Friday (10/4/19)

Read Acts 10

Again, we see some racial issues in this text, some issues of prejudicial thinking, and some stretching thoughts about who and how God reaches out to.

As you prayed and pondered a couple days ago, did the Holy Spirit bring to mind any issues of bias or prejudice in your heart?

From Cornelius’ perspective – explain what’s happening and how you think he might be feeling?

Same for Peter – explain what’s happening and how you think he might be feeling?

What do we learn about God’s character from this chapter?

What do we observe in Peter that can be a model for us?

Sit and ask the Holy Spirit to show you some “next steps” after meditating on this passage.

Thursday (10/3/19)

Read Acts 8

In this chapter, we see horrible persecution scattering the church far and wide. Work through the following questions after you pray and ask for the Spirit to give wisdom.

  • KNOW (what does the text say about God?)
  • BE (What does the text say about us?)
  • DO (what is the text calling me to do?)

Take time today to think through those questions from this passage. Write out your response on a sheet of paper.




Do you sense the Lord saying anything to you today?

Wednesday (10/2/19)

Read Acts 6

The previous readings could give us the idea that this new fellowship of believers just coasted through relationships. But here in chapter 6 we some some racial tension arising. Though it seems to start from the desire to meet the needs of the widows, it goes south a bit…

What’s happening?

What is cool about the way that the conflict gets solved?

What is the community response to this?

Are there areas of racial division in our body here at Riverside?

Are there biases that YOU  hold in your heart? And before you automatically think, “no way!”really sit and ask the Holy Spirit to show you your heart.

Spend today doing this one thing: pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you hidden biases against people “not like you.” Genuinely  let Him speak to you deep inside. Desire “truth in your inmost parts” and the Holy Spirit will speak.

If there are specific areas the Holy Spirit identifies, you should share that with someone else.  Call them, text them, email them, let someone else in your life know what the Lord identified and ask them to help you grow in Christ-likeness.

Tuesday (10/1/19)

Read Acts 4

Peter again is explaining some truth. What stands out to you from what he shares?

From verse 32-37, what characterized their fellowship? Which of these traits pop out to you?

How hard would it be for your possessions to be common with others?

Potentially, what does this demonstration of needing each other / supplying needs communicate to the world around us?

How comfortable are you with the idea of needing others? What’s hard about this for you?

Sit quietly and ask the Lord to show you areas where you need to grow in either meeting the needs of others, or allowing others to meet your needs.

Monday (9/30/19)

Read Acts 1 & 2

In chapter 1 we see  how the believers waited together for the promised Holy Spirit. After looking at all that the Holy Spirit does for us in our studies through John a couple weeks back, it is hard to imagine a life without the Spirit to guide, lead, teach, and comfort. Pray before you begin and ask Him to teach you as you read.

What kinds of things is Peter explaining in this chapter?

The new church that grew out of these messages was a bit large (v41). From verses 42-47, what kinds of things characterized them when they gathered together in groups?

Which of these pops out to you?

Which of these do you see here at Riverside?

What do you not see amongst us?

Their becoming a community, they way that they lived out their spiritual  community, changed their physical surrounding community. Spend some time praying that we as a body of believers would impact the city of South Bend.

Sunday (9/29/19)

Read Daniel 6

Ahhhh, we’ve all been waiting for this familiar chapter.

What do we learn about Daniel’s character from this chapter?

Whenever I read this chapter, two questions come to my mind, so we will just think on these two:

Daniel had a specific “rhythm of life” with his praying and worshipping of God. What is the rhythm of your spiritual life? 

What practices are routine for you to ensure that you stay connected to the vine?

God comes in and rescues Daniel from the lion, just like he rescued a few chapters earlier from the furnace. 

What happens in your life when God allows the pain to roll in, when He doesn’t “rescue” in the way that we envision? 

How do we feel about Him in those moments?

Spend some time preparing your heart for the worship service. Sit quietly again and just be with Jesus.

Saturday (9/28/19)

Read Daniel 5

Remember in school when you would read something and answer standard questions? Well, from this narrative, answer the classic WWWWW questions:

  • Who:
  • What:
  • When:
  • Where:
  • Why:

The knowledge that my days are numbered is very sobering to me. Especially knowing that I do not control the numbering of them.  Pause and listen to one of the following songs:

Teach Us to Number Our Days (The song is old style- but the lyrics are incredible)

Blink (this one is more modern!)

Spend some time asking the Lord to give you some global perspective on your life.To show you how your days have been ordered until now. Prayer for the days going forward that you might life with wisdom.