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Bible Reading Plan for Week of February 23

We all face temptation every day.  Even Jesus faced temptations.  In Matthew 4:1-11 when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness He responded with “It is written…”  Then he quoted a passage in Deuteronomy to combat the temptation.  Jesus was able to fight against the temptation to sin because He knew the Word of God.  This week spend time reading, meditating on, and memorizing Scripture so you can fight temptations to sin as well.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on…

Understanding the Book of Malachi

Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament.  The Jews have returned from exile to Jerusalem, and they have rebuilt the walls and the temple.  However, the Israelites have drifted away from God again, and Malachi asks a series of questions from the Lord to address the sins of the people – tithes ignored, Sabbath broken, priest corrupt, God not respected and feared.  These series of “disputes” have God asking a question, the people’s disagreemnent, and God’s response. Although…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of February 16

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God … and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:10-11, 17)  The spiritual armor that we put on protects us from the enemy and we also have an offensive weapon in the Bible.  The “sword” can be used to combat the enemy’s lies with truth.  Take up  your “sword” this week and use it effectively.  On Saturday…

Understanding the Book of Nehemiah

The book of Nehemiah is closely tied to the book of Ezra.  In Ezra there is a focus on the temple and torah, but in Nehemiah there is a focus on the city walls of Jerusalem.  Nehemiah returns to the city and leads an effort to construct and establish the city walls.  He overcomes opposition and by God’s grace the walls are built in a short amount of time.  However, rebuilt walls are not the end.  God desires to have…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of February 9

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me – put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)  The Bible is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.  Spend time in the Word this…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of February 2

Too often we need a new way of thinking.  We need to reject the thought pattern of this world and grab hold of the mind of Christ.  How can we do this?  Renew your mind by reading the Bible.  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, and acceptable, and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)  God’s Word reveals who…

Understanding the Book of Esther

The book of Esther helps us understand about some of the Jews who did not return to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile.  Mordecai and Esther are two of the main people in this book, and although God is not mentioned directly in the book, Esther is still about God.  The book describes how He is sovereign and controls the events of history.  It also confirms what James wrote years later – “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of January 26

God wants to equip us for good works and He knows we need correcting and training in order for this to happen.  Therefore, we need to be reading the Bible and allowing Him to mold us and shape us.  “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)  Allow the Scriptures to work…

Understanding the Book of Zechariah

Today, for the Rocky Creek Bible Reading Plan (Dec 2019 – Feb 2020) we will begin reading the book of Zechariah.  He is a contemporary of Haggai, and these two prophets stir up the people to rebuild the temple.  They challenge the people to arise from their indifference and do what God asks.  “Zechariah sought to encourage the people to build the temple in view of the promise that someday Messiah would come and inhabit it.”  “This book is second…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of January 19

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  As you read this week, allow God to perform surgery on you and remove the sinful thoughts and actions.  May this living book meet you where you are and give you what you need.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus…

Understanding the Book of Haggai

Today, for the Rocky Creek Bible Reading Plan (Dec 2019 – Feb 2020) we will be reading the book of Haggai.  This is the second shortest book in the OT (Obadiah is shortest), and the prophet encourages the rebuilding of the temple and reordering of spiritual priorities.  “By means of messages from the Lord, Haggai exhorted the people to renew their efforts to build the house of the Lord.”  The people should focus on the temple and not their own…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of January 12

“Oh how I love your law!  It is my meditation all the day.  Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.  I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.” (Psalm 119:97-99)  May the readings this week focus our attention on God, and may the Bible give us wisdom and understanding as we meditate on it.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups…