The Foundation – Readings and Resources

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We’re going back to basics to get the broad view of God’s love and the strong foundation God created for us. We want to receive God’s word as a gift and to reinforce the concept that the Biblical stories all point to Jesus, our first love.

This fall, we invite you to continue (or begin) personal spiritual practices by spending fifteen minutes a day with God in scripture, prayer, and solitude. Use this guide for your daily reading and enrich your time with recommended music and books.

Reading and Reflecting on Scripture
What does God want me to see in this passage?
Praying for Confession and Guidance
What does God want me to let go of to keep moving?
Listening and Solitude with God
What does God want to say to me?

The Foundation 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

September 15: Genesis 1:1-9
September 16: Genesis 1:10-14
September 17: Genesis 1:15-24
September 18: Genesis 1:25-27
September 19: Genesis 1:28-2:2
September 20: Psalm 8:1-4
September 21: Psalm 8:5-9


September 22: Genesis 3:1-5
September 23: Genesis 3:6-13

September 24: Genesis 3:14-15

September 25: Genesis 3:16-21
September 26: Genesis 3:22-24
September 27: Psalm 130:1-4
September 28: Psalm 130:5-8


September 29: Genesis 11:1-3
September 30: Genesis 11:4-5
October 1: Genesis 11:6-7
October 2: Genesis 11:8-9
October 3: Psalm 104:24-26
October 4: Psalm 104:27-30
October 5: Psalm 104:31-34


October 6: Genesis 12:1-3
October 7: Genesis 12:4-5
October 8: Genesis 15:1-4
October 9: Genesis 15:5-11
October 10: Genesis 22:1-5
October 11: Genesis 22:6-8
October 12: Genesis 22:9-14


October 13: Genesis 37:1–4
October 14: Genesis 37:5–11
October 15: Genesis 37:12–22
October 16: Genesis 37:23–36
October 17: Genesis 41:1–7
October 18: Genesis 50:15–17
October 19: Genesis 50:18–21


October 20: Exodus 3:1–10
October 21: Exodus 3:11–16
October 22: Exodus 3:17–22
October 23: Exodus 13:17–22
October 24: Exodus 14:1-10
October 25: Exodus 14:11-22
October 26: Exodus 14:22-31


October 27: Exodus 16:1–5
October 28: Exodus 16:6–8
October 29: Exodus 17:1–7
October 30: Exodus 19:3–8
October 31: Exodus 20:1–7
November 1: Exodus 20:8–11
November 2: Exodus 20:11–21


November 3: Joshua 1:1–5
November 4:  Joshua 1:6–7
November 5: Joshua 1:8–9
November 6: Joshua 3:1–6
November 7: Joshua 3:7–13
November 8: Joshua 6:1–19
November 9: Joshua 6:20–27


November 10: 1 Samuel 17:1–7
November 11: 1 Samuel 17:8–11
November 12: 1 Samuel 17:31–37
November 13: 1 Samuel 17:38–40
November 14: 1 Samuel 17:48–50
November 15: 1 Samuel 17:51–54
November 16: 1 Samuel 17:55–58


November 17: Daniel 6:1-7
November 18: Daniel 6:8-15
November 19: Daniel 6:16-18
November 20: Daniel 6:19-24
November 21: Daniel 6:25-28
November 22: Psalm 119:57–60
November 23: Psalm 119:61–64


November 24: Jonah 1:1–10
November 25: Jonah 1:11–17

November 26: Jonah 3:1–5
November 27: Jonah 3:6–10
November 28: Jonah 4:1-6
November 29: Jonah 4:7-11
November 30: Hebrews 1:1–2

Series Artwork

Art: Temptation (1993)

Painted on wood panel

Artist: Julia Stankova (Bulgaria)

Artist’s notes:

I see a manifestation of the boundless love and mercy of Jesus Christ to every person who has dropped out of society because of illness or infirmity. Through healing, Jesus Christ gives us back the lost gifts of God and we are able, in every sense, to go up to the place which God prepared for us at the beginning of time. In other words, we—the cured people—are lost sheep found by our shepherd ONE BY ONE.


Art: Tower of Babel (1563)

Oil painting on wood panel

Artist: Pieter Bruegel, The Netherlands

Art: God’s Promise to Abram (1896-1902)

Goache on board

Artist: James Jacques Joseph Tissot, France

Copyright source:

Art: The Recognition of Joseph by His Brothers, fresco with Tempera (painted 1816-1817)

Artist: Peter von Cornelius

Art: Crossing the Red Sea

Artist: Leslie Elaine


Art: Moses and the Fire of Sinai

Artist: Darius Gilmont (Israel)

Artist Notes:

This is a work of contemporary Biblical art showing Moses on Mount Sinai, surrounded by a swirling colourful aura, and is an original oil painting. I was inspired to create this work by an abstract painting I glimpsed in someone’s house while out walking the dog. The picture was a blur of shapes and colour but in my mind I saw it as the form of Moses. Later, I sketched and painted it exactly as I imagined it. The swirling sky emerged during the creative process. This divine energy is shown flowing out of Moses’ head and courses throughout his body, connecting him with heaven and earth.


Art: Entering the Promised Land

Artist: Darius Gilmont (Israel)

Artist Notes:

When I started working on it, this painting showed the modern-day road going down to the Dead Sea from Jerusalem. At that point I was planning to include cars on the road, and radio masts on the hills. But somehow, the more I worked on it, the more it tried to become a Biblical scene. Eventually, all remnants of modernity disappeared completely.
Biblical pictures so often seem to appear in my work, in spite of my initial vision being otherwise. Perhaps it is because, whenever I am involved with the ancient landscape of Israel, I feel deeply drawn to a feeling of timelessness, to a connection with ancient history, and a connection with God.



Art: The Young David Gathering Stones for his Slingshot

Painted in the early 17th century

Artist: Domenico Fetti (Italy)

Art: Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Artist: John August Swanson, Los Angeles
Serigraph created in 2000

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