JULY- THESE PRESENT TRIALS

By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying, “sing us one of the songs of Zion.”

Every serious Christian must at some point deal with the nature and purpose of suffering. And it’s not easy. When you are looking down at the sheet that says Leukemia, you need to know how God is looking at that same sheet, or things get real bleak real quick.

The moment the wave hits is the wrong moment to be finding secure footing. So this month we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, learning how to weather the storm.

And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Loss is a universal constant. Storms will come. The Bible makes no attempt to hide this or diminish it in a way that doesn’t pay full respect to very real difficulties of life. But this month we see Jesus—the Rock upon which we base all of our hopes—underpinning the faith of the Apostles, strengthening their footing despite the high tide.

JULY READING PLAN

1- 2KG 18.13 - 19.37 // ACT 21.1 - 17 // PSA 149.1 - 9 // PRO 18.8


2- 2KG 20.1 - 22.2 // ACT 21.18 - 36 // PSA 150.1 - 6 // PRO 18.9 - 10


3- 2KG 22.3 - 23.30 // ACT 21.37 - 22.16 // PSA 1.1 - 6 // PRO 18.11 - 12


4- 2KG 23.31 - 25.30 // ACT 22.17 - 23.10 // PSA 2.1 - 12 // PRO 18.13


5- 1CH 1.1 - 2.17 // ACT 23.11 - 35 // PSA 3.1 - 8 // PRO 18.14 - 15


6- 1CH 2.18 - 4.4 // ACT 24.1 - 27 // PSA 4.1 - 8 // PRO 18.16 - 18


7- 1CH 4.5 - 5.17 // ACT 25.1 - 27 // PSA 5.1 - 12 // PRO 18.19


8- 1CH 5.18 - 6.81 // ACT 26.1 - 32 // PSA 6.1 - 10 // PRO 18.20 - 21


9- 1CH 7.1 - 8.40 // ACT 27.1 - 20 // PSA 7.1 - 17 // PRO 18.22


10- 1CH 9.1 - 10.14 // ACT 27.21 - 44 // PSA 8.1 - 9 // 18.23 - 24


11- 1CH 11.1 - 12.18 // ACT 28.1 - 31 // PSA 9.1 - 12 // PRO 19.1 - 3


12- 1CH 12.19 - 14.17 // ROM 1.1 - 17 // PSA 9.13 - 20 // PRO 19.4 - 5


13- 1CH 15.1 - 16.36 // ROM 1.18 - 32 // PSA 10.1 - 15 // PRO 19.6 - 7


14- 1CH 16.37 - 18.17 // ROM 2.1 - 24 // PSA 10.16 - 18 // PRO 19.8 - 9


15- 1CH 19.1 - 21.30 // ROM 2.25 - 3.8 // PSA 11.1 - 7 // PRO 19.10 - 12


16- 1CH 22.1 - 23.32 // ROM 3.9 - 31 // PSA 12.1 - 8 // PRO 19.13 - 14


17- 1CH 24.1 - 26.11 // ROM 4.1 - 12 // PSA 13.1 - 6 // PRO 19.15 - 16


18- 1CH 26.12 - 27.34 // ROM 4.13 - 5.5 // PSA 14.1 - 7 // PRO 19.17


19- 1CH 28.1 - 29.30 // ROM 5.6 - 21 // PSA 15.1 - 5 // PRO 19.18 - 19


20- 2CH 1.1 - 3.17 // ROM 6.1 - 23 // PSA 16.1 - 11 // PRO 19.20 - 21


21- 2CH 4.1 - 6.11 // ROM 7.1 - 13 // PSA 17.1 - 15 // PRO 19.22 - 23


22- 2CH 6.12 - 8.10 // ROM 7.14 - 8.8 // PSA 18.1 - 15 // PRO 19.24 - 25


23- 2CH 8.11 - 10.19 // ROM 8.9 - 25 // PSA 18.16 - 36 // PRO 19.26


24- 2CH 11.1 - 13.22 // ROM 8.26 - 39 // PSA 18.37 - 50 // PRO 19.27 - 29


25- 2CH 14.1 - 16.14 // ROM 9.1 - 24 // PSA 19.1 - 14 // PRO 20.1


26- 2CH 17.1 - 18.34 // ROM 9.25 - 10.13 // PSA 20.1 - 9 // PRO 20.2 - 3


27- 2CH 19.1 - 20.37 // ROM 10.14 - 11.12 // PSA 21.1 - 13 // PRO 20.4 - 6


28- 2CH 21.1 - 23.21 // ROM 11.13 - 36 // PSA 22.1 - 18 // PRO 20.7


29- 2CH 24.1 - 25.28 // ROM 12.1 - 21 // PSA 22.19 - 31 // PRO 20.8 - 10


30- 2CH 26.1 - 28.27 // ROM 13.1 - 14 // PSA 23.1 - 6 // PRO 20.11


31- 2CH 29.1 - 36 // ROM 14.1 - 23 // PSA 24.1 - 10 // PRO 20.12