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Bible Reading Plan

Bible Reading Plan

All of 2018

Rise is going to read through the entire Bible in 2018, using a powerful app called Read Scripture. If we are to be a people who rise up and saturate our city with the Gospel, we must be a church that knows the Gospel.

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the reading plan

The Read Scripture Plan divides the Bible into sixteen parts, organized in semi-chronological order. On average, you’ll read two to three chapters every day along with a Psalm to slowly pray through, making its words your own.

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VIDEOS

Each day you come to a new biblical book there will be a short animated video about that book’s design and message and what to look for as you read. In addition to videos regarding books of the Bible, you will find theme videos relating to several topics that appear throughout Scripture.

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    2 Kings can be a difficult book to read. As the story flips between the kings in the northern kingdom (Israel) and the southern kingdom (Judah), we see them rise to power and commit atrocious evils. Trying to stay on top, it seems they only seek God when they want to go to war or fall ill. And yet, even in the midst of these stories, we see glimpses into God’s character. • In 2 Kings 8:19, addressing the evil ways of Israel’s King Joram, we see God’s faithfulness. “For the sake of his servant David, the Lord was unwilling to destroy Judah, since he had promised to give a lamp to David and his sons forever.” • In this darkness, the Lord is working to preserve the light. In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” The Lord’s preservation of Judah’s lineage wasn’t just a promise kept to David, but a promise fulfilled for the whole world since Jesus was David’s heir! The lamp, but a glimpse of the light to come. • >>Where has the darkness been casting long shadows over your life? >>Where do you need His light today? • 🙏🏾Father God, I feel the darkness, blanketing our city, your people, even my life. Help me to trust you and follow you, so I may rise into your light. Shine on me, Lord, illuminating even the darkest shadows, so others may be drawn to you and your glory. Amen
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    Day 100! 🎉 • No matter if you’re following along with the #ReadScripture app or doing your own thing, we hope this year has begun or even continued a journey of finding rhythm in your relationship with God. If you’ve gotten out of the habit, today is a new day, and as Lamentations 3 reminds us, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” • So take a deep breath, inhaling the Lord’s love, His mercy, His faithfulness today, and then respond in praise. • Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. — Psalm 100 . . . . . #riseintheword #readscripture #readyourbible #knowhisword
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    King David. A man after God’s own heart. Samuel assumes that God will choose Eliab, David’s brother, based on his outer appearance. However, God tells Samuel that He looks at the heart, not one’s outer being. God chooses David, a shepherd boy to be the next King. David comes from the lowest point in society to being called into the highest position of his time. This is a reminder of how God came to us in human flesh as Jesus. David and Jesus both obeyed God, and God took care of them as they planted His kingdom on earth. How can God transform your heart to see people the way He sees them? What ways can God help you become someone after His heart? #riseintheword Words by @hisbelovedaughter
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    Saul was chosen by God to become King of Israel. However, Saul didn’t cede the peoples’ requests. He was full of himself, and didn’t follow Samuel’s commands to be a servant of God by ruling over Israel. As we see in Psalm 81:11-12: “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.” God listened to His people, and granted their request. Although Saul isn’t the rightful king of Israel, God has sought out a man after his own heart (1 Sam. 13:14.) Abba, You know what you are doing during this time. Your plans are never meant for harm. I pray I trust you, and that my senses are aware Of what is yet to come. You will never let me down. #riseintheword Words by @hisbelovedaughter
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    At the beginning of 1 Samuel, we are introduced to Hannah. Hannah was favored by her husband Elkanah, although she did not bear any children because the Lord had closed her womb. Hannah was devastated that she could not be a mother, BUT the Lord had a plan for her. She was not trapped by her situation, but rather she made a covenant with God to give her son to Him. Once Hannah humbled herself, God remembered her, and blessed her with a son, whose name was Samuel. There are moments in life where we don’t see the final result, and we want to escape from the hardships of the situation rather than learn from it. God had great plans for Hannah. He desired for her to come to Him with her needs so that she could see His power within her difficulty. -Have you been/are you in a situation that seems hopeless? -How have you learned/are learning from your situation? -What ways can you humble yourself like Hannah demonstrated? #riseintheword Words by @hisbelovedaughter
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    The story of Ruth reveals one the most important themes we see in scripture. Redemption. . . Just as Ruth was in need of a redeemer in Boaz, God has given us a redeemer too, and that redeemer is Jesus Christ. We too were foreigners like Ruth and empty like Naomi, but Jesus came down to rescue us from our desolation. He sacrificed everything because He chose to save us in His sovereign grace. . . “You with your arm redeemed Your people...” Psalm 77:15 . . How has Jesus redeemed you? How is he continually rescuing you? . . #riseintheword Words by @taborbrown
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    In Judges 6 we see a clear example of how trusting in the Lord can bring great victory. Not for ourselves but for the Glory of God. 🙌🏼 . . . Gideon wasn’t noticeably a strong mighty man. But God saw something in him and called him anyway to do a great work. What Gideon lacked in physical strength, was made up by the strength of his humility. He deeply wanted see the nation of Israel free from oppression, because he cared for his people. And while Gideon might have questioned how exactly he could be used to save Israel, God knew that all Gideon needed was the strength that would be given to him by the Lord. 💪🏾 . . . When we realize that we can not do anything by our own strength, that is when God’s mighty power is perfected. Our weakness is his perfect strength. (2 Corinthians 12:9) ⚡️ . . . How can you humbly submit to Christ’s perfect strength in your everyday lives? What would it look like to live your life fully leaning on Him? . . . #riseintheword Words by @taborbrown
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    Judges 3 . Right at the beginning of Judges 3, the author explains why a certain generation of Israel had to go through so much war. It was “to teach war to those who had not known it before” . Israel needed to know war. And we need to know spiritual war as well. . Here are a couple of quotes from John Piper on this reality in the Christian life. Enjoy! “We cannot know what true prayer is for, until we know that life is war.” - John Piper . “The "war" is being fought along the line between sin and righteousness in every family. It is being fought along the line between truth and falsehood in every school... Between justice and injustice in every legislature... Between integrity and corruption in every office... Between love and hate in every ethnic group... Between pride and humility in every sport... Between the beautiful and the ugly in every art... Between right doctrine and wrong doctrine in every church... Between sloth and diligence between coffee breaks. It is not a waste to fight the battle for truth and faith and love on any of these fronts.” -John Piper, “Don’t waste your life”
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    Joshua 5 “The Commander of the Army of the Lord”. Joshua meets this ambiguous figure in chapter 5, and it turns out it is God himself. As Joshua asks him which side he is on, he says, “No. I am commanding the army of the LORD!” What a random encounter!? What do you think God wanted to communicate to Joshua, as he met him there in battle armor, right before he was about to conquer Jericho? What does this tell you about your own life? Which side is God on, yours or that of your “enemies”?
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    📖Deuteronomy 32:26-27 In verse 26, God says that, because of the rejection of his people, he was planning on completely wiping them from the face of the earth. That’s how angry he was! But then he says something very interesting in verse 27: “Had I not feared the provocation by the enemy, lest their adversaries should misunderstand, lest they should say, “Our hand is triumphant, it was not the Lord who did all this.” Wow… 🤯God restrained his anger, not for the sake of his people, but because he did not want to give the enemy reason to boast and not see God as the power behind Israel’s defeat. Seems to me like God puts a lot of importance on not giving humans reason to boast. Ever.😄😄😄
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    “Man was made in the image of God, and nothing will satisfy man but God, in whose image he was made.” - Charles Spurgeon . Today is Rise’s 4 year anniversary! 🎉 I absolutely love this passage in the Psalms, because it is such a strong reminder that our souls NEED Jesus. If we go a long time without fellowshipping with other Christians, or reading God’s Word, or praying, our souls will start to feel dry. . When you need Jesus, nothing else will satisfy you. We easily go to food or music or friends or Netflix because those are easy comforts. But it’s not always what we need. . It’s like going without water for a long time - our bodies will become weak and yearn for water. We need to feed our soul to keep it alive and healthy. And the more we feed our soul, the more it will crave more of Jesus. It’s a win-win! . So what can you do today? Come to our celebration tonight! We will be worshipping our Savior, and our souls will be renewed in worship and hearing of God’s Word. . . O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. . I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! . I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. . Psalm 63:1-5📖 . . ♥️@tocapturetoday
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    💕“[When I set a king over you, he shall read this law] all the days of his life. That he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law...that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment...so that he may continue long in his kingdom…” Deuteronomy 17:18-20 . We’ve been reading a lot of law recently. A lot. But at the end of chapter 17, God points out just how important all these laws were. 📜 . Remember, this is all before Jesus.✨ There was no all-inclusive sacrifice that covered every sin. They couldn’t just believe in Jesus, they had to follow every commandment to the letter. And reading it over and over would remind them constantly of who God was and how He had made a path to eternity with Him. . This is why we are reading the Bible as a church this year. Reading the Bible reminds us who God is. It reminds us of who we are. And it is life-giving words from God that direct us to Him every day. 🙌 . If you haven’t been keeping up with the reading so far, join us now! You don’t have to catch up, just go to the Read Scripture app and read today’s chapters. You won’t regret it. Start today, friends! ➡️ . ♥️ @tocapturetoday
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