Sunday, January 5, 2014

TAKE TIME: January 6-11, 2014

This was edited 1/9/14 to correct errors to the schedule on Thursday-Saturday.

Introduction: This week we finish reading Ecclesiastes, the book that Solomon wrote under the pseudonym of The Preacher. Then we will begin reading about the events that took place during the reign of his son, Rehoboam. Part of what Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes was in regard to fears over passing inheritance and heritage to the next generation. Reading Rehoboam's story shows that his fears were not without merit even though part of the reason for Rehoboam's problems was God's punishment upon Solomon himself.

  • Monday - Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:17
  • Tuesday - Ecclesiastes 9:1-10:20
  • Wednesday - Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14
  • Thursday - I Kings chapter 12
  • Friday - I Kings chapter 13
  • Saturday - I Kings chapter 14

Memory Verse

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.. Ecclesiastes 12:13

Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - Praise God for being unchanging. He never grows old. He never gets weak. He is always the same, unyielding, unmovable, Rock of our salvation.
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for any answers to your prayers.
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.

Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?

Putting the Word into Action

Ecclesiastes chapter 12 contains a touching description of growing old. His ultimate conclusion is that everyone growing older and when lose their vitality then will pass away. That is one of the things he means by vanity: this life on earth will come to an end.

In the meantime, there is work to be done. If you are like most people you have neighbors and relatives who are growing older or are just individuals living alone. This is the time of year when injuries are common due to accidents and mishaps. Keep track of those you know who might need periodic assistance.

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV)