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    365 Bible Reading

    January 13 – Proverbs 2

    LOOK:  “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul…wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men…wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman…”

    LISTEN:  Wisdom is not just knowledge of what is right and wrong.  Wisdom is in action when we know what is right and choose to do it!  Our modern culture has accepted Plato’s philosophy that if man just knew what was good, he would do it.  So this is what we do:  When we encounter a bad driver we send him to driver’s education for more training.  When teens are having sex, we provide more sex education.  When people abuse drugs, we provide drug education.  The problem is that knowledge of what is right or good does not necessarily effect what a person does.  Wisdom is when man takes knowledge to the action stage and chooses right over wrong.  James has a lot to say about a man who looks into the mirror and walks away unchanged.

    LEARN:  Are you living a wise life today?  Do you continue to do things even when you know they are wrong (drive too fast…cheat on taxes…treat people unkindly)?  Choose to live out wisdom today!

     
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    January 12 – Mark 10

    LOOK:  Jesus gives clear expectations that marriage should be for one man and one woman for one lifetime.  Jesus then enjoys and blesses little children even after the disciples try to get rid of them.  Jesus then answers questions from the rich man about how to get to heaven.  His answer has the disciple’s heads spinning.  Jesus knew what was at the heart of this man’s question and what keeping his heart from truly following Him.  Jesus predicts His death for third time.  James and John then really blow it and ask for prominent places next to Jesus in the kingdom.  The rest of the disciples were furious.  Jesus heals the blind man named Bartimaeus to end this passage.

    LISTEN:  There are so many things in this passage, but what is hitting me right now is the clear teaching Jesus gave to the rich young ruler.  I realize that Jesus sees right through us to our hearts.  There is no hiding behind our religious duties or good deeds.  Jesus knows whether we have truly denied ourselves and taken up our cross today to follow Him.

    LEARN:  How about you?  What does Jesus see in you?  What are the things of this world that are keeping you from following Jesus with everything you’ve got.

     
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    Sorry for the repeat…getting my days straight!

    January 11 – Mark 9

    LOOK:  The account of the transfiguration is amazing!  Can you imagine being there?  I’m sure the disciples present were overwhelmed.  Then we hear about the Father trying to get his son healed from demon possession.  He is desperate and the disciples can’t seem to do the job.  Jesus rebukes not only the demon but the crowd because of their lack of faith.

    Jesus continues to remind the disciples that His death was coming soon while He trained and equipped them for ministry.

    We then read the hard teaching about “causing to stumble”.  It is difficult to read and apply.  I suggest some time in a commentary for this section.

    LISTEN:  I’m struck by the conversation Jesus had with the father who needed help for his son.  I like the effort and the honesty this man had with Jesus.  “I do believe, help me with my unbelief”.  Great words that I think we could all repeat.

    LEARN:  I want to grow in my faith…not my head knowledge of the Bible or Jesus…I want to have a radical faith that transforms my actions.  It must be true that we hardly even tap into the power of God because of our weak faith.  Ask for help today in any areas were you lack faith.

     
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    January 11 – Mark 8

    LOOK:  In this passage we have the lesser know “Feeding of the 4,000”.  I guess since the disciples didn’t get it the first time, Jesus did it again.  Jesus keeps warning the disciples about the Pharisees and the danger of religion for religion sake.  Jesus then heals a blind man, but in a wild story, Jesus takes two attempts to heal the man.  What could be the reason for this?  Peter than gets an answer right and Jesus predicts His coming death.  Peter than gets it wrong and Christ rebukes him.  Jesus than challenges His followers to follow Him with a life of complete sacrifice.

    LISTEN:  I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be a disciple…incredible highs and dark lows.  I relate to Peter.  I think I could have gotten it right some of the time and then failed majorly other times. 

    LEARN:  Jesus shows incredible patience with His people.  Today, I am thankful that God is patient with me and my foibles!  I pray that we will all follow Christ the way He prescribed…full out sacrificial living, following the way of the cross.

     
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    January 9 – Mark 7

    LOOK:  This passage starts with the Jesus and His disciples being accused of not obeying God’s Law by following Jewish customs.  Jesus makes it clear that true spirituality comes from the inside and effects the outside not the other way around.  Jesus then heals a Greek woman and has a most strange conversation with her.  Jesus than heals a deaf man.

    LISTEN:  I’m impressed with the message that Jesus is bringing to the Jews.  He is letting them know that their religiosity is not impressing God.  Jesus makes it clear that the Gospel is for all who will believe including those outside the Jewish heritage.  Jesus taught than illustrated His teaching with His actions.

    LEARN:  I’m reviewing what I consider my religious life.  How much of it is tradition and habits instead of a heart response of faith in what Christ has done to save me?  I pray that my version of “church” and “faith” pleases God and is more about Him than it is about me.

     
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