Run the Race: March 18-23, 2019

Just as a distance runner uses a training schedule to prepare for running a big race, we who are going to run the race of faith with our eyes focused on Jesus, need to prepare as well. Each day begin with reading from the Bible. Then, take some time to pray. Starting out, pray for a few minutes a day. As you are able you can increase the amount of time in prayer with the Lord.

Learn about our Run the Race sermon series >

 

This Week’s Training Guide

Monday, March 18, 2019
Read: Psalm 73:21-28
Prayer suggestion: The Mourning

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Read: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
Prayer suggestion: The Depressed

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Prayer suggestion: The Unemployed

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Read: John 14:1-14
Prayer suggestion: The Lost

Friday, March 22, 2019
Read: Psalm 71:1-8
Prayer suggestion: The Military

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Read: Psalm 32:1-11
Prayer suggestion: The Addicted

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MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105

Natasha Bartinelli
Run the Race: March 11-16, 2019

Just as a distance runner uses a training schedule to prepare for running a big race, we who are going to run the race of faith with our eyes focused on Jesus, need to prepare as well. Each day begin with reading from the Bible. Then, take some time to pray. Starting out, pray for a few minutes a day. As you are able you can increase the amount of time in prayer with the Lord.

Learn about our Run the Race sermon series >

 

This Week’s Training Guide

Monday, March 11, 2019
Read: Matthew 4:12-22
Prayer suggestion: Family

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Read: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Prayer suggestion: Sick and ill

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Read: John 15:1-17
Prayer suggestion: Shut-ins

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Read: Matthew 5:1-12
Prayer suggestion: Church

Friday, March 15, 2019
Read: 1 Peter 4:12-19
Prayer suggestion: Missionaries

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Read: Romans 13:8-14
Prayer suggestion: College Students

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MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK

I AM the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:11

Erin Stipp
Daily Devotions: March 4-9, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Read: Genesis 25:19-34

Referring to today’s reading, Martin Luther once wrote, “Keep these two pictures before your eyes because each of us is either an Esau or a Jacob. Esau, unfortunately, is a man who was richly blessed by God but despised the Lord’s blessings and lost them (see Hebrews 12:15-17 for a summary of Esau’s life).

Prayer starter: Lord, help me turn aside any desire I might have with temporary, earthly things so that I keep focused on the crown of life You have for me and all who believe. Amen.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Read: Genesis 26:1-11

The devil might have a tempting bag of tricks but he didn’t have to reach very far into the bag to cause Isaac to stumble. Isaac’s try at deception was pretty poor; he and Rebekah had two children! Once again, God comes to the rescue, preserving His people and His plan for the salvation of the world.

Prayer starter: Heavenly Father, guard me from the temptations of the devil and rescue me from all evil. Amen.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Read: Genesis 26:12-35

God richly blessed Isaac; even the king had to admit, “We clearly saw the Lord was with you.” It seems the king realized that since Isaac was going to prosper, he might as well join him. See Proverbs 16:7. Unfortunately, Esau continues to live in a reckless and faithless way.

Prayer starter: Bless our worship, Lord, as we continue to learn more about the Lord’s Prayer. Amen.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Read: Genesis 27:1-25

Today’s reading seems to be written in the style of a soap opera. There’s intrigue, deception, and greed run amok. Rebekah’s motivation was not the glory of God but the welfare of her favorite son. And Jacob’s response lacks the kind of honesty and integrity you’d expect for an heir of God’s Messianic promise. Bad behavior all around!

Prayer starter: Forgive me, Lord, for those times when I took matters into my own hands instead of trusting in Your way and will for my life.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Read: Genesis 27:26-46

See verse 33 again – it’s not hard to understand why Isaac trembled as he did. How hard would it be to learn that you have been deceived by your own wife and son? Still, in spite of it all, God’s will had been done and the blessing had gone to the one the Lord intended it for. All Isaac can do is give Esau an idea of what the future will hold – and it ain’t good!

Prayer starter: Father God, help me to live in loving obedience according to Your Word. Amen.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Read: Genesis 28:1-9

Some have called this chapter the start of God’s training program for Jacob. As you read, see you can identify those times when God taught Jacob how to put down his sinful nature. Also, look for those times that God teaches Jacob that he can trust God’s promises.

Prayer starter: Lord, prepare my heart to receive Your gifts of grace this weekend. Amen.

Erin Stipp
Daily Devotions: Feb. 25 - March 2, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019

Read: 1 Samuel 28:5-15

Saul, knowing that God has abandoned him, is desperate enough to disturb the departed Samuel by consulting a medium. Lonely and afraid, Saul tells Samuel, “God has turned away from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams.” How can we know that God is with us? Start with Matthew 28:19-20.

Pray: Thank You, Lord, for Your constant presence in my life. Amen.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Read: Psalm 81:1-16

Most of us are not tempted to worship other deities and images. But there are some things that become so important that we become addicted to them. We become addicted to pornography, alcohol and drugs, spending to acquire clothing, purses, and so forth. All these distract us from God.

Pray: Lord, You know what I’ve made more important to You. Deliver me, O Lord! Amen.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Read: Isaiah 28:16-26

Much more than a continuous state of mind, trusting is a repeated choice of risk in a relationship. Can you think of some experiences where there was no other thing to do but trust God? Was it worth it? Did you see God in action?

Pray: God, thank You for the gift of faith that enables me to firmly trust in You alone. Amen.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Read: Mark 9:38-50

Sometimes we become competitive with other people, organizations or churches. Often when we’re competitive we feel threatened; we’re driven to prove we possess a special knowledge, better method or more honorable motive. While competition can be healthy, it can also be divisive and unhealthy.

Pray: Lord, help me curb my competitive juices so that I work willingly and helpfully with others. Amen.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Read: Romans 8:1-17

Read verse one over again, slowly. Let the words sink in. Since you are “in Christ Jesus,” you are covered by His blood, forgiven of your sins and holy and acceptable to God the Father. Memorize this verse!

Pray: Thank You, Jesus, for saving me from everlasting condemnation. Amen.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Read: 1 John 4:7-21

What a wonderful thought with which to wrap up your week. God is love! Such a simple but accurate and powerful description of God’s nature.

Pray: Lord, I love only because You first loved me. Let me rejoice in Your love this weekend in worship. Amen.

Erin Stipp
Daily Devotions: February 18-23, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Read: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15

Our text introduces us to a man who actually found relief and joy in being caught in a sin. “Royal David” royally sinned. Have you ever noticed that trouble often comes our way when we aren’t where we’re supposed to be?

Pray: Protect me this day, O Lord, from the temptations and schemes of the evil one. Amen.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Read: James 1:13-18

Remember, this all began with David remaining in the safety of his palace while his men were at war. But without realizing it, David had put himself in harm’s way…He had put his soul at risk.

Pray: Thank You, gracious God, for Your forgiveness, the perfect antidote to my guilty conscience, through Christ my Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Read: Psalm 32:1-5

David might have thought he’d outsmarted everyone over the Bathsheba incident. But he wasn’t happy…on the inside he was miserable, guilt ridden and terrified.

Pray: Thank You, gracious God, for Your forgiveness, the perfect antidote to my guilty conscience, through Christ my Lord. Amen.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Read: Psalm 32:6-11

The King gave a model confession: I have sinned against the Lord. No excuses, no denials, no blameshifting. Simple acknowledgment and sorrow for what he had done…David, the prodigal, had “come home” and finally knew once again the peace of his Father’s presence and mercy.

Pray: Dear Father, thank You for hearing and answering my prayers for forgiveness and faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Read: Psalm 51:7-12

After confrontation and confession and absolution, there’s celebration! That’s the joy of getting caught!

Pray: O Lord, there is nothing I can hide from You. Hear me as I confess my sins and shortcomings to You... Now read again Psalm 51:9 & 17

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Read: Psalm 119:105-112

It is very important to keep ourselves in the “places” where we can “get caught.” Keep yourself in the Word of God…keep yourself in fellowship with other believers…keep yourself in worship each Sunday.

Pray: With the psalmist I pray, Lord Jesus: “I was glad when they said, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord’.” Amen.

Natasha Bartinelli