Thanks for joining the 2020 bible read! Praying for God to protect us and nourish us through his word. Looking forward to what the Spirit will reveal to us during this time!
I thought it was interesting the number of accounts of healing in just the first two chapters of Mark
-wondering if that could be significant for these days in which we live when even many doctors offices are closed ???
Later half of Mark 2:15 (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) I always loved this verse. This kind = me a sinner. Praise God for His sacrifice.
I liked all the healing that was done also in these 2 chapters. What caught my attention was they repented, confessed their sins and were baptized.
Great lesson for God's "people" today-- repent
I was most impressed with Mark 1: 22 and 31 and Mark 2:17
Jesus taught with authority, He cast out demons with authority and we need to remember -maybe even realize- we have the same authority in Christ Jesus as believers.
With so much emphasis right now on the corona virus, these verses fit - Jesus healed Simon's mother-in-law of an illness with a fever and one of my favs - "it is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners"
Praying we look to minister to those around us who are hurting and afraid...we have the answer. Blessings
I am trying to read as if I have never heard of Jesus before. I thought about how the people who followed Jesus then... before He was proven legit and fulfilled all of the prophecies... they basically blindly followed him. Maybe some modern people that we think of as "naive" or super basic would be the ones that actually followed Jesus and become the amazing men of faith! I really long to see these transformations in both my life and in others around me... ordinary people becoming extraordinary in a weird way that the world doesn't understand!
Wow, I am blown away Mark 4:26-29..:I can't remember reading this parable before but I must have. I was impressed that we are the clean up man too when we plant a seed, I realized I need to continue to check on seeds that I may have planted in order to harvest. Blessings
I really was touched by Mark 4:33-34. He spoke to everyone in parable but explained the parables to his disciples in private. Thank You Lord for your Holy Spirit you so freely gave to us, Your children. So that we may here your voice and be guided. Amen
These comments are so uplifting! Also, if you feel led by the Spirit, read the bible out loud. I noticed that it benefits my child and corrects the atmosphere in my home; brings Jesus' peace into my home...shalom
Mark5:25&26, very interesting. Mark 6:50 I love that even in the worst times, the worst storms, Jesus reminds us that he is here
Mark 5:25-26, so important to trust in God; and not let doctors replace faith in Jesus for healing
Interesting little fact. After a little research. Only because I'm a need to know kinda guy. A legion was a Roman number of soldiers. Approximately 5000 Give or take. That is a lot of demons. So with that.!! Who's army am I So Honored to serve in.??? Thats right. Im serving in our King Jesus's Army. So glad to be a child of the living God
I am amazed at the response of the people in Mark 5:16. They asked Jesus to leave their region 😔. I pray that I am not acting the same way. Sometimes we are happy even ecstatic when Jesus does something in our lives but then we are like okay that’s good. I’ve had enough until I need you again Lord. I was appalled that they didn’t want him to stay but Not too hard to Imagine in my own life when I think about it. Lord, increase my desire for you in my life.
Mark 7&8 What an awesome account of how Jesus met all needs, spiritual physical and practical (meals), A challenge to the church to do the same, if the task looks too large the answer is found in The latter part of Mark 8:33
Mark 8:33 you are seeing things merely from a human point of you, not from God’s.
Could this apply to how many of us are viewing the current crises...rather than asking what is God up to by allowing this...what does He want us to see and perhaps do...
Mark 4:37-40 Though out God has allowed this current storm. Have no fear it must OBEY Him.
I’ve always wondered what Mk. 9:1 meant, but reading it in the NLT today it seems to me to clearly refer to Pentecost when the Holy Spirit visibly ushered in the Kingdom w great power..
That's a pretty big revelation, Hub! The Kingdom arrived at Pentecost. I always thought the kingdom would arrive at Jesus's return. That really changes my perspective about the kingdom; its here now!!!
As i read the Palm Sunday account, i was again amazed at Jesus. He sends for a donkey colt that was never ridden, This intrigued me that He knew it would be there, He knew the owners of the colt were willing for Him to use the donkey. The donkey had to be willing too, since he had never been ridden, he was untrained for riders...Amazing. Are we available? Are we willing to be used, especially now during this turmoil...Lord, make me available when You desire to use me...it may not be convenient and i may not be trained...I hope and pray I don't ask, "Why me?" but it will be so worth it...Praising the Lord of the Living for I know His hand is on us.
Jesus offers us anything in prayer if we just believe- even throwing mountains into the sea. It seems easy! Then, He tells us in Mark 11:25 that we first have to forgive everybody in our lives.. that's the hard part. Sooo….maybe some unanswered prayers are the result of unforgiveness in our lives. Father, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
Interesting: today is literally Passover and it was our reading for the day as well 🤔😊
Luke 2 In todays reading, I was really impressed with Anna. Couple things. 1st- She was a Prophet. How many women are there in the word of God were Prophets. ( Another study for me). 2nd. The word said. "She NEVER left the temple". Talking about getting to no your Father> Wow!
Ok. Found, according to a few bible scholars. Approximately 10 (give or take) women in the bible who were considered prophets. Now I know. Yeah!!
That goes to show that God will and always has used women to prophecy and edify the church! The women of faith are so beautiful!
In Luke 1:74-75, Zechariah (John the Baptist's dad) gave a prophecy that I'm trying to receive in full! He said,"We have been rescued from our enemies SO WE CAN serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live." Praise Jesus forever!!
Luke 1:78 “because of God‘s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us...” could we apply that to today’s situation, God is about to break in and resolve this… Praise the Lord
Luke 3:2 “ A message from God came to John…” Don’t you wonder how the message came from God to John :-)
I am behind. I just read the end of Mark. I took some time to really consider how Mary and Martha would really be feeling when going to an empty tomb and encountering an angel... anger, concern, confusion, dread, etc. Praise the Lord the story doesn't end there! We've all known that feeling at the pit of our stomach!
Sorry... still catching up. Luke 1:17- he will be a man with the spirit of God... he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom.of the Godly. Um... this is like the THE GREATESTS SUPERPOWER EVER! Amazing... but fast forward some years to have a son who left home to be a wild mad eating locust and honey... I wonder if I would be questioning if this were still true! I think often what God speaks to us may come to pass and look a lot different than we thought it might!
Luke 5:16 “and the Lords healing power was strongly w Jesus...” wow! May the Lord’s healing power be strongly with the church, with CCF
Sorry, reference for my last comment should be 5:17
I love what the NLT version says here in 8:1.They use the word tour. We are so familiar with tours in our world. Very seldom do you get a free tour. Perfect example of Our salvation. Free and bought by the blood of our Savior. > Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God.
These 2 chapters show so much love for Jesus! He casts out demons, raises people from the dead and heals! His healing power is so great that just by touching the fringe of His garment she was healed. That has always amazed me.. and the fact that He knew it because there were many people around Him.
Luke 7:36-50 I was so impressed by the humbleness of the “ Sinful woman” An act of true repentance, I believe that must’ve left Simon Swallowing his pride.Goes to show the forgiveness we can experience when we humble ourselves and forgive our debtors.
I believe now is the time to begin or keep praying for those Who God has appointed us to lead to salvation
First verse of chapter 9 says “He sent them out to tell everyone about the kingdom of God...”; He could have stopped there but He adds “and to heal the sick”
Somehow healing of the sick is part and parcel of evangelism...telling folks about Jesus 🤔
Wow!! Chapter 9&10.. There is so much teaching on how we should conduct ourselves as followers of Christ. I will have to read this again today....Only through Christ himself are these things He teaches possible. Lord continue to change our hearts to be more like you. Amen
interesting what is happening in our world in the past and more apparent in these days. Like 12:49-52. Jesus actually puts a number on who will be in favor for Him and how many will be against him. Should this be taken seriously??? Hmmm.
Sonny, that chunk of scripture you cited (Luke 12:49-52) is very difficult to digest. Jesus said those words as he was anticipating his own crucifixion. It's harsh, but us Christ-followers have to be prepared to make sacrifices for our Lord Jesus. and know that our relationship with Jesus will probable cause other relationships to suffer.
Good morning my church family, I sure do miss you all and can’t wait until we can all meet again together and have a feast..... eating and fellowshipping and (worshipping) filling our bellies cause we all know we enjoy that but our hearts with hearing our testimonies, blessings, fears, needs, and the love that God is filling our hearts with and wants us to share them and use them... Thank you Chris for hearing God speak and bringing this Bible read to share that we may all be hearing the same thing how to be disciples and how to pray... things to look for..reminders to have faith and believe especially in these struggling times. Ok I will stop now. Oh and Donna GREAT job on the website. Talk to you all soon. Love you all.
Thanks for the feedback, Pauline! I believe God is sustaining us through his Word right now. This bible read came from prophecies in 2019. Now, the church is being strengthened; just like the word says in 1 Corinthians 14:1-4. In addition, it was mentioned in our Cell group that journaling is a great way to get closer to God. For that reason, I encourage everyone to document your "prayers, prophecies, and praises" on this forum as much and often as possible! Please share what the Spirit is putting in your hearts. We all need to hear it!
Do you think the parable of the barren fig tree is an illustration to depict previous call to repentance? If not... what is this parable even about?! No explanation given!!
Very thoughtful question, Tiffany. Sort of seems like the fig tree was a believer that was unwilling to repent of sins; therefore, couldn't produce fruit. God was displeased and ready to end him, but an advocate interceded and offered to give special attention to the believer. But, if the believer doesn't produce fruit in keeping with repentance (Mathew 3:8 NIV) by next year, It's too late...
Luke 17:12 “ten men with leprosy stood at a distance” sheesh social distancing in Jesus day,,,
This parable seems to imply a few things. I'd love to hear thoughts.
1. It implies that while they were doing what Jesus told them to do (obedience) they were healed. Obedience to Him ushers in healing?
2. It seems pretty imperative that we give glory to God but that God even heals people who won't come back to him?
3. Jesus says at the end to the one who came back that their faith has healed them... so what healed the other ones? Maybe their healing was actually only temporary since they didn't return to him?
Moo-often times obedience and faith were present for healing, but it also says that entire villages brought their sick to Jesus and he healed them all, doubtful they all had obedience and faith for healing.
Also, I have wondered myself if the other ungrateful lepers lost their healing… But knowing the heart of God probably not :-)
I was thinking about this this morning and I didnt think that they would lose their healing. Kind of like heaping coals on their heads and would have to give account for it at judgement time, just like the rest of us. My other thought was, God knows our hearts and His purpose is that none should perish. If taking away my healing would get my attention to come to Him / come back to Him...hmm
My impression was not concerning the losing or reversal of their healings but the impact it had on those around the person healed. I think Jesus used it to increase belief. We are not worthy of healing, only by the Grace of God are we healed.
Luke:18:38 “...he began shouting Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me”; hmm 🤔 not a bad idea for our nation, the church in our nation, during this time.
Acts 2:42-47 appears to be the very first church formation, resulting in many people being saved. The believers were very dedicated to the Lord and to His work. I admire their courage; it's a picture of "true freedom in Christ".
I was overwhelmed by the example of the apostles in verse 14. They were constantly in prayer. I think we assume we are in constant prayer when we go throughout the day offering up a sentence here or there. I feel they were devoted to prayer. Where would our family, friends and nation be if we were devoted to prayer. I feel humbled at my meager words. May the Lord create in me a mouth to not only praise Him but to be in constant prayer for family, friends and the nation .
Acts 1: They needed to choose a replacement for Judas...Matthias and Joseph were nominated...Mathias was chosen...don't you feel bad for Joseph...what must the poor guy have felt...my heart goes out to him 😐
Wow...how about Acts 3:12 in light of last Sunday’s sermon...”Peter saw his opportunity...” 😁
Acts 5:14 “...more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord...
Acts 5:16 “...their sick were all healed”
Biblically and historically, in any mighty move of God, salvation and healing were both present...
Acts 7:25 “ Moses assumed his fellow Israelites would realize that God had sent him to rescue them…“ that’s very interesting. Somehow Moses knew he was to deliver them from Egypt way before it actually happened. He ran away and lived elsewhere for 40 years before God sent him back under protest to rescue them. I’m not sure I knew that. I thought it was news to Moses when God called him at the burning bush, but he already knew and had run from the call :-)
The Bible read so far has given me a lot of faith and confidence in the Lord during these uncertain times. God has done so many miracles in the book of Acts, and I'm certain He's still willing to do them in our lives too. We've got to be willing to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit
Reading Romans...I’m so thankful the gospel came to the Gentiles...that word refers to anyone who is not Jewish...that’s me and probably most of us...where would we be if God didn’t send the gospel to Gentiles 🤔
Wow, Romans is so rich...so much on which to comment😊 Rom. 4:16 Gods promises are received by faith,..4:20 strong faith brings glory to God
Romans6, WOW, I never really grasp until now how personal sharing in the death and resurrection of Christ is for believers, praise God forSetting us free
Romans 5:15 “for the sin of this one man, Adam...” puts to rest the question If Adam was an individual or a reference to humankind 😊 ...Adam was an individual, one man, a person...
Such great wisdom in Romans, wisdom very similar to what is in Proverbs
I love how God helps us to pray! Romans 8:26 We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
The 2020 Bible Read is giving us all a boost of faith! --
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. -- Praise God for his word!
Rom. 12:14 “ Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them“ ...in light of what we’ve been learning...seems like a very relevant verse for us today 😊
I Cor. 1:9 “ God has invited you into partnership with his son Jesus Christ our Lord“... This sounds like an invitation to be on mission with Christ don’t you think 😊👍...
I know this is over simplified :-) but from first Corinthians chapter 2…”we can know the thoughts of God”...How cool is that?
One more day...tomorrow is the last day of CCF 2020 Bible Read Phase I :-( but don't despair...Phase II begins July 10th (yea) and it's gonna be a good one!!!
Psalm 1 “ The Lord watches over the path of the godly“...what a comforting thought...my life is not at the whim of random cosmic forces 😊👍
Psalms 1 is applicable for today and is a good reminder that God is in control!
I will lie down and sleep in peace... for YOU ALONE OH LORD make me dwell in safety 🥰
Some of these psalms read like today’s newspaper...listen to Psalm 11:3 “The foundations of Law and order have collapsed; what can the righteous do?”
That’s America today! 🙁
But then verse 4 sounds like one of our sermons: “ But the Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord still rules from heaven“ You rule King Jesus
Reading through the Psalms...so meaningful, so relevant for today...can’t help but to frequently stop and pray about/into/over all that’s going on
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