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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 December 2023

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Daily Worship - Weekend, 12/30-12/31/2023

Prepare: Psalm 36:1-12 Read Matthew 2:13-23 Think Herod sought to destroy this child, whom he viewed as a threat to his rule. Yet, God sovereignly protected Jesus, and in so doing fulfilled several Old Testament prophecies. The enemy (and men influenced by him) always desires to thwart God, and to kill and destroy. Herod tragically ordered the murder of many childre...

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Daily Worship - Friday, 12/29/2023

Prepare: Psalm 35:19-28 Read Psalm 150:1-6 Think What does it mean to praise the Lord? Is it just singing, or is it more than that? Consider the many different ways and places this Psalm calls for the Lord to be praised. And then that final verse: let everything that has breath praise the Lord!!! End the year praising the Lord! Pray Pray that your heart, and the ...

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Daily Worship - Thursday, 12/28/2023

Prepare: Psalm 35:11-18 Read Psalm 19:1-14 Think This Psalm is a perfect meditation as the year draws to an end. In this Psalm we are reminded of the glory of God, and the goodness of his precepts. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul, verse 7 says. As you ponder the events and circumstances of this last year, has God, though his Word, revived your soul...

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Daily Worship - Wednesday, 12/27/2023

Prepare: Psalm 35:4-10 Read Nehemiah 13:1-31 Think While the books end with the people failing to keep the promises made in chapter 10, we do see Nehemiah's hope as he calls on the greatness of God's steadfast love (v22). How easy is it for us to focus on ourselves and forget what God has done for us? Where do we place our hope in our times of struggle? Pray Prai...

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Daily Worship - Tuesday, 12/26/2023

Prepare: Psalm 35:1-3 Read Nehemiah 12:1-47 Think The dedication of the rebuilt wall was quite a celebration there were two choirs, the people rejoiced as God made them rejoice with great joy, and the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away (v43). What does the joy of the Lord look like in your life? Pray The dedication of the wall also required purification for the...

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Daily Worship - Monday, 12/25/2023

Prepare: Psalm 34:15-22 Read Nehemiah 11:1-36 Think We see an example of service in verse 2 where some people willingly offered to live in Jerusalem while the rest lived in the surrounding towns. God had provided in many ways for the building and rebuilding of Jerusalem, and this was the latest example. He continues to provide for us as well. What are some ways He h...

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Daily Worship - Weekend, 12/23-12/24/2023

Prepare: Psalm 34:8-14 Read Isaiah 9:2-7,Romans 5:1-5 Think We have been pressing into Isaiah 9:1-7 for the last three Sundays, and this weekend we will be there again! What are some things you have learned about Jesus Christ from this passage? What is the significance of the titles: Wonderful Counselor? Mighty God? Everlasting Father? This Sunday, Pastor Mike plans...

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Daily Worship - Friday, 12/22/2023

Prepare: Psalm 34:1-7 Read Nehemiah 10:1-39 Think In chapter 9 there was confession of past sin and praising God. This chapter shifts to looking forward. Do you agree that the covenant that the people were going to live under had 3 main pieces that could be summarized as follows? (1) They would separate themselves from the surrounding peoples, (2) they would follow ...

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Daily Worship - Thursday, 12/21/2023

Prepare: Psalm 33:18-22 Read Nehemiah 9:1-38 Think In what outward way did the Israelites show that they were sorry for their sins? What inward way? Which do you think God is more interested in? In what way can you show you are sorry for sin? In the prayer of the Levites, can you find the following things that describe God? Creator, sustainer, promise-keeper, righte...

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Daily Worship - Wednesday, 12/20/2023

Prepare: Psalm 33:10-17 Read Nehemiah 8:1-18 Think As Ezra read the Law, what did the people do (verse 5)? What is the tradition at Faith Baptist when Scripture is read at the beginning of the Sunday message? What did the Levites do (verses 7 and 8)? What people at Faith fulfill that role now? The Israelites found that they should dwell in booths for a feast during ...

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Daily Worship - Tuesday, 12/19/2023

Prepare: Psalm 33:1-9 Read Nehemiah 7:1-73 Think It was incredible to have the wall finished. But what good is a wall if the gates are never closed? Have you ever found that you let your guard down after you accomplish a goal? The constant threats that Nehemiah faced in the earlier chapters may have prepared him to always be on guard. What in your life is preparing ...

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Daily Worship - Monday, 12/18/2023

Prepare: Psalm 32:1-11 Read Nehemiah 6:1-19 Think Count the number of times that someone had a scheme to harm, frighten, or distract Nehemiah in this chapter. Note the persistence of the enemies. Satan can be like that in the temptations he sends our way. Resolve to keep saying, "No!" to him regardless of repeated attempts. The wall was completed in an incredibly sh...

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Daily Worship - Friday, 12/15/2023

Prepare: Psalm 31:9-18 Read Nehemiah 4:1-5:19 Think Last week, we read about the great work being done to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. What was Sanballat's response? Compare the anger of Sanballat (Nehemiah 4:1) to that of Nehemiah (5:6). Was Nehemiah's anger from God? What about Sanballat's anger? If God's people undertake a good work, and others oppose that ...

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Daily Worship - Thursday, 12/14/2023

Prepare: Psalm 31:1-8 Read Nehemiah 3:1-32 Think Nehemiah was sure that God had called him to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, but the end of chapter 2 shows that Nehemiah was clear that God was not saying that Nehemiah would do the work himself. As you read chapter 3, is it clear that God was still at work in this undertaking? Who was working in verse 1? Why do you ...

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Daily Worship - Wednesday, 12/13/2023

Prepare: Psalm 30:1-12 Read Nehemiah 1:1-2:20 Think As cupbearer for the king, Nehemiah was well provided for, but he was not thinking just about himself. What did Nehemiah say was the source or cause of the problems that Israel was having? From 2:1-8, it is clear that Nehemiah had served faithfully and built a relationship with the king. What relationships are you ...

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Daily Worship - Tuesday, 12/12/2023

Prepare: Psalm 29:1-11 Read Ezra 10:1-44 Think How sad to read that the foreign wives and the children were to be set aside and separated from their husbands/fathers. This stresses that sin has consequences, and those consequences can impact those (like the children here) who had no choice about the sin. The next time you are tempted, will you think about the conseq...

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Daily Worship - Monday, 12/11/2023

Prepare: Psalm 28:1-9 Read Ezra 9:1-15 Think Why was it wrong for the Israelites to intermarry with the other peoples? See Deuteronomy 7:1-4. Read verse 3 again regarding Ezra's reaction. Does that help us understand how God feels about sin? Ezra had not married a foreigner, so when Ezra prayed, why did he refer to "our" iniquities instead of "their" iniquities? Cou...

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Daily Worship - Weekend, 12/9-12/10/2023

Prepare: Psalm 27:7-14 Read John 1:1-5, 14 Think Last week, Pastor Mike preached on Isaiah 9:6, and the sure hope we have now, even in the darkness of this present age. For unto us a child is born. In this passage in John, we see that the Word was in the Beginning, the Word is life and light, and the darkness does not overcome this light. What hope does this give us...

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Daily Worship - Friday, 12/8/2023

Prepare: Psalm 27:1-6 Read Ezra 8:1-36 Think From Ezra 6:16-22, we know that there were priests and Levites in Jerusalem. Why do you think Ezra felt it necessary to have more Levites travel to Jerusalem? The trip to Jerusalem would take 4 months (Ezra 7:8-9), giving plenty of time for attacks by bandits or enemies of Israel. If you had been in Ezra's shoes, would yo...

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Daily Worship - Thursday, 12/7/2023

Prepare: Psalm 26:1-12 Read Ezra 7:1-28 Think In Ezra 1, we learned that 42,360 Israelites had returned from Babylon. Why do you think God wanted to add Ezra to that? What made Ezra special? What desire had God planted in Ezra's heart? What shows us that God's hand was upon Ezra? Sending a teacher of the law was important to God, so the law should be important to us...

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Daily Worship - Wednesday, 12/6/2023

Prepare: Psalm 25:11-22 Read Esther 9:1-10:3 Think We've already covered this a few times, but one of the main messages running throughout Esther is that God has different plans than people do, and he orders our lives to carry them out. Not only are they different, they are sometimes even opposite. We see that in 9:1 where it says "the reverse occurred." The Jews in...

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Daily Worship - Tuesday, 12/5/2023

Prepare: Psalm 25:1-10 Read Esther 7:1-8:17 Think Do you see another Gospel connection in this section? The fear that comes over Haman in chapter 7 is similar in some ways to the fear that we would have if God had not sent his Son to provide a means of reconciliation for us. But, God has worked through Jesus to offer forgiveness to those of us who will put our trust...

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Daily Worship - Monday, 12/4/2023

Prepare: Psalm 24:1-10 Read Esther 5:1-6:14 Think In chapter 6, not only do we see God continue to carry out his plan of protection for his people, we also get an example of what Luke talks about in Luke 18:14. Haman is clearly exalting himself while Mordecai seems to do the opposite. During the king's restless night of sleep, he became aware of or was reminded of w...

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Daily Worship - Weekend, 12/2-12/3/2023

Prepare: Psalm 23:1-6 Read Isaiah 9:6, Galatians 4:4-7 Think The word Advent means coming. The Advent season is a special time that many Christians observe each year to both celebrate the First Advent of Christ, when the "Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" and to look with hope at the Second Advent, when Christ will return. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Ad...

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Daily Worship - Friday, 12/1/2023

Prepare: Psalm 22:22-31 Read Esther 4:1-17 Think In Esther 4, the queen is faced with an incredibly difficult decision. A plot has recently been created to destroy all the Jews, a group of which she is a member. Her uncle, Mordecai, tells her that she should go to the king to plead for their lives. But, this also comes with the risk of death because the law of the t...

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