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Tuesday, August 6, 2019: Romans 13-14

Rom 13-14 – Take a few moments to contemplate how you relate to authorities and those around you. Are you able to respond to all of them as summarized in 13:10?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019: Romans 15-16

Rom 15 – As Paul ends his epistle to the Romans he reminds us of the servant Jesus Christ’s ministry to us and proclaims his desire to serve Jesus in ministry. Reflect on what you see God calling you to do in service to Him.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Thursday, August 8, 2019: Acts 20:4-21:40

Acts 20 – Paul’s call to ministry is taking him to Jerusalem but he has also been warned that he will face danger there (v. 22-23). Paul continues his ministry on the journey and on arrival to Jerusalem in spite of the danger. Reflect on the current dangers to Christians today as you look at your call to ministry.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Friday, August 9, 2019: Acts 22-23

Acts 22 – God has established civil government to establish order and keep the peace. Notice how Paul takes advantage of his citizenship (v. 27). Yet the council continues to want Paul dead. How does Paul’s nephew keep them from ambushing him?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Saturday, August 10, 2019: Acts 24-25

Notice that Paul’s defense continues to be based on his trust in God and the resurrection. As Governor Felix is replaced by Festus Paul’s innocence is confirmed once again. Why was Festus unable to release Paul and what did he hope to accomplish by sending him to King Agrippa?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Monday, August 12, 2019: Acts 26-27

Acts 26 - Paul’s testimony before Agrippa is familiar and he is once again found to be innocent. There is a clear statement as to why he could not be released (v. 32). Therefore, he is sent to Rome. Look for the evidence that God was with Paul on this journey.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019: Acts 28, Col 1

Acts 28 – Paul’s journey to Rome ends and he is able to preach the gospel there. How does Acts end Paul’s journey?

Col 1 – Think of yourself as having received this epistle from Paul. Does it bring your comfort that Christ is both Creator and Redeemer? Does that help you hold steadfast in the hope of the Gospel?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019: Colossians 2-3

Col 2 – Just as the Colossians were challenged with false teaching we also are being challenged by the norms of our society. Consider the caution in verse 8 and consider how through your baptism and the Holy Spirit you set your mind on things described in Col 3.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Thursday, August 15, 2019: Colossians 4, Philemon

Colossians closes with Paul reminding us that we need to make prayer a focus in our lives.

Philemon – A means to be an effective witness to the truth of God’s Word is to recognize God’s story in scripture as our story. In reading this epistle imagine that you are the slave Onesimus and this letter is about you.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Friday, August 16, 2019: Ephesians 1-2

Eph 1-2 - God’s desire is for us to know the greatness of Christ (v. 1:19) and the cornerstone (v. 2:20). Consider how each chapter achieves the focus on Christ through a different approach.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Saturday, August 17, 2019: Ephesians 3-4

Eph 3 – What is the mystery of the Gospel?

Eph 4 – Based on that mystery, what are you called to do as part of your walk with the Lord?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Monday, August 19, 2019: Ephesians 5-6

Eph 5 - In Mark 9:35 Christ says to us: “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Throughout his life Jesus set the example of how to be a servant to all. As you look at the relationship between a man and a woman in marriage, most people focus on verse 22. I suggest you look at verses 21 and 25 while considering the example Christ has made. How does that impact your view on marriage?

Eph 6 – Considering the difficulty of living up to God’s expectations of us, especially in marriage, what advice does Paul give us in this chapter?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019: Philippians 1-2

Phil 1 – Paul questions whether it is better to live or die. Why does he become more convinced that it is better to live?

Phil 2 – Every knee should bend; every tongue should confess Jesus. What cautions are given and how are you able to do this?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019: Philippians 3-4

Don’t you just love the things that you have accomplished and want to receive credit for them, after all isn’t that human nature? If we are able to truly rejoice, to whom does the credit belong?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Thursday, August 22, 2019: 1 Timothy 1-2

Paul had sent Timothy to Ephesus to serve them as a pastor. Paul is writing to Timothy to guide him in his ministry. Read these two chapters to set your expectations as to what to experience in the Divine Service.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Friday, August 23, 2019: 1 Timothy 3-4

Pastors (overseers) and Commissioned Church workers (deacons) are called by a congregation. Consider the qualifications for those called to each position as well as the expectations for those once called. Pay attention to the footnote in most translations on verse 3:11 noting how that may change your understanding on who can become a deacon.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Saturday, August 24, 2019: 1 Timothy 5-6

Paul continues to give Timothy advice. This time it is on pastoral care and another reminder to be faithful to the truth. You should expect your called servants to be faithful to their call.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Monday, August 26, 2019: Titus 1

Paul sent Titus to Crete to put the church in order and establish pastors (elders) to maintain that order. What was the condition of the church when Titus arrived?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Tuesday, August 27, 2019: Titus 2-3

Paul’s guidance to Titus included how to select able workers in the church as well as what the church members would look like in the works they perform when they are justified by grace and have become heirs with the hope of eternal life. Consider your congregation and what might be helpful to improve it.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019: 1 Peter 1-2:12

Martin Luther was one to consider that God’s grace meant nothing unless he could say that it was ‘”for me”. Peter confirms that the inheritance that is imperishable is kept in heaven ‘for you’ (v. 1:4). Therefore, you are called to be holy. What does it mean to be a chosen race, a royal priesthood?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Thursday, August 29, 2019: 1 Peter 2:13-3:22

Peter leads us to be subject to all in authority over us, even within our families while continuing to live as servants to God. We know that God wants all to be saved and by your behavior some may come to the Lord as suggested in 2:15, 21, 3:1-2,16).

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Friday, August 30, 2019: 1 Peter 4-5

1 Peter 4 – We are reminded that Christ has suffered in the flesh and we are to have the same way of thinking, living in love with each other. For what reasons does God continue to test us with suffering?

1 Peter 5 – Peter give a final warning that applies even to the pastors of the Church. What must we be watchful for?

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)

Saturday, August 31, 2019: Hebrews 1-2

The writer of the Hebrews shows the greatness of the Old Covenant but wants us to see the superiority of the New Covenant. We see that in the first chapter noting that God spoke by the prophets but now by the superiority through the Son. Note that in the second chapter the reason for the Son’s superiority is emphasized.

—Wayne Olson (St. Timothy, Hyde Park)