Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, November 3, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 29

Prayer Point. I remembering standing on East Beach, watching the sea whipped in an angry frenzy as Hurricane Sandy brushed our shores. These natural forces, as awesome as they are, are only dim reflection of the power of God. Lift up your fears to God and meditate on the truth that our powerful God will bless us, his people, with peace.

Luke 12:22-31

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? Using the following background as a guide.

Background. What are we as followers of Jesus commanded NOT to worry about? What does Jesus point to as proof that God is both willing and able to provide us with the necessities of life? If we are not supposed to worry about the necessities of life, what should be our central concern instead?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Acts 20:7-12

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following background to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. This miracle takes place in the context of church service. What strikes you about the way Paul and the Christians at Troas worshiped together? How does God confirm the truth of what Paul is preaching – despite the fact that Paul went “on and on”?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Nehemiah 5:1-19

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following background to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. To be sure, the obvious enemy was Sanballat and his cohorts but there was another. We can deduce that there was a serious famine in the land at that time because people were mortgaging their homes, selling themselves and their children into slavery. The building of the wall was just an added burden of the people of the land. What was depressing was that the wealthier Jews were exacting usury (illegally high interest) from their own. There were provisions in the Law of Moses regarding usury and slavery (of Jew to Jew) but these were being ignored.

How does Nehemiah attack the debt crisis facing the poor in the city of Jerusalem? How is Nehemiah different than the governors that preceded him with regards to the poor?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

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