Bible Reading Plan
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Weekends: Read any passages of your choice or catch up if you’ve fallen behind 🙂

 
 
 
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How To Soul Journal
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Journal Entries
Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
 
Click the scripture title and scroll down to see a comments section where you can ask questions, share insights and post your own SOUL Journal entry for the day!
 

Month of Rest – Day 9



Month of Rest – Day 6



Month of Rest – Day 5



Month of Rest – Day 4



Month of Rest – Day 3



Month of Rest – Day 2



Psalm_105

Scripture
Psalm 105:8 & 45 
He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generationsSo that they might keep His statutes and observe His laws, praise the Lord!
 
Observation – What does it say?
 This Psalm is centered around the relationship of God and his people.  It begins with a call to praise and then gives the Reader’s Digest version of the history of the nation of Israel.  It covers Genesis, the patriarchs, the story of Joseph, the deliverance from Egypt, God’s provision in the desert, and taking the land of Canaan.  
 
Understanding – What does it mean?  
I don’t know if it is the nostalgia, or that I am just trying to save some money, but recently I have been enjoying some more simple activities with my family.  We have been having picnics in the park, riding our bikes, and playing catch.  It has been a joy connecting with my family without the need of a screen to entertain us.  

So, in the enthusiasm of simple activities, I recently tried flying a kite.  Never as a kid had I ever successfully flown a kite.  But, the other day I finally got one flying.  What amazed me the most was what really made it fly was the constant tension on the string.  Without that tension, the kite would simply come crashing down to the ground.  This was contrary to the belief of one of my son’s friend, who thought that if you let it go the kite would just fly away.

I think our lives in Christ are somewhat like this kite.  God is not only the wind, but also the one holding the string.  God’s laws are like the string.  If we follow them, we are allowed to fly ever higher into His presence.  If we try to live without them, we will crash to the ground like the kite. 

Jesus said it more like this: 

John 15:5-8

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 

Life Application  
Holy Spirit, I ask that you move into my heart in such a way that I am overwhelmed with joy in God’s way.  Help me to seek only God’s glory, and may that glory come through the careful observance of His word.
 
– Tyler Galloway


1 Corinthians_15

Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:58

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Observation-What does it say?

In this chapter, Paul is proving Christ’s resurrection to those who are denying it at the church in Corinth. In addition to proving Christ’s resurrection, He is also encouraging the church that this is why they must stand firm in the work of the Lord. The resurrection was real!

Understanding-What does it mean?

Christ’s resurrection was real and important!
 
Without the resurrection, our Christian faith is in vain. Basically, it is empty, worthless, fruitless and ineffective. (2)

“Christ’s resurrection rests on the evidence of many eye-witnesses, including Paul himself, and is the great fact preached as the groundwork of the Gospel: they who deny the resurrection in general, must deny that of Christ, and the consequence of the latter will be, that Christian preaching and faith are vain.” (1)

Life Application

We should not only live a saved life, but a transformed life! Because of Christ’s resurrection from the grave, we have hope and purpose!

It wasn’t enough for Jesus to die for our sins. He resurrected to show that He conquered death so  we can conquer sin and death also!
I love the picture of baptism. It’s a symbol of death to the old and resurrection to the new! Our labor in the Lord is not in vain because Christ paid a price to allow us to have relationship with Him, and then resurrected so that we could live a new life of honor and service to Him alone.

Thank You Jesus that you didn’t give me what I deserved. All I deserve is hell, but You love me too much for that. Thank You for new life in You because of Your resurrection. Thank You that I am able to serve You and live out my calling because of what You alone did for me….for us. Amen.

Sources: (1) biblestudytools.com, (2) New Oxford American Dictionary

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-Michelle Gaddi


Psalm_103

Scripture
 
Psalms 103:2
 
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.”
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Observation-What does it say?
 
In this psalm, David gives all his praises to God. He recognizes God for who He is. God is forgiving, a healer, redeemer, righteous, compassionate and tender father, merciful, who is slow to anger, and filled with unfailing love. David praises God with all his might and encourages all of God’s creation to do the same.
 
Understanding-What does it mean?
 
In the world we live in now, it’s so easy to be negative. But I choose to be positive, and see all the things God has done for me!
 
David went through his share of trials in his life. From hiding from King Saul, his affair with Bathsheba, to the death of his unborn child (from his affair), and to constantly being pursued by his enemies. David could have easily blamed God, and focused on all the negatives in his life. But what did David do instead?! He prayed daily to God! He gave God praise! He focused on the characteristics of who God was, and remembered all the things that God had done in his life! When all was said and done, David had no choice but to be in awe of what an amazing God he served!
 
It can be so easy to get caught up in all the things wrong in our lives. I believe the enemy prefers us to be distracted with those things because when we do that, we lose focus on the goodness of God and we can become depressed. Don’t allow the enemy to gain that foothold on us. Don’t let the enemy rob us of that joy that David was experiencing in his psalms. Focus on God and His goodness. Count the many blessings in our lives. Remember God’s true character and His undying love for us. Give God all the praise and let Him fill our hearts with joy and excitement. Let God renew our youth like eagles!
 
“He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!”-‭‭Psalm‬ ‭103:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬
 
Life Application
 
Start today with prayer and thanksgiving!
 
Thank You God for your unfailing love. Despite my sinfulness, You deem me worthy. You provide my every need. You protect me each and every day and you heal me when I’m in need. You are always with me through my ups and downs in life. There is nothing that I can do that can separate me from Your love. You chose me before I even knew You. That is why I choose to live for You. Praise You Jesus! Praise Your Holy Name. Amen.
 
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-Moses Gaddi
 


1 Corinthians_13

Scripture 

1 Corinthians 13:3

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Observation – What does it say?

This has become one of the most famous chapters in all of the Bible; quoted at most weddings and portions of it are found hanging on many living room walls; it has been dubbed “The Love Chapter.” And it’s famous for a reason. Love is a word we throw out all over the place. “I love my wife,” “I love pizza,” “I love the beach.” But what does love really mean? What is it? Here we find what it is. And more than that, how important it is. 

Understanding – What does it mean?

Often times I’ll find myself doing the right thing, but not necessarily for the right reason. I’ll give to someone because I feel like I should, not because I love the person I’m giving to. I’ll sacrifice what I want for someone else so that I don’t have to hear them complain, not because I love them. But there is no gain, no reward, for me in any of those situations! Why? I’m doing the right thing, aren’t I?

What matters to God isn’t just what you do, it’s the heart with which you do it. 

Love is what makes our voice pleasing and powerful; it’s what makes us something, valuable; it’s what leads to great reward.

Life Application

Ask God to fill us with more of his heart! 

God, please fill us with your heart of love. A heart that so loves you and so loves others to the point that verses 4-6 describe our lives and actions. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and have no reward because my heart wasn’t right. Please change our hearts where they need to be changed! Amen.

– Levi Thompson