December 2023

Confession of Sin & Prayer for Grace

Father, I come before you this day with a humble and contrite heart, which you will not despise. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight. Wash me, that I may be whiter than snow. Create in me a clean heart, and renew in me a right spirit. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and give me a willing spirit to sustain me. Amen.


Scripture Reading

  • December 1 - Psalm 19, Joel 2
  • December 2 - (No reading)
  • December 3 - (No reading)
  • December 4 - Psalm 23, Joel 3
  • December 5 - Psalm 25, Micah 1
  • December 6 - Psalm 27, Micah 2
  • December 7 - Psalm 29, Micah 3
  • December 8 - Psalm 32, Micah 4
  • December 9 - (No reading)
  • December 10 - (No reading)
  • December 11 - Psalm 33, Micah 5
  • December 12 - Psalm 34, Micah 6
  • December 13 - Psalm 37, Micah 7
  • December 14 - Psalm 67
  • December 15 - Psalm 73
  • December 16 - (No reading)
  • December 17 - (No reading)
  • December 18 - Psalm 84, Luke 2:1-7
  • December 19 - Psalm 90, Luke 1:26-38
  • December 20 - Psalm 91, Luke 2:8-20
  • December 21 - Psalm 92, Romans 1:1-7
  • December 22 - Psalm 95, Luke 2:22-35
  • December 23 - (No reading)
  • December 24 - (No reading)
  • December 25 - Psalm 96, Luke 2:1-20
  • December 26 - Psalm 100, Psalm 103
  • December 27 - Psalm 111, Psalm 127
  • December 28 - Psalms 130-131, Psalm 139
  • December 29 - Psalm 145, Psalms 147-148
  • December 30 - (No reading)
  • December 31 - (No reading)

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Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.



O God our King, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, you conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise you and to do your will; and steel us to wait for the consummation of your kingdom on the last great Day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Luke Introduction

Author, Date, and Recipients

Luke was a physician (Col. 4:14) and a travel companion of the apostle Paul. He wrote this Gospel and its sequel, the book of Acts. The earliest possible date of Luke–Acts is immediately after the events that Luke recorded in Acts 28, which would have been c. A.D. 62. Both Luke and Acts are addressed to “Theophilus” (Luke 1:3; Acts 1:1), about whom nothing more is known. Luke’s broader audience consisted primarily of Gentile Christians like Theophilus who had already “been taught” (Luke 1:4) about Jesus.


The gospel is for all, Jews and Gentiles alike, since Jesus is the promised one of God as prophesied in the OT and as seen in God’s saving activity in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The Christian traditions Luke’s readers have received are true; by believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, they will receive the promised Holy Spirit whom he gives to all who follow him.


Luke probably had several goals in writing: (1) to assure his readers of the truth of what they had been taught; (2) to help them understand how Israel’s rejection of Jesus and the Gentiles’ entrance into the kingdom of God are part of God’s plan; (3) to clarify that Jesus did not teach that his bodily return would come immediately but that there would be a period between his resurrection and his return; and (4) to emphasize that they need not fear any mere earthly power such as Rome.


November 2023 | Bible Reading Plan