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read the bible in a year: day 64 Matthew 10:26-42
26 Have, then, no fear of them: because nothing is covered which will not come to light, or secret which will not be made clear. 27 What I say to you in the dark, say in the light: and what comes to your ear secretly, say publicly from the house-tops. 28 And have no fear of those who put to death the body, but are not able to put to death the soul. But have fear of him who has power to give soul and body to destruction in hell. 29 Are not sparrows two a More >
James 3: 5b – 12How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue – a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and More >
read the bible in a year: day 63 Matthew 10:1-25
1 And he got together his twelve disciples and gave them the power of driving out unclean spirits, and of making well all sorts of disease and pain. 2 Now the names of the twelve are these: The first, Simon, who is named Peter, and Andrew, his brother; James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax-farmer; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who was false to him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out and gave them orders, saying, Do More >
read the bible in a year: day 62 Matthew 9:18-38
18 While he was saying these things to them, there came a ruler and gave him worship, saying, My daughter is even now dead; but come and put your hand on her, and she will come back to life. 19 And Jesus got up and went after him, and so did his disciples. 20 And a woman, who for twelve years had had a flow of blood, came after him, and put her hand on the edge of his robe: 21 Because, she said to herself, if I may but put my hand on his robe, More >
James 3: 2 – 5a
For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member yet it boasts of great exploits.
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone. More >
read the bible in a year: day 61 Matthew 9:1-17
1 And he got into a boat and went across and came to his town. 2 And they took to him a man stretched on a bed who had no power of moving; and Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the man who was ill, Son, take heart; you have forgiveness for your sins. 3 And some of the scribes said among themselves, This man has no respect for God. 4 And Jesus, having knowledge of what was in their minds, said, Why are your thoughts evil? 5 For which is the simpler, to say, You have More >
Read John 2. As you read these two events, watch Jesus. See what you learn about Him.
First event: Turning water to wine at the marriage in Cana
Cana was a town very near to Nazareth. Obviously, Mary was close to the family – either close friends or perhaps even a family member. Weddings in Jewish culture at this time were a week long celebration. Guests would return each evening and the celebration would continue … with the groom and his bride as the “stars” of the week! The groom’s family was responsible for providing the food for the guests and it More >
Today Read John 1: 19 – 51
As we think about the names and descriptors of our Lord, verse 29 adds a most important one to our lists. John the Baptist sees Jesus coming and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God …” Lamb of God. That is the scarlet cord that runs throughout the Old Testament. The lamb … the sacrifice … without blemish … forgiveness of sins … atonement … Lamb of God. If you have time today, or perhaps tomorrow, spend a little time reflecting on this name of Jesus. As you do so … follow these cross references: More >
Our reading today is John 5. As you read, notice how the “event” in verses 1 – 15 lead into the “discourse” in verses 16 – 47. We will see that pattern quite often in the book of John. After you finish reading … come back!
Archaeologists have found an underground spring that flowed under the pool, Bethesda, that would occasionally bubble up, stirring up the water in the pool. The mythology of that time believed that an angel had stirred the waters and the first one to enter the pool after the stirring would be healed. So we can More >
Today our reading is John 7. Before you begin, know that it is a dialogue between Jesus and different groups of people. Identify these groups as you read. Also, note the confusion that swirls around in this chapter. The dialogue takes place during the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. Let me share a little background about that particular feast before you read the chapter so that you can place yourself in the scene.
Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths or Ingathering) was one of the three pilgrimage feasts on the Jewish calendar. That means that males 19 and older, living within a More >