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How Do I read my bible? Part 1
January 17, 2021 • Rev. Matt Boschen
Hey guys, please set up a time and place to read your Bible. Pick a book and please do not flip all over the place. Go right through a book. However, make sure to pray and set your heart in the right place before diving in. Also, here is the link i promised, https://bibleproject.com/explore/how-to-read-the-bible/
Week 9 - Devotional 1
For His Glory: Luke 6:12-26 Luke 6:20 • “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” Today’s scriptures are hard. It is easy to learn from Jesus taking time away to pray about his disciples. I pray you take some time away today to pray. However, sayings like 6:24 “woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort” are tough. You may say I am a student. Matt, I do not have that much. True. Fair. Yet, we are also Americans and have access more resources than we often realize. Or a verse like “woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry” (Luke 6:25). Did you eat today? I did and I often forget about the people who haven’t gotten to eat. This isn’t simply a call to make you feel guilty about your life, or that you raided your families fridge. This isn’t a condemnation of anyone eating or who has money. It is a call to pray and think creatively about how you will use your resources to glorify Jesus as king. The early church had rich members; often the church met in their houses. You may not have a house or endless resources, but you do have some. So what about you? Can you pack snack bags with verses to give to people you see begging on the streets? Can you run a neighborhood can drive to give to the Mount Vernon pantry or Moments of Hope? Can you adopt a student from another nation to provide them with an education? Can you spend time connecting with people because right now people feel lonely? The list can be endless and as creative and original as each of you are. So, as you take that time away to pray today, pray about how you can give your resources to God and he can use them for His glory.
Week 8 - Devotional 1
Luke 6:33-39 Luke 6:36 • “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one.” In our passage today you may struggle connect. Maybe, like me, you’ve never poured wine into wine skins or patched a garment. However, imagine being given a 1965 mustang (sweet right?). it may be old, but it’s a classic. Now imagine taking a 2021 mustang hood and sticking on the 1965. It’d look ridiculously out of place, nothing would match. It’d honestly be hard to get the new hood tao stay on the old car. Think about your life with Jesus. Do you take the parts you like and try to patch something together? I like this love your neighbor stuff, but the whole love your enemies thing is too hard. I’m game with peace from the Holy Spirit, but if someone slaps me forget turning the other cheek I’m hitting back. Sometimes our faith life can look like awful patchwork in the eyes of God. There is something to growing in our relationship, however sometimes we’re happy to not become new creations. Today take some time to chat with God about what is hard about following Him and what Biblical teachings are difficult for you to understand. Pray and ask God to give you a clean heart fully remade by the Holy Spirit. Psalm 51:10 • Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 2 Corinthians 5:17 • therefore if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Week 7 - Devotional 2
Luke 5:27-32 Have you heard? Luke 5:27 “After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. I hope you’ve heard Jesus call your name. Jesus is constantly calling us into relationship with God, to come and follow him. Stop for a second and put yourself in Levi’s seat. Imagine Jesus walking up to you, saying your name, and asking you to come follow Him. I pray you can hear that call. Levi’s response is much like Simon’s mother-in-law in chapter 4 and the friends from Tuesday’s devotional. He throws a dinner party for Jesus and invites all of his friends so they can meet Jesus too. He is serving Jesus and pulling in all of his friends. Their perception of his willingness to leave his job and follow Jesus didn’t matter. Levi knew that life with Jesus would be better for him, and for all those he invited. Do we have faith that life with Jesus is better? Not simply death, heaven is the easy answer…it’s certainly better than Hell. Do we have faith that following Jesus in every aspect of life is better? Are we willing to leave everything behind (don’t run away from home, but is Jesus more important that your phone)? It’s not all discipline and rules, here we see Levi throwing a big joy filled party. Pray, talk to God about how to follow him. Ask about how you can serve, about how you can pull your friends in.
Week 7 - Devotional 1
Are you ministering? Luke 5:17-26 Luke 5:18 • “some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus” This paralyzed man has the best friends. They know Jesus can provide their friend with the ability to walk again. When they find large crowds blocking their way, do they stop? Not a chance! They carry their paralyzed friend up on to the roof of a house, dig a hole in the roof, and lower him down to Jesus. I can see Jesus’ smile as he sees “their faith”. This passage leads me to ask, how are we bringing our friends to Jesus? Do we stop when it is hard? Are we being creative and going through the roof? And ultimately, do we have faith that Jesus is going to change their life for the better? In this passage, the Pharisees call out Jesus’ authority and Jesus lets them know that “the son of man (Jesus) has authority on earth to forgive sins”. Are we confident in Jesus’ saving power? Are we confident in it as we invite our friends who need Jesus to church? That we aren’t simply inviting them to a place to have friends, but to find abundant life in Jesus and the forgiveness of sins. So today, write down the names of some of your friends who do not know Jesus. Pray for them and ask God to help you find ways to get them into relationship with Jesus.
Week 6 - Devotional 2
“Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean” Luke 5:12-16 Throughout the Bible when people come to God in faith and repentance God makes things happen. When Abraham intercedes for the city of Sodom God saves the one. When the Israelites cry out in slavery in Egypt God parts the red sea. When Joshua asked God for the sun to stand still, God made it happen. Today as a man with leprosy approaches Jesus, he knows Jesus has the power to heal him. The man says, “if you are willing, you can make me clean”. The man understood the great power of Jesus. He is not asking if you can, but if you are willing. When we come before the throne of God in prayer, do we understand the great power of God? God can make anything happen, that is within his will. Check the statement, if you are willing. So, today take some time to reflect on how big God is, how capable God is of anything. Thank him for salvation and the ability to approach the throne in prayer; it is a miracle in itself. Then, take your concerns to God in prayer, not asking if God’s power can make something happen, but if you are willing Lord you can make anything happen.
Week 6 - Devotional 1
Are you following? Luke 5:1-11 Luke 5:11 • “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” In Luke’s gospel Simon already knows Jesus. Jesus healed his mother-in-law in Luke 4:38-39. In verse 5 we can see that Simon has great respect for Jesus. When asked to put his boat back out into water after fishing all night, to no avail, Simon begins with “Master” and ends his statement with “because you say so.” At this point Simon was not following Jesus. He knew who he was and even addressed him as master, yet he was not actively following Jesus. I think many of us in church find ourselves here. We know who Jesus is. We address Him as Lord. We may even do some awesome tasks for him from time to time, like putting out the boat for this miraculous catch. Yet, in our day-to-day lives, we do not leave everything to follow Jesus. After this moment, Simon was with Jesus every day for the next couple of years, and then the Holy Spirit after Jesus went to heaven. Today I pray you know Jesus as Lord. However, more than that I pray you learn to follow him daily. This means reading scripture like Luke 5:1-11, praying, listening in prayer, and doing whatever Jesus prompts you to do. Today, take a moment to talk to God about how well you are following Jesus.
Week 5 - Devotional 2
Get up and serve Luke 4:38-44 Luke 4:39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. A couple weeks ago we talked about the fruit we bear as believers. People can see the work of Jesus in our hearts as we interact with others. Simon’s mother in-law is healed in our story today and she immediately begins to serve Jesus. Serving is simply the natural overflow from being with Jesus and seeing everything He has done for you. It is not a duty we have to serve, but an opportunity. We get to join Jesus in His work of loving all people and building God’s kingdom on Earth. Have you committed to following Jesus? If so, how are you serving? Are you being patient with your siblings, willing to play with them? Are you volunteering to do the dishes? Are you looking for ways to serve the community around you? Are you checking in on friends you have not seen? Are you calling your grandparents? Today pray about how Jesus is working in your heart and how he is calling you to serve.
Week 5 - Devotional 1
Call It Out Luke 4:31-37 Luke 4:36 • All the people were amazed and said to each other, “what words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” Are there pieces of your life that you know are not of God? In our story today, a man comes before Jesus possessed by a demon. Jesus casts it out and everyone is amazed. They are awed at Jesus authority and power. That demon was not of God and Jesus casted it out of that man’s life. For us we may not think in terms of demons, but they exist. We can be consumed with all sorts of things that keep us from God. They may not look like the cartoon version of the devil, but they still keep us from being fully present with God. Perhaps its anger, lust, pride, distraction, addiction, and the list could go on. The world is broken. Sometimes that brokenness hits us hard and takes us away from the presence of the one who can fix it. Today talk to God about what keeps you away from him. Put yourself in the story and ask God to call out things in your heart, like Jesus calls out the demon.