"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21 Bible Reading: Mark Chapters 13-16

Do you REALLY BELIEVE in the RESURRECTION of CHRIST? "Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe..." (Mark 16:14-17)

In Mark chapter 16, three separate appearances by the resurrected Christ are noted, and in all three the disciples’ unbelief is highlighted (Mark 16:11, 13, 14). This last appearance to the eleven took place that same Sunday evening (Luke 24:36; John 20:19–24; 1 Cor. 15:5). Although the disciples are referred to as the eleven, only ten were present and Thomas was absent on this occasion. During this appearance, Jesus rebuked His disciples for their refusal to accept the reports of His resurrection from Mary and the others!

Then the disciples were commanded to preach the gospel to the whole creation. The Savior’s goal was world evangelization. He purposed to accomplish it with eleven disciples who would literally forsake all to follow Him. There would be two results of the preaching: some would believe, be baptized and be saved; some would disbelieve and be condemned. In Jesus’ commission to preach the gospel (16:15–16), belief is outwardly confessed through baptism, and unbelief leaves a person condemned in the sight of God.

Let us understand that belief is the inward reception of Christ, and baptism is the outward testimony of that belief. What we see in the above passage was that Jesus upbraided these disciples for not believing the accounts of eyewitnesses, but He pronounced a blessing on “those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

Today, let us truly believe in the resurrection of Christ, and propagate the gospel that originated out of this glorious resurrection! This will be one way we can truly be His disciples!

"For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." (1 Cor 15:3-4, 14, 20)

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