And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
Ephesians 3:18

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This year I plan to read the Bible from a thematic perspective rather than a 'read through the entire bible in one year' objective.

If you are interested in following this structure than you will need to find a way to enter into word study as you select the appropriate verse of scripture to reflect upon each day.  For example, Compassion, is the general theme for the 1st Quarter of 2017 - January, February, March.  Therefore using parallel passages or a concordance, a search for verses with the word - Compassion - in them needs to be made.  You may find that several bible translations may be required for these searches.  The same process should be done for the specific January themes - Sincerity and Faithfulness. 


The idea is to find just 1 or 2 verses for each day and then reflect upon them as deeply as you are able... 


Below are the themes which will guide me each month and listed by quarters; you are invited to journey along with me.   You will notice that 3 Hebrew words - Hesed, Tsadeq and Mishpat are included in March, June and September respectively.  Please return to this page during that month to find a listing of scripture passages from the Old Testament that contain the specific Hebrew word.


May Holy Spirit enrich your heart and soul as you taste and see the Word of God and find that it is indeed good:


Devotional Themes for 2017

 

First Quarter – COMPASSION

 

January – Sincerity & Faithfulness

February – Knowledge & Understanding

March – Kindness & Hesed

 

Second Quarter – JOY

 

April – Obedience & Submission

May – Endurance & Self-Control

June – Truth & Tsadeq

 

Third Quarter – PATIENCE

 

July – Victory & Success

August – Gentleness & Meekness

September – Direction & Mishpat

 

Fourth Quarter PEACE

 

October – Faith & Life

November – Hope & Confidence

December – Holiness & Glory



                                                                     Rev. Kim Kingshill meditations 2017


 Often we speak of doing mission or ministry to someone or a target group of people.  And this begins our problem.  It is quite understandable as we analyze how we are going to engage strategically in the implementation of our personal or organizational or even ecclesial ministry.  However, the effect of beginning with this mindset is to objectify the persons that make up the particular target group receiving our attention.  

Every woman knows very well the effect of objectification.  From the moment of puberty girls realize they are being viewed as objects to be desired or ignored depending upon the perceived external attractiveness by the male population surrounding each girl.  (To some extent this is true of boys with their associated female population.)  

The dynamic of objectification is so subtle that even as I complete the above paragraph I am engaged in the same process.  What do I mean?  In the above paragraph I generalize the reactions and perceptions of girls and boys as well as the male or female populations that surround them.  Does everyone behave this way?   I state ‘every woman knows….’  Is this true? 
 
So then using the above assumption about women, with all good intention, I could craft a project for women that encourages strong independence, positive self-image, and processes for honing the capacity to survive in this world with or without men.  
 
The project seems like a worthy endeavor.  But is such a project being asked for by women themselves?  Is there really a perceived need by women to receive help by a man – me – so that they – women – can become more independent and more positive in how they perceive themselves; are women needing to receive ‘processes’ for survival?
 
Generalizing, Objectifying, Normalizing, Standardizing…
 
As we strive to understand the dynamics of our sociological and even interpersonal interactions it is practically impossible not to engage in a reductionist path that concludes that a person is no more than a particular behavior, description, etc.
 
Therefore, when we think of doing mission or ministry to someone than we reduce the individual to an object of our acts of benevolence.  And when I make such a statement I reduce everyone reading this to such a behavior. 
 
What do I mean by this?  I have just reduced everyone ‘thinking of doing mission or ministry to someone’ to a particular behavior pattern – a pattern that treats persons as objects.  If you happen to be someone who thinks of doing mission to someone then I have put you into the basket of all people who think that way.  Therefore, you are no more than an object being placed together with other objects.
 
What happened to the being that is in us regardless of the doings that we might be engaged in or receiving from others?  This is the issue that I am feeling the need to address.  I am not sure how adequately I am doing this but I pray that at least this meditation begins to open up something that may have previously been hidden or at least unacknowledged…

Thankfully we have the following verses in scripture to help us along the way:   “…for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." - 1 Samuel 16:7, ESV.
 
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,  And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. - Psalm 51:6, NASB.   I pray that out of his glorious riches,  He may strengthen you with power  through his Spirit in your inner being,   - Ephesians 3:16, NIV.   In other words, God does not reduce us to standard formulas but constantly engages each one of us to expand the precious uniqueness that is part and parcel of our creation.  You and I are endowed with the very image of God.  We are divinely described, always much more than any human description.  This is Truth.  This is Grace. This is Love.
 
Jesus was rather unimpressed with this analytical tendency of ours; more specifically He had sharp words for the religious authorities he encountered throughout His earthly ministry.  I happen to be part of such a population group today due to my ordination as clergy and identification by my Christian association, Elim Fellowship, as licensed credential holder: ordained minister in the gospel ministry. The following warning is for me specifically and anyone else in my population group:
 
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law:  justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. - Matthew 23:23, ESV.
 
 
So what is going on?  The religious authorities of Jesus’ day quite systematically with good rationality had erected a detailed manual of operations of do’s and don’ts that went even further than the Torah requirements in the Pentateuch but supposedly continued in the spirit of the commands.  Tithing of the basic grains – wheat, corn, barley, etc. – was required but nothing was specifically written in scripture about spices such as mint, dill and cumin.
 
What is in our Mission Statements, our Visions, our rationally constructed Non-Negotiables that make up the identities and directions of our specific churches or mission/ministry organizations?  Do we have a lot of detailed spices in their verbiage and content?
 
It is so much easier to focus our efforts on mint and cumin rather than the subtler and abstract existential concepts of justice, mercy or faithfulness. 
 
The prophet Jeremiah warned similarly:
 
Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom,  let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,  but let him who boasts boast in this,  that he understands and knows me,  that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” - Jeremiah 9:23-24, ESV
 
It really is much easier for us to remain in the analytical exterior of matters even in our relationships with others.  The same ease can be said of our endeavors as well.  What is the quality of our mission and ministry as it relates to the subject matter presented above?  How good really is all our good works?  
 
.What is the appropriate word to use for the following question? 
.How am I doing/being in mission or ministry?
.What are the appropriate prepositions to use in the additional phrase to the above question?
.How am I doing/being in mission or ministry to/for/with/through/above/below someone or  a target group of people?  (Each preposition could be applicable depending upon the situation, so be careful not to discard one too quickly.)
 
Going forward, personally I am going to try intentionally to begin with the following reflective question:
 
 How am I being in my moment by moment engagement with you (whoever you may be).
 
This is not going to be a very efficient use of my time.  This is not going to be very easy for me.  I probably will get frustrated, probably will get exhausted, and unfortunately probably will not be on my best behavior from time to time.  Please forgive me.  
 
Thank God we have Holy Spirit abiding in me and abiding in you.   Holy Spirit assist us in our engagements with one another.
Rev. Kim A. Kingshill



Bible Reading List for Nov & Dec 2016


Old Testament:

 Joshua

 ,Judges,

 2 Chronicles,

 Ezekiel,

 Hosea,

 Zephaniah,

 Malachi


New Testament:

  Philippians, '

  Colossians,

  1 Timothy,

  2 Timothy,

  3 John,

  Revelations


Psalm 119:153-160

 Psalm 119:161-168

 Psalm 119:169-176


* If you read at least 4 chapters daily then you will finish the year easily.


May God Be With You in Your Diligent Devotion...




Sept-Oct Bible Reading

Read 3-5 chapters daily:


From Old Testament:

Deuteronomy
I Chronicles
Daniel
Jeremiah
Micah
Haggai
Jonah

From New Testament:

Acts

2 Corinthians

James

2 John

Philemon





***In addition on 3 different Sundays

 ***

-- Psalm 119:129-136

 

-- Psalm 119:137-144

 

-- Psalm 119:145-152


God Bless Everyone Participating in this Daily Discipline,

Pastor Kim Kingshill









     July-August 2016 (9 Weeks)

  • Read 3-4 chapters daily
  • You may Choose the Order of the below  OT & NT readings According to your own Plan     


Old Testament                                  New Testament

Numbers                                             Gospel of Luke

2 Kings                                                 1 Corinthians

Esther                                                   1 John

Psalm 79-150 (except 119)                                           

Song of Songs

Joel

  • Read Proverbs, 1 chapter daily 

  • Sundays   7/3   Read Psalm 119:89-96

                      7/17 Read Psalm 119:97-104

                      7/31 Read Psalm 119:105-112

                      8/14 Read Psalm 119:113-120

                      8/28 Read Psalm 119:121-128





May and June

Old Testament Books (151 chapters total):

Leviticus

1 Kings

Nehemiah

Psalms 1-78

Amos

Habakkuk


New Testament Gospel/Letters (48 chapters total)

Matthew

Romans

Titus

Jude

1) Be careful of the Psalms: Chapters range from only 5 verses to 72 verses (psalm 78!).

2) Leviticus, 1 Kings, and Matthew are the largest books/letters.

3) Amos, Habakkuk, Titus, Jude are the smallest books/letters.

4) Pace yourself well and mix up the books on your schedule.


There are 199 chapters in all; at least 4 chapters each day.

Please schedule the following Sundays to read the Psalm 119 Selections:

* 5/1/2016 = Psalm 119:49-56

* 5/15/2016 = Psalm 119:57-64

* 5/29/2016 = Psalm 119:65-72

* 6/12/2016 = Psalm 119:73-80

* 6/26/2016 = Psalm 119:81-88

**Read Proverbs, 1 chapter daily according to the date (1/1 = chapter 1/2 = chapter 2; …1/31 = chapter 31)**

Have fun with the Word of God!  

Be diligent and you will find yourself divinely-nourished and well-grounded to meet the challenges of every day and each week.

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March-April 2016 (9 Weeks)


Old Testament                                  New Testament

Exodus                                                 Gospel of John

2 Samuel                                             Galatians

Ecclesiastes                                        Ephesians

Isaiah                                              1 Thessalonians

Lamentations                                 2 Thessalonians

Nahum

Read 3 chapters daily except Wednesdays & 1 day of your choice Read 4 chapters

You may Choose the Order of the above OT & NT readings According to your own Plan 


**Read Proverbs, 1 chapter daily according to the date (1/1 = chapter 1/2 = chapter 2; …1/31 = chapter 31)**


Please observe the dates below when you need to also add Psalm 119.

Sundays 3/13 Read Psalm 119:25-32

              4/03  Read Psalm 119:33-40

              4/24  Read Psalm 119:41-48

Read 3 chapters daily except Wednesdays & 1 day of your choice Read 4 chapters

You may Choose the Order of the above OT & NT readings According to your own Plan 


 


January – February 2016 (8 Weeks)

 

Old Testament                                  New Testament

 

Genesis                                               Gospel of Mark

1 Samuel                                             Hebrews

Ruth                                                      1 Peter

Ezra                                                        2 Peter

Job

Zechariah

-Read 3 chapters daily except Wednesdays Read 4 chapters. You may Choose the Order of the above OT & NT readings According to your own Plan 


-Read Proverbs, 1 chapter daily according to the date (1/1 = chapter1; 1/2 = chapter 2;...1/31 = chapter 31)


Please observe the dates below when you need to also add Psalm 119.


-Sundays 1/03 Read Psalm 119:1-8

                 1/24 Read Psalm 119:9-16

                 2/14 Read Psalm 119:17-24