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Series 5 - The Word-Centered Life

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“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”

 ~ Ps 86:11-12 

            Studying the Bible is a wonderful why to gain knowledge about God.  The spiritual discipline of study, though, is not to know more about God but to know God. That is a huge difference.  In this series you are invited to not just read sections of the Bible, but to contemplate on what they reveal about God’s true nature of Love for you.  Whether you end up reading and studying vast sections of the Bible each week, or simply read the suggested text, remember that whatever you are able to do will be perfect.

Week 1

Try for 3 days: Print this card and place it where you will see it and slowly read it out loud.

Word-Centered Life Week 1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:1-5

Instead of 3 days a week, as suggested,

+   Read this text every day this week.

+   Starting in chapter one of John, read for 10 minutes and reflect on who God is in your reading.

+   Continue to read John for 10 minutes every day this week.

+   Continue, or add, daily prayers, silent prayers, breathing prayer and/or prayers of thanks.

+   Read Psalm 66 every morning & Psalm 4 every evening.

+   Reflect on your day.  Where did you see God?

 

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Week 2

Try for 3 days: Download and print this card.  Place this card where you will see it and read it out loud.  Take a time reflect on the passage and what it might be saying about who God is.

The Word-Centered Life Week 2

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17

Instead of 3 days a week, as suggested,
+   Read this text every day this week.

+   Read John chapter 3 at least twice this week.

+   Continue reading John for 10 minutes and reflect on who God is in your reading.

+   Continue, or add, daily prayers, silent prayers, breathing prayer and/or prayers of thanks.                      

+   Read Psalm 50 every morning & Psalm 20 every evening.

+   Reflect on your day.  Where did you see God?

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Week 3

Try for 3 days: Download and print this card and place it where you will see it.

Pray that the Holy Spirit would speak to you through your reading before you start.

Read the passage out loud.  Take a time reflect on the passage and what it might be saying about who God is. and slowly read it out loud.

Week 3 – The Word-Centered Life

Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. John 5:2-9

 

Instead of 3 days a week, as suggested,

+   Read this text every day this week.

+   Read John chapter 5 at least twice this week. 

+   Continue reading John for 10 minutes and reflect on who God is in your reading.

+   Continue, or add, daily prayers, silent prayers, breathing prayer and/or prayers of thanks.                                                    

+   Read Psalm 148 every morning & Psalm 133 every evening.

+   Offer short prayers of thanks throughout the day. Thank God for everything that happens, that you see, that you hear, etc. no matter how small.

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Week 4

Download and print this card and place it where you will see it.

Pray that the Holy Spirit would speak to you through your reading before you start.

Read the passage out loud.  Take a time reflect on the passage and what it might be saying about who God is.

Week 4 – The Word-Centered Life

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  John 9:1-5

Instead of 3 days a week, as suggested,

+   Read this text every day this week.

+   Read John chapter 9 at least twice this week. 

+   Continue reading John for 10 minutes and reflect on who God is in your reading.

+   Continue, or add, daily prayers, silent prayers, breathing prayer and/or prayers of thanks.                 

+   Read Psalm 149 every morning & Psalm 4 every evening.

+   Pray the Jesus prayer throughout the day: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.

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