SCRIPTURE READINGS

THE “R’S OF LIGHTING GOD’S LAMP

Read God’s Word: You will find daily readings listed below.

Reflect on God’s Word: What about the passage speaks to you? What did you notice?  What thoughts spring to your mind because of this passage?

Respond to God’s Word through prayer: You may remember someone who is in need. There may be a concern that comes to your heart. There may be a problem that you are confronting. You may need to ask for clarity of thought. The possibilities for prayer are unlimited.

Rest in God’s care: Be quiet. Allow the Holy Spirit to refresh your spirit. Focus on a singular characteristic of God with a thankful heart: God you are my Shepherd…you are my redeemer…you are my hope.

Resume your day with a  renewed energy and a connection to God’s voice for you.

June 25, 2022- John 21:1-11 (JOT) 1 After these things happened, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples on the lake of Tiberius (or the Sea of Galilee), This is the way it happened.  2 They were together Simon Peter, Thomas (the one called Didymus), Nathaniel (the one from Cana of Galilee), the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 2 Simon Peter said to everyone, “I am going to go fishing!”  They all said, “This sounds great we will go with you! It will be like old times!” They went out in a boat and fished all night and caught nothing.  4 At about dawn, Jesus was already standing on the shore.  However, they did not recognize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them from the shore and said, “Children, do you have any fish to eat?” They answered, “No!” 6 He said to them, “Cast your net on the right side of the boat and you will find the fish.” They did as Jesus said and they were not able to drag the net back into the boat because of the fish! 7 The disciple who Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment because he was naked and he jumped into the water. 8 But the other disciples headed toward Jesus because they were not far from shore, only about 200 cubits (about 328 feet from the shore).  They were dragging the net of fish with them.  9 As they came up on the shore where Jesus was, they saw a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it with a loaf of bread.  10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught and put them on the fire.”  11 Peter reached the shore and helped to drag the net onto the shore.  It contained 153 fish.  It was a miracle that it did not split the net!

June 26, 2022-John 21:12-25 (JOT) 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and dine!” But no one dared to ask Jesus, “Who are you,” because they knew it was the Lord.  13 Jesus took the bread and gave it to them as well as the fish.  14 This was the third appearance Jesus made to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. 15 After they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon Peter do you love me enough to sacrifice all the other things for me?”  Peter responded, “Yes, Lord! You know that I love you as a dear friend.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs!”  16 Jesus asked him a second time, “Simon Peter, do you love me?” Peter responded again, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you as a dear friend!  Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.” 17 Jesus said to Peter a third time, “Simon of John, do you truly love me as a dear friend?” Peter was grieved that Jesus had asked him three times, “Do you love me?” Peter said, “Lord, you know everything and you know that I love you!?”  Jesus said, “Feed my sheep! 18 Truly I said to you that when you were young, you dressed yourself and you went wherever you desired.  When you are old you will stretch out your hands as on a cross and another will dress you to take you where you do not desire to go.”  19 Jesus said this to Peter to signify the type of death that he would endure to glorify God.  Then Jesus said to Peter, “Follow me!” 20 Peter turned and saw the disciple that Jesus loved following them. (This is the disciple who at the Last Supper sat beside Jesus and leaned his head upon Jesus’s chest and asked him, “Lord, who is the one who will betray you?”)  21 When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “What is going to happen to John?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If I will for him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You are to follow me!”  23 It was said after this to the other brothers and sisters that this disciple would not die.  But Jesus did not say he would not die, instead he said, “What if I desire him to remain until I come, is this really your concern?” 24 This is the disciple who witnessed these things and wrote about them because this is the truth. 25 There were many other things that Jesus did which if they were all written down in one place, then I suppose the world could not receive, or fully understand the entire record! 

June 27, 2022-Joshua 1:10-2:1 (NIV) 10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’” 12 But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, 13 “Remember the command that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you after he said, ‘The LORD your God will give you rest by giving you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle, must cross over ahead of your fellow Israelites. You are to help them 15 until the LORD gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land the LORD your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise.” 16 Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!”

June 28, 2022, Joshua 2:1-7 (NIV) Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there. 2 The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.” 4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) 7 So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.

June 29, 2022-Joshua 2:8-14 (NIV) 8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof  9 and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. 12 “Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign 13 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them– and that you will save us from death.” 14 “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the LORD gives us the land.”

June 30, 2022-Joshua 2:15-24 (NIV)15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. 16 She said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.” 17 Now the men had said to her, “This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us 18 unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house. 19 If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own heads; we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on them. 20 But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.” 21 “Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.” So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window. 22 When they left, they went into the hills and stayed there three days, until the pursuers had searched all along the road and returned without finding them. 23 Then the two men started back. They went down out of the hills, forded the river and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him everything that had happened to them. 24 They said to Joshua, “The LORD has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.”

July 1, 2022-Joshua 3:1-8 (NIV)1 Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. 2 After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3 giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.” 5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” 6 Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them. 7 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. 8 Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’

 

July 2, 2022-Joshua 3:9-16 (NIV) 9 Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. 12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD– the Lord of all the earth– set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.” 14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.

 

July 3, 2022 Joshua 4:1-13 (NIV)1 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.” 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” 8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. 9 Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day. 10 Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the LORD had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over, 11 and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the LORD and the priests came to the other side while the people watched. 12 The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, ready for battle, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them. 13 About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war.

 

 

July 4, 2022- Joshua 4:14-24 (NIV) 14 That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses. 15 Then the LORD said to Joshua, 16 “Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant law to come up out of the Jordan.” 17 So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.” 18 And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before. 19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”