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Luke 17-18~ Day 31~ Will Jesus find faith on earth?

How is the reading going for you?  What did you get out of the reading today?  I would love to hear!  As for me, every time I read the parable of the persistent widow, I get re-inspired to pray! "Pray always and don't give up (18:1) The thing with the widow is that she knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt that the judge had the power to help her.  In fact he was the only one who could help her.  "Give me justice against my adversary." (18:3)  So, she pestered him.  That was all she could do. In the same way, Jesus is the only one who can help me!  I know that full well! least...I think I believe that...... So, why don't I pester like the widow does?  I think the question Jesus poses at the end of the parable is a sad one.  "Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (18:8)  Do I have faith like the widow had; a faith that believes Jesus is the only one who can help me?  Or do I tend to rely on myself and others to get me o

Luke 15-16~ Day 30~ Here's a heavy topic...Hell..😳.

I have pondered the concept of hell a lot in past readings of both the Old and New Testament.  I even contemplated that perhaps there is no hell for certain "good people" who did not make Jesus their Lord and Savior.  I thought, maybe, their souls just ceased to exist after their physical death.  I pondered that idea based on verses like, "The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down to silence." (Psalm 115:17) and "When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; (Psalm 146:4) Also verses found in the New Testament, (Matt. 10:28b and John 3:16) made me ponder "perishing". I talked about this point with someone who was going to seminary.  He knew all the "terms" for different schools of thought, so when I voiced my thoughts he said, "Oh, you are an annihilationist!"........I was?......That was a new term for me!  An annihilationist believes that verses speaking of the second death refer to ceasing to exist.  I suppos

Luke 13-14 ~ Day 29~ Decide before he gets up and shuts the door!

The theme that I picked up on yesterday sure did carry through into today's reading! You gotta make a choice in this lifetime.... The man with the fig tree says, "Cut is down!  Why should it even waste the soil? (13:7)  That parable shows Israel is in jeopardy of God's judgement, just as we are! "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." (13:24) There is one thing our reading says each person must do to get in the house before "the homeowner gets up and shuts the door." (vs. 25) REPENT!!  "Unless you repent, you will all perish as well." (13:3 & 5)  Peter put it this way, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out." (Acts 3:19) So actually it's three things each person must "do": Make the choice to repent Repent Turn to Jesus Again, back to what I

Luke 11-12~Day 28~ God is the adversary!

Chapter 12 is titled “The Preparation for Judgment” in my Bible.  I didn’t notice the title at first. But after I saw the continuity of the chapter and the main point, I it was titled well. However, I would have titled it “Hurry and make the choice before you die!”  Ok, maybe my title sounds a bit more  urgent, but hey, you never know when you will die! Did you notice the theme weaved through the whole chapter? “Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body...Fear him (God) who....has authority to throw you into hell.” (12:4) “But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded of you!”  (12:20) “Be dresses ready for service.(12:35) “because The Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect him.” (12:40) The master of that servant will come on a day when he doesn’t expect him...He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.”(12:46) I particularly liked what my footnote says in regards to the last part of chapter 12. “Peo

Luke 9-10~Day 27~ How exactly did he do it?

There are times I wish the Bible gave a little more detail. It would be so helpful if I knew exactly how Jesus, for example, rebuked people,  so that I could learn from Him! I was thinking about this when I read about the two brothers, James and John. The two were upset  that the Samaritans kicked them out of their village. (Maybe it was righteous indignation, who knows.). Yet, Jesus responded by rebuking them (9:55). exactly did he rebuke them? I would love to know, because that would help me know how to better “rebuke” my children when they say something ridiculous. You know, now that I’m thinking about it, Jesus did a lot of rebuking! He rebuked the storm (Mark 4:35-41), the fever (Luke 4:39), the Pharisees and scribes ( Matt 23:1-39), the demons (Luke 9:42) the fig tree (Mark 11:12-25) and Peter (Mark 8:33). What a contrast to what our culture teaches today! (That shouldn’t surprise me, Satan always teaches the exact opposite to what Jesus does.). Secular psycholo

Luke 7-8~ Day 26~What to do with doubts.

I've heard sermons on John the Baptist and his little episode of doubt.  Who wouldn't have doubts in his situation? Here he was doing what God called him to do and he was being punished for it!  If I were in his shoes, I would be wondering.....Why, God?  Why would Jesus leave me in here?  I was pointing people to him!" The sermons I have heard usually focus on how Jesus assured John that in fact he was the Messiah for whom John was sent to prepare the way. This time reading the story, I noticed something different; a practical application for me! First of all, I am pretty sure John knew, without a doubt, that his "relative" (Luke 1:36) was the Messiah.  After all, he was there when "the Holy Spirit descended on him (Jesus) in a physical appearance like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven: "You are my beloved son; with you I am well-pleased." (Luke 3:22) He also just heard from his disciples that Jesus raised a young man, the widow’s son, f

Luke 5-6~ Day 25~ Jesus IS our Sabbath

Let’s talk about the Sabbath since we read a lot about it in today’s reading. “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (6:5)  Have you ever given that sentence much thought? What does Jesus mean when he says he is the Lord of the Sabbath? My footnote says it’s that he had “authority to overrule the Pharisees tradition because Jesus had created the Sabbath. The creator is always greater than the creation.” That’s true, but I think there is even more to it than that! The Sabbath is much more than “a day of rest”, it is symbolic of something greater! I’m reading a book called Kingdom Come by Sam Storms. He does an excellent job of pointing out how everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus. In fact he asserts that “the Old Testament finds its consummate fulfillment in the person of Christ and his body, the Church” (pg. 16) For example, Jesus is the true temple of God. The temple of the Old Testament with the  “shekinah” glory of God is now fulfilled in Jesus. God now dwells w

Luke 3-4~ Day 24~ Demons!😳😈

I am always left pondering demonic warfare when I read this section of scripture, "Also, demons were coming out of many, shouting and saying, "You are the Son of God!" (Luke 4:31) Why is it that in our current culture no one , including Christians, would ever believe that a person is demon possessed?  People were back then... why not now?  We have been taught to believe a person's issues are always psychologically rooted.  Therefore give them medicine or psychotherapy.  I would venture to guess that it would be even a Christian's first thought to seek psychiatric help for someone with behavior that caused them to want to be naked (Luke 8:27), cut themselves (Mark 5:5) or attempt suicide (Mark 9:22). I often wonder, what would be my role when confronted with a person with mental disorders?  Do I refer that person to a psychiatrist or do I pray in the name of Jesus to expel the demon (like they do in Mark 9:29, 9:38 & Luke 10:17)? Remember, I am a nurse

Luke 1-2~ Day 23~ Parents prep the soil!!

Once again, this new version for me (CSB), makes a verse stand out like it never has before! When Gabriel is telling Zach that he will have a son and what that son would do, he says, "And he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people." (1:17) I had to re-read that verse to try to understand "turn the hearts of fathers to their children."  My footnote helped me,  "John's message would include the straightforward admonition to families to restore godly leadership in the home.  He would call fathers to turn to their children with love and compassion, persuading their offspring to look to God." I love that!  Fathers need to turn to their children and teach them about God!  We need that same message proclaimed here, today, in the USA!  We need dads to have the desire to teach their children abo

Mark 15-16~ Day 22~ There’s no way he could keep faking it!

Obviously, if you are a "believer" you will see thousands of examples in the gospel writings that prove Jesus was/is the Messiah. One such example stood out to me today.  I would love to have a conversation with a nonbeliever and discuss this one point. First of all, it would need to be established that the writings of Mark is a first hand account of events.  Whatever was not witnessed by John Mark, the young man who ran away naked in the garden (14:51) was probably retold to him by Peter (first hand account) with whom he worked closely with (Acts 12:12 & 1 Peter 5:13). So, after establishing that Peter or Mark heard the words of Jesus as he hung on the cross, it can be established that Jesus really said, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" (Mark 15:34) One could argue that Jesus was a brilliant man and memorized much of the Old Testament.  He spent his life pretending he was the Messiah and threw out quotes when they fit.  One can even argue th

Mark 13-14~ Day 21~ "Yet, not what I will.."

In church this past weekend, we had a missionary share about the work God is doing in India.  This particular missionary is Indian himself, he came to America and become the lead pastor of a church in Irvine, CA.  However, after several years here in the USA, he felt God calling him back to India to encourage the pastors there.  He went on to share a bit about the politics of India.  He explained that the government system has something like 530 voting seats. There must be a 75% majority to agree to change the constitution. There is a push right now to fill the up coming vacant seats in the next election with more of the majority who are pushing to change the constitution.  If they can get the 75% control, the plan is to make Christianity illegal as per the country's constitution.  Christians are already being persecuted in this mostly Hindu country, but the laws don't not say it is illegal....yet. The missionary sharing this information with us asked us to pray that the par

Mark 11-12~ Day 20~Did something get lost in translation?

So, I commented once in the past about this observation, but I thought I would mention it again for anyone new to the reading plan and caught the little detail that is easily missed. It would be fun to know if anyone else caught this little detail; let me know if you did. The CSB version says, 25 "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you your wrong doing." 27 "They came again to Jerusalem..." That wording is pretty much the same in the NIV.  Did you notice there is no verse 26? Is anyone reading the New King James? That version has verse 26 saying, 26 " But   if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” So, what's the deal?  Why are new versions leaving out the verse but keeping the number order?  I found a site that does a good job explaining.  I thought I would share this interesting bit of trivia for you! I g

Mark 9-10~ Day 19~ In the name of Jesus.

It stood out to me how many times Jesus said, "In my name" as he was giving instructions to his disciples. "Whoever welcomes one little child such as this in my name , welcomes me." (9:37) "...because there is no one who will perform a miracle in my name who can soon afterward speak evil of me." (9:39) "And whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in my name , because you belong to Christ-..." (9:41) Jesus is pointing out that there is a big difference between doing benevolent acts verses doing loving acts in His name.  Someone who is not a believer and does three years of the Peace Corp may have helped meet the temporary physical needs of some, but they did nothing of the eternal, spiritual needs of the people they were with.  That person has altruistic motives and maybe even perhaps felt they "covered their bases" as far as being a "good person". A disciple of Christ however, should not miss what Jesus is repeati

Mark 7-8 Day 18~ Demanding a sign? You gotta be kidding!

I'm hosting a party tonight.  It's making me think "meal prep" and how to serve it up.  One event I had at my house, I served the food like I normally do, down one side of the table.  I regretted doing it that way when I realized they could have gone down both sides of the table, serving everyone twice as fast. As it was, some people were done eating while others were still in line!   😝 So, needless to say, my attention is drawn once again to the feeding of thousands of people!  I am  mesmerized  by it, actually.  The logistics of getting that food spread out to everyone and then going through the crowd to collect the left overs seems overwhelming to me!  Luke 10: 3-17 refers to Jesus sending out 70 disciples to prepare the way for him.  Maybe these 70 people were there to help with the distribution of bread, instead of just the closest 12.  Even so, that is 75 people (not including women and children) for each one of those 70 disciples serving up the bread and

Mark 5-6~ Day 17~Too busy to see the miracles?

The CSB version of the Bible I am reading had a slightly different way to word Mark 6:41b.  "He kept giving them (the broken loaves) to his disciples to set before the people.  He also divided the two fish among them all." The NIV says, "Then he gave them to his disciples." I had a new way to picture the scene when I read, "He kept giving them" the broken pieces.   Maybe the disciples, for example, Andy, Tom and Bart, got a handful of broken pieces from Jesus, went to the closest group of 50 sitting down, passed what they had out to the people and then went back to Jesus, he hands them more and they turn around again and go to the next group.  Eventually every group of 50-100 had a disciple like Thad or Simon approach them with an arm full of broken pieces of bread....Then came the second course~fish!! I love trying to visualize the scene!  I bet the disciples were so busy running back and forth passing out food, that they weren't really thinki

Mark 3-4~ Day 16~ More will be given!! Woo woo!!

He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured to you-and more will be added to you. For whoever has, more will be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:24-245) I have always read that thinking it seems harsh. Why would God “take away” what little spiritual truth one may possess or understand? Isn’t a little truth better than none? After all, doesn’t Jesus say that faith as small as a mustard seed can do big things? (Matt. 17:20). Well, as I was pondering this, I read the footnote in my Bible. It was so well stated, I thought I would just quote the whole thing for you. “The parables of the lamp and measure in Mark are stern exhortations to be spiritually perceptive. Jesus did not come for His kingdom to be hidden but to be revealed fully to all. The more you appropriate spiritual truth now, the more you will receive in the future. If you do not make spiritual perceptiveness a

Mark 1-2~Day 15~ Be like the healed guy!

Sorry everyone, about the late posting yesterday. I tried a new method of scheduling the post to release and it didn’t work. Ugh. Anyway, I hope you are keeping up on the reading and are happy about finishing a book in the Bible already!!! On to Mark!  Boy, he gets right into the miracles Jesus performed in these two chapters!  He doesn’t feel the need to prove the lineage of Jesus or the background of his birth. Nope, he just gets right to it!  He goes right to proving who Jesus was by listing the supernatural miracles Jesus did. I love how the accounts very in how they present the gospel. For example, I’m not Jewish so the lineage written in both Matthew and Luke aren’t as important to me as proof of who Jesus is. Mark, they say, is directed to Gentiles, like me.  Hearing how God’s voice from heaven was heard by those who saw him get baptized, hearing of his control over demons, hearing of the immediate healing’s from a fever, leprosy and paralysis… Those things make me think, “

Matthew 27-28~ Day 14~ Don't serve up leftovers!

This is one of the saddest sections of reading to me, but since we just read of the reality that Jesus will return, I was able to get through it without wanting to cry! My mom has a saying she often used when she came to babysit my kids.  "OK, hurry up and leave so that you can come back." I found myself wanting to say that to Jesus as I read today! Also, I took special note of the rich man, Joseph, from Arimathea in today's reading (Matt. 27:57).  Obviously, it's not impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Matt. 19:23).  It may be hard, but not impossible.  Joseph, a disciple of Jesus, is proof of that! I have been told that most American's, on a global scale, are rich.  So, going by that standard, I'm rich like Joseph!  Joseph gave the brand new tomb, that had been prepared for his family, to Jesus.  Would I give something brand new, specifically prepared for my family, to Jesus?  Joseph wrapped the dead body in "fine linen".

Matthew 25-26~ Day 13~ One with warning, one without.

I have been accused of never giving a short answer.  Well,.....I ain't got nothin' on Jesus! Remember the question the disciples asked him back in 24:3?, "Tell us, when will these things happen?"  Jesus proceeds to give a lengthy answer that goes all the way to 26:1, "When Jesus had finished saying all these things.." Jesus used 4 parables and a lot of prophesying to answer their two fold question.  Remember yesterday, I pointed out that the disciples thought the two events were one.  But Jesus makes it clear that they are two seperate events.  Matthew 24:4-35, he tells of the obvious predictable signs that will lead up to the destruction of the temple. Then, starting at 24:36 and going all the way through to 25:46,  he switches to the not so obvious day when he will return. What a contrast!  The prediction of the temple was very obvious- "So when you see the abomination of desolation...then those in Judea must flee to the mountains." (24:16

Matthew 23-24~ Day 12~ Happy Mother's Day!

I hope your kids are serving you breakfast in bed and then leaving you alone, because this is a long post and you will need that alone time!! Haha So, wow! Jesus is super harsh with the generation of religious leaders he was dealing with in our reading today! He radically called them out on their support of what their forefathers did to the prophets, "You testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets." (23:31) and he condemns this group of people, living in Jerusalem at the time, to a very harsh end! "And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth..." (23:35) Eekk!   😱 Jesus goes on to describe what they had to look forward to.  " Truly  I tell you, this will come on this generation." (23:36)  "This generation" are the people living in the time of Jesus.  They will (and did) see the destruction of the temple and have a miserable end.  Here's what they experie

Matthew 21-22~ Day 11~It starts with the heart.

Reading the parables of the 2 sons, the vineyard owner and the wedding banquet, it got me thinking about what Jesus told the Gentile woman who was begging for his healing touch, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matt 15:24) There are lessons, we Gentiles, can take away from these parables, but thinking about the original audience, I was saddened to see their hardened hearts toward parables that were clearly about them! Jesus came to the house of Israel because they were the only ones on earth who were expecting the Messiah. Jesus had three years to get a whole people group, who had been waiting for the messiah since the days of King David (1000 years), to believe it was him! Thinking about it, the use of parables was brilliant! Directly saying, "It's me!!", probably wouldn't attract the masses like the stories did.  These mysterious stories got the masses to come and listen and guess what they were about.  Curiosity has a way

Matthew 19-20~ Day 10~ Slowing down to make sense out of scripture.

"Truly I tell you, in the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on 12 thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel." (19:28) Just reading along quickly like I have done in the past, I have assumed Jesus is talking about the far future, end times and eternity beyond.  But, when I slowed down today, that verse left me with some questions....why those 12?  Why not John the Baptist, or other prominent O.T characters?  Why wouldn't they get a throne.  That doesn't seem fair.  And why would the 12 tribes of Israel get judged?  What about everyone else?  Yeah, I tend to ask a lot of questions.... Maybe Jesus isn't talking about what I assumed to be a renewal of the heavens and earth and the end of time.....well, I had to do some digging to get some answers! On the surface, like I said, one can conclude (though not necessarily a correct conclusion) that this is in reference to our eternal life with

Matthew 17-18~ Day 9~ Man's responsibility

As you know, I am reading a different version this time around, the Christian Standard Version. The different wording made this verse stand out to me today, "For offenses will inevitable come, but woe to that person by whom the offense comes.  If your hand or your foot causes you to fall away, cut it off and throw to away ( Matt. 18:7-8). Wait a minute! Jesus said something very similarly in chapter 5; gouge out your eye, or cut off your hand if they causes you to sin (5:29-30).  In today's reading he reiterates again with the hand, foot or eye.  These verses illustrate the idea that man holds a responsibility in his salvation. Jesus calls us to extreme action.  If we fail in that action, off to hell we go!  (18:8 & 9) I didn't say it, he did!  😳 In all my reading and pondering of the New Testament, I have come to a conclusion about God's  sovereignty  and man's responsibility.  Both are true!  It's hard to understand with my human brain, but if the

Matthew 15-16~ Day 8~ Not just lip service!

"This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me." (15:8) How convicting is that?!  I know I have been guilty of that at times in my life!  It's easy to say, "Oh, what a beautiful sunset!  God is a master artist!" or "Wow! A baby!  What a miracle form God!" But to live with God as the priority in my life always....that requires more than just talk!  I like how one fellow reader put it the other day, "The world is pulling us to live in it, and Jesus is pulling our hearts to him."  I commented back that I want Jesus to win that tug-a-war in my life! I have found that the more I keep reading his Word regularly, the more I think about him.  This reading plan has helped me draw closer to Him and has even changed the worship time for me at church on Sundays.  I have a different mindset when I come to the "throne room" to sing my praises to him. I pray that my heart will continue to draw near to Jesus and tha

Matthew 13-14~ Day 7~ The wicked will be gathered first?

"At harvest time I'll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but collect the wheat in my barn." (Matt. 13:30) Jesus explained that,  "The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.   Therefore just as the weeds are gathered (first) and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age." I'm drawn to this section of scripture because I just read about those angles in Revelation (14:15-20).  They gathered up "the grapes" and threw then into the great winepress of God's wrath.  😱 So, here's a question for you Bible scholars.... if Jesus explains his parable as being about the last days, and he tells the reapers to gather the weeds first, why do we read 24:41 on the assumption that  those  taken first would be the righteous ones ?  Matthew 24:31 and 1 Thess. 4:17 say the angels will gather the "elect"yet, we also know they will gather the wicked as well  (13:41) .

Matt.11-12~ Day 6~ Resting in a very good promise!

I often say, Satan teaches the exact opposite to what Jesus teaches. His teachings are prevalent in our world because he is the "ruler of the world", according to Jesus (John 12:31). Although he has already been defeated, he still has a heavy presence in our world (1 Peter 5:9) and will have a heavy presence until his final swim in fire (Rev. 20:10).   The ruler of the world teaches to strive for recognition, success, and wealth in order for your life to mean anything.  He even tried to get Jesus to go along with that teaching (Matt.4).  The world (Satan) tries hard to distract people from the role of being a child of God, confusing their soul with a search for self-actualization, self- identification, self- realization, self, self self.  We are full of ourselves! 😝 I just smiled and breathed a sigh of relief when I read, "Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burd

Matthew 9-10~ Day 5~ A radical relationship

I have adult children now.  Over the years, I have had some good conversations with each of them about their dating life.  I'll confess, I like to use other peoples mistakes as examples for my kids to learn from; better someone else's mistakes than from their own, right?! One mistake that I have pointed out is when we see another young person (who claims to be a believer) choose to date someone who is not a believer.  "It's not wise to missionary date!",  my kids have heard me say.  Inevitably, the believer slips in their convictions and slides into a life without Jesus being on the forefront of their mind.  We have seen it happen often amongst their friends. I have a girlfriend who says, "You know the saying, you can choose who you date, but you can't choose who you love." So, my come back to that is, "Than you better choose to date only Christians!" So, why am I saying all this?  Because being a follower of Jesus isn't a "si

Matthew 7-8~ Day 4~ Jesus is already in charge!

"When Jesus had finished saying these things the crowds were astonished at his teaching, because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes" (7:28-29). He sure did!! I smiled when I read that verse because I had, myself, noticed how he had been talking!  I never made a mental note of this before- but this time it stood out to me that he was saying, "Many will say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name..?" (7:22) , "Then I will tell them plainly, " I never knew you," (7:23) and "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice..." (7:24) "To me", "mine", "I will"....Jesus isn't establishing his authority, he is already in charge!!  I forget, when I read these verses, since I already know he has risen from the dead and is sitting at the right hand of God (Rom. 8:34) that these people had no understanding of

Matthew 5-6~ Day 3~ Who is Jesus talking to?

I had a new thought today reading "You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt should lose it's saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It's no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet." (5:13) I have always read that as if it were said to all Christians for all time (which it can be interpreted that way).  However, today, I was reading it thinking of the audience to whom Jesus was speaking.  They were all Jewish.  They already understood what Jesus meant when he said they were the salt of the earth.  They were the one group of people, on the entire globe, that God chose to reflect what it meant to be monotheistic and point the way to a right relationship with God. Yet, Jesus is saying to them, if they lost that purpose....they were good for nothing....😧 Jewish people who don't look to Jesus as their Messiah have lost their role of being part of the "chosen people", pointing the way to Him. This

Matthew 3-4~ Day 2~ Lead me not in to temptation!!

I had some interesting thoughts when I read, "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil." (4:1).....wait, what?? 😳 The Spirit led him "to be tempted"?   Then.... the  Lord's Prayer, that I was taught as a kid, came to my mind.  Jesus told us that we should pray like this: "Lead me not into temptation" (Matt. 6:13) Hmm..... Well, I know that God doesn't do the tempting (James 1:13), but he certainly allows Satan to do some sifting, doesn't he?  (Luke 22:31) So, in todays's reading, we see Jesus allowed Satan to tempt him.  I'm obviously impressed with each come back Jesus gives and how he sets an example for us when we are tempted, but to be honest, I don't know if I could conjure up quick come backs like Jesus did if I were in a situation that required one!......Therefore, I am just going to stick with praying the way Jesus told me I should!  I want to avoid the tempting situations a

Matthew 1-2~ Day 1~ Let's get started!!πŸ˜„

Welcome to the four month reading plan!!  I pray God blesses the time you spend in His word! I usually share a little something of what I got out of the reading, but I would also love to hear what you got out of your reading!  So, please say something in the comment section if you feel like sharing. I am reading out of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) this time through.  I like to mix it up with the versions because it makes different verses stand out in a different way at times.  I love that!! So, let's get started! The first verse got me thinking! "An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the Son of Abraham:" (1:1) Immediately, I thought of what I just read in Revelation 22:16.  "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches.  I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." This is so cool!  Matthew takes the time to show us the genealogy of Jesus, proof that he is the "