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Week 7

DAY/Date Reading Reflection Easy Serve Sacrificial Serve
35
Mon
Mar 30
Mark 14:53-72 Sometimes things do not turn out like we want them to. What can I do now to ensure that during those times I will not blame God or turn away from him? Pray for workers/volunteers at the vineyard. Make an appointment with Linda Dix to find a role to volunteer at the vineyard.
36
Tues
Mar 31
Mark 15:1-20 Pilate turned over an innocent man to save his own neck. How have I been tempted to protect myself instead of defending the innocent? What does it mean for me to take a stand for justice? What might it cost me to do what is right? Pray for persecuted Christians around the world. Make a donation to Voice of the Martyrs.
37
Wed
Apr 1

 

Mark

15:21-32

 

Jesus gave his life for mine. How do I feel reading this? How do I show my gratitude? Donate your time to the Voyage Youth Group. Donate blood.
38
Thurs
Apr 2

 

Mark 15:33-41 The temple curtain being torn means that the barrier between God and man has been removed. What things do I allow to put barriers between God and I? Pray for children’s missions worldwide. Sponsor a child through World Vision or a similar agency.
39
Fri
Apr 3
Mark 15:42-47 None knew that Joseph of Arimathea was a follower of Jesus until he claimed his body. Would anybody be surprised to know that I am a follower of Jesus? Bury “treasure” in a playground sandbox. Spend the evening helping someone with their taxes.
40
Sat
Apr 4
Mark 16:1-8 How has this study helped me to grow in my relationship with God? Surprise your mail man with a small gift or cold drink Prepare a cardboard testimony today at church.

Week 6

DAY/Date Reading Reflection Easy Serve Sacrificial Serve
29
Mon

Mar 23
Mark 12.35-44 Is my love for God limited to my overflow of time/money/resources or do I trust God with everything? Come hear Marc Dupont speak tonight at the Vineyard. Invite someone to hear Marc Dupont speak at the Vineyard tonight.
30
Tues
Mar 24
Mark 13.1-36 Not knowing the day or hour, am I really ready for the return of Christ? Pray for the lost Donate Hygiene items to make kid care packs
31
Wed
Mar 25
Mark14.1-11 Do I withhold or limit my affections for God out of fear of what others may think? How might that impact my relationship with God? Spend some time alone with God in worship. Be expressive! Spend some time alone with God in worship. Be expressive!
32
Thurs
Mar 26
Mark 14.12-31 How does communion on Sunday impact my relationship with God? Invite someone to Easter service. Invite an unchurched friend to Easter with dinner afterwards.
33
Fri

Mar 27
Mark 14.32-42 How might Jesus’ distress in the Garden of Gethsemane make his heart tender to me in my distress? Call someone who needs encouragement Become a youth mentor.
32
Sat

Mar 28
Mark 14.43-52 Jesus trusted God in the midst of Judas’ betrayal but it was hard. Do I trust God in times of betrayal? How can I grow in this? Spend a few minutes visiting with your neighbor. Cut your neighbor’s grass.

Week 5

DAY/Date Reading Reflection Easy Serve Sacrificial Serve
23
Mon
Mar 16
Mark
10.17-31
 If a stranger looked at my bank register or credit card statement what would they say I valued most? Leave an extra big tip for your waiter Balance your checkbook
24
Tues
Mar 17
Mark
10:32-45
What does servant-leadership look like? How might I be one at work/home/school? Clean the kitchen Read the Bible together as a family
25
Wed
Mar 18
Mark
10:46-11:11
Am I willing to break with social etiquette like Bartimaeus to get what I need from God? What is holding me back now? Forgive someone who has hurt you Tell them or write them a letter if they are no longer alive.
26
Thurs
Mar 19
Mark
11:12-33
What are the fruitful things in my life that need more attention? What are the unfruitful things in my life that I need to let let die? Go to prayer meeting tonight Bring family or friends to prayer meeting tonight
27
Fri
Mar 20
Mark
12:1-17
The unfaithful tenants refused to honor the owner by giving him his share of the Vineyard. Do I give God his share? Bring snacks to work or school Bring snacks to the fire department near you
28
Sat
Mar 21
Mark
12:18-34
Is my love for God obvious in my treatment of others? Buy someone a refreshment Buy someone’s gasoline

Week 4

DAY/Date Reading Reflection Easy Serve Sacrificial Serve
17
Mon

Mar 9
Mark 8.14-26 How have other influences crept into my life and taken over? Are there things in my life that need to be rooted out so that my heart isn’t hardened toward God? Do a chore for someone without being asked as a surprise. Clean a gas station bathroom.
18
Tues

Mar 10
Mark 8.27-9.1 How would total surrendering of my life look differently from what I am doing now? Pray for missionaries today who have left everything and everyone behind to share the gospel. Make a donation to a missionary.
19
Wed

Mar 11
Mark 9.2-13 How might my traditions or ideas about God/Bible/Church need to be transformed to God’s word? What old ideas do I need to let go of? Go to church and watch the passion tonight. Invite a friend to go church and watch the passion tonight.
20
Thurs

Mar 12
Mark 9.14-37 What am I doing that is fruitless because of a lack of prayer? How do I change that? Fast from one form of media: use that time to pray. Fast from all media: TV, internet, radio. Use that time to pray.
21
Fri

Mar 13
Mark 9.38-50 What or whom do I need to remove from my life that is keeping me from knowing God? Skip lunch to pray. Babysit for a parent that needs a night off
22
Sat

Mar 14
Mark 10.1-16 What does it mean for me to receive the kingdom of God like a child? Tell a child you know something good about themselves. Participate in 2nd Saturday outreach.

Week 3

DAY/Date Reading Reflection Easy Serve Sacrificial Serve
11
Mon

Mar 2
Mark 2:13-3:6 Have I ever fallen into the trap of my own pride or sin like Herod? What am I doing to guard my heart when pride arises? Serve someone a drink or do an act of kindness for someone. Make arrangements today to visit a nursing home on a day you are available.
12
Tues

Mar 3
Mark 2:13-3:6 Herod violated his own conscience to behead John the Baptist out of public bravado. How does peer pressure and bravado affect me? Pray for the persecuted church around the world. Make a donation to Voice of the Martyrs.
13
Wed

Mar 4
Mark 2:13-3:6 Do I trust God to provide enough for me when he asks me to give away something? Pray for the success of others around me. Help someone around me to accomplish a task or goal.
14
Thurs

Mar 5
Mark 2:13-3:6 Am I ever religious outwardly in a way that masks my true sentiments? What can I do to reconcile my own hypocrisy and reconcile what I believe with what I actually do? Send someone an anonymous card of appreciation. Give someone a gift of appreciation for no particular reason.
15
Fri

Mar 6
Mark 2:13-3:6 Is there anything situation in my life where choosing humility could improve the situation? Walk your neighbor’s dog. Rake your neighbor’s yard.
16
Sat

Mar 7
Mark 2:13-3:6 Jesus cared about his followers both spiritually and physically. What does it look like for me to trust Jesus with both? Skip your morning coffee. Buy some non-perishable groceries and give them to the Vineyard to give away.

Week 2

DAY/Date Reading Reflection Easy Serve Sacrificial Serve
5
Mon
Feb 23
Mark 3:7-35 Jesus said his mother and brother were those that did the Father’s will. What is God’s will for me today? Call a friend or family member who needs encouragement. Go see a friend or family member who needs encouragement
6
Tues
Feb 24
Mark 4:1-20 What concerns of life might be choking my spiritual growth? Write someone you know a note of encouragement. Today invite someone new over for dinner. The dinner doesn’t have to be completed today just the invite.
7
Wed
Feb 25
Mark 4:21-41 How can I let my light shine today? Serve someone in an unexpected way. Buy a stranger a meal today.
8
Thurs
Feb 26
Mark 5:1-20 What has God done for me? (write God a letter of thanks.) Tell someone you know about a time that God helped you. Help someone in an unexpected way and tell them that you felt God sent you to help.
9
Fri

Feb 27
Mark 5:21-43 Embarrassment could have kept this woman from getting well. What is holding me back from experiencing all that God has for me? Ask someone who is ill or facing a difficult time if you can pray for them. Ask a stranger who is ill or crying if you can pray for them.
10
Sat

Feb 28
Mark 2:13-3:6 Familiarity can breed contempt. Whose walk with God has been an encouragement to me? Do they know it? Have I told them? Compliment someone on their walk with Christ Write someone a note to tell them how their faith has impacted you.

Week 1

DAY/Date  Reading  Reflection  Easy Serve Sacrificial Serve
 1
Wed
Feb 18
 Mark 1:1-20 Following Jesus changed the life of the disciples greatly. How has (or might) it change my life by following Jesus? Tell someone about you starting this 40 day adventure today. If you see someone with an Ash Wednesday cross on their forehead today. Encourage them in their desire to serve God.
 2
Thurs
Feb 19
 Mark 1:21-39 How can I create God space in my life so that I can be refreshed by God? What do I need to change?  Take a walk and look for evidence of God’s hand in nature and people.  Help a friend or family member to create some God space in their life.
 3
Fri
Feb 20
 Mark 1:40-2:12 If Jesus were here in the flesh, what would I ask of him? What is keeping me from asking that now?  Pray for someone you know needs healing.  Offer to pray in person for someone who needs healing.
 4
Sat
Feb 21
 Mark 2:13-3:6 Who is Jesus asking me to befriend that is outside of my comfort zone?  Talk to someone you know who isn’t like you just to see the world differently.  Invite someone to church and offer to take them to lunch afterwards.

 

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