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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

New Thru 30 – Day 10

Day 10 – Read Mark 11-16

Third day in Mark, finishing up a book I think was written to help us SEE discipleship lived out through Jesus’ example with His disciples. What an example!

Man, just like yesterday, Jesus’ calls the Pharisee’s out. In Mark 12:1-12 he tells a story that embarrasses them so much they just left. They did nothing to convict, punish or demean Jesus in this instance (as they had attempted to do in almost every other interaction), they just walked away.
Mark 12:1-12
“Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. But the farmers grabbed the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. The owner then sent another servant, but they insulted him and beat him over the head. The next servant he sent was killed. Others he sent were either beaten or killed, until there was only one left—his son whom he loved dearly. The owner finally sent him, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’

“But the tenant farmers said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard.

“What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?” Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others. 10 Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?

‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.
11 This is the Lord’s doing,
    and it is wonderful to see.’”

12 The religious leaders wanted to arrest Jesus because they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.”

What does that story do to you? Does it convict you like it convicted the Pharisees?

New Thru 30 – Day 9

Day 9 – Read Mark 6-10

Another great day of reading!

Today I was struck by a section of scripture that I have probably read 50+ times but never really thought about.

Mark 7:1-14 says, “One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. (The Jews, especially the Pharisees, do not eat until they have poured water over their cupped hands, as required by their ancient traditions. Similarly, they don’t eat anything from the market until they immerse their handsin water. This is but one of many traditions they have clung to—such as their ceremonial washing of cups, pitchers, and kettles.)

So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, “Why don’t your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony.”

Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,

‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship is a farce,
for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’

For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”

Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. 10 For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ 11 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ 12 In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents. 13 And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.”

14 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. 15 It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.”

I know that Jesus was trying to teach the Pharisee’s a lesson in this example but man, he hit me where it hurts too. Too many times I allow things to come out of my heart that do NOT glorify Him.

Today’s reading=conviction. WOW!

New Thru 30 – Day 8

Day 8 – Read Mark 1-5

Well…it’s back to reading and I am looking forward to (with some trepidation) all the reading this week. Please continue to pray for our entire Church body as this challenge moves on.

Anyway, regarding today’s reading, here are just a few things I gleaned today.

Mark really captures Jesus’ focused ministry attitude in chapter 2, verses 16-17 “But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” I thought, well…he told them! 🙂

Another passage I’d never before really thought about was Mark 4 verses 10-13 which says, “Later, when Jesus was alone with the twelve disciples and with the others who were gathered around, they asked him what the parables meant. 11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secretof the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders, 12 so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:

‘When they see what I do,
they will learn nothing.
When they hear what I say,
they will not understand.
Otherwise, they will turn to me
and be forgiven.’”

13 Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables?”

Jesus was telling his disciples to remember that they were in his inner circle. Many who would hear his message and see his miracles would not know of his back-story and history. I’d just honestly never thought about that before. To think of it from an outsider’s perspective, wow!

New Thru 30 – Day 7

Well, in our reading plan today was designated as a “grace” day so no reading for today however I did get to participate in a few small groups that had vibrant discussions about all we learned through our reading this last week. I am amazed at all that God can/will do through this challenge.

New Thru 30 – Day 6

Day 6: Read Galatians

Seriously…read the whole book in one day. Ummmm I didn’t think I could do it, even though it is only 6 chapters. It just sounded so daunting. BUT I DID IT!!

All I have to say is, Grace!

Galatians 2:17-21 says, “But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! 18 Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”

Christmas in Camelot

Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House book #29)

Official Overview:
The Magic Tree House series has become a staple for inspiring kids to read. Christmas in Camelot is a very special Magic Tree House book. Here, author Mary Pope Osborne uses the literary skills for which she’s known to create a longer, more in-depth story featuring the characters kids have come to love. The result is magical: a fast-paced but detailed, easy-to-read story. Jack and Annie go on a quest to save Camelot, a quest that will prove to a beleaguered King Arthur that children and imagination really can make a difference.

On Christmas Eve, Jack and Annie’s tree house transports them to King Arthur’s castle at Camelot, where they undertake a quest to the castle of the Otherworld.
This one was a good one! We enjoyed this one but with this book starts the higher level of reading meaning less pictures throughout the book. Addyson is doing good though. I’m so proud of her!

New Thru 30 – Day 5

Day 5 is here!

Read Romans 8-16.

Romans 8 reminds us that IF we are in Christ we are NOT controlled by our sinful nature but are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. Verses 11 says, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” It’s hard to remember this truth in our every day lives but it is truth. AND not only does he live through us in His Spirit but he helps us in our weakness (verse 26). So I know that everyday I sin and everyday I make bad choices (as we’re teaching Addyson) but does He continue to live in me as I live in sin??? YES! Romans 8:35-39 remind me of His promise to me, His child. “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  AMAZING! We have a Savior who loves us NO MATTER WHAT!

The rest of Romans is an opportutnity for Chris followers to glean from Paul’s amazing life experiences. Chapter 12 is all about living in sacrifice to God, verses 1-3 sum it up well: And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Because of the privilege and authorityGod has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”

Chapter 13, Respect your authority. This one hit close to home with the National election just around the corner.

Chapter 14 & 15, you will be persecuted but be careful to live in harmony with others. Romans 15:7 says, “Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.” Wow, what a lesson.

And in the final chapter and a half Paul reminds us of why he was writing this letter and that we are to pray for and support those who bring similar messages for Christ followers for the future.

Man, I can’t believe I did it but I read the ENTIRE book of Romans in TWO DAYS!!!

Thank you New Thru 30 Challenge!!


New Thru 30 – Day 4

Day 4 is here and we’re DONE with the book of John. Sad but excited to move to another book in the New Testament.

Read Romans 1-7.

Romans 4
WOW!! Abraham was considered RIGHTEOUS, verse 3 says, “For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Do you know what Abraham did…umm let’s remember just a few things he did:
1. He LIED about his wife being his wife. He told them she was his sister. WOW, he let other men believe that she was not a married woman.
2. He didn’t TRUST GOD to fulfill his promise of an heir. Okay, Sarah had something to do with this one too but come on, you’d think a righteous man wouldn’t give into temptation and sin…wrong. He was sinful YET…in verse 13 it says, “For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.”

THEN God does only what he can do and turns Abraham’s life and example back to us, today. In verses 23-25 he says, “23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”

Man, our God is GOOD!

AND….then there was Romans 7 today too…jammed packed reading.

Romans 7

Such a great reminder of God’s laws AND His amazing grace and mercies. Verse 9 says it all, “I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.”

New thru 30 – Day 3

Day 3!

Read John 14-21.

Okay, this is probably the most emotional packed section I’ve read in a long time. I am still in awe that when it was Jesus’ time to commit to the, “cup that the Father has given me.”, that He prays a prayer for US! He was concerned for my life not for His own. 17:20-24
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

WOW! I have an amazing Savior!

New Thru 30 – Day 2

Day 2 is here!

Read John 7-13.

WOW! Such amazing stories of Jesus’ ministry. His power and the incredible faith of those who followed him. What were the Pharisee’s thinking…seriously! He healed someone who was blind from birth and you still do not believe. Not only that you focus on the fact that He healed on the Sabbath, really!

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