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Bible Reading Plan Podcast by VictoryPoint

Bible Reading Plan Podcast by VictoryPoint

By Brendan McClenahan
One of the best ways to grow as a disciple is to read and reflect on scripture daily. At VictoryPoint, we are following a daily Bible Reading Plan that helps you keep on track as we grow together in following Jesus. This podcast is one way you can engage the scriptures in a new way by listening to them whether you're on your commute, while you're doing dishes, or while you're getting up in the morning. We'd love to hear any reflections you have. Click the link in the show notes to leave a voice message for us.
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Mark 1:14-20 :: Tom Joustra
Brendan McClenahan and Tom Joustra read and reflect on Mark 1:14-20. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Mark 1:14-20 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/mark. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:    1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 1:15 and saying, ""The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."" 1:16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen. 1:17 And Jesus said to them, ""Follow me and I will make you fish for people."" 1:18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 1:19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 1:20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him."
19:02
January 21, 2021
1 Corinthians 7:29-31 :: Tom Joustra
Brendan McClenahan and Tom Joustra read and reflect on 1 Corinthians 7:29-31. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/1-corinthians. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:    7:29 I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 7:30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, 7:31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away."
15:56
January 20, 2021
Psalm 62:5-12 :: Tom Joustra
"Brendan McClenahan and Tom Joustra read and reflect on Psalm 62:5-12. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Psalm 62:5-12 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/psalms/. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:    62:5 For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. 62:6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 62:7 On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah 62:9 Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. 62:10 Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them. 62:11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 62:12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work."
12:49
January 19, 2021
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 :: Tom Joustra
Brendan McClenahan and Tom Joustra read and reflect on Jonah 3:1-5, 10. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Jonah 3:1-5, 10 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/jonah. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:    3:1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, 3:2 ""Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you."" 3:3 So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. 3:4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, ""Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"" 3:5 And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. 3:10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it."
19:28
January 18, 2021
John 1:43-51 :: Steve Deur
Brendan McClenahan and Steve Deur read and reflect on John 1:43-51. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of John 1:43-51 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/john. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   1:43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ""Follow me."" 1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ""We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth."" 1:46 Nathanael said to him, ""Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"" Philip said to him, ""Come and see."" 1:47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, ""Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!"" 1:48 Nathanael asked him, ""Where did you get to know me?"" Jesus answered, ""I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you."" 1:49 Nathanael replied, ""Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"" 1:50 Jesus answered, ""Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these."" 1:51 And he said to him, ""Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."""
15:39
January 14, 2021
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 :: Steve Deur
Brendan McClenahan and Steve Deur read and reflect on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/1-corinthians. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   6:12 ""All things are lawful for me,"" but not all things are beneficial. ""All things are lawful for me,"" but I will not be dominated by anything. 6:13 ""Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,"" and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 6:14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 6:16 Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, ""The two shall be one flesh."" 6:17 But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 6:18 Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 6:20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body."
16:18
January 13, 2021
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 :: Steve Deur
Brendan McClenahan and Steve Deur read and reflect on Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/psalms/. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   139:1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me. 139:2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. 139:3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 139:4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely. 139:5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. 139:13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. 139:15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 139:16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. 139:17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 139:18 I try to count them -- they are more than the sand; I come to the end -- I am still with you."
14:53
January 12, 2021
1 Samuel 3:1-20 :: Steve Deur
Brendan McClenahan and Steve Deur read and reflect on 1 Samuel 3:1-20. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of 1 Samuel 3:1-20 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/1-samuel. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   3:1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 3:2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3:3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 3:4 Then the LORD called, ""Samuel! Samuel!"" and he said, ""Here I am!"" 3:5 and ran to Eli, and said, ""Here I am, for you called me."" But he said, ""I did not call; lie down again."" So he went and lay down. 3:6 The LORD called again, ""Samuel!"" Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ""Here I am, for you called me."" But he said, ""I did not call, my son; lie down again."" 3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 3:8 The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ""Here I am, for you called me."" Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. 3:9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ""Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'"" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 3:10 Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, ""Samuel! Samuel!"" And Samuel said, ""Speak, for your servant is listening."" 3:11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, ""See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. 3:12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 3:13 For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 3:14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever."" 3:15 Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 3:16 But Eli called Samuel and said, ""Samuel, my son."" He said, ""Here I am."" 3:17 Eli said, ""What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you."" 3:18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, ""It is the LORD; let him do what seems good to him."" 3:19 As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 3:20 And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the LORD."
21:27
January 11, 2021
Mark 1:4-11 :: Nancy Kloosterman
Brendan McClenahan and Nancy Kloosterman read and reflect on Mark 1:4-11. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Mark 1:4-11 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/mark. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   1:4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 1:5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 1:6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 1:7 He proclaimed, ""The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 1:8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."" 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 1:11 And a voice came from heaven, ""You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."""
11:08
January 8, 2021
BONUS: What does repentance have to do with baptism?
In this morning's episode, we touched on the topic of repentance and baptism, the idea that Paul didn't think John's baptism was sufficient for New Testament believers. As is the case with every podcast, these thoughts were preliminary and not fully formed. With such important topics as both baptism and repentance, I wanted to offer clarity and a broader biblical perspective.  How do you see the relationship between baptism and repentance? What is your experience of baptism? What has been your experience of repentance? How do you understand the work (and baptism) of the Holy Spirit?
10:48
January 7, 2021
Acts 19:1-7 :: Nancy Kloosterman
Brendan McClenahan and Nancy Kloosterman read and reflect on Acts 19:1-7. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Acts 19:1-7 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/acts. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   19:1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 19:2 He said to them, ""Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?"" They replied, ""No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."" 19:3 Then he said, ""Into what then were you baptized?"" They answered, ""Into John's baptism."" 19:4 Paul said, ""John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus."" 19:5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 19:6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied-- 19:7 altogether there were about twelve of them."
17:22
January 7, 2021
Matthew 2:1-12 :: Nancy Kloosterman
Happy Epiphany! Brendan McClenahan and Nancy Kloosterman read and reflect on Matthew 2:1-12. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Matthew 2:1-12 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/matthew. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   2:1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2:2 asking, ""Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."" 2:3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 2:4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 2:5 They told him, ""In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 2:6 'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"" 2:7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 2:8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ""Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage."" 2:9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 2:10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 2:11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 2:12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road."
13:00
January 6, 2021
Psalm 29 :: Nancy Kloosterman
Brendan McClenahan and Nancy Kloosterman read and reflect on Psalm 29. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Psalm 29 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/psalms/. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   29:1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor. 29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters. 29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. 29:5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. 29:7 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. 29:8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 29:9 The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, ""Glory!"" 29:10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever. 29:11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!"
13:05
January 5, 2021
Genesis 1:1-5 :: Nancy Kloosterman
Brendan McClenahan and Nancy Kloosterman read and reflect on Genesis 1:1-5. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Genesis 1:1-5 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/genesis. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   1:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 1:2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 1:3 Then God said, ""Let there be light""; and there was light. 1:4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 1:5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day."
18:55
January 4, 2021
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 :: Matt Yount
Brendan McClenahan and Matt Yount read and reflect on Ecclesiastes 3:1-13. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/ecclesiastes. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:    1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. 9 What gain have the workers from their toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. 11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; 13 moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil."
17:31
January 1, 2021
Luke 2:22-40 :: Matt Yount
Brendan McClenahan and Matt Yount read and reflect on Luke 2:22-40. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Luke 2:22-40 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/luke. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   2:22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 2:23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ""Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord""), 2:24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ""a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."" 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 2:26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. 2:27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 2:28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 2:29 ""Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; 2:30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 2:31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 2:32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."" 2:33 And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 2:34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ""This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 2:35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed--and a sword will pierce your own soul too."" 2:36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 2:37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 2:38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 2:39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 2:40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him."
16:23
December 31, 2020
Galatians 4:4-7 :: Matt Yount
Brendan McClenahan and Matt Yount read and reflect on Galatians 4:4-7. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Galatians 4:4-7 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/galatians. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   4:4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 4:5 in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 4:6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ""Abba! Father!"" 4:7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God."
17:41
December 30, 2020
Psalm 147:12-20 :: Matt Yount
Brendan McClenahan and Matt Yount read and reflect on Psalm 147:12-20. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Psalm 147:12-20 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/psalms/. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   147:12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 147:13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. 147:14 He grants peace within your borders; he fills you with the finest of wheat. 147:15 He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. 147:16 He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. 147:17 He hurls down hail like crumbs-- who can stand before his cold? 147:18 He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow. 147:19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel. 147:20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the LORD!"
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December 29, 2020
Jeremiah 31:7-14 :: Matt Yount
Brendan McClenahan and Matt Yount read and reflect on Jeremiah 31:7-14. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Jeremiah 31:7-14 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/jeremiah/. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   31:7 For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ""Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel."" 31:8 See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. 31:9 With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. 31:10 Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ""He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock."" 31:11 For the LORD has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. 31:12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again. 31:13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. 31:14 I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the LORD."
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December 28, 2020
John 1:1-14 :: John and Tina Wood
Brendan McClenahan and John and Tina Wood read and reflect on John 1:1-14. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of John 1:1-14 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/john. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 He was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 1:4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 1:7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 1:8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 1:10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 1:11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 1:12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 1:13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 1:14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth."
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December 25, 2020
Luke 2:1-20 :: John and Tina Wood
Brendan McClenahan and John and Tina Wood read and reflect on Luke 2:1-20. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Luke 2:1-20 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/luke. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   2:1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2:2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 2:3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 2:4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 2:5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 2:6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 2:8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2:9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 2:10 But the angel said to them, ""Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 2:11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 2:12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger."" 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 2:14 ""Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"" 2:15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ""Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."" 2:16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 2:17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 2:18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 2:19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them."
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December 24, 2020
Galatians 4:4-7 :: John and Tina Wood
Brendan McClenahan and John and Tina Wood read and reflect on Galatians 4:4-7. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Galatians 4:4-7 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/galatians. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   4:4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 4:5 in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 4:6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ""Abba! Father!"" 4:7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God."
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December 23, 2020
Psalm 148 :: John and Tina Wood
Brendan McClenahan and John and Tina Wood read and reflect on Psalm 148. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Psalm 148 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/psalms/. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   148:1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! 148:2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host! 148:3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! 148:4 Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created. 148:6 He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed. 148:7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, 148:8 fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! 148:9 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! 148:10 Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! 148:11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! 148:12 Young men and women alike, old and young together! 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. 148:14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!"
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December 22, 2020
Isaiah 61:10-62:3 :: John and Tina Wood
Brendan McClenahan and John and Tina Wood read and reflect on Isaiah 61:10-62:3. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Isaiah 61:10-62:3 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/isaiah. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 61:11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. 62:1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. 62:2 The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. 62:3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God."
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December 21, 2020
BONUS - How to discern calling into something new with Nick Warnes
Ultimately, leading missionally means we're always in the work of discerning God's leadings. So the most common questions are... How do I, as a leader, discern God's will for our group? How do I, as a leader, make that into a reality? We were blessed to have Nick Warnes of Cyclical INC join us to share some narratives and training. He's helped to start 75 small missional churches and he understands what it's like to go from nothing to something.  Here's some of the take-aways from the training: How to avoid becoming a "superhero" as a group How to cultivate new vision and practices How to figure out your mission as a group (and refine it) How to decide who your key leaders are ... and a lot more. I hope you enjoy listening to this really solid, world-class training for leaders of missional communities, and I know you're going to get something out of it that will clarify things for your own context.
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December 19, 2020
Luke 1:26-38 :: Nadine Sluis
"Brendan McClenahan and Nadine Sluis read and reflect on Luke 1:26-38. Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast! For the full Bible Reading Plan, head to victorypoint.org. To find out more about the context of Luke 1:26-38 head to https://thebibleproject.com/explore/luke. We would love to include your input on this podcast. Send us an email at brendanmcclenahan@victorypoint.org or leave a voice message by clicking the link below. There is more going on at VictoryPoint! (head to victorypoint.org for more trainings, events, worship gatherings, discipleship opportunities, giving, and ways to get connected). Here's the full text from today's scripture:   1:26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 1:27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 1:28 And he came to her and said, ""Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."" 1:29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 1:30 The angel said to her, ""Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 1:31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 1:32 He will be great, a