Bible Challenge Readings and Reflective Questions for April 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013 – Day 92

Judges 13-15
Psalm 77
John 11

Even when God seems far away, Psalm 77 says, we can trust the One who has never deserted us. “Stay close to me,” Jesus is telling us, “and you can go through anything.”
What are the tombs you have faced in your life? Where are you bound now? What would it mean for Jesus’ resurrection to come alive in your life?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 – Day 93

Judges 16-18
Psalm 78:1-39
John 12

When have you felt called to take a risk, to put yourself out there, for God? When you watch Jesus put everything on the line for God, what desire does that stir in you to give more, to go further?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 – Day 94

Judges 19-21
Psalm 78 -40-72
John 13

When and where have you experienced servant love in ways that have made a difference? When and where have you given this love? How has Christ met you in his holy meal?

Thursday, April 4, 2013 – Day 95

Ruth 1-4
Psalm 79
John 14

How have you come to know that your security is in God? What are some ways that you are carrying out Jesus’ commandment to love one another? What is one way that God is inviting you to do that better today?

Friday, April 5, 2013 – Day 96

1 Samuel 1-3
Psalm 80
John 15

What phrase in Hannah’s prayer grabs your attention? Sit with that phrase for a few minutes, allowing God to pray those words in you. What would God say happens in your life that gives God glory? Spend a moment in thanksgiving for that opportunity.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 – Day 97

1 Samuel 4-6
Psalm 81
John 16

What in your life reminds you of the supreme power of God? What unknown future event do you need the Spirit to go into ahead of you?

Sunday, April 7, 2013 – Day 98

A day of rest and to ruminate on liturgy from the worship service.

Monday, April 8, 2013 – Day 99

1Samuel 7-9
Psalm 82
John 17

Have you ever thought about the Divine Council in the context of Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, particularly in the light of the gods or “the evil one”? In the church today, could God bring a lawsuit against us because we act like gods?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – Day 100

1 Samuel 10-12
Psalm 83
John 18

Why do you think the Jewish religious authorities wanted the Romans to try Jesus and not the Sanhedrin? The Jewish religious authorities were complicit with Rome’s desire to crucify Jesus. Have there been times when the church has been complicit with the “Roman authorities” as well?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – Day 101

1 Samuel 13-15
Psalm 84
John 19

As you read the Passion Story, how do you reflect on the tension between the religious authorities and the state authorities? Have you ever felt conflicted about this Jesus of Nazareth who “claims” to be the Son of God?

Thursday, April 11, 2013 – Day 102

1 Samuel 16-18
Psalm 85
John 20

Martin Luther once said that every morning was like an Easter morning, an experience of resurrection. What are the first words you say in the morning? How does your community of faith, whether it is a church or not, forgive people?

Friday, April 12, 2013 – Day 103

1 Samuel 19-21
Psalm 86
John 21

Does God love you like a brother or sister? How? What is the best way to tend, or to feed, sheep?

Saturday, April 13, 2013 – Day 104

1 Samuel 22-24
Psalm 87
Acts 1

What does it mean to love God? Are we “Theophilus”? What power do you need today in order to witness to the loving power of Jesus Christ?

Sunday, April 14, 2013 – Day 105

A day of rest and to ruminate on liturgy from the worship service.

Monday, April 15, 2013 – Day 106

1 Samuel 25-27
Psalm 88
Acts 2

When you consider the account of Pentecost today, how do you think unity and diversity should be expressed in the church? Look up the story of the tower of Babel in Genesis 11. What lessons might the church and the world learn from it? (

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – Day 107

1 Samuel 28-30
Psalm 89: 1-18
Acts 3

How can the church be an agent of Christ’s healing today? Where outside the church is Jesus calling me to serve?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 – Day 108

1 Samuel 31
Psalm 89: 19-52
Acts 4

Why does God sometimes lead us into difficult situations? How can we stay faithful to God when the going gets tough?

Thursday, April 18, 2013 – Day 109

2 Samuel 1-3
Psalm 90
Acts 5

In what ways do we need to alter our daily lives to shift our allegiance from the kingdoms of this world to the kingdom of Christ our King? How do we share in and show forth the risen Jesus in our lives? Do people want to dwell in our shadows because Christ’s transforming power abides there?

Friday, April 19, 2013 – Day 110

2 Samuel 4-6
Psalm 91
Acts 6

How much am I willing to give up for Jesus and the gospel? What does it look like to be irrepressibly exuberant in my discipleship to Jesus?

Saturday, April 20, 2013 – Day 111

2 Samuel 7-9
Psalm 92
Acts 7

In what ways do we try to contain, restrict, or domesticate God? Where is God to be worshiped in the world around us? How might we worship God in the wilderness places?

Sunday, April 21, 2013 – Day 112

A day of rest and to ruminate on liturgy from the worship service.

Monday, April 22, 2013 – Day 113

2 Samuel 10-12
Psalm 93
Acts 8

How do we challenge misuse of power in our church or society? How can we raise up leaders of integrity?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – Day 114

2 Samuel 13-15
Psalm 94
Acts 9

Are there women like Tamar in your church? What can we do to support women like Tamar?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – Day 115

2 Samuel 16-18
Psalm 95
Acts 10

What are some of the things that make us exclude others from full participation in our churches and society? How does the story of Peter and Cornelius help us to see that the church is a place to embrace all people?

Thursday, April 25, 2013 – Day 116

2 Samuel 19-21
Psalm 96
Acts 11

What is your experience, whether making big decisions, or coping with immense pressure and even danger, of still staying aware of God’s purposes? Chaos and evil do not deny the presence of God but they certainly test our ability to see him. Do you have a group of friends who will strengthen you when, like David, you are weary and fading? If not, begin to seek such a group.

Friday, April 26, 2013 – Day 117

2 Samuel 22-24
Psalm 97
Acts 12

What do you rely on more than God, if anything? If you are in the place of Peter, literally or figuratively imprisoned by suffering and circumstances, are you as honest with God as you can be, not only declaring his praise but also telling him of your lament?

Saturday, April 27, 2013 – Day 118

1 Kings: 1-3
Psalm 98
Acts 13

List five really important choices you have made, for yourself or for others. Where was God involved in them? How did you get him involved or fail to do so? Reflect on what enables you to make choices that are God-centered.

Sunday, April 28, 2013 – Day 119

A day of rest and to ruminate on liturgy from the worship service.

Monday, April 29, 2013 – Day 120

1 Kings 4-6
Psalm 99
Acts 14

Have there been times when your longing to do great things, even for God, brought forth unexpected or disturbing consequences? Paul and Barnabas are steadfast in their focus on Christ both when all goes well and when nothing does. What helps you stay focused on Christ in good times and bad?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – Day 121

1 Kings 7-9
Psalm 100
Acts 15

We human beings seem to want to define who’s in and who’s out in many parts of our lives. How have you found your own views of who is part of God’s kingdom challenged? We know that we are meant to serve the Lord alone. What are some of the other gods that seek to lay claim to your allegiance? How do you dedicate yourself to the Lord?Dear God, Our Divine Father,

Your words have guided us, enriched our journey, strengthened our resolve, and deepened our sense of awe for your wisdom. With humility, may we seek to enter dawn’s light radiating a Christ -like face outwardly to others and inwardly for our souls? With such grateful hearts and minds, we celebrate 121 days of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel and Kings, Matthew, Mark, Luke , John and Acts, and 121 Psalms.  Amen.

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