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Welcome to the MVPC Every Day Bible Reading Challenge Companion Blog

bible“Give me understanding according to your word.” – Ps. 119:169b

God’s word is the source of true wisdom for our lives and an unshakeable resource for having understanding. But there can be times in our lives when we read something and struggle to understand either the meaning or depth of what God intended. This brief resource is an attempt to help guide your weekly times in scripture and to help focus you on God and His word. The hope is that this is a starting point for you, an entry into a deeper study of scripture. Some weeks will touch on major themes, some weeks will focus in on a particular book, and some weeks will touch on all the readings.

We also highly recommend you take a look at the Read Scripture videos, as you see below, which provide a brief video overview of books of the Bible to help you understand the themes and ideas of what you’ll be reading.

God’s word is incredibly powerful, and our prayer is that as you spend more time in it, you become more familiar with the God who loves you and gave His word for you. May God bless you as you spend time in His word, learning more about Him and growing in Him.

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Week 16 – Apr 16-22

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Apr 16 Lev 20, Ps 25, Eccl 3

Apr 17 Lev 21, Ps 26‐27, Eccl 4

Apr 18 Lev 22, Ps 28‐29, Eccl 5

Apr 19 Lev 23, Ps 30, Eccl 6

Apr 20 Lev 24, Ps 31, Eccl 7

Apr 21 Lev 25, Ps 32, Eccl 8

Apr 22 Lev 26, Ps 33, Eccl 9

Remembrance and reflection is important. God knows that we are a people prone to forget all but the most immediate and present events, which is one of the reasons why He prescribed the festivals of celebration and remembrance we read about in Leviticus this week. The Psalms are a record of God’s work, written reminders of both God’s actions and attributes. And Ecclesiastes is the reflections of a wise old man near the end of his life thinking about what he’s done, where he’s stumbled, and what it all means. This week take some time alone with God to remember what He’s done, who He is, and why He alone is worth of all of our thanks and praise.

Week 15 – Apr 9-15

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Apr 9 Lev 13, Ps 15‐16, Prov 27

Apr 10 Lev 14, Ps 17, Prov 28

Apr 11 Lev 15, Ps 18, Prov 29

Apr 12 Lev 16, Ps 19, Prov 30

Apr 13 Lev 17, Ps 20‐21, Prov 31

Apr 14 Lev 18, Ps 22, Eccl 1

Apr 15 Lev 19, Ps 23‐24, Eccl 2

Preparation is important. It’s never a good idea to go into any endeavor unprepared, and worship is no different. Our readings in Leviticus teach us how serious God takes our worship of Him, even to the point of being physically prepared. The Psalms we read teach us about God’s character in justice, salvation, and greatness. A deeper understanding of these characteristics helps prepare us for worship of God because the more we know and understand about Him and how he cares for us, the more we’re inspired to worship Him. And Proverbs closes with more wisdom about how we live our lives, which is an act of worship in and of itself. To live a life wholly devoted to God while working to honor Him in all we do is an incredibly worshipful to our heavenly father. Spend some time this week thinking about how you prepare for worship and then give yourself some time to worship God.

Week 14 – Apr 2-8

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Apr 2 Lev 5, Ps 3‐4, Prov 20

Apr 3 Lev 6, Ps 5‐6, Prov 21

Apr 4 Lev 7, Ps 7‐8, Prov 22

Apr 5 Lev 8, Ps 9, Prov 23

Apr 6 Lev 9, Ps 10, Prov 24

Apr 7 Lev 10, Ps 11‐12, Prov 25

Apr 8 Lev 11‐12, Ps 13‐14, Prov 26

This week, instead of talking about each set of readings we’re going to just focus in on a few the chapters from Leviticus. These instructions for worship are all about offerings. On the surface these may appear outdated and not at all relevant to our lives today, but a closer look reveals an incredible richness and depth that teaches us about the work Christ does on our behalf. The grain offering was to acknowledge that all we have comes from God and points to Jesus as the perfect example of a life lived in full surrender to God. The fellowship offering symbolized peace with God, which we understand is now only available through Christ. The sin offering paid the penalty for our sins and allowed the restoration of peace with God. Jesus and his death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins and paved the way for us to have a relationship with God. And finally, the guilt offering was making payment for our sins, which Christ did on the cross, by taking away the consequence of our sin, namely eternal death. Take moment today and each day this week to reflect on Christs work on our behalf and to give thanks to God for making a way for us to be reconciled to Him.

Week 13 – Mar 26-Apr 1

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Mar 26 Ex 37, John 16, Prov 13

Mar 27 Ex 38, John 17, Prov 14

Mar 28 Ex 39, John 18, Prov 15

Mar 29 Ex 40, John 19, Prov 16

Mar 30 Lev 1, John 20, Prov 17

Mar 31 Lev 2‐3, John 21, Prov 18

Apr 1 Lev 4, Ps 1‐2, Prov 19

Worship is central to life. Author Paul Tripp says “Our hearts are always captured by something- that’s how God made us. But sin threatens to distract us from the glory of our creator. All too often we stand in awe of everything but God.” The end of Exodus and beginning of Leviticus lay out instructions for worshiping a Holy God, emphasizing the importance of us putting our affections towards the correct things. The book of John ends with Jesus completing his mission on earth and the very reason why we can worship, which is because we have salvation and restoration in Christ alone. The book of Psalms is filled with songs that run the gamut of human emotions, expressing our worship to God in the best of times and the worst. And Proverbs continually gives examples of a life lived in service and worship to God contrasted with one that is not. Let you life this week be filled with worship to the Almighty God who alone is worthy of our praise and glory.

Week 12 – Mar 19-25

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Mar 19 Ex 30, John 9, Prov 6

Mar 20 Ex 31, John 10, Prov 7

Mar 21 Ex 32, John 11, Prov 8

Mar 22 Ex 33, John 12, Prov 9

Mar 23 Ex 34, John 13, Prov 10

Mar 24 Ex 35, John 14, Prov 11

Mar 25 Ex 36, John 15, Prov 12

As human beings we have an incredible tendency to blow it on a regular basis. This week we read about how the people of Israel completely and totally mess up by building themselves an idol to worship in God’s place. And on and on it goes. The good news is that we get to read in John about how no matter how many times we mess up, Jesus is the savior that we need on a daily, sometimes hourly, maybe even a minute-by-minute basis. As we spend time in God’s word this week thinking about how short we fall of the standard set by God, especially as we see how un-wise we are in Proverbs, remember that God’s grace and mercy is abundant and present in the person of Jesus Christ.

Week 11 – Mar 12-18

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Mar 12 Ex 23, John 2, Job 41

Mar 13 Ex 24, John 3, Job 42

Mar 14 Ex 25, John 4, Prov 1

Mar 15 Ex 26, John 5, Prov 2

Mar 16 Ex 27, John 6, Prov 3

Mar 17 Ex 28, John 7, Prov 4

Mar 18 Ex 29, John 8, Prov 5

How we live our lives matters. As we read this week in Exodus, God has particular ideas of how He should be worshipped and those instructions have real life ramifications for how we orient our day-to-day life. In John we see that Jesus was not content to let people continue in sin, wrong belief, or unbelief, but was instead constantly challenging them to serve God with their lives. And the book of Proverbs, which we start this week, provides so much instruction for how to live a life of wisdom, which is ultimately a life lived in worship and fear of God so that He is honored and glorified. As you read this week, ask God to show you the areas of your life that are not honoring to Him and what changes He would want to make for how you live.

Week 10 – Mar 5-11

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Mar 5 Ex 16, Luke 19, Job 34

Mar 6 Ex 17, Luke 20, Job 35

Mar 7 Ex 18, Luke 21, Job 36

Mar 8 Ex 19, Luke 22, Job 37

Mar 9 Ex 20, Luke 23, Job 38

Mar 10 Ex 21, Luke 24, Job 39

Mar 11 Ex 22, John 1, Job 40

God provides. Even in the bleakest of circumstances, even when all hope is lost, those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ can rely on the promise that God will never leave us nor forsake us. The Israelites experienced this in our readings in Exodus this week not only through God providing for their physical needs, but also in God providing for their spiritual needs in giving them the 10 commandments, God’s law. The end of Luke shows the darkest of times as Jesus is crucified, yet God provides a way for salvation through that terrible, now triumphant event, when Jesus defeats sin and death once and for all as he rose from the dead on the third day. And Job, in the midst of trials and struggles, hears God’s voice as He answers Him, but maybe not in the way Job expects. How do you respond when you are facing daunting circumstances? Pray that God would help you to put your faith and trust in Him as you struggle.