August 2023

Confession of Sin & Prayer for Grace

Heavenly Father, you made me for your glory, redeemed me by your Son, and sealed me with your Spirit. Grounded in this new identity, I make my confession before you. I grieve today the many expressions of my self-centeredness. I am self-loving, self-serving, self-protecting, self-righteous and self-interested. The habits of my heart revolve around SELF and so your glory does not shine brightly from my life. By your grace, forgive my sin and conquer my selfishness. Establish your Son as the king of my heart and the center of my life. Amen.


Scripture Reading

  • August 1 - Psalm 119:17-32, Genesis 22
  • August 2 - Psalm 119:33-48, Genesis 23
  • August 3 - Psalm 119:49-64, Genesis 24
  • August 4 - Psalm 119:65-80, Genesis 25
  • August 5 - (No reading)
  • August 6 - (No reading)
  • August 7 - Psalm 119:81-96, Genesis 26
  • August 8 - Psalm 119:97-112, Genesis 27
  • August 9 - Psalm 119:113-128, Genesis 28
  • August 10 - Psalm 119:129-144, Genesis 29
  • August 11 - Psalm 119:145-160, Genesis 30
  • August 12 - (No reading)
  • August 13 - (No reading)
  • August 14 - Psalm 119:161-176, Genesis 31
  • August 15 - Psalm 120, Genesis 32
  • August 16 - Psalm 121, Genesis 33
  • August 17 - Psalm 122, Genesis 34
  • August 18 - Psalm 123, Genesis 35
  • August 19 - (No reading)
  • August 20 - (No reading)
  • August 21 - Psalm 124, Genesis 36
  • August 22 - Psalm 125, Genesis 37
  • August 23 - Psalm 126, Genesis 38
  • August 24 - Psalm 127, Genesis 39
  • August 25 - Psalm 128, Genesis 40
  • August 26 - (No reading)
  • August 27 - (No reading)
  • August 28 - Psalm 129, Genesis 41
  • August 29 - Psalm 130, Genesis 42
  • August 30 - Psalm 131, Genesis 43
  • August 31 - Psalm 132, Genesis 44

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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.



Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the Cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.



Genesis Introduction

Author, Date, and Recipients

Traditionally, Moses is considered to have been the author of Genesis and the rest of the Pentateuch (see Num. 33:2; Deut. 31:24; John 5:46). Of course, Moses lived much later than the events of Genesis. Presum­ably, stories were passed down about those earlier events, and Moses brought them all together.

The first audience would have been the Israelites Moses led through the wilderness. For readers today, Genesis is an essential introduction to the rest of the Bible. It is rightly called the book of beginnings.


The theme of Genesis is creation, sin, and re-creation. God made the world very good, but first cursed it and then destroyed it in the flood because of man’s disobedience. The new world after the flood was also spoiled by human sin (ch. 11). God chose Abraham for a special purpose. Through his family, all nations would be blessed (12:1–3). God’s purpose will eventually be fulfilled through Abraham’s descendants (ch. 49).


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