Daily Bible Reading for Week of July 29 - August 4, 2018
7/29 1 Corinthians 5,6 - Paul deals with an immoral issue in chapter 5 which needed to be handled with stern discipline. He also dealt with the church's issue of taking each other to court in chapter 6.
7/30 Psalms 56-62 - Psalm 56 emphasizes that "when you're afraid, trust the Lord" verse 3. Trusting the Lord during troubles is what Psalm 57 speaks of. Psalm 58 brings up the issue of seeking God's vengeance on evil doers. Psalm 59 sees God as the One who will deliver His people. Psalm 60 says God has allowed His people to see trouble, but now He is asked to give them help in their troubles. Psalm 61 has a wonderful prayer which has been put to song. Psalm 62 is a Psalm of trusting God and waiting on Him.
7/31 Psalms 63-68 - Psalm 63 leads people to have a real "thirst" for the Lord. David cries for protection in Psalm 64. God provides through nature is the focus of Psalm 65. Psalm 66 warns against "regarding iniquity" in one's heart for it will be a hindrance to prayer. Psalm 67 the psalmist calls for God to show His work in His people to be a testimony to the nations Psalm 68 speaks of the benefits that God "loads" on His people, verse 19.
8/1 1 Corinthians 7,8 - In chapter 7 Paul speaks about the benefit of a single life but encourages believers to marry if they feel led to, but only to other believers. Chapter 8 is where Paul instructs Christians how to handle food that has been offered to idols. Believers are to avoid being an offense to other Christians.
8/2 Psalms 69-72 - In Psalm 69 David speaks of his experience with being reproached and the difficulties he faced. In Psalm 70 David speaks of the joy of those who seek God. In chapter 71 a prayer for the aged is offered to God. In Psalm 72, David ends his primary Psalms, see verse 20, but there will be more of his Psalms in later chapters.
8/3 Psalms 73-77 - Psalm 73 is a special Psalm to read when you're envious of how "well off" the wicked appear to be. Psalm 74 the Psalmist laments of all the trouble they see and their desire to see God's intervention. In Psalm 75 the Psalmist speaks of the triumph of the righteous. Psalm 76 focuses on the need to give fear and respect to God. Psalm 77 the Psalmist speaks of his memory of God's blessings and "songs in the night."
8/4 1 Corinthians 9,10 - Paul speaks of his authority as an apostle, in chapter 10, but that he always sought to be a servant to God's people. He then spoke in chapter 10 about handling temptation, knowing that God will give a way of escape when the testing/temptation is strong.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of July 22-28, 2018
7/22 Psalms 25-31 - Psalm 25 is a Psalm worth studying and applying to your life. Read it and you'll see why. Psalm 26 David asks God to examine his life because he seeks to walk in his integrity. Psalm 27 is a joyful song of faith and trust in God's encouragement. Psalm 28 is David's joy over answered prayer. Psalm 29 is a song of praise of God's powerful voice! Psalm 30 is David's expression of joy of the Lord lifting him up and taking his mourning and turning it into joy! Psalm 31 David is glad that God is his Rock and encourages believers to love Him.
7/23 1 Corinthians 1,2 - When Paul wrote this first letter to the Corinthian church he had quite a number of issues to bring up to them. One of the first was their having disputes in their church which caused division amongst them. Paul reminded them that God didn't choose them because of their good qualities. God chose those who were "nothing" to show to the world what He could do! In chapter 2 Paul speaks of the Spirit's work to help us understand God's Word and know God's plan.
7/24 Psalms 32-37 - Psalm 32 is a great Psalm emphasizing the need to confess and forsake sin, and the joy of God's forgiveness. Psalm 33 God is seen as sovereign over all His creation. Psalm 34 is a great Psalm of the testimonies of those who have trusted the Lord and found Him good! Psalm 35 the Psalmist asks God to avenge His people. Psalm 36 speaks of man's wickedness and God's perfection. Psalm 37 gives God's people the joy of knowing that when they delight in the Lord He is glad to give them the desires of their hearts, verse 4. God never abandons His own.
7/25 Psalms 38-43 - Psalm 38 David speaks of the pain of God's chastisement but the hope he has in the Lord. Psalm 39 David speaks of the brevity of his life and the need to rely on God. Psalm 40 is a Psalm speaking of the joy of salvation! Psalm 41 David speaks of the blessing and the suffering of the godly. Psalm 42 reminds believers that, like deer, they should thirst after the streams that refresh, which are found in the Lord. Psalm 43 David considers his feeling low and finding his hope in the Lord.
7/26 1 Corinthians 3,4 - In chapter 3 Paul again speaks against the babyish way these believers were treating each other. He also spoke of their work for the Lord that it would be judged according to their motivation to serve: was their work "gold, silver, or precious stones," or was their work just "wood, hay, and stubble"? In chapter 4 Paul spoke of his willingness to serve Christ even if he was considered a "fool."
7/27 Psalms 44-49 - In Psalm 44 the Psalmist remembers what God had done for Israel and how much they need Him. Psalm 45 speaks of the glories of the King and His throne. Psalm 46 speaks of the blessing of God's help in times of trouble. Psalm 47 speaks of God as King over the earth. Psalm 48 is a song of joy for Zion, the city of God. Psalm 49 the Psalmist warns against envying the wicked.
7/28 Psalms 50-55 - Psalm 50 speaks of God as the righteous Judge. Psalm 51 is David's great prayer of confession of his sin with Bathsheba. Psalm 52 speaks of the joy of the righteous when wickedness is defeated. Psalm 53 is almost an exact repeat of Psalm 14 speaking of the foolishness of atheism. Psalm 54 expresses the joy of deliverance. Psalm 55 gives the believer the hope to cast their burdens on the Lord, verse 22, and find He cares for them.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of July 15-21, 2018
7/15 Job 38-42 - This is God's response to Job and to his friends. Interestingly, God doesn't say anything to Elihu, but He is angry at the three friends for their inaccurate remarks made to Job. God doesn't defend what He allowed but He points Job to God's overall authority. Job's condition turned completely around when he prayed for his "counselors."
7/16 Psalms 1-8 - Remember, the Psalms are Israel's "hymnbook." They not only provide great comfort but also teach many truths about God and encourage God's people to rely upon Him and always give Him praise. Psalm 1 gives a great contrast between the godly versus the ungodly. Psalm 2 speaks of the Messiah's rule over this world. Psalm 3 gives a great Psalm for the morning and Psalm 4 gives one for the evening. Psalm 5 is a prayer for guidance; Psalm 6 a plea for mercy; Psalm 7 a prayer for deliverance. Psalm 8 is one of the great Psalms to exalt the Lord and see His care for mankind.
7/17 Romans 13,14 - Romans 13 could be called the "Police Man's" chapter of the Bible. God gives his authority to those who have a responsibility for our safety and our obeying the law. In verse 4 God gives them the right to use deadly force when the situation demands it. Chapter 14 speaks of being understanding of others' convictions and live selflessly on behalf of those who think differently than we do. This chapter also gives freedom to worship the Lord any day or every day, not just one day!
7/18 Psalms 9-15 - Psalm 9 is a praise for victory; Psalm 10 is a plea for God's judgment; Psalm 11 speaks of taking refuge in God; Psalm 12 speaks of the contrast between ungodly speech and God's Word; Psalm 13 speaks of being tested in times of delay; Psalm 14 emphasizes the foolishness of Atheism; Psalm 15 highlights the man who abides with God.
7/19 Psalms 16-18 - Psalm 16 is a Messianic psalm speaking of Christ' resurrection; Psalm 17 calls for people to rely on God; Psalm 18 is a Psalm of love and praise to God who rescues His own.
7/20 Romans 15,16 - Paul gives support for ministering to the Gentiles, verses 9-12. He also pleads with believers to pray earnestly for his ministry in verse 30. Paul gives a kind of "roll call" of helpful servants in chapter 16.
7/21 Psalms 19-24 - Psalm 19 glorifies God's creative power and His penetrating Word; Psalm 20 gives a plea for help; Psalm 21 is a blessing for the King. Psalm 22, 23, 24 form a trilogy speaking of the suffering of the Messiah; the care the Messiah gives His sheep; and the Messiah's ascension to the throne.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of July 8-14, 2018
7/8 Romans 7,8 - These two chapters are very important for every Christian to understand. Basically Paul is teaching what is true for every believer. Chapter 7 presents every Christian's experience with the "flesh." Even Paul himself realized that in his flesh dwelt nothing good. By living by the flesh he would only end up doing the things he didn't want to do and not doing the things he wanted to do. He cried out that he was a "wretched man"! In chapter 8 Paul describes the victorious life every Christian can enjoy when they live their lives trusting God's Spirit to work in them and live the life of Christ through them.
7/9 Job 26-28 - In chapter 26 Job recognizes God's great power in His creation. Job maintains his own righteousness in chapter 27 and then in chapter 28 Job seeks for wisdom and shows where it is found in verses 27,28.
7/9 Job 29-31 - Chapter 29 would be good to read before you read the first chapter for in this chapter Job describes his life before the troubles came. In chapters 30 and 31 Job speaks of the humiliation he is enduring and that he still believes he is innocent before God.
7/11 Romans 9,10 - In chapter 9 we are given a study in God's sovereign right to save those who come to Him and reject those who reject Him. Chapter 10 emphasizes the Gospel's message that God saves all those who confess Christ as Lord, believe He rose from the dead, and call on Him for salvation. Paul also gives a real reason why missionary work is so important: If people don't hear about Christ how can they be saved?
7/12 Job 32-34 - A new speaker, Elihu, now speaks up and explains his youth, but expresses his frustration with the three mean, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, in that they didn't speak against Job's "pride and arrogance." Elihu speaks of God's righteousness, and charges Job with rebellion.
7/13 Job 35-37 - In these chapters Elihu accuses Job of his careless messages and then speaks of the greatness of God and the power of storms to show God's power.
7/14 Romans 11,12 - Paul speaks of the Gentiles' advantage that God has given them the chance to come to Christ. In chapter 12 Paul encourages all believers to surrender their bodies to the Lord that He might use them with the gifts they have received.
Daily Bible Reading for Week of July 1-7, 2018
7/1 Job 6-9 - In chapters 7,8 Job pleads for pity and man faces suffering constantly, not just because of sin. Bildad gives his first speech and boasts that older generations agree with him. In chapter 9 Job asks how can man be righteous in God's sight. Note in verse 33 where Job cries for a mediator!
7/2 Romans 3,4 - Paul continues his teaching that every person is a sinner before God and faces condemnation, but God has provided a Redeemer who dealt with man's sin and paid the price for man's redemption!
7/3 Job 10-13 - In chapter 10 Job says that both good and bad people face suffering. In chapter 11 Zophar questions Job's claim of innocence. In chapters 12 and 13 Job says there is delay in some wicked people being punished and then speaks of his "friends" as being "worthless physicians" in 13:4!
7/4 Job 14-18 - Job again speaks of all men are born to trouble, 14:1. Then he speaks of God setting limits as to how each man should live. Eliphaz, in chapter 15, rebukes Job by saying the wicked never really prosper. In chapters 16,17 Job speaks of these men as "miserable comforters." Bildad shares a series of proverbs in chapter 18.
7/5 Romans 5,6 - In chapter 5 Paul speaks of how sin and death are tied together and how Adam and Christ are compared. One brought condemnation and the other brought salvation. Chapter 6 speaks so highly of the complete victory Jesus has given to us over both sin's nature and sin's behavior. We are given freedom in Christ through His death, burial and resurrection!
7/6 Job 19-21 - Job gives one of the Old Testament's greatest expressions in a living Redeemer in chapter 19:25-27. In chapter 20 Zophar of the suffering of the wicked. In chapter 21 Job speaks of God will have the ultimate say over the wicked.
7/7 Job 22-25 - Eliphaz seeks to criticize Job for claiming he is right before God in chapter 22. But Job seeks to come before God but he feels God may be ignoring the cries of the innocent and overlooking the acts of the wicked in chapters 23,24. In chapter 25 Bildad asks once again how a man can be right before God.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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