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John’s Epistles in May

Read the Epistles of John in May 2021
Bible Readings

May 1, 2021 1 John 1:1–4
May 2, 2021 1 John 1:5–2:2
May 3, 2021 1 John 2:3–11
May 4, 2021 1 John 2:12–17
May 5, 2021 1 John 2:18–27
May 6, 2021 1 John 2:28–29
May 7, 2021 1 John 3:1–10
May 8, 2021 1 John 3:11–16
May 9, 2021 1 John 3:17–24
May 10, 2021 1 John 4:1–6
May 11, 2021 1 John 4:7–13
May 12, 2021 1 John 4:14–21
May 13, 2021 1 John 5:1–5
May 14, 2021 1 John 5:6–12
May 15, 2021 1 John 5:13–21
May 16, 2021 1 John 1:1–2:2
May 17, 2021 1 John 2:3–11
May 18, 2021 1 John 2:12–17
May 19, 2021 1 John 2:18–27
May 20, 2021 1 John 2:28–3:10
May 21, 2021 1 John 3:11–24
May 22, 2021 1 John 4:1–6
May 23, 2021 1 John 4:7–21
May 24, 2021 1 John 5:1–12
May 25, 2021 1 John 5:13–21
May 26, 2021 2 John 1–5
May 27, 2021 2 John 6–13
May 28, 2021 3 John 1–6
May 29, 2021 3 John 7–15
May 30, 2021 2 John
May 31, 2021 3 John

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It’s Friday

I have a tradition of posting a link to a message by S. M. Lockridge each year on Facebook. S. M. Lockridge (March 7, 1913 – April 4, 2000) was the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego from 1953 to 1993. A link and transcription is below.

It’s Friday
Jesus is praying
Peter’s a sleeping
Judas is betraying
But Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
Pilate’s struggling
The council is conspiring
The crowd is vilifying
They don’t even know
That Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The disciples are running
Like sheep without a shepherd
Mary’s crying
Peter is denying
But they don’t know
That Sunday’s a comin’!

It’s Friday
The Romans beat my Jesus
They robe him in scarlet
They crown him with thorns
But they don’t know
That Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
See Jesus walking to Calvary
His blood dripping
His body stumbling
And his spirit’s burdened
But you see, it’s only Friday
Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The world’s winning
People are sinning
And evil’s grinning.

It’s Friday
The soldiers nail my Savior’s hands
To the cross
They nail my Savior’s feet
To the cross
And then they raise him up
Next to criminals.

It’s Friday
But let me tell you something
Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The disciples are questioning
What has happened to their King
And the Pharisees are celebrating
That their scheming
Has been achieved
But they don’t know
It’s only Friday
Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
He’s hanging on the cross
Feeling forsaken by his Father
Left alone and dying
Can nobody save him?
Ooooh
It’s Friday
But Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The earth trembles
The sky grows dark
My King yields his spirit.

It’s Friday
Hope is lost
Death has won
Sin has conquered
and Satan’s just a laughin’.

It’s Friday
Jesus is buried
A soldier stands guard
And a rock is rolled into place.

But it’s Friday
It is only Friday
Sunday is a comin’!

Analog Record
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Analog

I remember when Compact Discs were the popular way to purchase music. Digital downloads were not yet a thing, and Vinyl Records were alleged to have a “more realistic” sound. The record player would physically reproduce the sound by passing over groves in the record. Soundphiles swore by the quality. They were adamant that CD’s couldn’t produce the same quality of sound as the analog record player. I could never hear the difference.

I have always been a digital guy. I have built several computers over my lifetime. I have owned each generation of the iPhone. I carry a MacBook Pro, iPad and my iPhone everywhere I go. Also I have long been interested in productivity, and personal accountability. You may have seen the journal pages I created.

But, I have started my own journey with analog. And it has led to me using a paper system. Anyone who knows me will attest to my relationship with paper. I can’t get the stuff out of my hands quick enough. I can’t use Post-It notes. Which one do I look at? Do I have the document you gave me yesterday? No. I only have my tax returns because I saved them in the cloud. So, I always claimed I would never use a paper system.

You know what they say about using the word never, right?

I have started using a paper in my trusted system. I saw Ryder Carrol’s webpage. The simplicity of Bullet Journaling struck me. I somehow got a Platinum Preppy fountain pen. That lead to the system I am using now.

Today I am using a fancier fountain pen and a nicer journal in my system. The analog part of my system is to help me deal with capturing stuff and I time block my day in my journal. Next, the items are filtered from the Leuchtturm1917 into Drafts, OmniFocus, and Obsidian.

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April 2021 Bible Reading Plan

I love the Bible. For me, it is a guidebook for life. I have learned to make it a priority in my life. One way to do that is to develop a plan to read scripture. I have created the following plan for reading through the Gospel of John in April 2021.

Will you join me? Feel free to post in the comments.

Here Is A Bible Reading Plan For April2021.

Read the Gospel of John in thirty days.

April 1, 2021 John 1:1–28
April 2, 2021 John 1:29–42
April 3, 2021 John 1:43–2:12
April 4, 2021 John 2:13–3:21
April 5, 2021 John 3:22–4:38
April 6, 2021 John 4:39–54
April 7, 2021 John 5
April 8, 2021 John 6:1–24
April 9, 2021 John 6:25–71
April 10, 2021 John 7:1–24
April 11, 2021 John 7:25–8:20
April 12, 2021 John 8:21–47
April 13, 2021 John 8:48–9:34
April 14, 2021 John 9:35–10:21
April 15, 2021 John 10:22–11:37
April 16, 2021 John 11:38–57
April 17, 2021 John 12:1–19
April 18, 2021 John 12:20–50
April 19, 2021 John 13:1–30
April 20, 2021 John 13:31–14:14
April 21, 2021 John 14:15–15:17
April 22, 2021 John 15:18–16:33
April 23, 2021 John 17:1–19
April 24, 2021 John 17:20–18:14
April 25, 2021 John 18:15–24
April 26, 2021 John 18:25–19:16
April 27, 2021 John 19:17–37
April 28, 2021 John 19:38–20:18
April 29, 2021 John 20:19–29
April 30, 2021 John 20:30–21:25

You may also add the list to your calendar https://hm3.rocks/readingplan

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Summer Soundtrack

We all engage in pop culture through music every day. I believe that even in today’s music, we can see Jesus when we look for Him.

At SBC I am leading a series, we will take four popular songs students know by heart and unpack Biblical truth in each. We are meeting Tuesdays online. Let me know if you need an invatation.

To the same end I am making a Summer Playlist of these songs and songs that relate to the biblical truth.

Playlist links on: Apple Music, YouTube, and Spotify

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Free Stuff

Even though COVID-19 has us all sheltering. There are many free resources available right now. If you are like me you love to take advantage of free resources. So, I am compiling a list. Use this list free resources totransform yourself during the pandemic.

Is there anything you think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments.

  1. Old School GI Joe via YouTube
  2. Free Musical Streams
  3. Free Training for Healthcare workers
  4. Free books from Crossway
  5. Free Easter Devotional From Explore the Bible
  6. Free Star Trek Via Patrick Stewart
  7. Free Sunday School Curriculim from Lifeway
  8. Free Bible Study by Louie Gigilio
  9. Free Easter Family Event Study from The Gospel Project
  10. Free training for Crisis Leadership from Carey Nieuwhof
  11. Final Cut Pro 90-day free trial from Apple
  12. Free Easter Devotional from Lifeway Kids

There are a ton of resources to help you grow during this time of “social distancing”. -@hwmidkiff3

Other resources worth mentioning:

  1. Lifeway Student Resource Hub
  2. Freshexpressions.org
  3. https://info.ministrybrands.com/ministry-online

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Bible Reading Plan

One of the building blocks of a growing faith in Christ is scripture intake. Reading the Bible helps your relationship with Jesus grow. Currently I enjoy using the H.E.A.R. method of Bible study. H.E.A.R. was developed by a pastor, Robby Gallaty. It is a simply to engage scripture in a focused manner. Here is a link to his explaination.

A.C.T.S. is an acronym to help guide prayer. It is modeled on the Lord’s Prayer, and also provides a simple structure to pray in a focused manner. A – Adoartion, Talk with God about how much you love him and all he has done for you. C- Confession, Tell God about your sins, turn from them, and ask for forgiveness. T-Thanksgiving, Tell the Lord how much you appreciate all he has done for you. S- Supplecation – Pray for the concerns of others.

I have created printable Journal Pages that you can download and print for free. Please use them to assist you in your devotional practices.

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FREE

Who doesn’t like to get something for free? You don’t have to win a contest, You don’t have to buy a ticket. I will curate a list of free (no copyright) images on this link. If, you are the creative type then, dont say “i never gave you anything”.

Adobe Article
USDA Image Archive

http://publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization/

NY Public Library Image Browser