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1/3 Reading: Genesis 7-9; Matthew 3

1/3 Reading: Genesis 7-9; Matthew 3

Read with us here: OT/NT Plan

We must learn from the faithfulness of God and other’s.

Genesis 7-9

Genesis 7: Finally the day came. Seven pairs of clean animals. Also, seven pairs of birds and a pair, male and female of the rest. One week later, water from above and below. The rain fell for forty days and nights. The Flood covers the earth, even the mountains. The boat floated safely on the surface.

Genesis 8: The Flood Recedes

Genesis 9: God’s covenant with Noah, Noah’s sons, Noah’s drunkenness and nakedness.

Matthew 3

Matthew 3 John the Baptist prepares the way, the baptism of Jesus, this is my beloved son and…fully pleased…

1/2 Reading: Genesis 4-6; Matthew 2

1/2 Reading: Genesis 4-6; Matthew 2

Read with us here: OT/NT Plan

With The knowledge of God comes worship, love and responsibility.

Genesis 4-6

Genesis 4: Cain, the first born of Eve. Sacrifices are used in ancient worship. God accepts Abel’s gift; and Cain, in jealousy murders his brother Abel. Eve gives birth to Seth. Seth grows up and has a son, Enosh. In that time, people worshipped God by name.

Genesis 5: The genealogy of Adam’s decedents: Adam to Noah

Genesis 6: The sons of God take human wives. Giants were the result of these relations. Evil thoughts of mankind break God’s heart. God says, I will wipe out the human race. God tells Noah His plans and gives Noah plans for the boat of salvation. Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded.

Matthew 2

Matthew 2 Visit of the Wise men, Escape to Egypt, Return to Nazareth

1/1 Reading: Genesis 1-3; Matthew 1

1/1 Reading: Genesis 1-3; Matthew 1

Read with us here: OT/NT Plan

Start the year considering the classic philosophical questions: Who is God? What is real? What is the purpose of life? Who am I? Where did we come from? What is the meaning of life? The bible claims to have answers to these questions and much more.

Genesis 1-3

In the beginning God created…everything…relationships…purpose…His plan.

Matthew 1

In the New Testament, the story starts with the backstory of Jesus. He is heir to the Kingdom of David, the king of Israel.

Isaiah 31-32: To whom do you look?

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord ! –Isaiah 31:1

Don’t trust in government, teachers or traditions. These all are the product of human wisdom. Don’t seek protection in courts, legislation or the resources of others. You really only have one ally, “the Holy One of Israel.”

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.’ –Isaiah 32:17

This is the result of individuals seeking righteous. They will be part of a community of peace.

7 Essential Strategies Discussion Guide

…we went to scripture and outlined together what concepts we could constantly measure in our church that would make sure ideas led to action. We knew that only as we remained in Christ would we have the heart and power to do ministry, so abiding in Christ had to be first. We then walked through our understanding of the “Share, Connect, Ministry, and Disciple” process that Jesus modeled. In other words, Jesus shared who he was, and then for those who accepted him, he connected with them in relationship where he taught them the truth. From there he began to train his disciples for ministry, and finally sent them out to reproduce what they had seen him do with them (disciple). – Jim Putman

1. Abiding in Christ. Every step toward making true disciples must be rooted in our personal walk with the Lord.

2. Reaching the Lost. Many in the Church believe that reaching the lost is the end goal, but with discipleship as our focus, helping the world meet Jesus is the beginning of the journey, not the end.

3. Connecting the Unconnected. Believers must first be connected to God in a deeper way and then connected to other believers in authentic relationships.

4. Chase the Strays. It is our responsibility as ministers to go after those who have pulled away from the body of Christ and to draw them close to help them grow and connect.

5. Shepherd toward Spiritual Maturity. We must guide believers into a place of maturity in Christ, not leaving them to remain stagnant or struggling.

6. Release Leaders. Helping believers discover and develop their potential in Christ and releasing them to use their gifting for the Kingdom of God is vital for healthy disciple making.

7. Function as Team. The greatest tool we have as a church is unity.

More about these strategies can be found in the ebook,”Stay the Course.”

TWV IRONMAN 140.6

Here’s the TWV IRONMAN Los Angeles team introductory Presentation. Give me a call and we can talk about the details as you go through it. – Glen

IM LA Presentation

And here’s the training plan provided by TWV. Brad Seng will be the TWV IRONMAN coach.

Ironman Training Plan

Before IRONMAN, Los Angeles Marathon:

I joined this team for Los Angeles – Team One | Race

Here’s Glen’s fundraising page for Los Angeles Marathon 2018

18 Week TWV Marathon Training Plan

Half Marathon Training Plan

for our instruction and joy

The scriptures, old and reliable…

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. –Romans 15:4

  • Scriptures written in advance
  • to instruct us
  • that we would endure and be faithful
  • the more faithful we are the more we are encouraged