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May 21

Breaking Down Barriers

(An Ethiopian Is Baptized)

Acts 8:29-40

Devotional Reading: Isaiah 60:9-14
Background Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. Acts 8:38 (NRSV)


May 28

The Challenge of Change

(Saul of Tarsus)

Acts 9:9-17

Devotional Reading: Philippians 3:1-14
Background Scripture: Acts 9:1-31

So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." Acts 9:17 (NRSV)


June 4

Stop the Chaos

(God Reigns)

Isaiah 52:7-12

Devotional Reading: Colossians 3:8-17

Background Scripture: Isaiah 52:1-12


How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." Isaiah 52:7 (NRSV)


June 11

A Life of Hope and Peace

(God’s Kingdom Peace)

Isaiah 65:17-25

Devotional Reading: John 16:20-33

Background Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25


The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD. Isaiah 65:25 (NRSV)


June 18

All for One and One for All

(God’s Servant-King)

Ezekiel 37:21-28

Devotional Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9

Background Scripture: Ezekiel 37:15-28


My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Ezekiel 37:27 (NRSV)


June 25

A Fresh Start

(Renewed in God’s Love)

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Devotional Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:12-21

Background Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20


The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSV)


 July 2

Peace to the Nations

Zechariah 9:9-13; 16-17

Devotional Reading: Isaiah 55

Background Scripture: Zechariah 9:9-17


On that day the LORD their God will save them for they are the flock of his people; for like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land. Zechariah 9:16 (NRSV)


July 9

The Kingdom Has Come Upon You

Matthew 12:22-32

Devotional Reading: Matthew 6:5-15

Background Scripture: Matthew 12:1-32


But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. Matthew 12:28 (NRSV)


July 16

The Sower and the Seed

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Devotional Reading: Psalm 95

Background Scripture: Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4; Luke 8:5-15


But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." Matthew 13:23 (NRSV)


July 23

Weeds Among the Wheat

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Devotional Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:1-10

Background Scripture: Matthew 13:24-43


Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'" Matthew 13:30 (NRSV)


July 30

Finding and Gathering

Matthew 13:44-52

Devotional Reading: Job 28:1-2, 12-19

Background Scripture: Matthew 13:44-52


And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old." Matthew 13:52 (NRSV)


August 6

Inheriting the Kingdom

Galatians 5:13-26

Devotional Reading: Isaiah 44:21-28

Background Scripture: Galatians 5:13-26


For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. Galatians 5:13 (NRSV)


August 13

The Nature of the Kingdom

Romans 14:10-23

Devotional Reading: Proverbs 2:1-11

Background Scripture: Romans 14:10-23


Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19 (NRSV)


August 20

Judgement in the Kingdom

1 Corinthians 4:1-6, 17-21

Devotional Reading: Isaiah 41:1-14

Background Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21


Therefore, do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5 (NRSV)


August 27

God’s Kingdom Will Be All in All

1 Corinthians 15:20-28

Devotional Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8

Background Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:20, Ephesians 1:15-23


When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:28 (NRSV)