Weekly Lessons and Daily Bible Readings

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: January 23, 2022

January 17, 2022 -  January 24, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Justice, Judges, and Priests"
Background: Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 17:8-13; 19:15-21
Devotional Reading: Proverbs 15:25-26

Keep in Mind

"Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. 
(Deuteronomy 16:18, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will DISCOVER why God established the roles of judges, officials, and priests and what those roles entailed, VALUE people who make decisions based on God's justice; and PRACTICE justice in our roles as leaders.

Focal Verses: Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 17:8-13
Deuteronomy 16:18-20
18 “Appoint judges and officials for yourselves from each of your tribes in all the towns the Lord your God is giving you. They must judge the people fairly. 
19 You must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly. 
20 Let true justice prevail, so you may live and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 17:8-13
“Suppose a case arises in a local court that is too hard for you to decide—for instance, whether someone is guilty of murder or only of manslaughter, or a difficult lawsuit, or a case involving different kinds of assault. Take such legal cases to the place the Lord your God will choose, 
and present them to the Levitical priests or the judge on duty at that time. They will hear the case and declare the verdict. 
10 You must carry out the verdict they announce and the sentence they prescribe at the place the Lord chooses. You must do exactly what they say. 
11 After they have interpreted the law and declared their verdict, the sentence they impose must be fully executed; do not modify it in any way. 
12 Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the Lord your God must die. In this way you will purge the evil from Israel. 
13 Then everyone else will hear about it and be afraid to act so arrogantly.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "True and False Witnesses" -- Deuteronomy 19:15-21
Tuesday --- "Addressing Church Conflicts" -- Matthew 18:15-20
Wednesday --- "The Duty to Forgive" -- Matthew 18:21-35
Thursday --- "Moses' Court of Appeal" -- Exodus 18:13-26
Friday --- "Speak Truth and Act on It" --- Ephesians 4:25-32
Saturday --- "God Is an Impartial Judge" -- Deuteronomy 10:14-22
Sunday --- "Appoint Leaders to Administer Justice" -- Deuteronomy 16:18-20, 17:8-13

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: January 30, 2022

January 24, 2022 -  January 31, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Justice and the Marginalized"
Background: Deuteronomy 24:10-21
Devotional Reading: 3 John 1:2-9

Keep in Mind

"But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing. 
(Deuteronomy 24:18, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE God's standards for justice, APPRECIATE how God loves those who are poor and marginalized, and SHARE love with those who are rejected by others.

Focal Verses: Deuteronomy 24:10-21
10 “If you lend anything to your neighbor, do not enter his house to pick up the item he is giving as security. 
11 You must wait outside while he goes in and brings it out to you. 
12 If your neighbor is poor and gives you his cloak as security for a loan, do not keep the cloak overnight. 
13 Return the cloak to its owner by sunset so he can stay warm through the night and bless you, and the Lord your God will count you as righteous.
14 “Never take advantage of poor and destitute laborers, whether they are fellow Israelites or foreigners living in your towns. 
15 You must pay them their wages each day before sunset because they are poor and are counting on it. If you don’t, they might cry out to the Lord against you, and it would be counted against you as sin.
16 “Parents must not be put to death for the sins of their children, nor children for the sins of their parents. Those deserving to die must be put to death for their own crimes.
17 “True justice must be given to foreigners living among you and to orphans, and you must never accept a widow’s garment as security for her debt. 
18 Always remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God redeemed you from your slavery. That is why I have given you this command.
19 “When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all you do. 
20 When you beat the olives from your olive trees, don’t go over the boughs twice. Leave the remaining olives for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. 
21 When you gather the grapes in your vineyard, don’t glean the vines after they are picked. Leave the remaining grapes for the foreigners, orphans, and widows.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "God Executes Justice for the Poor" -- Psalm 140
Tuesday --- "Remembering Our Marginalized Ancestors" -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Wednesday --- "Woe to Those Who Mistreat Workers" -- James 5:1-11
Thursday --- "Justice for the Weak and Orphaned" -- Psalm 82
Friday --- "Jesus' Compassion for the Helpless" --- Matthew 9:27-38
Saturday --- "Do Not Oppress the Alien" -- Leviticus 19:32-37
Sunday --- "Justice for the Poor" -- Deuteronomy 24:10-21

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: February 6, 2022

January 31, 2022 -  February 07, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Nathan Condemns David"
Background: 2 Samuel 12
Devotional Reading: John 7:40-47

Keep in Mind

"And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man."  (2 Samuel 12:7, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE how sins' consequences extend beyond the individual and bring hurt to God and others; ADDRESS sin and teh injustices that occur as a result; and ADMIT our sins, ask God's forgiveness, and make godly choices.

Focal Verses: 2 Samuel 12:1-9; 13-15
2 Samuel 12:1-9
1 So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. 
The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. 
The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup.
He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 
One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”
David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! 
He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”
Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. 
I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. 
Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.

2 Samuel 12:13-15
13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord. ”Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. 
14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the Lord[a] by doing this, your child will die.”
15 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "David's Sin with Bathsheba" -- 2 Samuel 11:1-13
Tuesday --- "David Murders Bathsheba's Husband" -- 2 Samuel 11:14-27
Wednesday --- "Walk in the Light" -- 1 John 1:5-10
Thursday --- "Create in Me a Clean Heart" -- Psalm 51:1-14
Friday --- "Redemption Through Repentance" --- Psalm 32
Saturday --- "Christ, the Sacrifice for Our Sins" -- 1 John 2:1-11
Sunday --- "Nathan Tells a Pointed Parable" -- 2 Samuel 12:1-9, 13-15

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: February 13, 2022

February 07, 2022 -  February 14, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Ezra Seeks God's Law"
Background: Ezra 7:1-26
Devotional Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Keep in Mind

"For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgment."  (Ezra 7:10, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will UNDERSTAND the historical and spiritual significance of Ezra's return to Jerusalem; VALUE how God works through various types of people to bring His plan to fruition; and THANK local leaders and teachers of God's Word.

Focal Verses: Ezra 7:1-10, 23-26
Ezra 7:23-26
1 Many years later, during the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia, there was a man named Ezra. He was the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah,
son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub, 
son of Amariah, son of Azariah, son of Meraioth, 
son of Zerahiah, son of Uzzi, son of Bukki, 
son of Abishua, son of Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the high priest.
This Ezra was a scribe who was well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given to the people of Israel. He came up to Jerusalem from Babylon, and the king gave him everything he asked for, because the gracious hand of the Lord his God was on him. 
Some of the people of Israel, as well as some of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, and Temple servants, traveled up to Jerusalem with him in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes’ reign.
Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in August of that year. 
He had arranged to leave Babylon on April 8, the first day of the new year, and he arrived at Jerusalem on August 4, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. 
10 This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.

Ezra 7:23-26
23 Be careful to provide whatever the God of heaven demands for his Temple, for why should we risk bringing God’s anger against the realm of the king and his sons? 
24 I also decree that no priest, Levite, singer, gatekeeper, Temple servant, or other worker in this Temple of God will be required to pay tribute, customs, or tolls of any kind.’
“And you, Ezra, are to use the wisdom your God has given you to appoint magistrates and judges who know your God’s laws to govern all the people in the province west of the Euphrates River. Teach the law to anyone who does not know it. 
26 Anyone who refuses to obey the law of your God and the law of the king will be punished immediately, either by death, banishment, confiscation of goods, or imprisonment.”

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "God's Law Is Perfect" -- Psalm 19
Tuesday --- "Meditate Continuously on the Law" -- Joshua 1:1-9
Wednesday --- "Obey God's Commandments" -- 1 John 3:18-24
Thursday --- "Teach Me Your Statues" -- Psalm 119:1-16
Friday --- "How I Love Your Law" --- Psalm 119:97-112
Saturday --- "The  King's Letter to Ezra" -- Ezra 7:11-22
Sunday --- "Ezra Leads the Exiles Home" -- Ezra 7:1-10, 23-26

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: February 20, 2022

February 14, 2022 -  February 21, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Bildad Misunderstands God's Justice"
Background: Job 8
Devotional Reading: Job 37:5-7

Keep in Mind

"Then answered Bildad teh Shuhite, and said, How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?"  (Job 8:1-2, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will UNDERSTAND Bildad's response to Job's suffering; DISCERN carefully when others misinterpret God's ways, and GROW closer to God and live faithfully in God's just ways.

Focal Verses: Job 8:1-10, 20-22
Job 8:1-10
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied to Job:
“How long will you go on like this? You sound like a blustering wind.
Does God twist justice? Does the Almighty twist what is right?
Your children must have sinned against him, so their punishment was well deserved.
But if you pray to God and seek the favor of the Almighty,
and if you are pure and live with integrity, he will surely rise up and restore your happy home.
And though you started with little, you will end with much.
“Just ask the previous generation. Pay attention to the experience of our ancestors.
For we were born but yesterday and know nothing. Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow.
10 But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you the wisdom of old.

Job 8:20-22
20 “But look, God will not reject a person of integrity, nor will he lend a hand to the wicked.
21 He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, and the home of the wicked will be destroyed.”

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Job Suffers Sinlessly" -- Job 1:8-11, 13-22
Tuesday --- "Habakkuk Struggles to See Justice" -- Habakkuk 1:12-17
Wednesday --- "Suffering for Doing Right" -- 1 Peter 2:20-25
Thursday --- "God Is in the Storm" -- Psalm 29
Friday --- "Remove This Cup from Me" --- Mark 14: 32-42
Saturday --- "God Speaks from the Whirlwind" -- Job 38:1-11
Sunday --- "God's Justice Is Unfathomable" -- Job 8:1-10, 20-22

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: February 27, 2022

February 21, 2022 -  February 28, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Serving a Just God"
Background: Job 42
Devotional Reading: Job 37:14-24

Keep in Mind

"Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not."  (Job 42:3, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will UNDERSTAND the necessity of being humble before God; APPRECIATE how God listens to our thoughts; and HELP others see the justice of God in difficult situations.

Focal Verses: Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Job 42:1-6
1 Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.
You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.
You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’
I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

Job 42:10-17
10 When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! 
11 Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money[a] and a gold ring.
12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 
13 He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. 
14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. 
15 In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers.
16 Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. 
17 Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Abraham Pleads for Justice" -- Genesis 18:20-33
Tuesday --- "Trust in God's Coming Justice" -- Psalm 37:1-11
Wednesday --- "The Lord Loves Justice" -- Psalm 37:21-28, 34-40
Thursday --- "Righteousness, Peace, and joy" -- Romans 14:13-23
Friday --- "Jesus Demonstrates God's Justice" --- Matthew 12:1-13
Saturday --- "Job Cries Out for a Redeemer" -- Job 19:23-29
Sunday --- "Job's Fortunes Are Restored" -- Job 1-11


February 28, 2022 -  March 07, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Babylonian Captivity Ends"
Background: Ezra 1; 2:64-70
Devotional Reading: Amos 5:14-15

Keep in Mind

"And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the house of the LORD which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God to set up in his place."  (Ezra 2:68, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXAMINE the rebuilding plan for the Temple in Jerusalem that God gave to King Cyrus, BELIEVE and TRUST that God provides resources for the tasks God asks us to do, and SHARE situations in which believers will trust God's provision and act in faith.

Focal Verses: Ezra 1:1-8,11; 2:64-70
Ezra 1:1-8
1 In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the Lord fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah.[b] He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom:
“This is what King Cyrus of Persia says:
Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build him a Temple at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 
Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you! 
Wherever this Jewish remnant is found, let their neighbors contribute toward their expenses by giving them silver and gold, supplies for the journey, and livestock, as well as a voluntary offering for the Temple of God in Jerusalem.”
Then God stirred the hearts of the priests and Levites and the leaders of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple of the 
And all their neighbors assisted by giving them articles of silver and gold, supplies for the journey, and livestock. They gave them many valuable gifts in addition to all the voluntary offerings.
King Cyrus himself brought out the articles that King Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the 
Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his own gods. 
Cyrus directed Mithredath, the treasurer of Persia, to count these items and present them to Sheshbazzar, the leader of the exiles returning to Judah.[c]

Ezra 1:11
11 In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and silver. Sheshbazzar brought all of these along when the exiles went from Babylon to Jerusalem.

Ezra 2:64-70

64 So a total of 42,360 people returned to Judah, 
65 in addition to 7,337 servants and 200 singers, both men and women. 
66 They took with them 736 horses, 245 mules, 
67 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.

68 When they arrived at the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders made voluntary offerings toward the rebuilding of God’s Temple on its original site, 
69 and each leader gave as much as he could. The total of their gifts came to 61,000 gold coins, 6,250 pounds of silver, and 100 robes for the priests.

70 So the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, the Temple servants, and some of the common people settled in villages near Jerusalem. The rest of the people returned to their own towns throughout Israel.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Prepare the Way of the Lord" -- Isaiah 40:1-11
Tuesday --- "Being God's Instrument" -- Isaiah 45:1-10
Wednesday --- "God Will Provide for Every Need" -- Philippians 4:10-19
Thursday --- "Lift Up Your Eyes to God" -- Isaiah 40:12-15, 21-31
Friday --- "Live Freely but Responsibly" --- 1 Peter 2:13-17
Saturday --- "Light Dawns for the Righteous" -- Psalm 97
Sunday --- "Cyrus Permits Jews to Return Home" -- Ezra 1:1-8, 11; 2:64-70


March 07, 2022 -  March 14, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Freedom to Worship"
Background: Ezra 5, 6:1-12; 10:1-5
Devotional Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Keep in Mind

"And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed."  (Ezra 6:12, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will REVIEW the pivotal role of Darius in getting the new Temple built in Jewrusalem, PONDER excuses we offer for failing to act in accord with God's will;  and CONFESS our failings before God, receive the joy of forgiveness, and get on with the task at hand.

Focal Verses: Ezra 6:1-12
1 So King Darius issued orders that a search be made in the Babylonian archives, which were stored in the treasury.
2 But it was at the fortress at Ecbatana in the province of Media that a scroll was found. This is what it said: “Memorandum:
“In the first year of King Cyrus’s reign, a decree was sent out concerning the Temple of God at Jerusalem.
“Let the Temple be rebuilt on the site where Jews used to offer their sacrifices, using the original foundations. Its height will be ninety feet, and its width will be ninety feet.
Every three layers of specially prepared stones will be topped by a layer of timber. All expenses will be paid by the royal treasury. 
Furthermore, the gold and silver cups, which were taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar from the Temple of God in Jerusalem, must be returned to Jerusalem and put back where they belong. Let them be taken back to the Temple of God.”
So King Darius sent this message: “Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province west of the Euphrates River,[b] and Shethar-bozenai, and your colleagues and other officials west of the Euphrates River—stay away from there! 
Do not disturb the construction of the Temple of God. Let it be rebuilt on its original site, and do not hinder the governor of Judah and the elders of the Jews in their work.
“Moreover, I hereby decree that you are to help these elders of the Jews as they rebuild this Temple of God. You must pay the full construction costs, without delay, from my taxes collected in the province west of the Euphrates River so that the work will not be interrupted.

“Give the priests in Jerusalem whatever is needed in the way of young bulls, rams, and male lambs for the burnt offerings presented to the God of heaven. And without fail, provide them with as much wheat, salt, wine, and olive oil as they need each day.
10 Then they will be able to offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the welfare of the king and his sons.
11 “Those who violate this decree in any way will have a beam pulled from their house. Then they will be lifted up and impaled on it, and their house will be reduced to a pile of rubble.

12 May the God who has chosen the city of Jerusalem as the place to honor his name destroy any king or nation that violates this command and destroys this Temple.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Rebuilding the Temple and Praising God" -- Ezra 3:8-13
Tuesday --- "Jews Discouraged from Rebuilding" -- Ezra 4:1-5
Wednesday --- "Worship in the Heavenly Sanctuary" -- Revelation 5
Thursday --- "Bowing in Thanksgiving" -- Psalm 138
Friday --- "The Time to Rebuild Has Come" --- Haggai 1
Saturday --- "The Temple's Foundation Laid" -- Haggai 2:1-9, 15-19
Sunday --- "God Provides through King Darius" -- Ezra 6:1-12


March 14, 2022 -  March 21, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Celebrate Passover Liberation"
Background: Ezra 6:13-22; Leviticus 23:4-8
Devotional Reading: Exodus 2:23-25

Keep in Mind

"And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy."  (Ezra 6:16, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE the celebration prompted by the completion of the new Temple, INDENTIFY reasons to celebrate God's goodness, and JOIN TOGETHER as believers in celebrating and sharing the Good News of God's love.

Focal Verses: Ezra 6:13-22
13 Tattenai, governor of the province west of the Euphrates River, and Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues complied at once with the command of King Darius. 
14 So the Jewish elders continued their work, and they were greatly encouraged by the preaching of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo. The Temple was finally finished, as had been commanded by the God of Israel and decreed by Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes, the kings of Persia. 
15 The Temple was completed on March 12,[a] during the sixth year of King Darius’s reign.
16 The Temple of God was then dedicated with great joy by the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the people who had returned from exile. 
17 During the dedication ceremony for the Temple of God, 100 young bulls, 200 rams, and 400 male lambs were sacrificed. And 12 male goats were presented as a sin offering for the twelve tribes of Israel. 
18 Then the priests and Levites were divided into their various divisions to serve at the Temple of God in Jerusalem, as prescribed in the Book of Moses.
19 On April 21[b] the returned exiles celebrated Passover. 
20 The priests and Levites had purified themselves and were ceremonially clean. So they slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the returned exiles, for their fellow priests, and for themselves. 
21 The Passover meal was eaten by the people of Israel who had returned from exile and by the others in the land who had turned from their corrupt practices to worship the Lord, the God of Israel. 
22 Then they celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. There was great joy throughout the land because the Lord had caused the king of Assyria[c] to be favorable to them, so that he helped them to rebuild the Temple of God, the God of Israel.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Keep Holy Convocations" -- Leviticus 23:4-8
Tuesday --- "God Institutes the Passover" -- Exodus 12:1-14
Wednesday --- "Moses' Instructions about the Passover" -- Exodus 12:21-28, 50-51
Thursday --- "Praise the Name of the Lord" -- Psalm 113
Friday --- "Christ Our Passover" --- 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; 10:1-4
Saturday --- "Praise for God's Liberation from Egypt" -- Psalm 114
Sunday --- "Returned Exiles Keep the Passover" -- Ezra 6:13-22


March 21, 2022 -  March 28, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Lest We Forget"
Background: Deuteronomy 8
Devotional Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

Keep in Mind

"Beware that thou forget no the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day."  (Deuteronomy 8:11, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will UNDERSTAND what humility is in the light of God's commandments, APPRECIATE God's blessings and our need for humility before the Lord, and PRACTICE living a life of humility.

Focal Verses: Deuteronomy 8:1-11
1 “Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 
Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. 
Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 
For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. 
Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.
“So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him. 
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills. 
It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey. 
It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills. 
10 When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Remember God's Blessings" -- Deuteronomy 8:12-20
Tuesday --- "Hear and Act" -- James 1:19-27
Wednesday --- "Humble Yourselves and Resist the Adversary" -- 1 Peter 5:5-9
Thursday --- "Bless the Lord, O My Soul" -- Psalm 103:1-10
Friday --- "God's Love Is Everlasting" --- Psalm 103:11-22
Saturday --- "Remember Christ and Endure" -- 2 Timothy 2:8-13
Sunday --- "Keep the Lord's Commandments" -- Deuteronomy 8:1-11


March 28, 2022 -  April 04, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"The Passover with the Disciples"
Background: Matthew 26:17-30
Devotional Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12

Keep in Mind

"But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's Kingdom."  (Matthew 26:29, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will UNDERSTAND the last meal Jesus shared with His disciples in light of the Jewish Passover, AFFIRM the new meaning Jesus gave to  the bread and cup, and REJOICE in the freedom that comes through faith in Christ.

Focal Verses: Matthew 26:17-30
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?”
“As you go into the city,” he told them, “you will see a certain man. Tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples at your house.’” 
19 So the disciples did as Jesus told them and prepared the Passover meal there.
20 When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table
[a] with the Twelve. 
21 While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
22 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”
23 He replied, 
“One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me. 
24 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
25 Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?”And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”
26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”
27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 
28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant[b] between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. 
29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”
30 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "God Is Gracious, Righteous, and Merciful" -- Psalm 116:1-15
Tuesday --- "Keep the Festival Where God Chooses" -- Deuteronomy 16:1-8, 15-17
Wednesday --- "Jesus Anointed and Betrayed" -- Matthew 26:1-2, 6-16
Thursday --- "Jesus Institutes the Lord's Supper" -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Friday --- "Love One Another" --- John 13:31-35
Saturday --- "God's Steadfast Love Endures Forever" -- Psalm 118:1-9
Sunday --- "Jesus Shares Passover with His Discipes" -- Matthew 25:17-30


April 04, 2022 -  April 11, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem"
Background: Matthew 21:1-11
Devotional Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:27-32

Keep in Mind

"Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass."  (Matthew 21:5, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will STUDY the immediate response of the crowds to Jesus' arrival into Jerusalem, IDENTIFY reasons people today seek and follow new leadership, and ACCEPT Jesus as a leader who offers hope for the world in every age.

Focal Verses: Matthew 21:1-11

1 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 
“Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 
If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”
This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,
“Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.’”
The two disciples did as Jesus commanded.
They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.
Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God[d] for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!”
10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked.

11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Help Comes from the Lord" -- Psalm 121
Tuesday --- "The First will be Last" -- Matthew 20:1-16
Wednesday --- "The Greatest Must be a Servant" -- Matthew 20:17-28
Thursday --- "Faithful Commanded to Appear before God" -- Exodus 34:25-27
Friday --- "Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem" --- Luke 19:41-44
Saturday --- "Trust in the Lord" -- Psalm 125
Sunday --- "Hosanna to the Song of David" -- Matthew 21:1-11


April 11, 2022 -  April 18, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"The Paschal Lamb LIves"
Background: Matthew 27; 28:1-10
Devotional Reading: Psalm 136

Keep in Mind

"Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethen that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me."  (Matthew 28:10, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will UNDERSTAND Matthew's account of the Resurrection, EMBRACE the possibilities of liberation found in Jesus' resurrection, and LIVE courageously in the freedom that Jesus gives.

Focal Verses: Matthew 28:1-10
1 Early on Sunday morning,[a] as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. 
His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. 
The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 
He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. 
And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. 
And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. 
10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "John Proclaims the Lamb of God" -- John 1:29-36
Tuesday --- "Jesus Prays in Gethsemane" -- Matthew 26:36-46
Wednesday --- "Jesus Is Arrested" -- Matthew 26:47-56
Thursday --- "Jesus Is Crucified" -- Matthew 27:35-43, 45-50
Friday --- "Why Have You Forsaken Me? --- Psalm 22:1-9, 14-19
Saturday --- "God Is My Strength and Might" -- Psalm 118:14-17, 19-29
Sunday --- "Jesus Is Risen!" -- Matthew 28:1-10


April 18, 2022 -  April 25, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Freedom in Christ Jesus"
Background: John 8:31-38
Devotional Reading: 1 John 1:1-4

Keep in Mind

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."  (John 8:36, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will CONSIDER the double meaning of slavery and freedom at Jesus' conversation with believing Jews, PONDER the many ways people are enslaved in current society, and LIVE in the freedom that Jesus gives to those who follow Him.

Focal Verses: John 8:31-38
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 
32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 
35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 
36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. 
37 Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message. 
38 I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.”

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Remember You Once Were Slaves" -- Deuteronomy 15:12-15
Tuesday --- "Children of the Free Woman" -- Galatians 4:21-31
Wednesday --- "Anointed to Proclaim Liberty" -- Isaiah 61:1-3
Thursday --- "The Light of the World" -- John 8:12-20
Friday --- "Jesus Is From Above" --- John 8:21-30
Saturday --- "I Shall Walk at Liberty" -- Psalm 119:41-56
Sunday --- "Jesus Brings True Freedom" -- John 8:31-38


April 25, 2022 -  May 02, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Freedom from Sin"
Background: Romans 6:1-14
Devotional Reading: 1 Peter 4:7-11

Keep in Mind

"For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. (Romans 6:5, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE what it means to live by grace rather than living under the law, DISCERN how following Jesus can impact the way they handle these temptations and sins, and CHOOSE to live in the power of Jesus' life and resurrection.

Focal Verses: Romans 6:1-14
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 
Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 
For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 
And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 
We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 
10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 
11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires. 
13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 
14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Out of the Depths I Cry" -- Psalm 130
Tuesday --- "Go and Sin No More" -- John 7:52-8:11
Wednesday --- "God's Righteousness Disclosed in Christ" -- Romans 3:19-31
Thursday --- "The Justified Have Peace with God" -- Romans 5:1-11
Friday --- "God's Free Gift Brings Justification" --- Romans 5:12-21
Saturday --- "Seek the Lord and Repent" -- Isaiah 55:6-13
Sunday --- "Baptized into Christ's Death" -- Romans 6:1-14


May 02, 2022 -  May 09, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Freedom for the Future"
Background: Romans 8:18-30
Devotional Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-4

Keep in Mind

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will UNDERSTAND the role of the Holy Spirit in our relationship with God and Jesus; FEEL empowered by the Holy Spirit even in the midst of suffering, weakness, or loss of direction; and LIVE with hope as we seek God's purpose and calling.

Focal Verses: Romans 8:18-30
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 
19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 
20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 
21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 
22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 
23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[a] including the new bodies he has promised us.
24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope[b] for it.
25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers[c] in harmony with God’s own will. 
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[d] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn[e] among many brothers and sisters.
30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "No Longer Slave of Sin" -- Romans 6:15-23
Tuesday --- "God Bestows the Spirit" -- Ezekiel 36:25-30
Wednesday --- "We Have Died to the Law" -- Romans 7:1-13
Thursday --- "An Inner Struggle to Obey" -- Romans 7:14-25
Friday --- "No Condemnation for Heirs with Christ" --- Romans 8:1-4, 10-17
Saturday --- "Receive teh Holy Spirit" -- John 20:19-23
Sunday --- "All Things Work Together for Good" -- Romans 8:18-30


May 09, 2022 -  May 16, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"Freedom and the Law"
Background: Galatians 3
Devotional Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Keep in Mind

"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE the difference between living according to God's law and living by faith in Christ Jesus, CELEBRATE the freedom God's promise gives to all who believe in Christ, and PRACTICE ways they can embrace this liberation and oneness in Christ.

Focal Verses: Galatians 3:18-29
18 For if the inheritance could be received by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God graciously gave it to Abraham as a promise.
19 Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people. 
20 Now a mediator is helpful if more than one party must reach an agreement. But God, who is one, did not use a mediator when he gave his promise to Abraham.
21 Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. 
22 But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.
23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.
24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 
25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 
27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.
28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 
29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Receiving the Spirit through Faith" -- Galatians 3:1-5
Tuesday --- "Abraham's Blessing Comes through Christ" -- Galatians 3:6-17
Wednesday --- "God's Power Grants Life and Godliness" -- 2 Peter 1:2-4
Thursday --- "A Faithful and Just People" -- Hosea 2:16-23
Friday --- "A Wise and Faithful Builder" --- Luke 6:45-49
Saturday --- "Walk Blameless  Before God" -- Genesis 17:1-8
Sunday --- "No Longer Subject to the Law" -- Galatians 3:18-29


May 16, 2022 -  May 23, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"The Nature of Christian Freedom"
Background: Galatians 5:1-15
Devotional Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

Keep in Mind

"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Galatians 5:14, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will DISCERN the difference between legalism and freedom that comes with responsibility, EXPERIENCE freedom as trusting in the work of Christ rather than our own efforts for salvation, and CHOOSE a life of freedom in Christ that is guided by serving and loving others with humility.

Focal Verses: Galatians 5:1-15
1 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. 
I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. 
For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.
But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. 
For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? 
It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. 
This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! 
10 I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.
11 Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended. 
12 I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.
13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 
14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "Children and Heirs through God" -- Galatians 4:1-7
Tuesday --- "Authentic Circumcision" -- Philippians 3:1-8
Wednesday --- "Press toward the Goal" -- Philippians 3:8-14
Thursday --- "Let Us Love One Another" -- 1 John 4:7-13
Friday --- "Love and Pray for Your Enemies" --- Matthew 5:43-48
Saturday --- "Avoid Strife; Love Always" -- Proverbs 17:13-17
Sunday --- "Faith Working through Love" -- Galatians 5:1-15


May 23, 2022 -  May 30, 2022   Time: 9:00 AM

"The Spiritual Fruit of Freedom"
Background: Galatians 5:16-26
Devotional Reading: Isaiah 32:1-8

Keep in Mind

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25, KJV)

Aim for Change
By the end of the lesson, we will EXPLORE the freedoms gained when "walking by the Spirit," DESIRE the personnal and relational qualities of a Spirit-led life, and SUPPORT one another in living a life centered on Jesus Christ.

Focal Verses: Galatians 5:16-26
16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 
17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 
18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 
20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 
21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 
25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 
26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday --- "The Righteous Yield Their Fruit" -- Psalm 1
Tuesday --- "Abide in Christ and Bear Fruit" -- John 15:1-8
Wednesday --- "Wisdom's Harvest of Righteousness" -- James 3:13-18
Thursday --- "The Spirit Produces a Fruitful Field" -- Isaiah 32:9-20
Friday --- "Known by Their Fruits" --- Matthew 7:15-20
Saturday --- "God's Presence Brings Forth Healing Fruit" -- Ezekiel 47:1-7, 12
Sunday --- "Live by the Spirit" -- Galatians 5:16-26