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.

Friday (9/27/19)

Read Daniel 4

Explain what happens in this chapter?

Why do you think God delays a year (vs 28) in the fulfillment?

What were Neb’s “sins”?

From verses 35 and 37 specifically – what can we learn about who God is?

Are there things that trouble you as you think about “God doing as He pleases”? Do you feel able to trust Him in this?

Spend some time seeking the Lord and specifically asking if there are areas of mistrust in you towards Him.

Have there been times you were angry about His ways?

How have you seen Him to be “right and just”? Thank Him for those things.

Thursday (9/26/19)

Read Daniel Chapter 3

Now we get to learn a bit more about Daniel’s three friends and what stuff they are made of. I always think it’s interesting that Daniel gets to be the “famous one” and have the book in his name. But he is surrounded by some cool men.

What do you learn about the character of these three young men?

What do you learn about God and who He is from this chapter?

How do you think that the community of the four of them (including Daniel) there in Babylon impacts how they live?

What does community look like for you right now? Who are your “three friends” (figurative – you don’t have to actually a specific number!) that surround you with strong witness and courage?

Spend some time thanking the Lord for the list above.Thank Him for His provision of people in your life. Ask Him if there is a void or people in your life. Search your heart about the person you are to the people around you.

Pray for our community of believers at Riverside.

Wednesday (9/25/19)

Read Daniel Chapter 2

Daniel 2:17-18 show Daniel asking his friends to pray for understanding the mystery of the dream. We also need understanding- so pray and ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and heart to the text today.

I think it’s funny that Nebuchadnezar ‘resolves” in verse 5 to not reveal the dream. He and Daniel both making resolves!

What do you learn about Deniel’s character from this chapter?

What do you learn about God from this text?

Spend some time praying about how, in your daily life, you could be a witness that causes someone to exclaim, “surely your God is the God of gods…” Ask God to give you the desire for that to be true in your life.

Tuesday (9/24/19)

Hopefully, watching the video yesterday gave as all some context for what Daniel and his three friends were dragged into.

Read Danel Chapter 1

From the narrative in chapter 1, describe Daniel’s character? What do we learn about him?

What from Daniel’s character stands out to you, or pops out as something you would like to be said about you?

The word “resolve” means: to decide firmly on a course of action; resolute; single-minded; a firm determination to do something. In your life, what are your “resolves”?

Stop, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to impress on your heart/mind things that He would want you to resolve spiritually in the next few weeks.