Scripture reading for November 10th: Ezekiel 39-42; John 14
Key Scriptures: John 14:25-27 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Peace is not easy to come by in the troubled world we all live in. There are many ‘peace-robbers’ that can cause fear, troubled hearts and shattered lives. The disciples of Jesus lived in such a world as well and Jesus knew that they were about to have their world turned upside down. He prepared them for the coming events by reminding them of His teaching and Words of wisdom. He promised them a “Helper” in the Holy Spirit Who would be sent to them by the Father. The Holy Spirit would continue to teach them and bring everything Jesus taught to their remembrance. The peace of Christ is ours! Now and forever!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, Your Word brought to my remembrance by the Holy Spirit brings me peace that passes my understanding. You are the “Prince of Peace”!
Ezekiel 39:29 “And I will not hide My face anymore from them, when I pour out My Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord God.”
Scripture reading for October 9th: Titus 2, Psalm 52, Proverbs 17
Key Scriptures: Titus 2:1-5 “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be reviled.”
Sound doctrine and sound living are always linked together in Scripture. We who teach God’s Word must model the sound doctrine and do so steadfastly and faithfully. Older men are to teach younger men and older women are to teach younger women how to apply the Word of God in every area of life from marriage to workplace and raising of children. God’s Word is to be exalted by faithful practice of basic respect, kindness, and love.
Faith Confession: I teach and live out the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture and as an older man seek to train my children and grandchildren and younger men how to apply Scripture to life. I encourage older women to do the same with their children and younger women that God’s Word may be glorified.
Proverbs 17:6 “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.”
Scripture reading for May 30th: Acts 18
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Acts 18:23 “After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.”
Paul, the great missionary and church planter of the early church recognized the need to follow up on those who had become disciples of Jesus during his missionary journeys. He understood that believers needed to grow in knowledge and have fellowship with those gift people that God had called to equip them for the work of ministry and teach them the ways of Christ. With this in mind, Paul decided to visit each place where he had preached and there were disciples and to spend time with them. His teaching and example would strengthen them and multiply the ministry of reaching all men with the gospel.
Observations for over-comers: God has called us to make disciples, not just converts! This requires spending time with those we have helped to find a relationship with Christ, teaching and allowing them to see our lives as examples. “When I was a boy in my father’s house, still tender, and the only child of my mother, he taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.” (Proverbs 4:4-6)