Saturday, 29 August 2015

Mark 6:14-29.

Mark 6:14-29
The Death of John the Baptist

"Jesus became so well-known that Herod the ruler heard about him. Some
people thought he was John the Baptist, who had come back to life with
the power to work miracles. Others thought he was Elijah or some
other prophet who had lived long ago. But when Herod heard about
Jesus, he said, "This must be John! I had his head cut off, and now he
has come back to life." Herod had earlier married Herodias, the wife
of his brother Philip. But John had told him, "It isn't right for you
to take your brother's wife!" So, in order to please Herodias, Herod
arrested John and put him in prison. Herodias had a grudge against
John and wanted to kill him. But she could not do it because Herod
was afraid of John and protected him. He knew that John was a good and
holy man. Even though Herod was confused by what John said, he was
glad to listen to him. And he often did. Finally, Herodias got her
chance when Herod gave a great birthday celebration for himself and
invited his officials, his army officers, and the leaders of Galilee.
The daughter of Herodias came in and danced for Herod and his guests.
She pleased them so much that Herod said, "Ask for anything, and it's
yours! I swear that I will give you as much as half of my kingdom, if
you want it." The girl left and asked her mother, "What do you think I
should ask for?" Her mother answered, "The head of John the Baptist!"
The girl hurried back and told Herod, "Right now on a platter I want
the head of John the Baptist!" The king was very sorry for what he had
said. But he did not want to break the promise he had made in front of
his guests. At once he ordered a guard to cut off John's head there
in prison. The guard put the head on a platter and took it to the
girl. Then she gave it to her mother. When John's followers learned
that he had been killed, they took his body and put it in a tomb."

God bless you.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Luke 22:24-30.

Luke 22:24-30
An Argument about Greatness

"The apostles got into an argument about which one of them was the
greatest. So Jesus told them: Foreign kings order their people
around, and powerful rulers call themselves everyone's friends. But
don't be like them. The most important one of you should be like the
least important, and your leader should be like a servant. Who do
people think is the greatest, a person who is served or one who
serves? Isn't it the one who is served? But I have been with you as a
servant. You have stayed with me in all my troubles. So I will give
you the right to rule as kings, just as my Father has given me the
right to rule as a king. You will eat and drink with me in my
kingdom, and you will each sit on a throne to judge the twelve tribes
of Israel."

God bless you.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

1 Kings 8:1-21.

1 Kings 8:1-21
Solomon Brings the Sacred Chest to the Temple

"The sacred chest had been kept on Mount Zion, also known as the city
of David. But Solomon decided to have the chest moved to the temple
while everyone was in Jerusalem, celebrating the Festival of Shelters
during Ethanim, the seventh month of the year. Solomon called together
the important leaders of Israel. - Then the priests and the Levites
carried to the temple the sacred chest, the sacred tent, and the
objects used for worship. Solomon and a crowd of people walked in
front of the chest, and along the way they sacrificed more sheep and
cattle than could be counted. The priests carried the chest into the
most holy place and put it under the winged creatures, whose wings
covered the chest and the poles used for carrying it. The poles were
so long that they could be seen from right outside the most holy
place, but not from anywhere else. And they stayed there from then on.
The only things kept in the chest were the two flat stones Moses had
put there when the Lord made his agreement with the people of Israel
at Mount Sinai, after bringing them out of Egypt. Suddenly a cloud
filled the temple as the priests were leaving the most holy place.
The Lord's glory was in the cloud, and the light from it was so bright
that the priests could not stay inside to do their work. Then Solomon
prayed: "Our Lord, you said that you would live in a dark cloud. Now I
have built a glorious temple where you can live forever."

Solomon Speaks to the People

Solomon turned toward the people standing there. Then he blessed them
- and said: Praise the Lord God of Israel! Long ago he brought his
people out of Egypt. He later kept his promise to make my father David
the king of Israel. The Lord also said that he had not chosen the city
where his temple would be built.
So when David wanted to build a temple for the Lord God of Israel,
the Lord said, "It's good that you want to build a temple where I can
be worshiped. But you're not the one to do it. Your son will build a
temple to honor me." The Lord has done what he promised. I am the king
of Israel like my father, and I've built a temple for the Lord our
God. I've also made a place in the temple for the sacred chest. And
in that chest are the two flat stones on which is written the solemn
agreement the Lord made with our ancestors when he led them out of
Egypt."

God bless you.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Romans 5:8

"But God commandeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us."

God bless you.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Matthew 24:6

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not
troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not
yet."

Saturday, 8 August 2015

John 6:36-51.

John 6:36-51

"I have told you already that you have seen me and still do not have
faith in me. Everything and everyone that the Father has given me
will come to me, and I won't turn any of them away. I didn't come from
heaven to do what I want! I came to do what the Father wants me to do.
He sent me, and he wants to make certain that none of the ones he has
given me will be lost. Instead, he wants me to raise them to life on
the last day. My Father wants everyone who sees the Son to have faith
in him and to have eternal life. Then I will raise them to life on the
last day.
The people started grumbling because Jesus had said he was the bread
that had come down from heaven. They were asking each other, "Isn't
he Jesus, the son of Joseph? Don't we know his father and mother? How
can he say that he has come down from heaven?"

Jesus told them:

Stop grumbling! No one can come to me, unless the Father who sent me
makes them want to come. But if they do come, I will raise them to
life on the last day. One of the prophets wrote, "God will teach all
of them." And so everyone who listens to the Father and learns from
him will come to me. The only one who has seen the Father is the one
who has come from him. No one else has ever seen the Father. I tell
you for certain that everyone who has faith in me has eternal life.
I am the bread that gives life! Your ancestors ate manna in the
desert, and later they died. But the bread from heaven has come down,
so that no one who eats it will ever die. I am that bread from
heaven! Everyone who eats it will live forever. My flesh is the
life-giving bread that I give to the people of this world."

God bless you.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

2 Peter 1:1-21.

2 Peter 1:1-21

"From Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ.
To everyone who shares with us in the privilege of believing that our
God and Savior Jesus Christ will do what is just and fair. I pray that
God will be kind to you and will let you live in perfect peace! May
you keep learning more and more about God and our Lord Jesus.

Living as the Lord's Followers

We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all
given to us by God's own power, when we learned that he had invited us
to share in his wonderful goodness. God made great and marvelous
promises, so that his nature would become part of us. Then we could
escape our evil desires and the corrupt influences of this world. Do
your best to improve your faith. You can do this by adding goodness,
understanding, self-control, patience, devotion to God, concern for
others, and love. If you keep growing in this way, it will show that
what you know about our Lord Jesus Christ has made your lives useful
and meaningful. But if you don't grow, you are like someone who is
nearsighted or blind, and you have forgotten that your past sins are
forgiven. My friends, you must do all you can to show that God has
really chosen and selected you. If you keep on doing this, you won't
stumble and fall. Then our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will give you
a glorious welcome into his kingdom that will last forever.
You are holding firmly to the truth that you were given. But I am
still going to remind you of these things. In fact, I think I should
keep on reminding you until I leave this body. And our Lord Jesus
Christ has already told me that I will soon leave it behind. That is
why I am doing my best to make sure that each of you remembers all of
this after I am gone.

The Message about the Glory of Christ

When we told you about the power and the return of our Lord Jesus
Christ, we were not telling clever stories that someone had made up.
But with our own eyes we saw his true greatness. God, our great and
wonderful Father, truly honored him by saying, "This is my own dear
Son, and I am pleased with him." We were there with Jesus on the holy
mountain and heard this voice speak from heaven.
All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets said is
true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would
to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying
attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your
hearts. But you need to realize that no one alone can understand any
of the prophecies in the Scriptures. The prophets did not think these
things up on their own, but they were guided by the Spirit of God."

God bless you.