heart (v. 12) who seek refuge in the name of the Lord. God's p...

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Daily Worship - Wednesday, 10/4/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:113-116 Read Zephaniah 1:1 - 2:15 Think Zephaniah is prophesying during the reign of Josiah about God's judgment: the coming Day of the Lord. 1:12 is a strong warning against complacency. The language is vivid and expressive; 1:17-18 make clear that sin is the problem, rebellion against God. Yet it is still possible to repent and seek the Lord (2:1...

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Daily Worship - Tuesday, 10/3/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:109-112 Read Habakkuk 1:1 - 3:19 Think Warren Wiersbe: 'Habakkuk saw the impending Babylonian invasion, and he wondered that God would use a wicked nation to punish his chosen people. His book describes three stages in Habakkuk's experienceperplexity: faith wavers (ch. 1); perspective: faith watches (ch. 2); and perseverance: faith worships (ch. 3...

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Daily Worship - Monday, 10/2/2023

Prepare: Psalm 119:105-108 Read Nahum 1:1-3:19 Think Warren Wiersbe: 'Nahum means "comfort," and his message was certainly a comfort to the Jews who feared and hated the cruel Assyrians' threats to their security. The book focuses on the holy character of God who cannot allow sin to go unpunished. In chapter 1, Nahum declares Ninevah's fall; in chapter 2, he describ...

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