Saturday, September 30, 2006

know his voice - Oct. 2006

October marks the start of the final phase of this year’s Bible reading project here at MoSt Church. This year's trip - the Know His Voice project - has been a journey through the Gospels with an emphasis on the words and ways of Jesus. The remainder of this year we’ll focus specifically on some of the questions Jesus asked. Questions tend to stick with us longer than most other forms of communication and so it only stands to reason that when Jesus asked a question, he wanted the thought to linger with us. How would you reply to Jesus' questions if/since they were made to you personally? How would Jesus want you to respond? Those are two good questions!

And let me suggest the following method to you to use as you ruminate on these questions our Lord asked of people: (1) read the passage three times slowly and aloud (yes, outloud to yourself), (2) do the same with the focus question, (3) thoughtfully pause and ruminate/meditate over the question for a minute or two, (4) pray about this question and it's meaning for you in your life at this time and (5) then carefully consider what comes to your mind. Repeat steps 2-5 throughout the course of the day as you have opportunity.

Sun., Oct. 1Matt. 5:13 – vs.13a – “But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”

Oct. 2Matt. 5:43-48 – vs.46-47 – “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?”

Oct. 3Matt. 6:25-34 – vs.27 – “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”

Oct. 4Matt. 7:3-5 – vs.3b,4b – “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye … ?”

Oct. 5Matt. 7:9-12 – vs.9-10 – “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”

Oct. 6Matt. 7:15-20 – vs.16b – “Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”

Oct. 7Matt. 8:23-27 – vs.26a – “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”

Sun., Oct. 8Matt. 9:1-8 – vs.4-5 – “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?”

Oct. 9Matt. 9:27-34 – vs.28b – “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

Oct. 10Matt. 11:1-19 – vs.7b – “What did you go out ... to see?”

Oct. 11Matt. 12:22-37 – vs.26-27a,29a,34 – “How can [Satan’s] kingdom stand?”

Oct. 12Matt. 12:46-50 – vs.48 – “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”

Oct. 13Matt. 14:22-35 – vs.31 – “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Oct. 14Matt. 15:1-20 – vs.16-17 – “Are you still so dull?”

Sun., Oct. 15Matt. 16:13-20 – vs.13,15 – “Who do people say the Son of Man is? ... what about you?”

Oct. 16Matt. 16:21-28 – vs.26 – “What good will it be for you to gain the whole world . . . ?”

Oct. 17Matt. 18:10-13 – vs.12 – “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep . . . ?”

Oct. 18Matt. 19:1-12 – vs.4-5 – “Haven’t you read ... the Creator made them male and female ... ?”

Oct. 19Matt. 19:16-30 – vs.17a – “Why do you ask me about what is good?”

Oct. 20Matt. 20:20-28 – vs.22a – “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

Oct. 21Matt. 20:29-34 – vs.32 – “What do you want me to do for you?”

Sun., Oct. 22Matt. 21:12-17 – vs.16 – “Have you never read ... you have ordained praise?”

Oct. 23Matt. 21:28-32 – vs.28a,31a – “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

Oct. 24Matt. 21:33-46 – vs.42 – “Have you never read ... the stone the builders rejected ... ?”

Oct. 25 Matt.22:23-33 – vs.31-32a – “... have you not read ... I am the God of Abraham ... ?”

Oct. 26Matt. 22:41-46 – vs.42 – “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?”

Oct. 27Matt. 23:13-39 – vs.19 – “Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?”

Oct. 28Matt. 24:45-51 – vs.45 – “Who then is the faithful and wise servant ... ?”

Sun., Oct. 29Matt. 26:36-46 – vs.40b,45a – “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me one hour?”

Oct. 30Matt. 26:47-56 – vs.53-54 – “Do you not think I can call ... twelve legions of angels?”

Oct. 31Matt. 27:45-50 – vs.46 – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”