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3-year Daily Devotional Bible Study II -  My Daily Walk II
Daily Devotional Bible Study  -  My Daily Walk
 
Hello, I'm David...                                                    
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New Three-Year   Daily  Bible Study
This Bible Study is published at: http://shepherdboy-mydailywalk.blogspot.com

It is based on the Lutheran Book of Worship 3-year lectionary (for public worship), "Prayers of the Day..." (Propers).* It is based, with only minor variations, on the Revised Common Lectionary, used by many denominations, including the Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches.

RCL:  http://www.commontexts.org/ and http://www.commontexts.org/rcl/usage.html

The daily readings are the Propers (Lections) for the  following Sunday, so that the daily devotions can prepare us for worship. Additional lections are from Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, "Scripture lessons for Matins and Vespers, A,"**

Available as a RSS text feed: http://shepherdboy-mydailywalk.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Free RssReader:  http://shepherdboy-mydailywalk.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss


*Lutheran Book of Worship, Prayers of the Day, Psalms and Lessons, p. 13-41, Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, 1978.

**Common Service Book, United Lutheran Church of America,  General Rubrics VIII. Scripture lessons for Matins and Vespers, A, p. 299, [B, pg 300, & C, pg 301] Philadelphia, 1918 (see sidebar, right).



My Daily Walk   Bible Study
This Bible Study was originally published at http://shepherdboy.journalspace.com/, based on the Lutheran Book of Worship two-year Daily Lectionary for personal devotions*  The daily readings are according to a Calendar  based on the Church Year, which begins on the first Sunday of Advent, usually sometime at the end of November in the year preceding the secular calendar year.

I will continue to publish My Daily Walk online as long as possible.
 

*Lutheran Book of Worship, Daily Lectionary, p. 179-192, Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, 1978.

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Podcasts - Audio MP3s
 
 MP3 podcasts by Linux Festival Text-to-Speech are available:

Audio MP3s

 The podcasts include scripture references but not scripture texts. To get the maximum benefit, one must look up the texts, by reference to the the text version.

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This site contains the Bible reading calendars for each year from 2004-2061.  The calendar for each year has hyperlinks to the daily study for each week.

The Archives are accessable from the navigation menu on the top right, in either of two ways. You can select the Archive Index, and select the year and week of the lection, or you  can select by week from odd or even year lections.

Over the course of two two-year cycles, the Lord has led me to develop the content and style of this Bible Study.  It takes about five minutes to read my journal entry.  I would suggest that you first pray, asking for understanding and guidance by the Holy Spirit, and then read the lections from the Bible. Then read my journal entry. Each entry first paraphrases each of the three lections, then comments on the common theme of each lection, and suggests conclusions. The entire devotional can be done in under 20 minutes. Try to recall the  day's message throughout the day.


Please Note:

If you have line-wrapping problems, reloading the page usually helps.

If the Calendar link doesn't load into the Calendar inline frame, just right-click and select open in new window.

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Statement of Purpose
In the past 30 years, I have come to a saving personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and I have come to the realization that the meaning and purpose of life is to "seek the Lord, in the hope that (we) might feel after and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us", as the Bible says in Acts17:26-27. My testimony is that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, as He has said in John 14:6. If you don't know Jesus personally as your Lord and Savior. you don't know the joy and peace that you are missing!

I was raised in the Lutheran Church (ELCA). I came under the influence and teaching of Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA., and of Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries in Riverside, CA. in the late 1970's, and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior while I was a member of the Lutheran Church . I am currently attending a Southern Baptist Congregation.

The daily lectionaries (schedule of daily readings) which I am using are:  the 2 year Daily Lectionary, p. 179-192, and the 3-year weekly lectionary,  Prayers of the Day, Psalms and Lessons, p. 13-41, from the Lutheran Book of Worship, Augsburg Publication House, Minneapolis, and Board of Publications, Lutheran Church in America, Philadelphia, 1978.

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God's Plan of Salvation
All have sinned and fall short of God's righteousness (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8-10).
 
The penalty for sin is (eternal) death (Romans 6:23).
 
It is appointed for humans to die once and then comes judgment (not reincarnation) (Hebrews 9:27).
 
All who have ever lived will be held accountable to Jesus Christ for what they has done in life (John 5:28-29).
 
Those who have trusted and obeyed Jesus will receive eternal life in heaven with Jesus; those who have rejected Jesus and not obeyed Jesus' teaching will receive eternal destruction and eternal death in Hell with Satan and all the wicked (Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10).
 
God loves us and does not want us to perish (John 3:16).
 
God gave his only son Jesus Christ to die as a sacrifice for our sins so that we woudn't have to die for them ourselves (Romans 5:8).
 
Jesus is God's only provision for our salvation (Acts 4:12; John 14:6)
 
We are saved by grace (unmerited favor) through faith (obedient trust) in Jesus Christ; not by doing "good deeds" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
 
One must receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior (John 1:12).
 
How to receive Jesus: we must open the door of our heart and invite Jesus in (Revelation 3:20).
 
Christian assurance: "And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son has not life. I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:11-12).

The Holy Spirit is the seal and guarantee that one is in Christ and has eternal life (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:9b, 11, 15-16).

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Conditions for Answered Prayer
 
In a survey, eighty-seven percent of American people said they believe that God hears and has the power to answer prayer (but note that eighty-seven percent of the American People do not regularly read the Bible or attend church). I assert that there are conditions which must be met in order to expect one’s prayers to be answered:

John 15:7 – “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask what you will and it shall be done for you.” Notice the *If*. Note also that this was addressed to his *disciples*, in Jesus’ farewell discourse at the Last Supper.

The conditions:
-In Faith in God: Hebrews 11:6, Matthew 21:22
-In Jesus name: John 14:14
-In God’s will: 1 John 5:14-15
-In personal relationship with Jesus: John 15:7

Requirements for a personal relationship with Jesus:

-No unconfessed sin: Psalm 66:18; Proverbs 15:8, 29; 1 John 3:22
-No unbelief: James 1:6-7; Matthew 21:22
-Not neglecting the Word: Proverbs 28:9; John 15:7

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False Teachings

There are two major false teachings being taught in the (nominal) “Church” today which existed in the first century Church and are refuted in the New Testament.

Legalism

One is “legalism,” salvation by doing “good works;” the “circumcision party” who insisted that Gentile converts must keep Jewish law, including circumcision and dietary laws, dealt with here (see also Galatians 2:12, 16, 21-3:14; 5:1-5, Ephesians 2:8-10).

Cheap Grace:

The other is “Cheap Grace:” salvation by grace (unmerited favor; a free gift), without the obligation of discipleship and obedient trust; “Libertinism;” “Nicolaitanism;” false freedom from self-discipline; i.e., licentiousness; (see Ephesians 4:17-24; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 6:9-20), which is also dealt with here.

Each is a deviation, in opposite directions, from the central apostolic doctrine of the New Testament (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Spiritual Rebirth:

A ramification of the false teaching of "Cheap Grace"* is the assertion that believers are automatically spiritually "born-agan" by some Church rite, such as water Baptism, or Confirmation (affirmation) of Baptism. This teaching not only doesn't help members, but actually causes them spiritual damage, by  leading them to believe they do not need to seek the "baptism" of the Holy Spirit. Mainline denominations are teaching this false doctrine.

The reason the nominal Church is failing to make "born-again" disciples, in many instances, is because it is not being led by "born-again" disciples and apostles. It takes "born-again" disciples to make "born-again" disciples. The unregenerate (un-"reborn") don't know how, or they would not be unregenerate. If there are no "born-again" disciples in a denomination, how will there be "born-again" leaders? It is a case of the "blind" leading the "blind." It is like the fable of The Emperor's New Clothes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor's_New_Clothes

Not only are the leaders struting around naked, believing that they are well-clothed, but so are the members!

The Church is the heir to the ministry of John the Baptizer, to call people to repent and be spiritually cleansed by water Baptism for the remission of sin (Luke 3:2-6), so that they are prepared to receive Jesus through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Only Jesus gives the gift ("baptism;" "anointing," "infilling") of the Holy Spirit (John 1:31-34), only to his disciples who believe in (trust and obey) Jesus (John 14:15-17). The gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit is a discernible ongoing event. One cannot be truly "born-again" without being conscious of it for oneself (Acts 19:2). Anyone not sure hasn't been!

The Holy Spirit is the seal and guarantee that one is in Christ and has eternal life (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:9b, 11, 15-16).



*See: The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Collier Books, Macmillan Publishing Co., NY 1963 ISBN 0-02-083850-6


Video Gospels

These videos are low-priced for purchase or rent. Prices listed at time of posting; check links for current prices, in DVD (American Bible Society videos are also available in VHS Tape) See particularly the American Bible Society Gospels which are word-for-word narration of the scripture text in their Contemporary English Version. They also have a number of other New Testament Books in video with word-for-word narration; see their site.

I’ve also listed several Foreign Documentaries, which may not use straight Biblical text for narration. Straight scriptural narration is preferable; the documentaries may be more subjective, reflecting the producers’ personal interpretations. I haven’t seen any of these videos yet personally, except for the Gospel of John, but they are in my rental queue, and I will be reviewing them in the next couple weeks. I did see the Gospel of Luke Video New Media Bible in the word-for-word RSV and KJV in the early 1980’s.

This is a great way to introduce children and teens to the Gospels.

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PURCHASE - FROM DISTRIBUTOR


Gospel of Matthew - American Bible Society, Contemporary English Version (word-for-word Gospel) VHS

DVD $20

Gospel of Mark - American Bible Society, Contemporary English Version (word-for-word Gospel)

VHS $25

DVD $20


Gospel of Luke- American Bible Society, Contemporary English Version (word-for-word Gospel)

VHS $25

DVD $20

Gospel of John - Foreign documentary - word-for-word Gospel

(I've seen this; slightly overacted, but otherwise good)

Available free on Youtube;

Visual Bible Gospel of Matthew

Gospel of Mark (audio)

Visual Bible Gospel of Luke

Visual Bible Gospel of John



PLEASE NOTE:  I do not rent or sell any of these items.


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Recommended Reading

Eims, LeRoy, What Every Christian Should Know about Growing

Basic Steps to Discipleship, Victor Books, Wheaton, Ill 60187, 1987

ISBN: 0-88207-727-9

Now out-of-print but available reasonably at

Alibris.com/Eims; What Every Christian Should Know

 

Growing in Discipleship,  Published by: The Navigators

ISBN-13: 9781600060090

Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.25

Cover: Paperback

96 Pages


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Links to Free Digital Bible Study Tools
Free online Bible study tools:
http://www.biblestudytools.com/

Free Online Bible Search:
Each link takes you to a search box where you can enter the reference. Use Browser Back Button to return:

BibleGateway

I recommend:
-New King James Version
-King James Version
   
Also see:
-Passage Lookup
-Keyword Search
-Topical Index
   
OliveTree Online Bible Search

Note particularly:
-New King James Version

Also Select from pull-down:
-KJV Strongs
-RSV

Online Apocrypha Lookup:
-King James Apocrypha

 
Online Easton's Bible Dictionary:
Easton's Bible Dictionary

Online Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary:
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary


Free Online Strong's Concordance:
http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html

Free online Bible study tools:
http://www.biblestudytools.com/

Read the Bible in 1 year Plan:

http://bible1.crosswalk.com/BibleInAYear/DailyReading.cgi

http://www.backtothebible.org/1Year Bible Combined

(Both combine readings from Old and New Testaments daily)


Links to Free Downloadable Digital Bible Study Tools

I recommend KJV, Matthew Henry Commentary, Eastons Bible Dictionary, Strong’s Greek Dictionary and Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary.

LINUX:

The best Bible study freeware for Linux that I've found is the Sword Project:  

SwordPROJECT: http://www.crosswire.org/sword/software/swordapi.jsp

RPMS for various archetecture can be downloaded at:


http://xiphos.org/download/

BibleTime KDE http://www.bibletime.info/

Installation of BibleTime KDE from the RPM was very easy. I was prompted to add dependencies required.

 

I downloaded the complete BibleTime package which contains numerous modules of Bibles, Dictionaries, Commentaries, and Lexicons. The Modules I consider essential are the KJV Bible, Easton's Bible Dictionary, Matthew Henry Complete Commentary, Strong's Hebrew and Greek Lexicons. The whole package seems to be a couple MB. If filesize is a consideration you might want to opt out of the other modules. Parallel comparison of the KJV with MKJV, UKJV and/or WEB Bibles might be useful.  For me, one reilable resource is better than  many differing  alternatives.

Alternatively,I recommend HTML Bibles, Dictionaries and Commentaries for Linux as a universal, platform-independent, easy to install and use format.

BibleDataBase HTML Bibles  Index of software

BibleDataBase HTML KJV Bible Download

BibleSeeker HTML modules - the API  is windows,  modules are  HTML
 with Matthew Henry Concise Commentary and Easton's Bible Dictionary


MacSword

WIN PC:

Free Basic Software

BibleSeeker
The API is windows, but the modules are HTML

SWORD project Bible Freeware

SWORD starter pack, with KJV Bible, Strong's Hebrew and Greek Lexicons Download

SWORD Add-ons

http://bibledatabase.org/free_bible_software.htm

Free BibleDatabase Modules (recommended):

Free King James Version Bible:
http://software77.com/exec/modules/b_kjv.exe

Mathew Henry Bible Commentary:
Matthew Henry Commentary

Free Easton Bible Dictionary Module:
http://bibledatabase.org/eastons.html

I recommend KJV, Matthew Henry Commentary, Easton's Bible Dictionary, Strong’s Greek Dictionary and Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary




Free Bibles and Study Tools for Handhelds


Main index:
http://www.olivetree.com/handheld/products/index.html

http://www.olivetree.com/store/home.php?cat=261&bible-category=main-bible-study-tools

Specific downloads:

- Free Easton's Bible Dictionary
http://www.olivetree.com/store/download.php?product_id=16581

- Free Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
http://www.olivetree.com/store/download.php?product_id=16623

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Daily Walk #1 Two- Year

About Original 2-Year Bible Study

Bible Readings Odd Year

Bible Readings Even Year

Bible Readings by Calendar

Complete Free HTML Download

AUDIO .MP3 PODCASTS:

Odd-Year .mp3s

Even-Year .mp3s



Daily Walk #2  Three Year

About This Bible Study

Bible Readings "A" Year

Bible Readings "B" Year

Bible Readings "C" Year

Bible Reading by Calendar

AUDIO .MP3 PODCASTS:

A-Year .mp3s


B-Year .mp3s

C-year . mp3s



Devotions for This Week

Devotions This Week

Mobile-Optimized Devotions



Read the Bible in 1 Year Schedule

1-Year Schedule

1 Year Bible Jan-Mar

1 Year Bible Apr-Sep

1 Year Bible Oct - Dec



Devotions
HTML Bible Tools

HTML Bible Tools Combined

KJV Bible

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Matthew Henry Commentary

KJV Bible & Strong's Concordance

Devotions
 Blue Letter KJV w/Strong's




e.g. Gen;Psa-Mal;Rom 3-9




http://www.blueletterbible.org/freeoffer.cfm

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Online Bible Apocrypha

Apocrypha Lookup


NOTE

How Bad Must Things Get...

Statement of Purpose

God's Plan of Salvation

The Conditions for Answered Prayer

Personal Testimonies

Thoughts on Bible Study

False Teachings

Spiritual Blindness

Video Gospels

Recommended Reading

Links to Free Digital Bible Study Tools

How to Use this site

Praise Guitar Tabs


Links

This Week's Devotions

Church Calendar

Easter Table

Moveable Festivals

Lections- Epistles & Gospels

Lections- Matins & Vespers A

Lections-Matins & Vespers B

Lections-Matins & Vespers C

Lectionary-Matins & Vespers C2

Lections-Matins & Vespers D

Lections-Psalms

Linux Festival Text-2-Speech


Contact
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2-Year Personal Lectionary Spreadsheet

3-Year Rev_Common Lectionary Spreadsheet

ULCA  1918 Lectionary Spreadsheet

Blank Lectionary Spreadsheet

Jewel Case Inserts

DW Internet Address Cards

Praise Guitar Tabs


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