The Fulfillment – Readings and Resources

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This winter, 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 Fulfillment 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

January 5: John 1:29-31
January 6: John 1:32-34
January 7: Matthew 3:1-6
January 8: Matthew 3:7-10
January 9: Matthew 3:11-12
January 10: Isaiah 40:1-5
January 11: Isaiah 40:6-11

 

January 12: Luke 4:1-4
January 13: Luke 4:5-8
January 14: Luke 4:9-13
January 15: Matthew 4:1-4
January 16: Matthew 4:5-8
January 17: Psalm 91:9-16
January 18: Psalm 91:1-2

 

January 19: Matthew 4:18-19
January 20: Matthew 4:20-22
January 21: Luke 5:1-3
January 22: Luke 5:4-6
January 23: Luke 5:7-8
January 24: Luke 5:9-11
January 25: Psalm 27:4-8

 

January 26: Luke 8:40-44
January 27: Luke 8:45-48
January 28: Luke 8:49-51
January 29: Luke 8:52-56
January 30: Matthew 9:18-21
January 31: Matthew 9:22
February 1: Matthew 9:23-26

 

February 2: Matthew 6:1-4
February 3: Matthew 6:5-8
February 4: Matthew 6:9-10
February 5: Matthew 6:11-13
February 6: Matthew 6:14-16
February 7: Matthew 7:7-11
February 8: Matthew 7:12

 

February 9: Matthew 6:25-26
February 10: Matthew 6:27-30
February 11: Matthew 6:31-33
February 12: Matthew 6:34
February 13: Matthew 7:24-25
February 14: Matthew 7:26-27
February 15: Matthew 7:28-29

 

February 16: Matthew 8:23-24
February 17: Matthew 8:25
February 18: Matthew 8:26
February 19: Matthew 8:27
February 20: Mark 4:36-38
February 21: Mark 4:39-40
February 22: Mark 4:41

 

February 23: Luke 9:10-11
February 24: Luke 9:12-13
February 25: Luke 9:14-16
February 26: Luke 9:17
February 27: John 6:1-6
February 28: John 6:7-13
February 29: John 6:14-15

 

March 1: Matthew 13:44
March 2: Matthew 13:45-46
March 3: Matthew 13:44
March 4: Matthew 13:45-46
March 5: Matthew 13:44
March 6: Matthew 13:45-46
March 7: Matthew 13:44-46

 

March 8: Luke 18:15-16
March 9: Luke 18:17
March 10: Matthew 18:1-3
March 11: Matthew 18:4-5
March 12: Matthew 18:6
March 13: Matthew 19:13
March 14: Matthew 19:14-15

 

March 15: Luke 19:1–3
March 16: Luke 19:4–5
March 17: Luke 19:6–8
March 18: Luke 19:9–10
March 19: Psalm 103:8-10
March 20: Psalm 103:10–16
March 21: Psalm 103:17-18

 

March 22: Luke 15:11–14
March 23: Luke 15:15–19
March 24: Luke 15:20–24
March 25: Luke 15:25–30
March 26: Luke 15:31–32
March 27: Psalm 32:1-6
March 28: Psalm 32:7-11

 

March 29: John 12:1-2
March 30: John 12:3-6
March 31: John 12:7-8
April 1: Luke 7:36-38
April 2: Luke 7:39-42
April 3: Luke 7:43-47
April 4: Luke 7:48-50

 

April 5: Matthew 26:17-24
April 6: Matthew 26:25-30
April 7: John 13:1-4
April 8: Luke 22:7-16
April 9: Luke 22:17-23
April 10: John 18:1-14
April 11: Matthew 27:45-56

 

April 12: John 20:1-5
April 13: John 20:6-8
April 14: Matthew 28:1-8
April 15: Matthew 28:9-17
April 16: Matthew 28:18-20
April 17: Luke 24:1-7
April 18: Luke 24:8-10

 

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

Series Artwork

Art: Baptism of Christ

Painted in 2017

Artist: Julia Stankova (Bulgaria)

Notes from the Artist:
On the sides of the painting it is written: “Baptism of Christ” in Bulgarian. It sounds approximately like this: “Kreshtenie Hristovo.”

Website: www.juliastankova.com

 

Art: Temptation in the Wilderness

Painted in 1898

Artist: Briton Rivière (Great Britain)

Notes from the Artist:
The white figure of Christ stands out against the rich glow of the sky, with both sky and figure focused by the gloom of the landscape. The red glow on the horizon suggests a new day dawning, the renewal of hope, suggesting the role of Christ as the ‘light of the world’.

 

Art: Miracle Catch

Painted in 2019

Artist: Mike Moyers (USA)

Notes from the Artist:
My deepest passion is to use fine art to communicate matters of faith. I firmly believe that art is a communion with the soul. Through my art, I strive to make known the beauty and wonder of life and faith. The pieces in this exhibit are inspired by things that have touched my life in a meaningful way. They range from plein air and impressionism to abstract and conceptual. My hope is to successfully communicate those inspirations so that you might be touched as well.”

Website – https://www.mikemoyersfineart.com

 

Art: Touched

Artist: Mike Moyers (USA)

Notes from the Artist:
We are God’s instruments for the world. We serve God in all kinds of ways both intentional and unintentional. May we always be mindful of God working in our lives. Miracles can surprise us in the most unlikely circumstances. And God can work through us even when we don’t realize it. What grace.

Website – https://www.mikemoyersfineart.com

 

Art: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Taken in 1906

Artist: Rudolph Eickemeyer (USA)

From Smithsonian National Museum of American History:
Eickemeyer was internationally recognized as a talented Pictorialist at the turn of the twentieth century, yet today he doesn’t even have his own Wikipedia entry. As an artist whose landscapes and portraits had the power to reassure Americans in the midst of great change and modernization, Eickemeyer’s work embodies art’s power to touch people’s lives, making it worthy of rediscovery.

 

Art: Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Artist: Ludolf Backhuysen (Dutch)

Painted in 1695

From the Indianapolis Museum of Art:
Calm and assured, Christ sits among his anxious disciples in a boat practically engulfed by waves. Though the weather menaces—the soot-colored clouds forecast torrential rains, and the fierce winds tear loose the sail’s rigging—the rays of sunlight at the upper left portend Christ’s command for the waves to subside. With this simple but dramatic composition, Backhuysen illustrates the power of faith.

 

Art: The Hidden Treasure

Artist: Jesus Mafa (Cameroon, Africa)

Painted in 1973

Notes from the Artist:
Jesus Mafa is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings were selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.

 

Art: Hallelujah

Artist: Mike Moyers (USA)

Painted in 2013

Notes from the Artist:
An impression of The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. This painting depicts the scene from the book of Revelation referenced in Handel’s masterpiece.

It is an honor and a joy to share my work with you. For years, I have illustrated, designed and directed many book covers, ads, logos, commercials and campaigns. However, my deeper side is the life of a fine artist. I love to paint with the palette knife to keep my work loose, textured and bold. You will see that I paint all kinds of subjects. My deepest passion, however, is to use fine art to communicate matters of faith.

I firmly believe that art is a communion with the soul. Through my art, I strive to make known the beauty and wonder of life and faith. The pieces in this exhibit are inspired by things that have touched my life in a meaningful way. They range from plein air and impressionism to abstract and conceptual. My hope is to successfully communicate those inspirations so that you might be touched as well.

Website – https://www.mikemoyersfineart.com

 

Art: Zacchaeus

Artist: Niles Larsen Stevns (Denmark)

Painted in 1913

Notes from the Artist:

Niels Larsen Stevns, artist of the “Zacchaeus” painting, began a renewal movement for religious art in Denmark. His Biblical works focus on the promise of spiritual life, offering that which the practical world cannot offer. The raising of Lazarus, the Prodigal Son, and Mary Magdelene were several of his subjects. Stevns also illustrated the biography of Hans Christian Andersen.

 

“In determining to give half his possessions (justly and unjustly acquired) to the poor, Zacchaeus “is not fulfilling a rule, and Jesus has given no command.” Instead Zacchaeus’s gift is a spontaneous act of repentance, love, and gratitude. “It is a thankoffering expressive of a changed heart.” (Ireland, 192)

 

Art: The Return of the Prodigal Son

Painted between 1665-1669

Artist: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Dutch)

Notes from the Artist:

In The Return of the Prodigal Son – one of Rembrandt’s last paintings before his death – all dynamism has vanished. Like an Old Testament patriarch, the father lays his hands upon the shoulders of the shaven penitent dressed in threadbare garments. With his eyes half-closed, his gentle gestures command silence. The act of forgiving becomes a blessing of almost sacramental dignity. This is a portrayal of the utmost spiritualization, freed of all anecdotal aspects, in which all movement and action have come to a standstill. The elder brother on the right, with his remorseful appearance, had, according to St. Luke, reproached his father: “See, I have served you for so many years and never disobeyed your commandments … but now he, who wasted your money with harlots, has come and you have sacrificed the fattened calf for him.” Rembrandt, however, removes these words, allowing him to take part in this moving moment in silence. The scene is plunged into a cellar-like darkness out of which the faces of the father and his oldest son shine palely, their red capes giving this darkness its glow. Rembrandt, with all his mastery, did not indulge in artistic sophistication but produced a pittura povera giving predominance to simplicity.

The arrangement of the figures – the father and the older son (both in red), and the younger kneeling son – the lack of movement, the shadowy light and, in particular, the warmth and harmony of the colour palette, with its use of ochre, golden olive and scarlet – all these things contribute to the extraordinary sense of quiet, as well as a tender forgiveness that is almost palpable. The painterly genius of Rembrandt enables him to invest the scene with a timeless dignity and grandeur that perfectly reflects the son’s sincere repentance as well as his father’s loving and merciful response.

The inherent message conveyed by this spiritual masterpiece is clear. God will always forgive a repentant sinner, no matter what.


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