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Scripture for Wednesday, August 31 (8/31)

The scripture for August 31 is John 8:31f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

0-Joseph-Cover-Kindle-Medium“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teachings, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, then the truth will set you free.’ “

Myriads of people call themselves believers in or disciples of Christ or Christians. What is Jesus’ definition of a believer or disciple? He explained, IF we hold to his TEACHINGS, then we are his disciples.

It’s not automatic? So being born into a Christian family doesn’t automatically make us a Christian? Being born in a Christian nation doesn’t automatically make us a Christian? Owning a Bible doesn’t automatically make us a Christian? Believing Jesus is the Son of God doesn’t automatically make us a Christian? (Demons believe that and aren’t Christians.)

“But, Jesus,” we might say, “I really feel like I’m a Christian.” And Jesus replies, “Hold to my teachings, then you are really my disciple.”

So if we learn Jesus’ teachings and hold to them, THEN the truth will set us FREE.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU READ THE NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE?

#Disciple, #Christian, #Bible


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Scripture for Tuesday, August 30 (8/30)

WORSHIP THE FIRST-CENTURY WAY-COVER-KINDLEThe scripture for today, August 30, is Acts 8:30 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked.”

Our friends, family and neighbors will continue riding their chariots and understanding little of the Bible unless someone asks, “Do you understand?”.

“Do you understand why you are here?” “Do you understand why Jesus had to die?” “Do you understand that Jesus nailed the Old Law to the cross?” “Do you understand the Bible can be proven true?” “Do you understand how much God loves you?”

People are afraid to ask us questions because they think we will make fun of their ignorance. We’ll probably never know what they don’t understand unless we do the asking. Let us go up to their chariots and offer to help them so that they, too, can understand.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: TELL ABOUT SOMEONE YOU HELPED UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE BETTER.

#Bible, #Understanding


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Scripture for Monday, August 29 (8/29)

The scripture for today, August 29, is Matthew 8:29 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

CHANGES IN WORSHIP-COVER-KINDLE” ‘What do you want with us, Son of God?’ they shouted. ‘Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?’ “

If you are not familiar with this passage, these are the words of a demon. If you have ever studied demons in the Bible, you will find that they never tried to spook or scare people. They never made dishes rattle or lamps fall over.

All they did was cause physical problems during the lifetime of Jesus and his apostles. There is no evidence of demons doing this in the Old Testament before Jesus, nor after his apostles died, either in the Bible or in the writings of the apostolic fathers. It is as though the demons were loosed for a season so Jesus could show his power over them also ~ Ephesians 1:20-21.

Notice, demons never said bad things. If they talked at all, it was out of fear and honesty. James 2:19 says all demons believe in Jesus. In the book of Matthew, they knew who Jesus was. They called him the Son of God.
Jesus told them to be quiet. Why? He didn’t want evil beings telling people who he was; he wanted goodness to tell people who he was.

The movies have warped our understanding of demons. Let us search the scriptures to find out their true nature. Then we no longer have to guess. We can know.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: SOME PEOPLE SAY ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO BE SAVED IS BELIEVE JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD. BUT THE DEMONS BELIEVE THAT & THEY ARE NOT SAVED. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS?

#demons, #faith


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Scripture for Sunday, August 28 (8/28)

The scripture for today, August 28, is Romans 8:28 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

0-Mefiboset-KINDLE Medium“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

This is a favorite verse of many people. Notice, God can make all things work together for good. ALL things. That means bad things, disappointing things, unfulfilled things. It doesn’t say God will make them all work together for the best, but he will bring some kind of good out of them, no matter how terrible they are.

What has been your most recent disappointment or tragedy? Things that just did not go the way they should have. Believe what God told you when you are living according to his purpose. Believe that God can take anything and turn it into some kind of good for you. Will you let him?

DISCUSSION QUESTION: RECALL A TIME WHEN SOMETHING WENT WRONG, BUT SOME KIND OF GOOD CAME OUT OF IT.

#tragedy, #fortune, #destiny


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Scripture for Saturday, August 27 (8/27)

The scripture for today, August 27, is Mark 8:27 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

0-Luke-Slave&Physician KINDLE Cover“Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, ‘Who do people say I am?’ “

Do we ask our family, our neighbors, our friends how they feel about God? We don’t know unless we ask. A lot of people are just waiting for someone to ask. Otherwise, they don’t know how or when to bring it up.

Whenever I meet someone who has gone through a tragedy, I ask them “How’s your faith.” Now this person may not have darkened the door of a church building for 20 years, but s/he always knows what I mean. Since I am sympathizing with them at the time, they are always honest and reply, “Not very good.”

Then I tell them, “You know, Satan causes bad to happen to people, not Jesus.” They always stare at me a moment, and then breathe a sigh of relief. They hadn’t wanted to blame God for their tragedy, but they had a need to blame someone. They’d forgotten Satan exists, and were grateful they could now put the blame where it belonged.

We must continually be on the watch for people who need help in understanding their relationship with God. Be brave. Go ahead and ask. You’ll be surprised at how many want to talk about it.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: DID YOU EVER BRING UP GOD TO SOMEONE AND BECOME SURPRISED THEY WANTED TO TALK ABOUT GOD?

#witnessing


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Scripture for Friday, August 26 (8/26)

The scripture for today, August 26, is Romans 8:26 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

HS-COVER-KINDLE-GOLD“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

The Holy Spirit in the New Testament is always linked with communication between God and Man. Even the miracles, made possible by the Holy Spirit, were a guarantee that the words and teachings accompanying the miracles were from God. This was needed before the New Testament was written. But the Holy Spirit does more than this.

God speaks to us in his Word, the Bible. Then we speak to him in return in prayer. But sometimes all we can do is bow our head in silence and know that God understands ~ His Spirit communes with our spirit. How blessed we are.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: WHEN YOU ARE UNSURE WHAT TO SAY IN PRAYER, COULD WRITING YOUR PRAYER HELP?

#prayer, #HolySpirit

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