The Adventure – Readings and Resources

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This spring, we invite you to spend fifteen minutes or more a day with God in scripture, prayer, and solitude. Use this guide for your daily reading and enrich your time with recommended music.

Receive these daily readings as a gift with the understanding that the Biblical stories all point to Jesus, our first love.

To enhance your daily time:
• DOWNLOAD the SBPC Mobile App and turn notifications on to receive the daily readings.
• LISTEN to a song from the playlist to help you slow down and enter into this time.
• ENTER into the passage by imagining yourself in the scene. What do you feel? What are you learning about Jesus? What are you learning about yourself from Jesus?
• JOURNAL your thoughts and prayers..

 

Reading and Reflecting on Scripture
What does God want me to see in this passage? (Psalm 143:8)
Praying for Confession and Guidance
What does God want me to let go of? (Psalm 139:23-24)
Listening and Solitude with God
What does God want to say to me? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

The Adventure Playlist

Book Recommendations

Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson
The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard
The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri J.M. Nouwen
Here and Now, Henri J.M. Nouwen
Life of the Beloved, Henri J.M. Nouwen
More, Greg L. Hawkins
The Gift of Being Yourself, David Benner
Surrender to Love, David Benner
Desiring God’s Will, David Benner
Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
Messy Spirituality, Mike Yaconelli
Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman
Open Mind, Open Heart, Thomas Keating
In Search of Guidance, Dallas Willard
Abba’s Child, Brennan Manning
The Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen
The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning
Mere Christianity, CS Lewis
Living By the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible, Howard G Hendricks & William D Hendricks
Draw the Circle: The 40 day prayer challenge, Mark Batterson
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, Ruth Haley Barton
Soul Keeping: Caring for The Most Important Part of You, John Ortberg
Living Christ’s Presence, Dallas Willard

Daily Readings

April 19 – Luke 24:50-51
April 20 – Luke 24:52–53
April 21 – Acts 1:6–7
April 22 – Acts 1:7–9
April 23 – Acts 1:9
April 24 – Acts 1:10–11
April 25 – John 14:23–24

 

April 26 – Acts 1:1-5
April 27 – Acts 2:1-21
April 28 – Acts 2:22-35
April 29 – Acts 2:36-47
April 30 – Acts 4:32-37
May 1 – John 15:26-27
May 2 – John 16:12-16

 

May 3 – Acts 7:55–58
May 4 – Acts 9:1–9
May 5 – Acts 9:10-19
May 6 – Acts 12:25–13:3
May 7 – Acts 16:6–15
May 8 – Acts 28:16–24
May 9 – Acts 28:25–31

 

May 10 – Colossians 2:1-4
May 11 – Colossians 2:5-8
May 12 – Colossians 2:9-12
May 13 – Colossians 2:13-15
May 14 – Colossians 2:16-17
May 15 – Colossians 2:18-19
May 16 – Colossians 2:20-23

 

May 17 – Romans 8:1-2
May 18 – Romans 8:3-10
May 19 – Romans 8:11-15
May 20 – Romans 8:16-27
May 21 – Romans 8:28-31
May 22 – Romans 8:32-36
May 23 – Romans 8:37-39

 

May 24 – Ephesians 2:1-5
May 25 – Ephesians 2:6-9
May 26 – Ephesians 2:10-16
May 27 – Ephesians 2:17-22
May 28 – Acts 19:8–10
May 29 – Acts 20:17–24
May 30 – Acts 20:25–38

 

May 31 – Revelation 1:9
June 1 – Revelation 1:10–13
June 2 – Revelation 1:14–16
June 3 – Revelation 1:17–18
June 4 – Revelation 1:19–20
June 5 – Psalm 93:1-3
June 6 – Psalm 93:4-5

 

June 7 – Revelation 5:8–9
June 8 – Revelation 5:10–11
June 9 – Revelation 5:12
June 10 – Revelation 5:13–14
June 11 – Psalm 30:1-3
June 12 – Psalm 30:4-9
June 13 – Psalm 30:10-12

 

June 14 – Revelation 21:1–2
June 15 – Revelation 21:3–4
June 16 – Revelation 21:5–6
June 17 – Revelation 21:7–8
June 18 – Revelation 22:1–3
June 19 – Revelation 22:4–5
June 20 – Revelation 22:12–13

Series Artwork

Art: Grace
Artist: Anneke Kaai (The Netherlands)
Notes from the Artist:
The Hebrew word “cheen” indicates an inclination, a bending over, a reaching out. This root meaning comes out clearly in the grace of God. It is overwhelming, full of love (red), and precious (gold) because it cost God his only Son, as symbolized by the Cross.

Website: www.annekekaai.nl

 

Art: Pentecost
Artist: Mark Wiggin (UK)
Notes from the Artist:
The verse on the back of the card reads, ” We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” 1 John 4 : 13

Mark says, ” I was inspired by the verses in Acts 2, which describe the day of Pentecost:   When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Website: www.markwigginart.com

 

Art: Ananias Restoring the Sight of St Paul
Painted between 1692-1768
Artist: Jean II Restout (France)
Notes from the Artist

In our tutorial group this year, we have decided to look at “Heroes” – Heroes of the Bible and Heroes of the Faith. We have agreed to introduce a favourite personality in turn, and this week we are looking at Ananias of Damascus, a devout man who is a disciple in Damascus, and who baptises Saint Paul after his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus.

He is mentioned twice in the Acts of the Apostles, first in the account of Saint Paul’s conversion (see Acts 9: 10-19), and later, when Saint Paul recalls those dramatic days (see Acts 22: 12-16).

Website: patrickcomerford.com

 

Art: Awake My Soul
Painted in 2012
Artist: Mike Moyers (USA)
Notes from the Artist:
Arise! Shine! Your Light has come!

Without God, all is darkness. Then God speaks a Word, and everything is forever changed into a new creation. During Advent, we welcome God’s coming into the dark places of our lives and awakening us from our dark slumber into renewed life. This is not a soft, passive awakening. It is cosmic alarm clock. It is the dawn of creation itself. God’s loving light shatters the darkness and reforms it into a new, colorful creation. As the Gospel of John puts it, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

May your life be so awakened, illumined, and reformed by the Light of God.

Website: www.mikemoyersfineart.com

 

Art: God’s Grace
Painted in 2007
Artist: Kathleen Huebener
Notes from the Artist:
God’s grace, or undeserved favor, is bestowed upon Christians through Jesus Christ. His grace begins when we believe The Gospel: Christ died for our sins on the cross, He was buried, and He rose again on the third day.

Ephesians 2: 8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

His grace surrounds the believer as a sustaining influence, enabling the believer to persevere, and to even bloom, throughout one’s Christian life. No matter what you may be experiencing at this very moment, Dear One, always keep in mind that God’s grace is always on you. It is a gift from Him.

Website: kathleenhuebener.com

 

Art: Worthy Is The Lamb
Painted in 2016
Artist: Mike Moyers (USA)
Notes from the Artist:
“Worthy Is The Lamb” is an abstract oil painting inspired by Revelation 5:11-14. The Revelation to John is full of powerful imagery depicting worship, victory, and hope. Like the Revelation itself, this abstract painting allows room for interpretation and expression. The scene is of the great heavenly throne room where all of creation (both heaven and earth) worships together saying, “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” The vision is not just a “sweet by-and-by” or a future “way up yonder”. The vision unveils the very present reality of the Kingdom of God in the  here and now. This painting serves as a reminder of our reality, and an expression of gratitude to the amazing grace of God through Jesus Christ.

Website: www.mikemoyersfineart.com

 

Art: The Apostle John on Patmos
Artist: Unknown

 

Art: The Ghent Altarpiece – Adoration of the Lamb
Painted in 1432
Artist: Jan Van Eyck (Belgium)

 

 

Art: Revelation 22: The River and the Tree of Life
Artist: LaRone Alexander (Virginia)
Notes from the Artist:
This resin art is an abstract picture of the “Tree of Life” and “River of God” in Heaven. Prophetically, my inspiration comes from Revelation 22:1-2, “Then the angel showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Christ), 2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

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Comments

  1. JEANNE SHUPALA : May 30, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    SOOOO APPRECIATE THE BIBLE SCRIPTURE TO STUDY /DAILY…. THE IDEA TO INCLUDE ARTWORK
    FOR THE SUNDAY’S SCRIPTURE AND!! THE ARTISTS THO’T WITH HIS IDEA,, OURTSTANDING
    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR CREATIVE THINKING,,jeanne shupala long time member..

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