Daily Blog & Reading Schedule for God's Master Plan - 9/6/15 - 5/15/16

GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU:


Your Part in God’s Eternal Love Story


for Holy Cross Lutheran Church: 09/06/15 – 05/15/16

[SEPTEMBER]
Week 1 – Introduction
6 WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
7 God's Amazing Plan        Romans 8:28-30 
8 An Overview of God’s Plan     Matthew 10:28-30
9 People in God's Plan        Psalms 78:1-7 
10 Christ the Key            Hebrews 3:1-6 
11 The Book of God’s Plan    Psalm 145:1-9 
12 Our Part in God's Plan         2 Timothy 3:14-17 
Week 2 – Adam & Eve: Genesis 1-2
13 IN THE BEGINNING
14 It's God's World        Genesis 1:1-25 
15 An Orderly World        Genesis 1:26-31 
16 God Our Creator         Psalm 104
17 God of Creation         Genesis 2:1-25
18 We are the Caretakers         Psalm 8
19 Christ the Key            Colossians 1:15-17
Week 3 – The Fall/Cain & Able/Noah: Genesis 3-9
20 THINGS GO WRONG
21 The Origin of Evil        Revelation 12:7-17 
22 The Results of the Fall 1    Genesis 3:1-14 
23 The Results of the Fall 2    Genesis 3:14-19
24 And Yet the Gospel        Genesis 3:15 
25 Hope for a Fallen World    Genesis 6:7-9 
26 The Noachic Covenant        Genesis 9:1-7
Week 4 – Abraham: Genesis 11-22
27 CHOSEN BY GOD
28 Election by Grace        Hebrews 11:8-12 
29 The Setting             Genesis 11:10-32
30 Can the Promises be Kept? 1    Genesis 17:1-9
[OCTOBER] 
1 Can the Promises be Kept? 2     Genesis 21:1-6
2 God Against God         Genesis     22:1-19    
3 The Other Only Son        Hebrews 11:8-19
Week 5 – Isaac/Jacob/Joseph: Genesis 23-50
4 THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
5 The Isaac Stories        Genesis 24:1-66 
6 The Jacob Stories 1         27:34-36; 28:13-16
7 The Jacob Stories 2         Genesis 32:9-12
8 The Jabbok Experience        Genesis 32:22-32 
9 The Story of Joseph        Genesis 45:1-14 
10 Strange Plot Twists        Hebrews 11:8-19 
Week 6 – Moses: Exodus 1-15
11 "SET MY PEOPLE FREE!"
12 Hopeless Promises?        Romans 6:15-21 
13 The Rescue of Moses         Exodus 2:1-10
14 A Reluctant Leader is Called 1    Exodus 3:1-17 
15 A Reluctant Leader is Called 2     Exodus 6:1-8
16 The Plagues            Exodus 12:1-14 
17 The Rescue at Sea & Pointers to Christ        Exodus 14:21-31
Week 7 – The Desert: Exodus 16-40
18 A PEOPLE SET APART
19 No Easy Road            Phil. 3:1-13    
20 A Grumbling People & Food in the Desert         Exodus 16:1-15
21 Mercy on a Mountain 1        Exodus 19:16-19 
22 Mercy on a Mountain 2        Exodus 20:1-17 
23 The Golden Calf        Exodus 32:1-29 
24 But Still Mercy        Exodus 34:1-14
Week 8 – Joshua: Numbers & Joshua
25 THE LAND OF PROMISE
26 Hope and Despair        Num. 13:27-14:10 
27 Suffering in the Desert        Num. 14:13-19 
28 Blessings Cannot Be Curses    Num. 24:15-19 
29 The Land at Last!        Joshua 3:1-17 
20 The Decisive Question        Joshua 24:14-27 
31 Reflecting on God’s Gifts    Deut. 26:1-19 
Week 9 – Judges/Samuel: Judges & 1 Samuel
[NOVEMBER]
1 JUDGES TO THE RESCUE
2 Introduction to the Judges     Judges 1:1-36
3 Book of Judges            Judges 2:11-23
4 Who Were the Judges?        Judges 11-12
5 Heroes, or…?             Judges 13-16
6 The Gideon Story        Judges 6-8 
7 Samuel            1 Sam. 1-7
Week 10 – Kings-Saul/David/Solomon:
2 Samuel & 1 Kings
8 A KING FOR GOD’S PEOPLE
9 Kingship: Rejection of God    1 Sam. 8 
10 Kingship: A New Hope        1 Sam. 10 
11 The Rise of David         1 Sam. 16
12 David's Reign 1        1 Sam. 24:1-22 
13 David's Reign 2        2 Sam. 7:11-29 
14 The Reign of Solomon         1 Kings 8:1-13
Week 11 – Worship: Leviticus, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
15 GOD'S PEOPLE WORSHIP
16 What is Worship?        Exodus 29:42-46 
17 Why did Israel Worship God?    Psalms 95:1-7 
18 Where did Israel Worship?    Exodus 25:1-8 
19 Priests and their Sacrifices 1    Leviticus 8 
20 Priests and their Sacrifices 2    Hebrews 9:11-29 
21 A Life of Sacrifice and Praise    Psalms 2
Week 12 – End of Israel/Elijah: 2 Kings & Isaiah
22 A FAITHFUL REMNANT
23 The Faithful Few         1 Kings 12:1-20
24 Rebellion in the North        1 Kings 12:25-13:10 
25 The Reign of King Ahab    1 Kings 18:1-40 
26 The Lonely Prophets         1 Kings 19:1-18
27 The End of the North        2 Kings 17:7-34
28 Josiah’s Reform        2 Kings 22:1-27
Week 13 – Prophets/Isaiah: All Minor Prophets
29 PROPHETS SPEAK FOR GOD
30 Popular Misconceptions    Deut. 18:1-22 
[DECEMBER]
1 The History of the Prophets    1 Sam. 10:5-10  
2 The Word of the Lord!         Isaiah 6:1-13
3 The Powerful Word        Isaiah 55:1-13 
4 Who Spoke the Truth?        Jer. 28:1-17  
5 A Creative Word        Isaiah 11:1-9
Week 14 – End of Judah/Exile/Jeremiah:
Jeremiah & Lamentations
6 A CITY DESTROYED
7 Three Views of History        2 Kings 25:1-21 
8 The Suffering Prophet        Jeremiah 8:18-9:11 
9 Hope in the Gloom        Jeremiah 31:31-34 
10 Repeated Warnings Fail     Jeremiah 2
11 Back to the Drawing Board    Lamentations 1 
12 God is in Control        2 Chron. 36:13-21
Week 15 – The Return – Ezekiel/Daniel
13 A NEW BEGINNING
14 Survival in a Foreign Land     Psalms 137:1-6
15 The Hope of the Return        Ezekiel 20:33-38 
16 The Joyful Announcement    Isaiah 40:1-11 
17 A New Beginning        Ezra 1:7-11 
18 The New Temple        Ezra 2:36-54
19 Ezra’s Reform & Nehemiah's Work        Ezra 6:19-22
Week 16 – Intertestamental – Ezra/Nehemiah
20 WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE
21 Did God go on Vacation?    Ezra 7:6-10
22 The Threat of Hellenism    Nehemiah 8:1-12
23 The Maccabean Revolt        Ezekiel 34 20-31
24 The Hasmonean Kings        Jeremiah 31:31-34
25 The Herodian Kings        Matthew 2
26 Hope for the Future?        Zechariah 9:9-17
 
[DECEMBER 27- JANUARY 2: BREAK]


Week 17 – John the Baptist: Matthew 1-10
3 PREPARE THE WAY
4 The Birth of John the Baptist    Luke 1:1-80
5 The Appearance of John        Luke 3:1-22
6 The Call to Repentance        Matthew 3:1-12
7 John's Baptism            Matthew 3:13-17
8 John – Witness & Martyr    Matthew 14:1-12    
9 Jesus’ Witness to John        Matthew 11:7-15
Week 18 – Jesus in Born: Mark 1-5
10 A CHILD WAS BORN
11 Sentiment or Faith?        Hebrews 2:14-18
12 Annunciation & Elizabeth visit    Luke 1:26-56
13 The Role of Joseph        Matthew 1:18-25
14 The Birth at Bethlehem        Luke 2:1-20
15 The Wisemen            Matthew 2
16 Jesus in the Temple        Luke 2:21-52
Week 19 – Jesus’ Baptism: Luke 1-8
17 SET APART FOR SERVICE
18 Gospels, not Biographies    Luke 3
19 The Baptism of Jesus        Matthew 3:13-17
20 The Temptation Stories 1    Matthew 4:1-11
21 The Temptation Stories 2    Luke 4:1-13
22 The Individual Trials        Matthew 27
23 The Servant of the Lord    Luke 4:16-30
Week 20 – The Four Gospels: John 1-7
24 THE FOUR GOSPELS
25 Jesus Begins His Ministry    Matthew 4:12-25
26 The Sermon on the Mount 1    Matthew 5:1-48
27 Jesus Drives Out an Evil Spirit    Mark 1:21-28
28 Jesus Eats with Sinners        Luke 5:27-32
29 Zacchaeus            Luke 19:1-10
30 Nicodemus            John 3:1-35
Week 21 – The Kingdom of God: Matthew 11-20
31 THE KINGDOM IS HERE
[FEBRUARY]
1 Good News of the Kingdom    Mark 1:9-12
2 Preaching in Galilee        Mark 1:36-39
3 The Mystery of the Kingdom    Mark 4:10-12
4 The Seed Parables        Matthew 13; Mark 4
5 Parables of the Lost        Luke 15
6 The Sermon on the Mount 2    Matthew 6:1 – 7:29
Week 22 – Miracles: Mark 6-10
7 SIGNS OF THE KINGDOM
8 Works of the Kingdom 1        John 9:1-41
9 Works of the Kingdom 2        Mark 2:1-12
10 The Exorcisms        Luke 11:14-23
11 The Nature Miracles        Luke 5:1-11
12 The Healings            Matthew 11:2-6
13 The Raising's from the Dead    John 11
Week 23 – Discipleship: Luke 9-16
14 CALLED TO BE DISCIPLES
15 A Unique Rabbi        Mark 7:1-13
16 Burning Ones Bridges        Luke 9:57-62
17 Discipleship Means Mission    Luke 10:1-24
18 The Prayer of the Kingdom    Luke 11:1-13
19 The Cost of Discipleship 1    Matthew 16:24-28
20 The Cost of Discipleship 2    Romans 8:1-17 
Week 24 – Saint & Sinner: John 8-14 
21 SEEKING THE LOST
22 The Righteous and Sinners    Matthew 9:9-13
23 Jesus, Friend of Sinners    Luke 5:27-32
24 Even Friend of Samaritans!    John 4:5-42
25 Joy, Not Judgment        Luke 15:1-10
26 Repentance, Not Works    Luke 7:36-50
27 Changed Lives        Luke 19:1-10
Week 25 – The Transfiguration: Matthew 21-28
28 A TIME FOR DECISION
29 The Inevitable Clash        Matthew 10:34-39
[MARCH]
1 The Clash over the Law        Mark 7:1-12
2 The Hypocrisy of Legalism    Mark 3:1-6
3 The Confession of Peter        Mark 16:13-23
4 The Vision of Glory        Matthew 17:1-9
5 The Words of Life        John 6:66-69
Week 26 – Holy Week: Mark 11-16
6 HOLY WEEK
7The Progress to the Cross        Mark 10:32-34
8 Palm Sunday            Matthew 21:1-9
9 Jesus the Prophet 1        Luke 19:41-44
10 Jesus the Prophet 2        Luke 13:33-35
11 The Betrayal            Matthew 26:1-16
12 The Last Supper        Luke 22:14-30
Week 27 – Good Friday: Luke 17-24
13 THE DAY JESUS DIED
14 The Gethsemane Agony    Matthew 26:36-46
15 The Arrest            Matthew 26:47-56
16 The Jewish Trial        Matthew 26:57-75
17 The Roman Trial        John 18:28 – 19:16
18 The Crucifixion        John 19:33-37
19 The Climax of God’s Plan    1 Peter 1:18-20

[MARCH 20 – APRIL 2: BREAK]
 

Week 28 – Easter: John 15-21
3 JESUS WINS THE VICTORY
4 The Shock of Easter        Mark 16:1-8
5 A Double Event        Matthew 28:1-15
6 The Empty Tomb        John 20:1-18
7 The Appearance of Jesus        Matthew 28:16-20
8 The Witness in Luke        Luke 24:13-49
9 A Sure Foundation        1 Cor. 15:1-58
Week 29 – The Holy Spirit: Acts 1-3
10 POWER FROM ON HIGH
11 Mission – But Not Yet        Luke 24:50-52
12 Absent or Present?        Acts 1:9-11
13 The Glorified King        Ephesians 1:18-23
14 The “Election” of Matthias    Acts 1:12-36
15 Pentecost            Acts 2:1-13
16 Peter's Sermon        Acts 2:14-42
Week 30 – The Holy Spirit/The Church: Act 4-8
17 GODS SPIRIT AT WORK
18 The Acts of the Holy Spirit    Acts 2:42-47
19 ‘Fellowship of the Holy Spirit’    Acts 4:32-35
20 A Perfect Church?        Acts 5:1-11
21 Miracles in Jesus Name        Acts 3:1-16
22 Boldness!            Acts 5:17-42
23 The First Martyr        Acts 6:1 – 8:3
Week 31 – The Church: Acts 9-12
24 ALL ONE IN CHRIST
25 The Gospel for Gentiles?    Acts 1:1-8
26 The Samaritan Pentecost    Acts 8:4-17
27 The Ethiopian Eunuch        Acts 8:26-40
28 Saul, Apostle for Gentiles    Acts 9:1-31
29 The Conversion of Cornelius    Acts 10:1-11:18
30 United in Christ        Ephesians 2:11-14
[MAY]
Week 32 – The Epistles: Acts 13-28 & Pauline Epistles
1 GOD BUILDS HIS CHURCH
2 The House that God Built    Ephesians 2:19-22
3 Paul the Pastor            Galatians 1:1-24
4 The Authority of Paul        Romans 15:14-22
5 Paul’s Strategy            Romans 15:23-33
6 Pastoral Letters 1        1 John 1:1-4
7 Pastoral Letters 2        1 John 4:7-21
Week 33 – Now & Not Yet: Revelation & Pastoral Epistles
8 WAITING IN HOPE
9 Already But Not Yet        1 Thess. 5:1-11
10 Perfection Perfected        1 Peter 1:3-12
11 The Final Basis of Hope    John 11:20-27
12 Hope in Suffering        2 Peter 3:1-14
13 Heresy, the Threat to Hope    2 Cor. 4:16-18
14 Revelation, the Book of Hope    Rev. 21:1-4; 22:1-5

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