Welcome to the reading plan! These daily readings will help prepare you for the upcoming teaching you will hear this weekend at Grace Church. These passages will create some context for the sermon by showing you Scriptures the author might be quoting and some passages that contain related ideas. Our hope is that as you follow this reading plan, it will help you become more defined and directed by Scripture.

1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah. 2 It is God’s privilege to conceal thingsand the king’s privilege to discover them. 3 No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth,or all that goes...

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of...

38 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the...

1 Now some men from Ziph came to Saul at Gibeah to tell him, “David is hiding on the hill of Hakilah, which overlooks Jeshimon.” 2 So Saul took 3,000 of Israel’s elite troops and went to hunt him down in the wilderness of Ziph. 3...

1 After Saul returned from fighting the Philistines, he was told that David had gone into the wilderness of En-gedi. 2 So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats. 3 At the place...

1 O God, we have heard it with our own ears—our ancestors have told usof all you did in their day,in days long ago:2 You drove out the pagan nations by your powerand gave all the land to our ancestors.You crushed their enemiesand set our...

8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them...

1 Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior?Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever?2 All day long you plot destruction.Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor;you’re an expert at telling lies.3 You love evil more than goodand lies more than truth. Interlude 4 You...

31 On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd,and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you...

1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we...

3 Later David went to Mizpeh in Moab, where he asked the king, “Please allow my father and mother to live here with you until I know what God is going to do for me.” 4 So David’s parents stayed in Moab with the king during the entire...

1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was...

1 The Lord is my shepherd;I have all that I need.2 He lets me rest in green meadows;he leads me beside peaceful streams.3 He renews my strength.He guides me along right paths,bringing honor to his name.4 Even when I walkthrough the darkest valley,I will not...

1 These are the last words of David: “David, the son of Jesse, speaks—David, the man who was raised up so high,David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob,David, the sweet psalmist of Israel. 2 “The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me;his words are upon...

1 I will praise the Lord at all times.I will constantly speak his praises.2 I will boast only in the Lord;let all who are helpless take heart.3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;let us exalt his name together. 4 I prayed to the Lord,...

1 At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. 2 But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking...

21:1 David went to the town of Nob to see Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he saw him. “Why are you alone?” he asked. “Why is no one with you?”2 “The king has sent me on a private matter,” David said. “He told me not...

1 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. 2 Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! 3 Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being...

1 Don’t envy evil peopleor desire their company.2 For their hearts plot violence,and their words always stir up trouble. 3 A house is built by wisdomand becomes strong through good sense.4 Through knowledge its rooms are filledwith all sorts of precious riches and valuables. 5 The wise...

1 As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink,so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor. 2 A wise person chooses the right road;a fool takes the wrong one. 3 You can identify foolsjust by the way they walk down the street! 4 If...

34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. 35 ‘I have come to set a man against his father,a daughter against her mother,and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.36 Your enemies will be right...

1 David now fled from Naioth in Ramah and found Jonathan. “What have I done?” he exclaimed. “What is my crime? How have I offended your father that he is so determined to kill me?” 2 “That’s not true!” Jonathan protested. “You’re not going to die....

1 Saul now urged his servants and his son Jonathan to assassinate David. But Jonathan, because of his strong affection for David, 2 told him what his father was planning. “Tomorrow morning,” he warned him, “you must find a hiding place out in the fields. 3 I’ll ask my father...

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods. 2 I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love...

1 Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring. 2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth— a stranger, not your own lips. 3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,...