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Matthew 9-15 - Week 2- The unpardonable sin

I am finding it hard to pick one thing to comment on out of a whole weeks worth of reading! But, 12:31-32 left me pondering, so I thought I would share what my footnote said about it. I thought it was good.
Here’s what Jesus said, “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the son of man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”
Doesn’t that get you to wonder? 🤔
This is what the commentary said, “The unpardonable sin is the deliberate refusal to acknowledge God’s power in Christ. It indicates a deliberate and irreversible hardness of heart. Sometimes believers worry that they had accidentally committed this unforgivable sin. But only those who have turned their back on God and rejected all faith have any need to worry. Jesus said they can’t be forgiven because their sin is worse than any…

Matthew 1-9 - 1st week of reading plan, done!!

Hello fellow readers!  I hope your first week of reading went well and you are in the process of  creating a habit of reading everyday.
So, we just kick it off and I noticed I made a mistake on the reading plan!!😝
I forgot to list chapter 4!!😫 So, instead of changing the whole plan, if you haven't done so already, just add one more chapter today so that we start this next week on chapter 10.

That being said.....what did you get out of the week of reading?  My day-planner is full of notes!!  There is so much to comment on when reading that many chapters!  I would love to hear something that stood out to you!!  If you share, please include the scripture verse you are referring to.

Speaking of chapter 4, the temptation of Jesus always seems to teach me a lesson.  In chapter 3, Jesus gets baptized, "to fulfill all righteousness" (3:15), then he goes out to the wilderness.  Isn't that so metaphorical to how it can be with us??!!  We can make a decision to follow Christ…

Weekly Sunday Post for the New Reading Plan

Hello Fellow Blogger and Bible Reader,

Are you up for some lighter reading than what we have done before on this blog? I am going to be reading the New Testament this school year, starting today!!  Even though I will be going at a slow pace, I will still be done with the whole New Testament by June!!   I will be reading ONE chapter a day!  How easy is that??  
This is what I will be doing and I would love to have you join me!! I bought myself a fun weekly planner.  I will read one chapter, think about what I read, and write a sentence about the reading in my calendar.  That way, I know I will reflect a little bit about what I read, verses rush off with my day, not giving the chapter a thought.   Then, every Sunday, I will post on my blog something about the week's reading.  If you join me, I would love to hear what you got out of your week's worth of reading.  So, if you continue with the blog, you will only get one post a week, as a way for us to keep in touch.
Personally, life has…

Revelation 21-22~ Last day of the 120 Day reading plan!!!

Reading the last two chapters definitely leaves a Christian excited, don't you think?!! The new heaven and the new earth with all God's people there, "arrayed with God's glory" (21:11), sounds fantastic!!

Yet, I can't help notice the contrast and reminders that John keeps throwing in to describe what the future holds for people who are not Christians.  "Their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." (20:15 & 21:8b)

If a Christian (me) truly believes in the glorious new earth to come for those who believe in Jesus, wouldn't that Christian, in obedience to the command to love one another, do every thing in their power to share Christ with all he/she came in contact with?

Why do we (I), in our (my) comfortable USA culture, not feel the urgency that Paul, John, Peter and all the other outspoken Christians throughout history held?  After all, we just got finished reading, "Look I am coming soon…

Revelation 19-20~ Day 119~ A vast multitude!!

One day to go on the 120 Day Reading Plan!!!

I was encouraged with today's reading!

There are times that I think,"O dear, where are all the Christians in our culture?"  Are there very many out there?  Why don't they stand up and say something as our culture seems to be decaying morally by the hour?!"
It's at those times of disparaging thought that I think of the what Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, "But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."  😦
Really, Lord.  Are there so few?
Also in Luke 13:23, when asked, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?"  He responded, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won't be able once the homeowner gets up and shuts the door."

Well...that's concerning.....

YET, today's reading made me happy in regard to how many will be there!!  (Revelation is so encouraging for us believe…

Revelation 17-18 ~ Day 118 ~ Rejoice for Babylon (sin) is destroyed!!

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time keeping straight in my mind the symbolism of Babylon the Great.  the symbolism of Babylon being a lady is carried on so long through out the reading today, I forget it's not actually a lady!  It's not even one city!

So what is it?

Well, Babylon at one time, was a powerful city.  It's "golden age" was during the 6th century BC.  It fell in glory when Cyrus the Great conquered it in 539BC.  Although it was still an active city for centuries to come, it never regained the legendary wealth and power it had in the 6th century BC.  Yet, the fame of that golden era period made the proper noun, Babylon into a regular noun. Babylon describes a package of selfish wealth, self-serving opulence, and cravings for indulgences of every kind.  I liken it to how the town of Sodom became a noun with a different meaning than the town.  Sodomy now defines sexual acts that are "unnatural" or immoral.

So, back to what we re…

Revelation 14-16 ~ Day 117~ The angels can see your mark!

I don't often go back to old posts to see what I have written in the past, but today I was curious...what did I get of today's reading before?  Sadly, my memory is so bad, I read this post and thought, "Wow! I don't even remember writing that!  I like what it says!" Hahaha!!   So, I decided to repeat a lot of what was said and add a little more.

Let's talk a minute about that “mark of the beast” from chapter 13.  I always thought it was a literal mark that everyone would be able to see. Yet, one thing I know about Satan, he loves to imitate God.  God marks his followers (Rev. 7:3).  We are already marked according to what Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 1:22, Eph. 1:13 and 4:30.  We are marked with the Holy Spirit.  It’s not a tattoo or implanted chip.  The proof that we have been marked with the Holy Spirt is that we have a repentive heart, we exhibit fruit of the Spirit, we are conforming to God’s commands and we have love for His people. 
So, why would I think that Sata…