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    365 Bible Reading

    For Today!

    March 22 – Galatians 2

    LOOK:  “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”  These famous verses come after Paul confronts Jewish believers that were rejecting the Gentile believers.  Paul makes it clear that God had sent him to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles and that those who believed should be accepted as brothers without harsh requirements of the Jewish law.

    LISTEN:  If you are not a Jewish believer than you should thank God that in His great plan for mankind, He opened up the Gospel for all who would believe.

    LEARN:  Rejoice in your Salvation!!  Without grace we would all be accountable to a Holy God with no hope of forgiveness.

     
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    For Yesterday!!

    March 21 – Galatians 1

    LOOK:  Paul is writing to the church in Galatia. He is concerned that they have been listening to a false doctrine and being pulled away from the truth that he taught them.  Paul then stops and gives his testimony.  He lays a foundation for his authority in Christ.

    LISTEN:  The main point so far in this book is to guard yourself from false teaching that could drag you away from Christ.

    LEARN:  How do you determine if a teaching is truth or a false teaching?  I suggest that you take every teaching directly to the Scriptures and see if it is in harmony or if it is contrary.

     
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    March 20 – Hebrews 13

    LOOK:  “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”  The author of the book of Hebrews concludes the book with some practical admonitions for believers to live upright and obedient lives.  We are challenged to love one another, honor our leaders and keep our marriages strong.

    LISTEN:  The book of Hebrews is a great, logical case for Christ being the great high priest for us.  We also are challenged to consider how we live our lives in light of the great sacrifice He made for us.

    LEARN:  I challenge you to live your life as a fitting example of the grace you have received.  We do not earn our salvation and our actions, or lack of actions, do not affect God’s love for us.  Our choice is to live our lives as a living sacrifice as a response to God’s great love.

     
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    March 19 – Hebrews 12

    LOOK:  The first part of this passage is a response to the heroes hall of faith in chapter eleven.  Since we have such great examples to follow, we should move forward in our faith and reject sin.  Next, the author challenges us to accept the Lord’s discipline.

    LISTEN:  I find it interesting that our response to the history of faithful people should be to avoid sin.  The lesson presented teaches us that a person of faith perseveres in their faith and that sin erodes our perseverance.

    LEARN:  How are you doing at rejecting sin?  Are you persevering in your faith?  Are you going to be a person that lasts like the heroes of our faith?

     
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    March 17 – Hebrews 11

    LOOK:  The Heroes Hall of Faith…read this passage about the Old Testament heroes that lived by faith even before Jesus came as the fulfillment of God’s promise.  Here’s how the passage ends, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

    LISTEN:  This passage makes it clear that people of all ages are saved by faith alone.  There are not several ways to salvation presented in Scripture.  The people of the Old Testament were saved by faith in God even though they did not see Christ come personally.

    LEARN:  Aren’t you thankful that not only do we know about God but we also have the full picture of God’s plan of Salvation through faith in Jesus presented to us in Scripture?

     
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