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Friday, January 29, 2016

Your Kingdom Come Message Outline

Your Kingdom Come
Matthew 6:10, 26:36-46
Praying Like Jesus

1.    Stage a revolt

Matthew 6:10 (ESV)
10          Your kingdom come,
            your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 7:21–23 (ESV)
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

2.    Beware of your ability to rationalize

Matthew 26:36–39 (ESV)
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

3.    Trust God no matter what

Matthew 26:40-46 (ESV)

40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My Bible Reading Plan

I have been using the McCheyne Bible reading plan for several years. I have tried different plans, but have always come back to this one. Robert Murray McCheyne was a pastor in the 19th century with an intense devotion to Christ. You can read more about him here.

What is unique about this particular plan that I like, although this bothers some, is that you read from four different places in the Bible every day. That way, when you hit a particularly challenging section in say Numbers or Chronicles, for instance, you aren't just reading four chapters worth of "begats." Rather, you get a good sampling from four different places in scripture. The plan takes you through the New Testament twice and the Old Testament once over the course of the year. It typically takes me between 15 to 20 minutes to do this reading daily. It's not as aggressive as some plans like the 90 days through the Bible, and its more challenging than many others.

I will be reading those passages on or near the days they are assigned. I thought it would be cool to see if any others wanted to read along with me, whether we ever interact directly over any of the passages or not. But going public does create that possibility.

There are numerous ways to access the plan.

I think the easiest way to access this online is here: http://www.esvbible.org/devotions/one-year-tract/

Or you can print a plan to put in your Bible from here. 

If you run a search on his name, it will turn up several options. You can set it up in youversion and other such tools, but they will force you to begin the plan from the beginning on the day you set it up and we won't be reading together. There's no need to try to catch up on past days. The point is not to conquer the plan but to meet God through his word.