Sunday, July 31
2 Kings: 1: 3,4 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no god in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore this is what the Lord says, ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’” So Elijah went.
Prayer: Lord, we confess that we have too often sought advice from unreliable sources.
Thought for the day: Bad advice can be worse than no advice.
Monday, August 1
Psalm 14: 1,2 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
Prayer: Jesus, we trust that God the Father rules supreme.
Thought for the day: After years of doubt and denial Anthony Flew was convinced there is a God.
Tuesday, August 2
Daniel 9: 2,3 in the first year of his reign, I , Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we are humbled to see your prophetic word fulfilled in our generation.
Thought for the day: When the timer on the oven rings, the baker must take action.
Wednesday, August 3
Psalm 27: 9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my savior.
Prayer: Lord God, we cannot live without you.
Thought for the day: The socialite’s snub is only important to those who value their society.
Thursday, August 4
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Prayer: Lord, may we ever keep you first.
Thought for the day: Successful treasure hunters know how to leave fool’s gold where it lies.
Friday, August 5
Matthew 18:12 What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we seek to know the one who risked his life to seek us.
Thought for the day: No replacement cost can be fixed for one lost soul.
Saturday, August 6
John 4:23 Yet a time is coming and now has come when the true worshipers will worship the father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers that Father seeks.
Prayer: O Lord, may our worship be pleasing in your sight.
Thought for the day: God does not suffer from hearing impairment even if we suffer from a spiritual speech impediment.
Adult Bible Study Outline:
2 Kings 1: 3 – 14 — Q-U-E-S-T
Query – The king wants a word of hope and recovery.
Unfaithfulness – The king looks everywhere for answers except to the God is Israel.
Elijah – God sends the prophet to answer.
Sanctity – God’s message and messenger are to be respected.
Truth – God is no respecter of persons. God honors those who seek Him in truth.
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