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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

March 31-  Psalm 32, 1 Kings 6, Psalm 100-101, Luke 13

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Psalm 100
  • Short but sweet Psalm
  • We are to make a joyful noise to the Lord
  • The entire earth is called for this purpose
  • We are all to serve the Lord with gladness
  • We are all to come into God’s presence with singing
  • Why?  Because God is God
  • God is God the Creator – He made us
  • God is God the Savior – He made us His
  • God is God the Shepherd – He made us His sheep
  • Thank Him
  • Praise Him
  • Give thanks to Him
  • Bless His Name
  • Why?  All these things show that the Lord is good
  • He is faithful – His steadfast love endures forever

How Points to Christ

  • This Psalm is lived out in Christ
  • The steadfast, forever-enduring love is expressed through Christ
  • We become God’s sheep only through Christ

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  • Please pray that I would live this Psalm with great joy and thanksgiving!

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 7,907,000

Language: Madura

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.01%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

March 30-  Psalm 31, 1 Kings 4-5, Psalm 98-99, Luke 12:22-59

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on 1 Kings 4-5
  • The beginning of Solomon’s reign gives so much hope
  • There is peace in the land
  • Solomon has great wisdom
  • Solomon has great foreign relations with other nations
  • Solomon has a great cabinet for his government
  • And Solomon makes abundant provisions to build the Temple of God
  • In so many ways, Solomon looks like the answer to God’s promise to David for a glorious eternal reign

How Points to Christ

  • But, as we will see, Solomon began well, but ended poorly
  • After Solomon, the kingdom quickly declines
  • And in the NT, Jesus Himself says, someone much greater than Solomon is here
  • Jesus is David’s Greater Son, the Promised Davidic King whose reign will greatly surpass the reign of David and Solomon

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  • Please pray that I would constantly point people to Jesus
  • It is so easy to get excited about earthly representations of Jesus
  • It is easy to focus more on the good qualities of these people, like Solomon, which is good
  • But, what is better is to use these earthly representatives of Jesus to point people to Jesus
  • Someone Greater than Solomon is in Jesus – we are to worship and follow Jesus
  • Please pray that this would be true in my life
  • And please pray that as I pastor, that I would point people to follow Jesus, not me

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 5,492,000

Language: Tatar

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.04%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

March 29-  Exodus 10-11, 1 Kings 3, Psalm 97, Luke 12:1-21

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Luke 12:1-21
  • The parable of the rich fool was extremely relevant for Jesus’ day and for our day filled with secularism and materialism
  • Jesus says, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
  • (This reality is so contrary to the deceptions of our modern day consumeristic world)
  • (Advertisements and marketing often seek to work on people’s covetousness, trying to show that the enjoyment of life does consist in the abundance of our possessions)
  • (Will we believe the world or Jesus?)
  • The parable of the rich fools gives perspective
  • No matter how many possessions on has or seeks to acquire, death is always knocking on our door
  • We have no idea when death takes us (the majority of deaths in this world are not expected)
  • We take none of our possessions with us at death
  • (Working hard and earning wealth and having possessions is not bad – but coveting and not being rich toward God and those whom God created in His image is bad)

How Points to Christ

  • God is the richest giver – giving us the gift of His Son
  • God has been rich toward us, calling us to reflect His character by being rich to Him and others

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  • Please pray that I would fight coveting in all forms (not just material possessions, but coveting the size and beauty of another person’s church, or the size of the congregation)
  • Life and ministry are not about our kingdom – it is all about God’s Kingdom
  • Many times, we need to give our best people for the spread of God’s Kingdom to the nations
  • Please pray that I would be characterized by being rich toward God and other people

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 5,884,000

Language: Kannada

Religion: Hinduism

Evangelical: 0.00%

For more details…

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

March 28-  Exodus 9, 1 Kings 2, Psalm 96, Luke 11:27-54

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Psalm 96
  • God is worthy to be worshiped and sung about in all the earth
  • God is the only one who brings true salvation
  • God is the only great Lord, greatly to be praised and greatly to be feared above all gods
  • All the other gods of all peoples are worthless idols
  • None of them created the heavens and the earth
  • Given the uniqueness and greatness of the One True God, we ought to worship Him
  • And we ought to open our mouth to declare His greatness

How Points to Christ

  • God’s great salvation leads to the glory and greatness of His Son Jesus Christ
  • The Unique Son of God who lived the perfect life, died the substitutionary, sacrificial death, and who was the Only One who conquered sin and death through resurrecting from the dead in victory

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  • If I lived my life regularly meditating on the greatness and glory of God – how would my life change?
  • Everything would change!
  • Selfish ambition and pride would be gone
  • Evangelism would be constantly on my mind and heart to declare the greatness of God to others
  • Please pray that I would meditate on the majesty and glory and strength and greatness of God all throughout the day!

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