Thoroughly Equipped: Bible Reading Schedule for August

Hey, Friends!  I hope you are pressing forward.  I just had a catch-up session, listening to my Bible app, on the way home from Florida.  School is starting back and it is time for me to get back into a regular routine of digging deeper, not just reading.  I hope you will continue to join me!  This month we will finish 2 Chronicles and press on through Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, and Job.  Lots of interesting and inspirational stuff to learn!  Blessings to you!

 

August 1: 2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21, Romans 15:1-22, Psalm 25:1-15, Proverbs 20:13-15

August 2: 2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13, Romans 15:23-16:9, Psalm 25:16-22, Proverbs 20:16-18

August 3: 2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33, Romans 16:10-27, Psalm 26:1-12, Proverbs 20:19

August 4: 2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23, 1 Corinthians 1:1-17, Psalm 27:1-6, Proverbs 20:20-21

August 5: Ezra 1:1-2:70, 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5, Psalm 27:7-14, Proverbs 20:22-23

August 6: Ezra 3:1-4:23, 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4, Psalm 28:1-9, Proverbs 20:24-25

August 7: Ezra 4:24-6:22, 1 Corinthians 3:5-23, Psalm 29:1-11, Proverbs 20:26-27

August 8: Ezra 7:1-8:20, 1 Corinthians 4:1-21, Psalm 30:1-12, Proverbs 20:28-30

August 9: Ezra 8:21-9:15, 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Psalm 31:1-8, Proverbs 21:1-2

August 10: Ezra 10:1-44, 1 Corinthians 6:1-20, Psalm 31:9-18, Proverbs 21:3

August 11: Nehemiah 1:1-3:14, 1 Corinthians 7:1-24, Psalm 31:19-24, Proverbs 21:4

August 12: Nehemiah 3:15-5:13, 1 Corinthians 7:25-40, Psalm 32:1-11, Proverbs 21:5-7

August 13: Nehemiah 5:14-7:73a, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Psalm 33:1-11, Proverbs 21:8-10

August 14: Nehemiah 7:73b-9:21, 1 Corinthians 9:1-18, Psalm 33:12-22, Proverbs 21:11-12

August 15: Nehemiah 9:22-10:39, 1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13, Psalm 34:1-10, Proverbs 21:13

August 16: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26, 1 Corinthians 10:14-33, Psalm 34:11-22, Proverbs 21:14-16

August 17: Nehemiah 12:27-13:31, 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, Psalm 35:1-16, Proverbs 21:17-18

August 18: Esther 1:1-3:15, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, Psalm 35:17-28, Proverbs 21:19-20

August 19: Esther 4:1-7:10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-26, Psalm 36:1-12, Proverbs 21:21-22

August 20: Esther 8:1-10:3, 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13, Psalm 37:1-11, Proverbs 21:23-24

August 21: Job 1:1-3:26, 1 Corinthians 14:1-17, Psalm 37:12-29, Proverbs 21:25-26

August 22: Job 4:1-7:21, 1 Corinthians 14:18-40, Psalm 37:30-40, Proverbs 21:27

August 23: Job 8:1-11:20, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Psalm 38:1-22, Proverbs 21:28-29

August 24: Job 12:1-15:35, 1 Corinthians 15:29-58, Psalm 39:1-13, Proverbs 21:30-31

August 25: Job 16:1-19:25, 1 Corinthians 16:1-24, Psalm 40:1-10, Proverbs 22:1

August 26: Job 20:1-22:30, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Psalm 40:11-17, Proverbs 22:2-4

August 27: Job 23:1-27:23, 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11, Psalm 41:1-13, Proverbs 22:5-6

August 28: Job 28:1-30:31, 2 Corinthians 2:12-17, Psalm 42:1-11, Proverbs 22:7

August 29: Job 31:1-33:33, 2 Corinthians 3:1-18, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 22:8-9

August 30: Job 34:1-36:33, 2 Corinthians 4:1-12, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 22:10-12

August 31: Job 37:1-39:30, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10, Psalm 44:9-26, Proverbs 22:13


Thoroughly Equipped: Reading Schedule for July

Hello, Friends!  We are officially halfway through reading the whole Bible.  Keep going!  Hopefully by now, this has become a habit.  But if not, keep trying.  Just pick up where you left off.  God’s Word does not return void and it will accomplish that for which it was sent in each of our lives.  (Isaiah 55:11)

As we celebrate this Independence Day, we rejoice in the freedom we have to read God’s Word openly and freely.  Most of all, we rejoice in the freedom our spirits receive through relationship with Jesus.  He whom the Son sets free is free indeed!  (John 8:36)

July 2:  2 Kings 20:1-22:2, Acts 21:18-36, Psalm 150:1-6, Proverbs 18:9-10

July 3:  2 Kings 22:3-23:30, Acts 21:37-22:16, Psalm 1:1-6, Proverbs 18:11-12

July 4:  2 Kings 23:31-25:30, Acts 22:17-23:10, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 18:13

July 5:  1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17, Acts 23:11-35, Psalm 3:1-8, Proverbs 18:14-15

July 6:  1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4, Acts 24:1-27, Psalm 4:1-8, Proverbs 18:16-18

July 7:  1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17, Acts 25:1-27, Psalm 5:1-12, Proverbs 18:19

July 8:  1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81, Acts 26:1-32, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 18:20-21

July 9:  1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40, Acts 27:1-20, Psalm 7:1-17, Proverbs 18:22

July 10: 1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14, Acts 27:21-44, Psalm 8:1-9, Proverbs 18:23-24

July 11: 1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18, Acts 28:1-31, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 19:1-3

July 12: 1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17, Romans 1:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Proverbs 19:4-5

July 13: 1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36, Romans 1:18-32, Psalm 10:1-15, Proverbs 19:6-7

July 14: 1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17, Romans 2:1-24, Psalm 10:16-18, Proverbs 19:8-9

July 15: 1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30, Romans 2:25-3:8, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 19:10-12

July 16: 1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32, Romans 3:9-31, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 19:13-14

July 17: 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11, Romans 4:1-12, Psalm 13:1-6, Proverbs 19:15-16

July 18: 1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34, Romans 4:13-5:5, Psalm 14:1-7, Proverbs 19:17

July 19: 1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30, Romans 5:6-21, Psalm 15:1-5, Proverbs 19:18-19

July 20: 2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17, Romans 6:1-23, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 19:20-21

July 21: 2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11, Romans 7:1-13, Psalm 17:1-15, Proverbs 19:22-23

July 22: 2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10, Romans 7:14-8:8, Psalm 18:1-15, Proverbs 19:24-25

July 23: 2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19, Romans 8:9-25, Psalm18:16-36, Proverbs 19:26

July 24: 2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22, Romans 8:26-39, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 19:27-29

July 25: 2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14, Romans 9:1-24, Psalm 19:1-14, Proverbs 20:1

July 26: 2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34, Romans 9:25-10:13, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 20:2-3

July 27: 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:37, Romans 10:14-11:12, Psalm 21:1-13, Proverbs 20:4-6

July 28: 2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21, Romans 11:13-36, Psalm 22:1-18, Proverbs 20:7

July 29: 2 Chronicles 24:1-25:28, Romans 12:1-21, Psalm 22:19-31, Proverbs 20:8-10

July 30: 2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27, Romans 13:1-14, Psalm 23:1-6, Proverbs 20:11

July 31: 2 Chronicles 29:1-36, Romans 14:1-23, Psalm 24:1-10, Proverbs 20:12

 

 


Thoroughly Equipped: Scripture Reading Schedule for June

Hey, Friends!  Can you believe we have completed five months of reading through the Bible?  When we get through this month, we will be half-way there!  Springtime was hard for me to stay on task.  So many other things screamed for my attention (literally, at times!).  But the summer months have arrived.  I am praying that all of us can spend more time digging deep into the scriptures.  It will be easy to put it off, but let’s encourage each other to press on toward our goal.  It will be worth it!  Below you will find the reading schedule for this month.  Blessings to each of you!

June 1:  2 Samuel 18:1-19:10, John 20:1-31, Psalm 119:153-176, Proverbs 16:14-15

June 2:  2 Samuel 19:11-20:13, John 21:1-25, Psalm 120:1-7, Proverbs 16:16-17

June 3:  2 Samuel 20:14-21:22, Acts 1:1-26, Psalm 121:1-8, Proverbs 16:18

June 4:  2 Samuel 22:1-23:23, Acts 2:1-47, Psalm 122:1-9, Proverbs 16:19-20

June 5:  2 Samuel 23:24-24:25, Acts 3:1-26, Psalm 123:1-4, Proverbs 16:21-23

June 6:  1 Kings 1:1-53, Acts 4:1-37, Psalm 124:1-8, Proverbs 16:24

June 7:  1 Kings 2:1-3:2, Acts 5:1-42, Psalm 125:1-5, Proverbs 16:25

June 8:  1 Kings 3:3-4:34, Acts 6:1-15, Psalm 126:1-6, Proverbs 16:26-27

June 9:  1 Kings 5:1-6:38, Acts 7:1-29, Psalm 127:1-5, Proverbs 16:28-30

June 10:  1 Kings 7:1-51, Acts 7:30-50, Psalm 128:1-6, Proverbs 16:31-33

June 11:  1 Kings 8:1-66, Acts 7:51-8:13, Psalm 129:1-8, Proverbs 17:1

June 12:  1 Kings 9:1-10:29, Acts 8:14-40, Psalm 130:1-8, Proverbs 17:2-3

June 13:  1 Kings 11:1-12:19, Acts 9:1-25, Psalm 131:1-3, Proverbs 17:4-5

June 14:  1 Kings 12:20-13:34, Acts 9:26-43, Psalm 132:1-18, Proverbs 17:6

June 15:  1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalm 131:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8

June 16:  1 Kings 15:25-17:24, Acts 10:24-48, Psalm 134:1-3, Proverbs 17:9-11

June 17:  1 Kings 18:1-46, Acts 11:1-30, Psalm 135:1-21, Proverbs 17:12-13

June 18:  1 Kings 19:1-21, Acts 12:1-23, Psalm 136:1-26, Proverbs 17:14-15

June 19:  1 Kings 20:1-21:29, Acts 12:24-13:15, Psalm 137:1-9, Proverbs 17:16

June 20:  1 Kings 22:1-53, Acts 13:16-41, Psalm 138:1-8, Proverbs 17:17-18

June 21:  2 Kings 1:1-2:25, Acts 13:42-14:7, Psalm 139:1-24, Proverbs 17:19-21

June 22:  2 Kings 3:1-4:17, Acts 14:8-28, Psalm 140:1-13, Proverbs 17:22

June 23:  2 Kings 4:18-5:27, Acts 15:1-35, Psalm 141:1-10, Proverbs 17:23

June 24:  2 Kings 6:1-7:20, Acts 15:36-16:15, Psalm 142:1-7, Proverbs 17:24-25

June 25:  2 Kings 8:1-9:13, Acts 16:16-40, Psalm 143:1-12, Proverbs 17:26

June 26:  2 Kings 9:14-10:31, Acts 17:1-34, Psalm 144:1-15, Proverbs 17:27-28

June 27:  2 Kings 10:32-12:21, Acts 18:1-22, Psalm 145:1-21, Proverbs 18:1

June 28:  2 Kings 13:1-14:29, Acts 18:23-19:12, Psalm 146:1-10, Proverbs 18:2-3

June 29:  2 Kings 15:1-16:20, Acts 19:13-41, Psalm 147:1-20, Proverbs 18:4-5

June 30:  2 Kings 17:1-18:12, Acts 20:1-38, Psalm 148:1-14, Proverbs 18:6-7


Thoroughly Equipped: Reading Schedule for May

Okay, friends!  April was a tough month for me.  It was so busy with family and work obligations that I got a little sidetracked with my “digging in”.  But, with each month (really, each day!) we have an opportunity for a fresh start and a renewed resolve.  Let me remind you (and me):  It is worth it!  Studying God’s Word will not be fruitless.  His Word does not return void, but will accomplish that for which it is sent.  (Isaiah 55:11)  So, keep going!  Blessings to you!

May 1:   Judges 13:1-14:20, John 1:29:51, Psalm 102:1-28, Proverbs 14:15-16

May 2:  Judges 15:1-16:31, John 2:1-25, Psalm 103:1-22, Proverbs 14:17-19

May 3:  Judges 17:1-18:31, John 3:1-21, Psalm 104:1-23, Proverbs 14:20-21

May 4:  Judges 19:1-20:48, John 3:22-4:3, Psalm 104:24-35, Proverbs 14:22-24

May 5:  Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22, John 4:4-42, Psalm 105:1-15, Proverbs 14:25

May 6:  Ruth 2:1-4:22, John 4:43-54, Psalm 105:16-36, Proverbs 14:26-27

May 7:  1 Samuel 1:1-2:21, John 5:1-23, Psalm 105:37-45, Proverbs 14:28-29

May 8:  1 Samuel 2:22-4:22, John 5:24-47, Psalm 106:1-12, Proverbs 14:30-31

May 9:  1 Samuel 5:1-7:17, John 6:1-21, Psalm 106:13-31, Proverbs 14:32-33

May 10: 1 Samuel 8:1-9:27, John 6:22-42, Psalm 106:32-48, Proverbs 14:34-35

May 11: 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15, John 6:43-71, Psalm 107:1-43, Proverbs 15:1-3

May 12: 1 Samuel 12:1-13:23, John 7:1-30, Psalm 108:1-13, Proverbs 15:4

May 13: 1 Samuel 14:1-52, John 7:31-53, Psalm 109:1-31, Proverbs 15:5-7

May 14: 1 Samuel 15:1-16:23, John 8:1-20, Psalm 110:1-7, Proverbs 15:8-10

May 15: 1 Samuel 17:1-18:4, John 8:21-30, Psalm 111:1-10, Proverbs 15:11

May 16: 1 Samuel 18:5-19:24, John 8:31-59, Psalm 112:1-10, Proverbs 15:12-14

May 17: 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15, John 9:1-41, Psalm 113:1-114:8, Proverbs 15:15-17

May 18: 1 Samuel 22:1-23:29, John 10:1-21, Psalm 115:1-18, Proverbs 15:18-19

May 19: 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44, John 10:22-42, Psalm 116:1-19, Proverbs 15:20-21

May 20: 1 Samuel 26:1-28:25, John 11:1-54, Psalm 117:1-2, Proverbs 15:22-23

May 21: 1 Samuel 29:1-31:13, John 11:55-12:19, Psalm 118:1-18, Proverbs 15:24-26

May 22: 2 Samuel 1:1-2:11, John 12:20-50, Psalm 118:19-29, Proverbs 15:27-28

May 23: 2 Samuel 2:12-3:39, John 13:1-30, Psalm 119:1-16, Proverbs 15:29-30

May 24: 2 Samuel 4:1-6:23, John 13:31-14:14, Psalm 119:17-32, Proverbs 15:31-32

May 25: 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18, John 14:15-31, Psalm 119:33-48, Proverbs 15:33

May 26: 2 Samuel 9:1-11:27, John 15:1-27, Psalm 119:49-64, Proverbs 16:1-3

May 27: 2 Samuel 12:1-31, John 16:1-33, Psalm 119:65-80, Proverbs 16:4-5

May 28: 2 Samuel 13:1-39, John 17:1-26, Psalm 119:81-96, Proverbs 16:6-7

May 29: 2 Samuel 14:1-15:22, John 18:1-24, Psalm 119:97-112, Proverbs 16:8-9

May 30: 2 Samuel 15:23-16:23, John 18:25-19:22, Psalm 119:113-128, Proverbs 16:10-11

May 31: 2 Samuel 17:1-29, John 19:23-42, Psalm 119:129-152, Proverbs 16:12-13

 


Thoroughly Equipped: Last Words

Today’s reading includes Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27, Luke 12:8-34, Psalm 78:32-55, and Proverbs 12:21-23.

In today’s reading, we see that it is almost time for Moses to die.  He has almost completed everything the Lord has called him to.  He is finishing strong.  He is not limping toward the finish line, barely hanging on.  God has gifted him with strength to complete the task.  I wonder if he is disappointed that he won’t actually lead the people into the Promise land?  I think I would be.  But it doesn’t appear that he is disappointed; it seems as if he has totally accepted the will of God.  He is not jealous of Joshua; he is rooting for him.  He has seen his work as a calling from God and as such, he is willing to accept that calling and nothing else.  His ambition is gone, and his reluctance is gone.  He is not fighting his calling, nor trying to prolong it.

Wow.  That is very unusual for a human being.  Most of the time, we have to fight our ambition.   Either we are fighting apathy or fighting pride.  But not Moses.  Sometimes we think that Moses was in some holy category that made it easier to be extraordinary.  But we need to remember that he was ordinary.  He was an ordinary man called by God.  So, his extraordinary-ness was not Moses, it was God.  And that is the key.  That was the key for Moses, that is the key for us.  We let God run the show.  If God wants to place us in a position for great influence among a lot of people, so be it.  If God wants to hide us in the shadows where no one notices the work of our calling, so be it.  It is God that calls us, God that directs us, God that equips us, God that anoints us, God that gives us the strength we need.  When we realize that, there is no room for vain ambition or destructive pride.  We are neither timid nor prideful.  We are neither insecure nor arrogant.  We will just go about our business, serving God in the way He wants, not in the way we think is best.  That is a formula for spiritual success.

And there are two more parts of the formula.  Did you see it in the reading today?  Both parts are repeated three times in Deuteronomy 31.  Three times.  What does that tell you.  First, the repetition tells us the two parts are very important, but number 3 tells us they are holy—truth directly from God.  Let’s take a look:

 Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’ The Lord your God himself will crossover ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the Lord said. And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land. The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged…

23 The Lord gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: “Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you.”

 

                                                                                    Deuteronomy 31:1-8, 23

In these two parts we see responsibility for us and responsibility for God. The two parts of holy importance are as follows:

  1. Joshua is to be strong and courageous. This may seem like a hard task, given the calling.  But it is a command, not an encouragement.  Be strong and courageous.  Just do it.  Walk forward, don’t turn back.  Just do the next right thing, as my husband always says.
  2. The second part is why the first part is attainable. Because the Lord will be with him.  Go back and read the section again.  Not only will the Lord be with him, the Lord is the one to go before.  The Lord is the one to fight the battle.

So, how can we be encouraged in this passage?  First, we must know that we each have a calling.  We must be strong and courageous in that calling.  We must just do it.  Do it scared if we have to.  It appears in this passage that one of the biggest obstacles in walking forward is fear and discouragement.  I know that to be true in my own life.  According to dictionary.com, the prefix “dis” is a Latin prefix meaning “apart,” “asunder,” “away,” “utterly,” or having a privative, negative, or reversing force.  We are commanded not to be discourage, because discouragement reverses our courage.

Courage is not the absence of fear.  It is the ability to push through the fear, knowing that we can walk forward, because God is walking with us—going before us, staying beside us, and walking behind us.