Readings, November 16th to December 6th, 2020 Your hands made me & formed me; give me understanding to learn Your commands! May Your unfailing love be my comfort according to Your promise! (Psalm 119:73, 76) 16. Mon, Mt 12:30-37. What is the unforgivable sin? Trust in God is the antidote! How can we tell what’s in our hearts? 17. Tues, Am 5:4-15. What does God ask His people to do? What sins abhorrent to the Lord are mentioned here? How should our behavior reject these sins? 18. Wed, Gal 1:6-10. Why is preserving & promoting the Gospel so vitally important? What does this remind us about other religions? Are you convinced that there is no other way than Jesus? 19. Thurs, Ja 2:14-18. What example of dead faith does James give? What response would real faith make? Consider other situations you have come across--how did you respond? 20. Fri, Ps 5. How does this prayer connect its requests with God’s character? On what basis do we enter God’s presence? 21. Sat, Mk 6:17-29. What conflicting emotions did King Herod have? Why? What influenced him to give in to what he knew was wrong--what he didn’t want to do? 22. Sun, Ru 4:9-12. How did Boaz go about marrying Ruth? What blessings did the elders pronounce upon Boaz & Ruth? How did these blessings literally become true? 23. Mon, Mk 6:14-16. Why did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist raised from the dead? See Luke 23:8-12. 24. Tues, Ac 8:1-8. What apparently “bad” things resulted from Stephen’s speech & martyrdom? What good things did God bring about from the persecution? What good has come from suffering in your life? 25. Wed, Jdg 2:10-15. What cycle of sin did Israel become involved in? Whose fault was this? How can we guard against this happening in our families & church? 26. Thurs, Ps 24. What is God’s ownership of all things based on? Does it extend to you? By what means do we enter God’s presence? What do you think of God’s majesty? 27. Fri, 1 Jn 3:11-15. What message is there for us here? How can we know that we have life? What does hating someone tell us? 28. Sat, Pr 25:8-17. What does this passage advise about litigation? What does it teach us about the nature of our words? 29. Sun, Mt 12:1-8. What was Jesus advocating here? What kinds of things take priority over ritual? How does Jesus overturn ritual? 30. Mon, Jn 7:53-8:11. What motivated the Pharisees? What betrayed their intentions? How did Jesus destroy their trap & expose their hypocrisy? Do you ever see your sins as less than those of others? December 1. Tues, Ru 4:13-22. How did the women bless Naomi? How did Naomi immediately experience blessing? How was the baby significant? What does this story reveal about God? 2. Wed, Hab 2:1-8. What characterizes & motivates the wicked foe? How should believers be different? What does ‘live by faith’ mean? 3. Thurs, 1 Cor 26-2:5. How does Paul describe God’s children? How does this reflect God’s wisdom? How does this demonstrate God’s power? 4. Fri, Ps 39. Why refrain from speaking when the wicked are around? What contrast between people & God does the psalmist dwell on? How do you respond to the shortness of time? 5. Sat, Ac 8:9-25. What is the difference between magic & miracles? Why is the power of the Spirit beyond human control? Do you ever try to use the Spirit rather than be used by the Spirit? 6. Sun, Mic 5:1-5. What does this passage tell us about the (coming) Messiah? What elements of this prophecy could not apply to any earthly king?