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Bible Reading Plan


Our Bible Reading Plan is available to help you grow in the knowledge of God's Word. 


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WHAT GIFT DID GOD BRING? / DEC 25-29

The birth narrative of John is different from the other gospels. Gone are the barn and the manger, the Holy Family, the shepherds, angels, and wise men. This birth narrative is ultimately about the gift that God gives to us. It seems that this giving was part of God’s plan all along. And just what was that? Heaping helpings of grace. Cups overflowing with salvation. Platters full of hope to share; enough to go around the whole world. When you consider all that Christ did for us on the cross and what He continues to do for us today,  it feels so inadequate to simply tell Him, “Thank you.” As we start 2018, what would happen if we showed our appreciation to the Lord by giving Him the most important thing we have, the gift of our hearts?more...

A SURPRISE ADOPTION / DEC 18-22

Joseph’s story is striking. His hopes and plans for his future with Mary were gone in a moment. It must have been hard to believe the news Mary gave him, even after one of God’s angels came to him and told him to put away the divorce papers. What reason did he have to believe that he wasn’t being played? And what kind of courage does it take to force yourself to believe that you can do an adequate job of raising God’s only son? Joseph chose to hope that Mary was telling the truth, chose to hope he wasn’t crazy when an angel appeared to him, and chose to hope that he’d have whatever it took to be the father in the ultimate First Family. There was no logical, rational reason to hope—he just trusted God. Joseph is a great example of what it means to embrace faith, love, trust and joy as we wait for Christ’s return.more...

HOPE IS KING / DEC 11-15

John the Baptist, while in prison needs a word from Christ. He needs affirmation for proclaiming that the time has come for baptizing others in the name of the Lord for the forgiveness of sins. Christ sends John's messenger back to him with a paraphrase of Isaiah as a sign that Christ was indeed the one for whom the people had been waiting. Christ gives John hope. John hadn't missed it; he was right. We must never lose sight of, nor lessen the value of the basic tenet of Jesus’ Second Coming. We need to remember that this season is about the message and ministry of Jesus Christ, the one who came to heal, liberate, and share the good news of the Father’s faithful love.more...

WE WORK WHILE WE WAIT / DEC 4-8

John the Baptist, prophet of the Lord, is a major character in setting the stage for Jesus Christ to move into the spotlight. This week we journey backwards to before Jesus’ baptism, to John the Baptist prophesying the Messiah’s coming. John preaches with an urgency that suggests that things are starting to wrap up on planet earth and that the people better get with it, there's work to be done. And yet, we are here today still waiting. Still there are poor; there are people who haven't heard the good news; there are people who don't see the good news radiating from those who call themselves Christian. Maybe we should be doing ministry as if John the Baptist were standing in the local creek proclaiming the nearness of God.more...

MANAGING UN-EXPECTATIONS / NOV 27 - DEC 1

Each year the Church gives us a season of hope, which we call Advent.  Jesus, close to the end of His earthly life, prophesies another beginning.  In Advent we see the past and future colliding in the present. While it is intended to be a time of joyful anticipation, we often wrestle with the difficulty of living in expectation while not being quite sure what to expect. Are we looking for Christ to come again or are we comfortable with the way things are? How do we live and act while we wait and how does hope make a difference?  It was Jesus Christ Himself who told us to be ready at any time. We need to remember that call, the call to look for God in unexpected places, at unexpected times. more...

FAMILY / NOV 20-24

When Jesus sent His disciples out to do ministry in His name, He said it would be as sheep among wolves, and some of the ‘wolves’ would even be  family members. He reminded them that following Him was to be their priority, and that they were to acknowledge Him before others no matter the cost. For us today, our mission is the same: to share and model a life in Christ with everyone, starting with our family.  Even though at times family is an insanely hard audience, we must persevere in prayer and in action, removing any hindrances that keep faith from moving from one generation to another. more...

VICTORIOUS LIVING / NOV 13-17

During Jesus’ life, no one really understood His mission. Even His closest friends did not fully grasp the significance of His life and teachings until seeing the big picture in light of His death and resurrection. In the resurrection we all now see the ultimate victory over sin and death; we must remember that crucifixion came before resurrection, and that the resurrection gives us hope and confidence to live victoriously. more...

MISSION OUTREACH / NOV 6-10

Giving helps us to become what God wants us to be. God uses our giving to change the world for His purposes, and God uses our giving to change us spiritually. While giving is not always easy, we should be obedient and determined to use all God has given us to advance His kingdom. more...

GENEROSITY / OCT 30-NOV 3

Giving helps us to become what God wants us to be. God uses our giving to change the world for His purposes, and God uses our giving to change us spiritually. While giving is not always easy, we should be obedient and determined to use all God has given us to advance His kingdom. more...

PERSECUTION / OCT 23-27

God uses persecution and suffering for His purposes. Faithfulness today, as in the Bible, requires spiritual discernment and psychological strength in the midst of suffering. Pray for confidence in the face of adversity as you are being obedient in the mission to make God known to all nations. more...

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