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Daily Rhythm is designed to help us give part of each day to God through three consecutive steps - Bible reading, meditation and prayer. 

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Step 1 - Bible Reading

Each week we'll suggest one chapter or passage from the Bible to read, and we'd like you to read the same section every day that week. Yes, that means you will read the same chapter seven times* in one week. As you read, look for one or more verses that stand out to you. Those are the verses you'll meditate on in the next step.
*If every day feels like  more than you're ready for, decide what you can commit to. 
Like most things, building up to daily devotions takes practice and commitment. 
August 24-30 - Psalm 119: 73-96 
August 31-September 6 - Hebrews 10:1-25
September 7-13 - 
John 15
September 14-20 - 
1 Corinthians 9
September 21-27 - 
Genesis 22
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Step 2 - Meditation

To meditate on God’s Word is to concentrate on and think about what you’ve read. This is how God speaks to us through the Bible. There are many ways to meditate on our Bible reading, and we’ll suggest a different method for each day of the week.
Sundays
Meditation Method 17 - Brain Dump
Mondays
Meditation Method 5 - Apply this Text
Tuesdays
Meditation Method 7 - Ask How the Text Points to Jesus
Wednesdays
Meditation Method 9 - Pray Through the Verses
Thursdays 
Meditation Method 15 - The Common Thread
Fridays
Meditation Method 10 - Memorize the Text
Saturdays
Meditation Method 11 - Get Creative
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Meditation Methods

  1. As you read the passage for the week, look for one or more verses that stand out to you.
  2. Focus on that verse/those verses as you chose one of the methods below to explore a bit further. We've suggested a method for each day of the week, but you can also chose different ones if you prefer.

1. Emphasize Different Words in the Text

Anytime we read or speak, the different emphasis we place on things can change their meaning. After reading through your section for the week, pick just one verse to read multiple times, each time you read the verse, emphasize a different word.
Let's use Psalm 28:7 as an example:
  • The LORD is my strength and shield.
  • The Lord is MY strength and my shield.
  • The Lord is my STRENGTH and my shield.
  • The Lord is my strength and my SHIELD.

2. Rewrite the Text in Your Own Words

After you read through your section of the Bible for the week, select a verse or two and rewrite it in your own words. A way to begin this process would be to think about how you would describe this verse to a friend or a child.

3. Answer the Question - What Does It Teach?

Can you answer the question, “what does this passage teach?” Some passages might be super obvious, some might require a little more thinking and processing. A tip: try to boil it down to the essential thing, it will make it easier for you to remember.

4. Think of an Illustration - What Word Picture Explains It?

Think of a word picture that explains, or clarifies, the verse(s) you've read. Can you simplify it enough to explain it to a child? For example, if you're reading verses about forgiveness, you might use the word picture of being set free from carrying a heavy load that weighs on the person carrying it.

5. Apply this Text

Write down the answer to this question: How is God asking me to respond to this section of the Bible? God is always speaking to us, through the Bible, our community, and the world around us. There is always a way for us to respond, even if the call is just for us to sit and listen to God.

6. Ask How the Text Point to the Law or the Gospel

The Law (found in much of the Old Testament) was all about how people had to behave in a certain way to be righteous enough to be in God’s presence. The Gospel (found in much of the New Testament) reminds us of the good news that Jesus made us righteous through the cross. How does this section you are reading point you to the gospel, the law, or both! Make a list.

7. Ask How the Text Points to Jesus

What does this passage teach you about Jesus? Even verses that don’t mention him specifically point us back to Jesus. It might take a little thinking or investigating.

8. Questions and Answers

When reading the Bible, we often forget that these books and letters were written in a specific time and often with a specific group of people in mind. So as you read the passage for the week, think about:
  • What is the question that is being asked?
  • What is the answer that is being given?
  • What is the solution that is being given?
  • What is the problem that is being solved?

9. Pray Through the Verse(s) 

Not only is Bible a great way for us to learn about God, but it can inspire our prayers. How does this verse impact your prayers? Here are some questions to ask to help you get started:
  • What about this passage makes me thankful?
  • Does this passage reveal any sin in my life? How do I ask for forgiveness and begin to change my ways (repent)?
  • What do I want to ask or request of God for myself or others?

10. Memorize the Text

Select part or all of the section of the Bible we are reading this week and memorize it. When we memorize parts of the Bible, it sticks in our brains and can pop up when we need it the most. Some people prefer doing this out loud, but it can also be helpful to write the verse(s) as you memorize them. 

11. Get Creative

The Bible can draw out powerful feelings and images in us. When you read this passage, what does it inspire you to create? Maybe it makes you want to take a photo, write a poem or a song, draw or paint a picture, or build something. There are no limits to how the Bible can inspire us! See if you can think of a creative response to what you read today.

12. Ask the Philippians 4:8 Questions of the Text

Philippians 4:8 challenges it reader to focus on certain attributes. Use those attributes to reflect on this passage.
  • What is true about this, or what truth does it exemplify?
  • What is honorable about this?
  • What is just or right about this?
  • What is pure about this, or how does it exemplify purity?
  • What is lovely about this?
  • What is commendable about this?
  • What is excellent about this (that is, excels others of this kind)?
  • What is praiseworthy about this?

13. Ask the Joseph Hall Questions of the Text

Joseph Hall was a Puritan who developed a series of questions for people to use when reflecting on a section of the Bible. They have been adapted below to offer some more explanations as you meditate on the word of God:
  1. What is it (define and/or describe) you are meditating on?
  2. What are its divisions or parts?
  3. What causes it?
  4. What does it cause; that is, what are its fruits and effects?
  5. What is its place, location, or use?
  6. What are its qualities and attachments?
  7. What is contrary, contradictory, or different to it?
  8. What compares to it?
  9. What are its titles or names?
  10. What are the testimonies or examples of Scripture about it?

14. Look for the Deeper Meaning

Often times when reading the Bible, we stop studying because we have some understanding of the passage we are in. Once you come to an understanding about this passage, take an extra 5 minutes and ask God to show you deeper meaning of the verse.

15. The Common Thread

Look at the whole passage we are in this week and identify the theme that runs through the whole passage. It might be helpful to read some of the verses around the section we are reading this week.

16. Current Application

How does the passage we are in connect with your life or the world right now? Write about it.

17. Brain Dump

Select a few verses from the passage we are in this week that you want to explore more and write them in the middle of a piece of paper. As you come up with thoughts about what it means, how it connects with your life, what challenges you, what comforts you, etc. write those on the paper. As you write them, connect the thoughts with lines. Dump and connect all your thoughts on one page.
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Step 3 - Prayer

After reading and meditating, it's important to respond with prayer, which simply means talking and listening to God. We’ll suggest a prayer focus for each day of the week, though we’d encourage you to pray in any way that seems right after your Bible reading and meditation.
Today, pray for:
  • Sundays - Preparation for time with God and worship
  • Mondays - How to apply yesterday's message
  • Tuesdays - Opportunities to make a difference in your community
  • Wednesdays - Areas where you have fallen short and ask God for forgiveness.
  • Thursdays - Thank God for who He is and what He has done.
  • Fridays - Unity within the church
  • Saturdays - The leadership and ministries at RVCC
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