Bible Reading Plans
  1. Through the New Testament
    1. In One Year
    2. In Six Months
  2. Through the Whole Bible
    1. In Two Years
    2. Discipleship Journal 25 Days/Month
    3. Chronologically
    4. In One Year

Pastor Denyes’s Bible-in-a-Year reading plan

The Whole Story Plan (a year-long overview of the Bible)

While you’re at it, check out www.openupthebible.com for all sorts of great videos, resources, and free stuff to help you as you resolve to read the Bible more regularly.

Who is Jesus? Why did he come? What does it mean to follow him? We will answer these questions by studying the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark on Sunday mornings. This study is perfect for a sincere seeker of spiritual truth or a skeptic who has real questions about the Christian faith. It is also a perfect opportunity for a seasoned saint to bring along a nonbelieving friend. Join Pastor Joel Wayner and Pastor Tim Van Loh on Zoom for this seven-week course. Participants can download their own digital handbooks ($2.99 each) here: https://www.thegoodbook.com/christianity-explored-handbook-ebook

Sign up online. For more information, please contact Pastor Tim at tvanloh@southlife.org.

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When: Sundays, 7 – 8 pm, July 12-August 30th

Where: Zoom

Materials: Download the handbook or pick up a handbook from outside the church office (please call to arrange a pickup time).

Description: Discipleship Explored is a an eight-week journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians which helps Christians think through what it means to be a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ. This is an ideal follow-up to Christianity Explored for new Christians but is equally applicable to all Christians.

You will be contacted with additional instructions once we receive your registration, but for more information beforehand please contact Pastor Tim at tvanloh@southlife.org.

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11-day Israel: March 10-20, 2022

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Day 1: Thursday – Departure
Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life changing experience. Get some rest on the flight, tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked! 

Day 2: Friday – Arrive Israel
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we will be met by our Israeli guide. If time allows, we will make a special stop at Jaffa (Joppa), the city of Jonah and home of Simon the Tanner before proceeding to our hotel for one night in the coastal area of Netanya.

Day 3: Saturday- Caesarea, Megiddo & Nazareth
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea where we will see the Roman Amphitheatre, Herod’s harbor and ruins of an aqueduct. Journeying to Mt. Carmel, we will see where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. Driving through the area of Cana and Nazareth, we will visit Nazareth Village – a wonderful recreation of Biblical times. As we approach Tiberias we will get an overview of the area from Mt. Arbel. Our dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights will be in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4: Sunday – Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Capernaum & Mount of Beatitudes
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites emphasizing the loss of God’s blessing on Israel. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi is the site of Peter’s Confession. In Capernaum we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. We will visit Magdala followed by seeing an ancient fishing boat at Ginosar. A cruise on the Sea of Galilee brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples concluding a wonderful day. Overnight on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 5: Monday – Beth Shean, Shiloh, Jericho, Dead Sea

We begin the day by driving south to the Jordan Valley to the site of Beth Shean (1 Sam. 31), an impressive Roman city of the Decapolis. Driving south along the Jordan Valley and then turning west into the area of Samaria, we visit the rather new excavations of Shiloh. This is where the Tabernacle once stood. Here we see impressive archaeological ruins dating to the days of Samuel. Driving past Bethel (Gen. 12, 28) and through the Desert of Pareth (Jeremiah 13), our next stop is Jericho. After a late lunch here (not included), we climb the tel (ancient mound) to see portions of the fortification wall that supported the mud-brick walls that “came tumblin’ down” (Joshua 6). From here we drive to the southern end of the Dead Sea. After checking into our hotel, you will have the opportunity to “float” in the Dead Sea before dinner. We overnight here for one night.

Day 6: Tuesday – Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls
Following breakfast (and if you want a sunrise “float” in the Dead Sea), this morning we begin our drive northward along the western coastline of the Dead Sea to Masada. Here we ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. We survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples, and palaces. Our next stop is Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, and we enjoy a walk to some of the waterfalls in the canyon. Finally, we visit Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From here we drive the rest of the way to Jerusalem for overnight.

Day 7: Wednesday  – Around Jerusalem, Holocaust Museum, Bethlehem
This morning we visit the “Upper Room” just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, “my Lord & my God.” A guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the following days. We continue with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people. Our day will conclude with an afternoon visit to Bethlehem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8: Thursday – Jesus’ Steps, the Last Days 
Today we walk where Jesus walked; beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus’ prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. Next, we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. On our way into the city we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel, we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen’s Gate and St. Ann’s Church. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9: Friday – City of David, Jeremiah’s Cistern, Jericho
We begin our sightseeing just outside the Dung Gate on the southeastern hill below the Temple Mount in the City of David. We visit Gihon Springs to view new excavations including a typical Israelite four-room house, the lower city wall, and the cistern where Jeremiah was imprisoned. This afternoon we will take part in the “Genesis Land” in Abraham’s Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, and authentic food (Lunch is provided today). Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 10: Saturday – Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost
As we walk along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering. along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. A highlight of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion. This afternoon we visit the Southern Wall Excavations. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard, have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 11: Sunday – Home
An early morning transfer to the Tel Aviv airport and then our flight home.

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These are websites that we would recommend as a potential resource to you.

By Every Word… (Pastor Phillips’ Web Log)

(Matthew 4:4) Biblical reflections for the praise of God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — and the practice of godliness.
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Two Ways to Live
www.matthiasmedia.com
A contemporary explanation of the plan of salvation.

321 Gospel
321 Gospel Presentation A modern video explanation of the Gospel.
The Gospel Coalition
The Gospel Coalition A fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ. We have committed ourselves to invigorating churches with a new hope and compelling joy based on the promises received by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
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Focus on the Family www.family.org Focus on the Family began in 1977 in response to Dr. James Dobson’s increasing concern for the American family.
CCEL
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
www.ccel.org
Classic Christian books in electronic format, selected for your edification. There is enough good reading material here to last you a lifetime, if you give each work the time it deserves! All of the books on this server are believed to be in the public domain in the United States unless otherwise specified, so copy them freely for any purpose. Outside of the United States, check your local copyright laws.
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National Center for Biblical Parenting
biblicalparenting.org
Changing the way people think about parenting.
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Bible Gateway www.biblegateway.com Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online—all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture references.
Desiring_God
DesiringGod.com www.desiringgod.org Desiring God exists to proclaim this truth: God is more glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. We do this mainly through distributing God-centered resources from Pastor John Piper. These God-centered resources include items such as books, audio sermons, online articles, online sermons, and children’s Sunday School curriculum.
Spurgeon
Spurgeon.org www.spurgeon.org The largest collection of Charles H. Spurgeon resources on the web.
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Christianity Today
www.christianitytoday.com
The official website of Christianity Today International.
Cross_Walk
Crosswalk.com www.crosswalk.com Our aim is to offer the freshest and most compelling Biblically-based content to Christians who take seriously their relationship with Christ. Crosswalk.com is built around four primary content areas: faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further subdivided into areas of significance to many Christians, including Bible Study, devotionals, marriage, parenting, music, etc. There are Bible study tools under the faith menu.
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OnePlace.com www.oneplace.com The premier internet provider of online streaming Christian radio broadcasts and programs. Listen to your favorite Christian speakers, authors, and pastors. Grow in your walk with Jesus Christ, be encouraged in your faith, and build your knowledge of the Bible with OnePlace.com Christian radio programs.The official website of Christianity Today International.