Bible Plan 2014 (Week 28)

Track 1

Joshua 11; Psalm 144

Joshua 12, 13; Psalm 145

Joshua 14, 15; Psalms 146, 147

Joshua 16, 17; Psalm 148

Joshua 18, 19; Psalms 149, 150

Joshua 20, 21; Acts 1

Joshua 22; Acts 2

 

Track 2

Jeremiah 5; Matthew 19

Jeremiah 6; Matthew 20

Jeremiah 7; Matthew 21

Jeremiah 8; Matthew 22

Jeremiah 9; Matthew 23

Jeremiah 10; Matthew 24

Jeremiah 11; Matthew 25

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Keys to Helping Others Discover Jesus, Part 5 – Fairness

How will you answer the difficult problem, “life’s not fair”? When people who are far from God see inequality and an imbalance of fairness in the world, how can we help them know that Jesus is our only hope for the future? The following blog is by Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

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Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b).

Warren Buffet tells a story, sometimes called The Ovarian Lottery, which speaks to the futility of the expectation of “fairness.” The story goes something like this. Suppose a genie came to you and told you that you can set the rules by which the world will operate for 100 years. You can set the economic rules, the political rules, tax laws, the legal system, the health care system, the educational structure, and every other system and regulation by which the world will operate.

That would be an extraordinary opportunity! But then the genie tells you that there is a catch. There’s always a catch! The genie says that after setting the rules you will cease to exist as the person you are, and you will be born into this world…

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Keys to Helping Others Discover Jesus, Part 4 – Justice

How can we help those who are far from God understand that their sense that things need to be “made right” in the world comes from the God who created them? How can we help them see that Jesus is the answer to the justice they seek? The following blog is by Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

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Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25f).

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:31f).

If there is no God, who both knows what is right and has the power to effect the right in a final resurrection and judgment, then Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Chairman Mao and every other wicked, murderous tyrant are the winners, while their victims, many of whom were women and children, are the losers. If there is no God, then life is about winners…

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Bible Plan 2014 (Week 27)

Track 1

Joshua 4; Psalms 129-131

Joshua 5; Psalms 132-134

Joshua 6; Psalms 135, 136

Joshua 7; Psalms 137, 138

Joshua 8; Psalm 139

Joshua 9; Psalms 140, 141

Joshua 10; Psalms 142, 143

 

Track 2

Isaiah 64; Matthew 12

Isaiah 65; Matthew 13

Isaiah 66; Matthew 14

Jeremiah 1; Matthew 15

Jeremiah 2; Matthew 16

Jeremiah 3; Matthew 17

Jeremiah 4; Matthew 18

Bible Plan 2014 (Week 26)

Track 1

Deuteronomy 30; Psalm 119:73-96

Deuteronomy 31; Psalm 119:97-120

Deuteronomy 32; Psalm 119:121-144

Deuteronomy 33, 34; Psalm 119:145-176

Joshua 1; Psalms 120-122

Joshua 2; Psalms 123-125

Joshua 3; Psalms 126-128

 

Track 2

Isaiah 57; Matthew 5

Isaiah 58; Matthew 6

Isaiah 59; Matthew 7

Isaiah 60; Matthew 8

Isaiah 61; Matthew 9

Isaiah 62; Matthew 10

Isaiah 63; Matthew 11

Bible Plan 2014 (Week 25)

Track 1

Deuteronomy 23; Psalms 112, 113

Deuteronomy 24; Psalms 114, 115

Deuteronomy 25; Psalm 116

Deuteronomy 26; Psalms 117, 118

Deuteronomy 27; Psalm 119:1-24

Deuteronomy 28; Psalm 119:25-48

Deuteronomy 29; Psalm 119:49-72

 

Track 2

Isaiah 50; Revelation 20

Isaiah 51; Revelation 21

Isaiah 52; Revelation 22

Isaiah 53; Matthew 1

Isaiah 54; Matthew 2

Isaiah 55; Matthew 3

Isaiah 56; Matthew 4

Bible Plan 2014 (Week 24)

Track 1

Deuteronomy 16; Psalm 103

Deuteronomy 17; Psalm 104

Deuteronomy 18; Psalm 105

Deuteronomy 19; Psalm 106

Deuteronomy 20; Psalm 107

Deuteronomy 21; Psalms 108, 109

Deuteronomy 22; Psalms 110, 111

 

Track 2

Isaiah 43; Revelation 13

Isaiah 44; Revelation 14

Isaiah 45; Revelation 15

Isaiah 46; Revelation 16

Isaiah 47; Revelation 17

Isaiah 48; Revelation 18

Isaiah 49; Revelation 19

Keys to Helping Others Discover Jesus, Part 3 – Mercy

What if followers of Christ and the Community of Faith (the Church) saw its resources as a means of blessing others? How would that impact the way the Good News of Jesus is seen and received by our friends, neighbors and communities? The following blog is by Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

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Last week at the Oasis retreat a pastor reported that a 71 year-old man and his wife prayed to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior the previous Sunday. Interestingly, the couple had been serving at the church’s monthly feeding ministry for years, but did not attend church worship services. Then, surprisingly, they came to church that Sunday, professing Christ and requesting baptism. I say “surprisingly,” but the Spirit’s work in the hearts of that couple reflects a familiar story in the long history of the Church. When God’s people show mercy to the hungry and hurting, and do so in Jesus’ name as a testimony to the power of the gospel, hearts and minds open to Jesus in new ways.

When I was beginning my pastoral ministry, someone told me that if I will look for hurting people, broken people, and love them and show mercy toward them, that…

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Bible Plan 2014 (Week 23)

Track 1

Deuteronomy 8; Psalm 91

Deuteronomy 9; Psalms 92, 93

Deuteronomy 10; Psalm 94

Deuteronomy 11; Psalms 95, 96

Deuteronomy 12; Psalm 97, 98

Deuteronomy 13, 14; Psalms 99-101

Deuteronomy 15; Psalm 102

 

Track 2

Isaiah 36; Revelation 6

Isaiah 37; Revelation 7

Isaiah 38; Revelation 8

Isaiah 39; Revelation 9

Isaiah 40; Revelation 10

Isaiah 41; Revelation 11

Isaiah 42; Revelation 12

Keys to Helping Others Discover Jesus, Part 2 – Listening

What if we listened more than we talked? Would we hear the heart of the people around us and then be able to point them to The Story for help? The following is a blog by Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

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Everyone knows that you can look ten pounds thinner with a well-known slimming trick: clothing with vertical lines elongate your shape and give you a more svelte appearance, right? Wrong! Vision scientists Peter Thompson and Kyriaki Mikellidou say that what we learned about wearing vertical stripes, and not wearing horizontal stripes, is exactly backwards. Vertical stripes on clothing make the wearer appear fatter and shorter than horizontal stripes do. Horizontal stripes actually make objects appear taller and narrower. This phenomenon was reported by German physicist and physician, Hermann von Heimholtz, 150 years ago. Heimholtz’s report never got picked up by clothing designers, but now we know that he did indeed have a great eye for fashion (Scientific American Mind, July-August, 2012).

I love it when long-held assumptions are challenged and proven wrong, partly because it encourages me to test some of my own assumptions. We grow up thinking and learning…

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