January 13, 2020
Hey, Grace’rs,

Here are your Bible readings for the week. You can use this as a part of your FAITH5 huddle each night:

Share…1 high and 1 low from the day.
Read…the Bible passage for today.
Talk…what one new thing did you learn about God or life from the Bible passage?
Pray…for each other
Bless…each other

(If you are using the  Essential Bible Companion, you will want to read the brief introduction to the corresponding book of the Bible.)
This week: Luke 15 and John 20

Monday
Luke 15

15  Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.  And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable:  “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?  When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices.  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’  Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?  When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’  10  Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”


Tuesday
Luke 15

Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons.  12  The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them.  13  A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.  14  When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need.  15  So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs.  16  He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything.  17  But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger!  18  I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;  19  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’  20  So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.  21  Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  22  But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  23  And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;  24  for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.


Wednesday
Luke 15

“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.  26  He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.  27  He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’  28  Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him.  29  But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.  30  But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’  31  Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.  32  But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’”



Thursday
John 20

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”  Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.  The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,  and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;  for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.  10  Then the disciples returned to their homes.

11  But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look  into the tomb;  12  and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.  13  They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”  14  When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  15  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”  16  Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).  17  Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  18  Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


Friday
John 20  

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  20  After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  21  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  22  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  23  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

24  But Thomas (who was called the Twin[ c ]), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  25  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26  A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  27  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”  28  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”  29  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

30  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.  31  But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
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