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Daily Word Scripture
Jesus and the Children
Dr. R.C. Sproul often notes the difference between childishness and childlikeness. Believers must be childlike in that they trust and believe God without hesitation, just like little kids trust their parents. However, Christians cannot be childish, never having anything more than an elementary knowledge of the faith. Young and old alike must be growing in their knowledge of God, trusting Him like a child while maturing in their doctrinal comprehension.
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Today's Bible Reading
August 13th, 2018
2 CORINTHIANS 1:1-24(GNT)
Growing with God’s Word and Building Up the Body of Christ
2 Corinthians 1:1-24: For the next sixteen days we will be reading the apostle Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth. Paul begins this letter with a formal introduction that names him and Timothy as the ones sending the letter and God’s people in Corinth and Achaia as the ones receiving it. This greeting is followed by Paul’s thanksgiving prayer to God for comfort in times of great suffering. The chapter concludes with Paul telling the people about his change in travel plans and commending them for standing firm in the faith.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes!
1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will, and from our brother Timothy—
To the church of God in Corinth, and to all God's people throughout Achaia:
2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
PAUL GIVES THANKS TO GOD
3Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes!4He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.5Just as we have a share in Christ's many sufferings, so also through Christ we share in God's great help.6If we suffer, it is for your help and salvation; if we are helped, then you too are helped and given the strength to endure with patience the same sufferings that we also endure.7So our hope in you is never shaken; we know that just as you share in our sufferings, you also share in the help we receive.
8 We want to remind you, friends, of the trouble we had in the province of Asia. The burdens laid upon us were so great and so heavy that we gave up all hope of staying alive.9We felt that the death sentence had been passed on us. But this happened so that we should rely, not on ourselves, but only on God, who raises the dead.10From such terrible dangers of death he saved us, and will save us; and we have placed our hope in him that he will save us again,11as you help us by means of your prayers for us. So it will be that the many prayers for us will be answered, and God will bless us; and many will raise their voices to him in thanksgiving for us.
THE CHANGE IN PAUL'S PLANS
12We are proud that our conscience assures us that our lives in this world, and especially our relations with you, have been ruled by God-given frankness and sincerity, by the power of God's grace and not by human wisdom.13-14We write to you only what you can read and understand. But even though you now understand us only in part, I hope that you will come to understand us completely, so that in the Day of our Lord Jesus you can be as proud of us as we shall be of you.
15I was so sure of all this that I made plans at first to visit you, in order that you might be blessed twice.16 For I planned to visit you on my way to Macedonia and again on my way back, in order to get help from you for my trip to Judea.17In planning this, did I appear fickle? When I make my plans, do I make them from selfish motives, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time?18As surely as God speaks the truth, my promise to you was not a “Yes” and a “No.”19 For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was preached among you by Silas, Timothy, and myself, is not one who is “Yes” and “No.” On the contrary, he is God's “Yes”;20for it is he who is the “Yes” to all of God's promises. This is why through Jesus Christ our “Amen” is said to the glory of God.21It is God himself who makes us, together with you, sure of our life in union with Christ; it is God himself who has set us apart,22who has placed his mark of ownership upon us, and who has given us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the guarantee of all that he has in store for us.
23I call God as my witness—he knows my heart! It was in order to spare you that I decided not to go to Corinth.24We are not trying to dictate to you what you must believe; we know that you stand firm in the faith. Instead, we are working with you for your own happiness.
Reread verse 8. At the time of Paul, Asia was the name of a Roman province in the southwest part of what is now Turkey. Paul does not explain what kind of suffering he had experienced in Ephesus, but it probably included torture and the threat of death. What kind of suffering do you see in the world today? How is God present amid great suffering?
Loving God, whenever and wherever your people suffer, you suffer with them. Empower your followers to help those who are suffering so that, through your love and justice, we may see your kingdom. Amen.
All who are suffering from hardships and calamities
2 Corinthians 2:1-17: Paul encourages the Corinthians to forgive an offender.
March 2, 2017
Matthew 4:12-25 (Good News Translation)
God’s Faithful Word of Prayer
Matthew 4:12-25: Jesus moves north to Capernaum and begins his public ministry in Galilee. He calls his first four disciples and travels throughout Galilee, teaching, preaching, and healing the sick.
Today's Scripture: Matthew 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!”
Jesus Begins His Work in Galilee
(Mark 1.14,15; Luke 4.14,15)
12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went away to Galilee.13 He did not stay in Nazareth, but went to live in Capernaum, a town by Lake Galilee, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali.14This was done to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said,
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
on the road to the sea, on the other side of the Jordan,
Galilee, land of the Gentiles!
16The people who live in darkness
will see a great light.
On those who live in the dark land of death
the light will shine.”
17 From that time Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!”
Jesus Calls Four Fishermen
(Mark 1.16-20; Luke 5.1-11)
18As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers who were fishermen, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew, catching fish in the lake with a net.19Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.”20At once they left their nets and went with him.
21He went on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat with their father Zebedee, getting their nets ready. Jesus called them,22and at once they left the boat and their father, and went with him.
Jesus Teaches, Preaches, and Heals
23 Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of disease and sickness.24The news about him spread through the whole country of Syria, so that people brought to him all those who were sick, suffering from all kinds of diseases and disorders: people with demons, and epileptics, and paralyzed people—and Jesus healed them all.25Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Towns, from Jerusalem, Judea, and the land on the other side of the Jordan.
What does Jesus’ message (verse 17) mean to you? What invitation did Jesus extend to Simon Peter and Andrew (verse 19)? In what ways does your community of faith invite and welcome people?
Lord Jesus, you have called me to follow you. Teach me to share the Good News and extend your Kingdom so that all may know of your love and salvation. Amen.
Those who serve on evangelism committees
Matthew 6:1-18: Jesus teaches about giving, prayer, and fasting.