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Twelve Biblical Reasons Why We Should Pray

This was in my church newsletter and I asked to reprint it. It is written by Rev. Dennis Metzger from First Baptist Church of Hamilton Ohio. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Twelve Biblical Reasons Why We Should Pray

It was one of those brief conversations that make a lasting impression. Ruth and I had been married a few years, and we were spending a few days with my family in Akron during the Christmas holidays. As we had finished gathering our things that had been scattered around the house, preparing to return to our home in Michigan, we sat down with a cup of tea at my mother’s kitchen table. We were just speaking the usual pleasantries about how good it was to be home, and thanking her for her hospitality, that she told us something I had never heard before. Read on…

Some of you may remember that my parents were divorced when my sister and I were still in our elementary school. Dad had been gone for a few years before my mom remarried, adding a new sister and brother a few years later. Mom held our family together during those interim days, and I look back on her efforts with much appreciation and admiration. One of Mom’s concerns, of course, was the welfare of my sister, Cathie, and me. It is during such times of uncertainty and insecurity that most of us fall on our knees before the throne of grace asking for wisdom and help from the One who provides both with abundance and much love…

That is the back-story. As we sat at the kitchen table on that day in December, Mom told us that she had committed her kids to the Lord during those lonely days, asking God’s protection and guidance upon our lives. She said she gave the Lord permission to use her son in any way that He desired, and that I was totally His–100%. I remember placing my hand on hers, telling her that I had not known that story before, and how thankful I was for her willingness to offer me to the Lord. I believe that it was this prayerful sacrifice of my mother on my behalf that followed me as I made my way in this world in my early years, which
ultimately brought me into the Lord’s ministry.

I could have gone any number of directions in college. I began with an interest in English lit and grammar; focused my studies in the sciences with a B.S. in Biology, and could have easily taken that major into the public classroom. I spent time substitute teaching my last year after finishing up my final few hours. But behind all of that was a desire to study theology and the Lord’s ministry. I have a heart for the things of God, and believe that it began with my mother’s commitment and prayerful invitation to the Lord to make me His very own.

On April 18th, I began a new series in the morning worship services entitled, The Great Adventure. The focus is that the members and friends of First Baptist would become a people who understand the value and necessity of committed personal prayer. There are many reasons why those who are committed to the Lord should follow this path. Allow me to take a few lines to list them. Twelve Biblical reasons why we should pray:

1. Reason #1: God values our prayers.

In John’s letter to the churches in Revelation, there is a scene in the fifth chapter where John sees with His own eyes the glory of the living and resurrected Savior as he stands before the throne of God in his regained power and splendor. The relevant portion of the text reads:

Then I saw a Lamb [Jesus] , looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders…He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Rev 5:6-8).

That is a remarkable passage in many respects. But to think that the heart expressions of our lives in prayer are like a sweet-smelling incense in the presence of God is a sobering thought. When our praise, adoration, and petitions leave our hearts, they are treasured by the God who hears them. That is an image we need to hold firmly in mind. God deeply desires that we would offer the prayers of our hearts to him–words of praise, thanksgiving, petition for our own needs; intercession for the needs of others. God values our prayers.

 

2. We are instructed in the Bible to pray..

Matthew 5:44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you;

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

James 5:16 The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

 

3. We should follow Jesus’ example, and like Him, pray regularly..

Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Luke 6:12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the [whole] night praying to God.

And of course you know of the prayers of our Lord Jesus on the evening before his crucifixion. Jesus prayed to the Father that He would be able to
complete the work the Father gave Him to do. And the Father answered that prayer.

 

4. Prayer is how we communicate our worship and praise to God.

Philip. 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

1 Thes. 5:17 pray continually.

5. Through prayer, God allows us to participate in His work on behalf of others.

Prayer can heal nations and grant us strength to endure difficulties. Prayer also plays a part in bringing others
to faith in Christ. You already know the most powerful promise that we have used in times of national prayer:

2 Chron. 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

6. Prayer gives us power over evil.

Physical power and strength are of no use in the spiritual realm. Even the physically weak can be strong in prayer:

James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

7. Prayer is always available to us.

Nothing can keep a believer from coming before God. Governments may condemn and forbid God’s Word, but there are no barriers to prayer.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

8. Prayer keeps us humble before God.

Through prayer we realize that God is in control and we can do nothing apart from Him.

Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

 

9. Prayer grants us the privilege of experiencing the reality, the presence, and the power of God.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
ends of the earth.”

 

10. Answered prayer has the potential to be an incredible witness to unbelievers.

Skeptics will always have criticisms and doubts regarding answered prayer, but some will see the power of God at work, and as a result, may be drawn to Christ..

Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

11. Prayer strengthens the bonds among believers. Scripture instructs us to pray for and confess our sins to one another. Through this we learn empathy and understand the needs of others.

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

12. Prayer succeeds where other means have failed.

Prayer is not a last resort, but it can often make a difference where other methods have failed.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

To his prophet Jeremiah, God revealed His heart–a heart that issues forth in good things for those who love Him:

Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Prayer is commanded in the Scriptures. It is also an amazing privilege. God, the Creator, invites us to come to Him personally to share in a lifestyle of relationship.
In prayer, we hear the invitation of God Himself who says, “I long for the pleasure of your company. Won*t you join Me?” I pray that we will find
ourselves emboldened and willing to do so.

Because a mother prayed…Pastor

Amazing Email

Here is another great email I got.

Dan

If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.  Mark 9:35

ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW AND  THAT ONES FAITH CAN LEAD A MAN TO DO AMAZING THINGS BOTH NOW AND THEN!
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS IN PERSON AMAZING!

This is amazing.  The wood alone would have cost him a fortune.

Man builds working replica of Noah’s Ark (exact scale given in Bible)

In Schagen , Netherlands
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The massive central door in the side of Noah’s Ark was opened to the first crowd of curious townsfolk to behold the wonder. Of course, it’s only a replica of the biblical Ark , built by Dutch creationist, Johan Huibers, as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.
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The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high an d 20 cubits wide. That’s two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold.
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A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.
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Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son, Roy. Construction began in May 2005. On the uncovered top deck not quite ready in time for the opening – will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs, chickens, goats and one camel.
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Visitors on the first day were stunned. ‘It’s past comprehension’, said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.
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‘I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big ‘ There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and his ark. Huibers, a Christian man, said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands , where church-going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.
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Now that I am old and Gray…give me the time to tell This new generation (and their children too) About all your mighty miracles.
Psalm 71:18

Email – SAYING GRACE IN A RESTAURANT

Got this email in today.

Dan

Last week, I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, ‘God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!’

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, ‘That’s what’s wrong with this country. Kids today don’t even know how to pray.. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!’

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, ‘Did I do it wrong?  Is God mad at me?’ As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my son and said, ‘I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.’

‘Really?’ my son asked.

‘Cross my heart,’ the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), ‘Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.’

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal.. My son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, ‘Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the s oul sometimes; and my soul is good already.’

The End

How to read the whole Bible through in one year

I would like to share with all new believers a bible reading plan that will help you learn God’s Holy Scriptures. Did you know that God’s Spirit works in the heart of all believers? This same Holy Spirit will help you grow in Grace and knowledge of God’s Holy Word by reading it. He will also help you understand His love for Him and why Jesus had to die for your sins on the cross. If you have not been saved, all you have to do is call upon the name of Jesus and ask Him to save you. Then you must repent and confess your sins to God and He will cleanse your soul. I am a born again believer in Christ our Lord and Savior and even though each of us are made different from each other in a lot of ways. This I do know that we as believers have a bond of love that comes from belonging to the family of God because we all have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It is this bond of great love in our hearts for our Savior that we all have that links us together throughout all eternity in Jesus Christ. I ask you to remember one scripture in the bible and keep it in your heart as your own personal testimony. The Bible teaches that there is “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under Heaven, among men whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

“How to Read the Whole Bible Through in One year”

A) Reading Schedule For the month of January:
1) Genesis Chapters 1-3 and Matthew Chapter 1
2) Genesis Chapters 4-6 and Matthew Chapter 2:1-12
3) Genesis Chapters 7-8 and Matthew Chapter 2:13-23
4) Genesis Chapters 9-11 and Matthew Chapter 3
5) Genesis Chapters 12-14 and Matthew Chapter 4:1-11
6) Genesis Chapters 15-17 and Matthew Chapter 4:12-25
7) Genesis Chapters 18-19 and Matthew Chapter 5:1-16
8) Genesis Chapters 20-22 and Matthew Chapter 5:17-48
9) Genesis Chapters 23-24 and Matthew Chapter 6:1-18
10) Genesis Chapters 25-27 and Matthew Chapter 6:19-34
11) Genesis Chapters 28-29 and Matthew Chapter 7:1-14
12) Genesis Chapters 30-31 and Matthew Chapter 7:15-29
13) Genesis Chapters 32-33 and Matthew Chapter 8:1-17
14) Genesis Chapters 34-36 and Matthew Chapter 8:18-34
15) Genesis Chapters 37-38 and Matthew Chapter 9:1-26
16) Genesis Chapters 39-40 and Matthew Chapter 9:27-38
17) Genesis Chapters 41-42 and Matthew Chapter 10
18) Genesis Chapters 43-45 and Matthew Chapter 11:1-19
19) Genesis Chapters 46-47 and Matthew Chapter 11:20-30
20) Genesis Chapters 48-50 and Matthew Chapter 12:1-21
21) Exodus Chapters 1-2 and Matthew Chapter 12:22-50
22) Exodus Chapters 3-4 and Matthew Chapter 13:1-23
23) Exodus Chapters 5-7 and Matthew Chapter 13:24-58
24) Exodus Chapters 8-9 and Matthew Chapter 14:1-21
25) Exodus Chapters 10-11 and Matthew Chapter 14:22-36
26) Exodus Chapters 12-13 and Matthew Chapter 15:1-20
27) Exodus Chapters 14-15 and Matthew Chapter 15:21-39
28) Exodus Chapters 16-18 and Matthew Chapter 16:1-12
29) Exodus Chapters 19-21 and Matthew Chapter 16:13-28
30) Exodus Chapters 22-23 and Matthew Chapter 17:1-13
31) Exodus Chapters 24-26 and Matthew Chapter 17:14-27

B) Reading Schedule For the month of February:
1) Exodus Chapters 27-28 and Matthew Chapter 18:1-20
2) Exodus Chapters 29-30 and Matthew Chapter 18:21-35
3) Exodus Chapters 31-32 and Matthew Chapter 19:1-15
4) Exodus Chapters 33-34 and Matthew Chapter 19:16-30
5) Exodus Chapters 35-36 and Matthew Chapter 20:1-16
6) Exodus Chapters 37-38 and Matthew Chapter 20:17-34
7) Exodus Chapters 39-40 and Matthew Chapter 21:1-22
8) Leviticus Chapters 1-3 and Matthew Chapter 21:23-46
9) Leviticus Chapters 4-5 and Matthew Chapter 22:1-14
10) Leviticus Chapters 6-8 and Matthew Chapter 22:15-46
11) Leviticus Chapters 9-10 and Matthew Chapter 23
12) Leviticus Chapters 11-13 and Matthew Chapter 24:1-31
13) Leviticus Chapters 14-15 and Matthew Chapter 24:32-51
14) Leviticus Chapters 16-18 and Matthew Chapter 25:1-30
15) Leviticus Chapters 19-20 and Matthew Chapter 25:31-46
16) Leviticus Chapters 21-23 and Matthew Chapter 26:1-35
17) Leviticus Chapters 24-25 and Matthew Chapter 26:36-56
18) Leviticus Chapters 26-27 and Matthew Chapter 26:57-75
19) Numbers Chapters 1-2 and Matthew Chapter 27:1-31
20) Numbers Chapters 3-4 and Matthew Chapter 27:32-66
21) Numbers Chapters 5-6 and Matthew Chapter 28
22) Numbers Chapters 7 and Mark Chapter 1:1-15
23) Numbers Chapters 8-10 and Mark Chapter 1:16-45
24) Numbers Chapters 11-12 and Mark Chapter 2:14-28
25) Numbers Chapters 13-14 and Mark Chapter 2:1-15
26) Numbers Chapters 15-16 and Mark Chapter 3:1-12
27) Numbers Chapters 17-18 and Mark Chapter 3:13-35
28) Numbers Chapters 19-21 and Mark Chapter 4

C) Reading Schedule For the month of March:
1) Numbers Chapters 22-24 and Mark Chapter 5:1-20
2) Numbers Chapters 25-26 and Mark Chapter 5:21-43
3) Numbers Chapters 27-29 and Mark Chapter 6:1-13
4) Numbers Chapters 30-31 and Mark Chapter 6:14-32
5) Numbers Chapters 32-33 and Mark Chapter 6:33-56
6) Numbers Chapters 34-36 and Mark Chapter 7:1-23
7) Deuteronomy Chapters 1-2 and Mark Chapter 7:24-37
8) Deuteronomy Chapters 3-4 and Mark Chapter 8:1-10
9) Deuteronomy Chapters 5-6 and Mark Chapter 8:11-26
10) Deuteronomy Chapters 7-9 and Mark Chapter 8:27-38
11) Deuteronomy Chapters 10-11 and Mark Chapter 9:1-13
12) Deuteronomy Chapters 12-14 and Mark Chapter 9:14-29
13) Deuteronomy Chapters 15-17 and Mark Chapter 9:30-50
14) Deuteronomy Chapters 18-20 and Mark Chapter 10:1-16
15) Deuteronomy Chapters 21-23 and Mark Chapter 10:17-31
16) Deuteronomy Chapters 24-26 and Mark Chapter 10:32-52
17) Deuteronomy Chapters 27-28 and Mark Chapter 11:1-11
18) Deuteronomy Chapters 29-30 and Mark Chapter 11:12-33
19) Deuteronomy Chapters 31-32 and Mark Chapter 12:1-12
20) Deuteronomy Chapters 33-34 and Mark Chapter 12:13-27
21) Joshua Chapters 1-2 and Mark Chapter 12:28-44
22) Joshua Chapters 3-4 and Mark Chapter 13:1-13
23) Joshua Chapters 5-6 and Mark Chapter 13:14-37
24) Joshua Chapters 7-8 and Mark Chapter 14:1-11
25) Joshua Chapters 9-10 and Mark Chapter 14:12-31
26) Joshua Chapters 11-12 and Mark Chapter 14:32-52
27) Joshua Chapters 13-15 and Mark Chapter 14:53-72
28) Joshua Chapters 16-18 and Mark Chapter 15:1-15
29) Joshua Chapters 19-20 and Mark Chapter 15:16-39
30) Joshua Chapters 21-22 and Mark Chapter 15:40-47
31) Joshua Chapters 23-24 and Mark Chapter 16

D) Reading Schedule For the month of April:
1) Judges Chapters 1-3 and Luke Chapter 1:1-25
2) Judges Chapters 4-5 and Luke Chapter 1:26-38
3) Judges Chapters 6 and Luke Chapter 1:39-56
4) Judges Chapters 7-8 and Luke Chapter 1:57-80
5) Judges Chapters 9 and Luke Chapter 2:1-20
6) Judges Chapters 10-12 and Luke Chapter 2:21-40
7) Judges Chapters 13-15 and Luke Chapter 2:41-52
8) Judges Chapters 16 and Luke Chapter 3:1-20
9) Judges Chapters 17-18 and Luke Chapter 3:21-38
10) Judges Chapters 19-20 and Luke Chapter 4:1-13
11) Judges Chapters 21 and Luke Chapter 4:14-32
12) Ruth Chapters 1-2 and Luke Chapter 4:33-44
13) Ruth Chapters 3-4 and Luke Chapter 5:1-26
14) I Samuel Chapters 1-2 and Luke Chapter 5:27-39
15) I Samuel Chapters 3-4 and Luke Chapter 6:1-11
16) I Samuel Chapters 5-6 and Luke Chapter 6:12-49
17) I Samuel Chapters 7-8 and Luke Chapter 7:1-17
18) I Samuel Chapters 9-10 and Luke Chapter 7:18-35
19) I Samuel Chapters 11-13 and Luke Chapter 7:36-50
20) I Samuel Chapters 14-15 and Luke Chapter 8:1-18
21) I Samuel Chapters 16-17 and Luke Chapter 8:19-39
22) I Samuel Chapters 18-19 and Luke Chapter 8:40-56
23) I Samuel Chapters 20-21 and Luke Chapter 9:1-17
24) I Samuel Chapters 22-23 and Luke Chapter 9:18-45
25) I Samuel Chapters 24-25 and Luke Chapter 9:46-62
26) I Samuel Chapters 26-27 and Luke Chapter 10:1-24
27) I Samuel Chapters 28-29 and Luke Chapter 10:25-42
28) I Samuel Chapters 30-31 and Luke Chapter 11:1-13
29) II Samuel Chapters 1-2 and Luke Chapter 11:14-28
3O) II Samuel Chapters 3-4 and Luke Chapter 11:29-54

E) Reading Schedule For the month of May:
1) II Samuel Chapters 5-6 and Luke Chapter 12:1-12
2) II Samuel Chapters 7-8 and Luke Chapter 12:13-34
3) II Samuel Chapters 9-10 and Luke Chapter 12:35-59
4) II Samuel Chapters 11-12 and Luke Chapter 13:1-17
5) II Samuel Chapters 13-14 and Luke Chapter 13:18-35
6) II Samuel Chapters 15-16 and Luke Chapter 14:1-24
7) II Samuel Chapters 17-18 and Luke Chapter 14:25-35
8) II Samuel Chapters 19-20 and Luke Chapter 15
9) II Samuel Chapters 21-22 and Luke Chapter 16:1-18
10) II Samuel Chapters 23-24 and Luke Chapter 16:19-31
11) I Kings Chapters 1-2 and Luke Chapter 17:1-19
12) I Kings Chapters 3-4 and Luke Chapter 17:20-37
13) I Kings Chapters 5-6 and Luke Chapter 18:1-17
14) I Kings Chapters 7-8 and Luke Chapter 18:18-43
15) I Kings Chapters 9-11 and Luke Chapter 19:1-27
16) I Kings Chapters 12-13 and Luke Chapter 19:28-48
17) I Kings Chapters 14-15 and Luke Chapter 20:1-26
18) I Kings Chapters 16-17 and Luke Chapter 20:27-47
19) I Kings Chapters 18-19 and Luke Chapter 21:1-28
20) I Kings Chapters 20-21 and Luke Chapter 21:29-38
21) I Kings Chapters 22 and Luke Chapter 22:1-23
22) II Kings Chapters 1-3 and Luke Chapter 22:24-53
23) II Kings Chapters 4-5 and Luke Chapter 22:54-71
24) II Kings Chapters 6-7 and Luke Chapter 23:1-12
25) II Kings Chapters 8-9 and Luke Chapter 23:13-32
26) II Kings Chapters 10-11 and Luke Chapter 23:33-56
27) II Kings Chapters 12-13 and Luke Chapter 24:1-12
28) II Kings Chapters 14-15 and Luke Chapter 24:13-53
29) II Kings Chapters 16-17 and John Chapter 1:1-18
30) II Kings Chapters 18-20 and John Chapter 1:19-51
31) II Kings Chapters 21-23 and John Chapter 2

F) Reading Schedule For the month of June:
1) II Kings Chapters 24-25 and John Chapter 3:1-21
2) I Chronicles Chapters 1-2 and John Chapter 3:22-36
3) I Chronicles Chapters 3-4 and John Chapter 4:1-42
4) I Chronicles Chapters 5-6 and John Chapter 4:43-54
5) I Chronicles Chapters 7-8 and John Chapter 5:1-17
6) I Chronicles Chapters 9-10 and John Chapter 5:18-47
7) I Chronicles Chapters 11-12 and John Chapter 6:1-15
8) I Chronicles Chapters 13-15 and John Chapter 6:16-40
9) I Chronicles Chapters 16-17 and John Chapter 6:41-71
10) I Chronicles Chapters 18-19 and John Chapter 7:1-36
11) I Chronicles Chapters 20-21 and John Chapter 7:37-53
12) I Chronicles Chapters 22-24 and John Chapter 8:1-11
13) I Chronicles Chapters 25-27 and John Chapter 8:12-59
14) I Chronicles Chapters 28-29 and John Chapter 9
15) II Chronicles Chapters 1-2 and John Chapter 10:1-21
16) II Chronicles Chapters 3-4 and John Chapter 10:22-42
17) II Chronicles Chapters 5-6 and John Chapter 11
18) II Chronicles Chapters 7-9 and John Chapter 12:1-19
19) II Chronicles Chapters 10-12 and John Chapter 12:20-50
20) II Chronicles Chapters 13-16 and John Chapter 13
21) II Chronicles Chapters 17-19 and John Chapter 14
22) II Chronicles Chapters 20-21 and John Chapter 15
23) II Chronicles Chapters 22-23 and John Chapter 16
24) II Chronicles Chapters 24-25 and John Chapter 17
25) II Chronicles Chapters 26-27 and John Chapter 18
26) II Chronicles Chapters 28-29 and John Chapter 19:1-16
27) II Chronicles Chapters 30-31 and John Chapter 19:17-42
28) II Chronicles Chapters 32 and John Chapter 20:1-18
29) II Chronicles Chapters 33-34 and John Chapter 20:19-31
30) II Chronicles Chapters 35-36 and John Chapter 21

G) Reading Schedule For the month of July:
1) Ezra Chapters 1-2 and Acts Chapter 1
2) Ezra Chapters 3-4 and Acts Chapter 2
3) Ezra Chapters 5-6 and Acts Chapter 3
4) Ezra Chapters 7-8 and Acts Chapter 4:1-22
5) Ezra Chapters 9-10 and Acts Chapter 4:23-37
6) Nehemiah Chapters 1-3 and Acts Chapter 5
7) Nehemiah Chapters 4-6 and Acts Chapter 6
8) Nehemiah Chapters 7-9 and Acts Chapter 7
9) Nehemiah Chapters 10-11 and Acts Chapter 8:1-25
10) Nehemiah Chapters 12-13 and Acts Chapter 8:26-40
11) Esther Chapters 1-2 and Acts Chapter 9:1-22
12) Esther Chapters 3-6 and Acts Chapter 9:23-43
13) Esther Chapters 7-10 and Acts Chapter 10:1-23
14) Job Chapters 1-3 and Acts Chapter 10:24-48
15) Job Chapters 4-7 and Acts Chapter 11
16) Job Chapters 8-10 and Acts Chapter 12
17) Job Chapters 11-14 and Acts Chapter 13:1-13
18) Job Chapters 15-17 and Acts Chapter 13:14-52
19) Job Chapters 18-21 and Acts Chapter 14
20) Job Chapters 22-24 and Acts Chapter 15
21) Job Chapters 25-28 and Acts Chapter 16:1-15
22) Job Chapters 29-31 and Acts Chapter 16:16-40
23) Job Chapters 32-34 and Acts Chapter 17:1-15
24) Job Chapters 35-37 and Acts Chapter 17:16-34
25) Job Chapters 38-39 and Acts Chapter 18
26) Job Chapters 40-42 and Acts Chapter 19:1-20
27) Psalms Chapters 1-6 and Acts Chapter 19:21-41
28) Psalms Chapters 7-12 and Acts Chapter 20:1-16
29) Psalms Chapters 13-18 and Acts Chapter 20:17-38
30) Psalms Chapters 19-24 and Acts Chapter 21:1-16
31) Psalms Chapters 25-30 and Acts Chapter 21:17-40

H) Reading Schedule For the month of August:
1) Psalms Chapters 31-36 and Acts Chapter 22
2) Psalms Chapters 37-41 and Acts Chapter 23
3) Psalms Chapters 42-47 and Acts Chapter 24
4) Psalms Chapters 48-53 and Acts Chapter 25
5) Psalms Chapters 54-58 and Acts Chapter 26
6) Psalms Chapters 59-64 and Acts Chapter 27
7) Psalms Chapters 65-68 and Acts Chapter 28:1-15
8) Psalms Chapters 69-72 and Acts Chapter 28:16-31
9) Psalms Chapters 73-77 and Romans Chapter 1:1-17
10) Psalms Chapters 78-80 and Romans Chapter 1:18-32
11) Psalms Chapters 81-86 and Romans Chapter 2
12) Psalms Chapters 87-89 and Romans Chapter 3
13) Psalms Chapters 90-95 and Romans Chapter 4
14) Psalms Chapters 96-102 and Romans Chapter 5
15) Psalms Chapters 103-106 and Romans Chapter 6
16) Psalms Chapters 107-111 and Romans Chapter 7
17) Psalms Chapters 112-118 and Romans Chapter 8:1-17
18) Psalms Chapters 119:1-88 and Romans Chapter 8:18-39
19) Psalms Chapters 119:89-176 and Romans Chapter 9
20) Psalms Chapters 120-129 and Romans Chapter 1:1-17
21) Psalms Chapters 130-136 and Romans Chapter 11
22) Psalms Chapters 137-140 and Romans Chapter 12
23) Psalms Chapters 141-145 and Romans Chapter 13
24) Psalms Chapters 146-150 and Romans Chapter 14
25) Proverbs Chapters 1-3 and Romans Chapter 15
26) Proverbs Chapters 4-6 and Romans Chapter 16
27) Proverbs Chapters 7-9 and I Corinthians Chapter 1
28) Proverbs Chapters 10-12 and I Corinthians Chapter 2
29) Proverbs Chapters 13-14 and I Corinthians Chapter 3
30) Proverbs Chapters 15-17 and I Corinthians Chapter 4
31) Proverbs Chapters 18-20 and I Corinthians Chapter 5

I) Reading Schedule For the month of September:
1) Proverbs Chapters 21-23 and I Corinthians Chapter 6
2) Proverbs Chapters 24-26 and I Corinthians Chapter 7
3) Proverbs Chapters 27-29 and I Corinthians Chapter 8
4) Proverbs Chapters 30-31 and I Corinthians Chapter 9
5) Ecclesiastes Chapters 1-3 and I Corinthians Chapter10
6) Ecclesiastes Chapters 4-7 and I Corinthians Chapter11
7) Ecclesiastes Chapters 8-12 and I Corinthians Chapter 12
8) Song of Solomon Chapters 1-4 and I Corinthians Chapter 13
9) Song of Solomon Chapters 5-8 and I Corinthians Chapter 14
10) Isaiah Chapters 1-4 and I Corinthians Chapter 15
11) Isaiah Chapters 5-7 and I Corinthians Chapter 16
12) Isaiah Chapters 8-9 and II Corinthians Chapter 1
13) Isaiah Chapters 10-12 and II Corinthians Chapter 2
14) Isaiah Chapters 13-14 and II Corinthians Chapter 3
15) Isaiah Chapters 15-18 and II Corinthians Chapter 4
16) Isaiah Chapters 19-22 and II Corinthians Chapter 5
17) Isaiah Chapters 23-25 and II Corinthians Chapter 6
18) Isaiah Chapters 26-29 and II Corinthians Chapter 7
19) Isaiah Chapters 30-32 and II Corinthians Chapter 8
20) Isaiah Chapters 33-35 and II Corinthians Chapter 9
21) Isaiah Chapters 36-39 and II Corinthians Chapter 10
22) Isaiah Chapters 40-41 and II Corinthians Chapter 11
23) Isaiah Chapters 42-43 and II Corinthians Chapter 12
24) Isaiah Chapters 44-47 and II Corinthians Chapter 13
25) Isaiah Chapters 48-50 and Galatians Chapter 1
26) Isaiah Chapters 51-53 and Galatians Chapter 2
27) Isaiah Chapters 54-57 and Galatians Chapter 3
28) Isaiah Chapters 58-60 and Galatians Chapter 4
29) Isaiah Chapters 61-63 and Galatians Chapter 5
30) Isaiah Chapters 64-66 and Galatians Chapter 6

J) Reading Schedule For the month of October:
1) Jeremiah Chapter 1 and Ephesians Chapter 1
2) Jeremiah Chapter 2 and Ephesians Chapter 2
3) Jeremiah Chapter 3-4 and Ephesians Chapter 3
4) Jeremiah Chapter 5-6 and Ephesians Chapter 4
5) Jeremiah Chapter 7-8 and Ephesians Chapter 5
6) Jeremiah Chapter 9-10 and Ephesians Chapter 6
7) Jeremiah Chapter 11-12 and Philippians Chapter 1
8) Jeremiah Chapter 13-14 and Philippians Chapter 2
9) Jeremiah Chapter 15-17 and Philippians Chapter 3
10) Jeremiah Chapter 18-19 and Philippians Chapter 4
11) Jeremiah Chapter 20-21 and Colossians Chapter 1
12) Jeremiah Chapter 22-23 and Colossians Chapter 2
13) Jeremiah Chapter 24-25 and Colossians Chapter 3
14) Jeremiah Chapter 26 and Colossians Chapter 4
15) Jeremiah Chapter 27-28 and I Thessalonians Chapter 1
16) Jeremiah Chapter 29-30 and I Thessalonians Chapter 2
17) Jeremiah Chapter 31 and I Thessalonians Chapter 3
18) Jeremiah Chapter 32 and I Thessalonians Chapter 4
19) Jeremiah Chapter 33-34 and I Thessalonians Chapter 5
20) Jeremiah Chapter 35-36 and II Thessalonians Chapter 1
21) Jeremiah Chapter 37-38 and II Thessalonians Chapter 2
22) Jeremiah Chapter 39-41 and II Thessalonians Chapter 3
23) Jeremiah Chapter 42-43 and I Timothy Chapter 1
24) Jeremiah Chapter 44-45 and I Timothy Chapter 2
25) Jeremiah Chapter 46-47 and I Timothy Chapter 3
26) Jeremiah Chapter 48 and I Timothy Chapter 4
27) Jeremiah Chapter 49 and I Timothy Chapter 5
28) Jeremiah Chapter 50 and I Timothy Chapter 6
29) Jeremiah Chapter 51 and II Timothy Chapter 1
30) Jeremiah Chapter 52 and II Timothy Chapter 2
31) Lamentations Chapter 1 and II Timothy Chapter 3

K) Reading Schedule For the month of November:
1) Lamentations Chapter 2 and II Timothy Chapter 4
2) Lamentations Chapter 3 and Titus Chapter 1
3) Lamentations Chapter 4 and Titus Chapter 2
4) Lamentations Chapter 5 and Titus Chapter 3
5) Ezekiel Chapter 1-2 and Philemon Chapter 1
6) Ezekiel Chapter 3-5 and Hebrews Chapter 1
7) Ezekiel Chapter 6-7 and Hebrews Chapter 2
8) Ezekiel Chapter 8-10 and Hebrews Chapter 3
9) Ezekiel Chapter 11-12 and Hebrews Chapter 4
10) Ezekiel Chapter 13-14 and Hebrews Chapter 5
11) Ezekiel Chapter 15-16 and Hebrews Chapter 6
12) Ezekiel Chapter 17-18 and Hebrews Chapter 7
13) Ezekiel Chapter 19-20 and Hebrews Chapter 8
14) Ezekiel Chapter 21-22 and Hebrews Chapter 9
15) Ezekiel Chapter 23-24 and Hebrews Chapter 10
16) Ezekiel Chapter 25-26 and Hebrews Chapter 11
17) Ezekiel Chapter 27-28 and Hebrews Chapter 12
18) Ezekiel Chapter 29-30 and Hebrews Chapter 13
19) Ezekiel Chapter 31-32 and James Chapter 1
20) Ezekiel Chapter 33-34 and James Chapter 2
21) Ezekiel Chapter 35-37 and James Chapter 3
22) Ezekiel Chapter 38-39 and James Chapter 4
23) Ezekiel Chapter 40-41 and James Chapter 5
24) Ezekiel Chapter 42-43 and I Peter Chapter 1
25) Ezekiel Chapter 44-46 and I Peter Chapter 2
26) Ezekiel Chapter 47-48 and I Peter Chapter 3
27) Daniel Chapter 1 and I Peter Chapter 4
28) Daniel Chapter 2 and I Peter Chapter 5
29) Daniel Chapter 3 and II Peter Chapter 1
30) Daniel Chapter 4 and II Peter Chapter 2

L) Reading Schedule For the month of December:
1) Daniel Chapter 5-6 and II Peter Chapter 3
2) Daniel Chapter 7-8 and I John Chapter 1
3) Daniel Chapter 9 and I John Chapter 2
4) Daniel Chapter 10-12 and I John Chapter 3
5) Hosea Chapter 1-3 and I John Chapter 4
6) Hosea Chapter 4-6 and I John Chapter 5
7) Hosea Chapter 7-8 and II John Chapter 1
8) Hosea Chapter 9-10 and III John Chapter 1
9) Hosea Chapter 11-12 and Jude Chapter 1
10) Hosea Chapter 13-14 and Revelation Chapter 1
11) Joel Chapter 1-3 and Revelation Chapter 2
12) Amos Chapter 1-2 and Revelation Chapter 3
13) Amos Chapter 3-4 and Revelation Chapter 4
14) Amos Chapter 5-7 and Revelation Chapter 5
15) Amos Chapter 8-9 and Revelation Chapter 6
16) Obadiah Chapter 1 and Revelation Chapter 7
17) Jonah Chapter 1-4 and Revelation Chapter 8
18) Micah Chapter 1-2 and Revelation Chapter 9
19) Micah Chapter 3-4 and Revelation Chapter 10
20) Micah Chapter 5-7 and Revelation Chapter 11
21) Nahum Chapter 1-3 and Revelation Chapter 12
22) Habakkuk Chapter 1-3 and Revelation Chapter 13
23) Zephaniah Chapter 1-3 and Revelation Chapter 14
24) Haggai Chapter 1-2 and Revelation Chapter 15
25) Zechariah Chapter 1-3 and Revelation Chapter 16
26) Zechariah Chapter 4-5 and Revelation Chapter 17
27) Zechariah Chapter 6-8 and Revelation Chapter 18
28) Zechariah Chapter 9-11 and Revelation Chapter 19
29) Zechariah Chapter 12-14 and Revelation Chapter 20
30) Malachi Chapter 1-2 and Revelation Chapter 21
31) Malachi Chapter 3-4 and Revelation Chapter 22

Note: I pray that by reading these Scriptures in your bible have helped you in your bible study and understanding of Gods’ precious Holy word in the Bible. Please feel free to pass them on to other people if they have helped you.

Your, Brother in Christ

Frank Rose

The Twelve Days of Christmas

I got the following in an email today and I thought I would share it.

Dan

In case some of us don’t remember this lesson:…………….

Subject: A Tidbit of Knowledge

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me.
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens,
swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out
of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
Today, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were
not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone
during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning
plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each
element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality
which the children could remember.

The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of
the Old Testament.

The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy
Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching,
Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy,
Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,
Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the
Apostles’ Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I
found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song
became a Christmas Carol…so pass it on if you wish.’

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone…..

Reflection of Christ

I found a great slide show called the Reflection of Christ.

You need to check this out.

Dan

http://mabrystudios.typepad.com/reflections_of_christ/2008/03/reflections-sli.html

Portable Bible Study

I like this program a lot because you can take it with you and it plugs into any windows usb port. I use it with the commentary plugs of Matthew Henery & Scofield Referance Notes. In the Dictonaries section I use several. I like Nave’s Topical Bible, Strongs, Strong’s Bibile Dictonaries and several daily bible studies.

I found it at portableapps.com, I also then went to crosswire.org to customize it. You can get a desktop version of the software bpbible.com here too!

Enjoy

Dan

A Nation in Trouble

These are notes I found on my laptop that I felt was timely for our nation. I think these notes are from a sermon that Dennis Metzger preached at First Baptist Hamilton.

1. Solomon tells us that there is a specific characteristic that protects a nation.

In Proverbs 14:34, he wrote:

“Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

2. God is involved in the affairs of nations.

He has not just created us, and then stepped back to see what would happen as we stumble about on our own. Somehow, in a way that we may not quite understand, God is involved in this universe.

Psalm 22:28 tells us:

“For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.”

Daniel 2:21 indicates that God holds a very crucial role in the affairs of nations:

“He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”

Paul reminds us that those in authority–rulers, kings, presidents, all receive their authority from God:

Romans 13:1 “…there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

So, God is involved in the affairs of the nations. He is the sovereign Lord of all there is. While God gives us individual and free will, and never violates that free will, He nevertheless works out our own choices for His total sovereignty.

3. Since this is so, Christians have a specific responsibility toward their government and leaders:

1 Peter 2:13-14 is very clear about how we are to relate to those in authority:

“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”

Time and experience has taught us to be skeptical of what we are told. And so, when Peter instructs us to “submit ourselves to every authority…” we find that very difficult…until we read again three significant words: “for the Lord’s sake…”

My guess is that this command was no less difficult in the days when Peter wrote–different time, different place, different leaders; but the same problem. How do we accomplish what God had in mind for our leaders?

In 1 Timothy 2:1 Paul exhorts Christians to do four things on behalf of our rulers:

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority…

Then Paul tells us why we should pray in this manner:

“That we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Pray for our leaders. Prayer may be the only way that some things in our government will find mercy and not judgment, at the time when Christ Himself will judge the nations.

4. In Deuteronomy, Moses issues a warning to the nation of Israel as they enter the land the Lord had promised them. [8:11-20].

This is a powerful passage. It begins with a powerful warning: Beware. Beware of what? Lest you forget the Lord your God? How might we forget?

By not keeping His ordinances, commandments, statutes.

By allowing our hearts to become proud: “I’ve done all this myself. My power, my strength, my hand had gotten me all of this.
What is the result of forgetting the Lord?

Deut 8:19-20 If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.

God has given us the warning. But are we listening?

5. Scripture indicates that there are judgments that come upon a nation that forgets God-

Jeremiah 7:28

“Therefore say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips.”

In Isaiah 3:1-5 there is an event in Judah’s life that should be a warning to us:

“See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah

both supply and support:

all supplies of food and all supplies of water,

the hero and warrior,

the judge and prophet,

the soothsayer and elder,

the captain of fifty and man of rank,

the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.

I will make boys their officials;

mere children will govern them.

People will oppress each other–man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable.”

In this historical judgment of the people of God:

Supply and support will be removed
All the skilled and the wise of the nation will lose their power and influence and instead will be lead by rulers who will behave like capricious children
The people will be oppressed. Rebellion will be the order of the day and the rebels will exalt themselves over those who deserve honor.
There are judgments that fall upon a people who forget their God.

6. But there is hope. Jeremiah and Jonah indicate an important principle of divine judgment and mercy:

Jeremiah 18:7-8

“If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.”

Jonah 3:5-9

“The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.”

In this passage when Jonah warns the wicked city of Nineveh of God’s impending judgment, the people heard, took the warning to heart, and did three things:

1. They believed

2. They fasted and mourned in sackcloth and ashes

3. They repented from their wickedness and violence

And the result was remarkable [vs 10].

“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.”

There may still be time for us; but my guess is that time is short. When will we decide that righteousness will be our goal, and the anchor point of our national lifestyle? Why must we constantly bow to the wishes of organizations, political action committees, liberal labor unions, the ever- present entertainer who because they have performed well before the camera, believe that they have earned the right to speak on our behalf?

7. In II Chronicles 7:14, God clearly describes the way to national repentance leading to restoration. Let us look at this important passage. It is the key passage to which we often refer at a time like this:

The passage is directed to the community which places its faith in God. We are not the whole nation. But we are His people. If we do three things, God in turn will respond in three ways. If we…

1. Humble ourselves and pray–if we recognize that we are a nation who need the Lord that we cannot operate independent of Him and if we pray–humility and prayer indicate our sincerity before the Lord

2. If we seek His face–if we, as a people of God on behalf of our nation in total abandonment of our own pride and seek God and His ways

3. If we turn from our wicked ways, if we repent–change our minds concerning sin–if we do these things, God says for our nation he will do these things:

1. He will hear from heaven

2. He will forgive our sin

3. He will heal our land.

I am calling for the Christian community not only to recognize these Biblical principles but to put them to action. Too long we have said one thing–even that which we truly believe–and either by design or neglect have done nothing.

The admonition of Scripture is: “Be doers of the Word and not hearers only.” I pray that you would take these principles and stand with me as we put them into action. For the sake of our Savior our nation, our selves. [6b] It begins one person at a time.

It is when we respond in that manner that we will understand the truth of that Scripture passage on the Liberty Bell:

“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

For the Moments of Your Life

  1. When happy moments occur in your life; always praise God for them.
  2. When difficult moments happen in your life; always seek God for help and thank him.
  3. When you have quiet moments in your life; always worship God for them because he cares.
  4. When you have painful moments in your life; always trust God for his help.
  5. For every moment of your life here on Earth; always give thanks to God because He’s the One that Loves you.