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19th August 2014

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One Greater

My verses for today are Mark 1:7-8, where John the Baptist says “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit”.

That’s right. Christ came bearing the authority of God through the Holy Spirit. That is how you know who is with God. They will have the Holy Spirit with them. And so can you!

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17th August 2014

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All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
— Matthew 28:18-20

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13th August 2014

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Unmistakable

My verse for today is Matthew 27:54, which says “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’ “

Wouldn’t it be amazing if people could look at what’s going on around us wherever we are and say, “Surely that person is a follower of Christ!” ? If we are really obeying God, shouldn’t it be unmistakable?

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12th August 2014

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By The Sword

My verse for today is Matthew 26:52, where Jesus says “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword”.

I think the message here is pretty clear, but can probably be extrapolated a bit as well. If you live a certain way, you have to expect to receive all of the consequences of living that way.

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7th August 2014

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Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
— Matthew 26:41

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5th August 2014

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Fallible, Forgivable

My verse for today is Matthew 26:33, where Peter says to Christ “… Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will”.

Of course, later that night Peter denies knowing Jesus on three separate occasions. The point here is that no matter how strongly we intend to be obedient to God, we are fallible and will inevitably make mistakes. In the end, Peter still seeks God and spreads Christ’s message, as we all have the chance to do even after we have failed to follow Him. Don’t let a mistake stop you from going back.

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4th August 2014

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For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

— Matthew 25:35-36, 40

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3rd August 2014

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The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
— Matthew 23:11-12

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29th July 2014

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Give to God what is God’s

My verse for today comes from Matthew 22:21, where Jesus says “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”. Here, Christ is saying something along the lines that money is just a construct of social order, and so doesn’t “belong” to God. God isn’t really interested in our money, because to Him that is not what our value is based on. When we obey God we offer Him whatever is valuable about us, which can simply be the time and talents that we have all been blessed with.

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28th July 2014

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Invited

In Matthew Chapter 22, Jesus tells a parable about a wedding banquet. A king invites people to his son’s fancy wedding banquet, but the people invited don’t show up. So the king goes and invites every Joe Schmo on the street to come to the banquet. While the king is walking around the party, he notices some guy not wearing wedding clothes and has him thrown out.

The point of this parable is that everyone has an invitation from God to commune with him, but if you show up and aren’t dressed to play the part, then you won’t be accepted. You can’t just sneak into heaven by showing up and trying to fit in with the rest of the crowd. Accepting the invitation means playing your personal part in accepting God’s authority and obeying his rules.

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23rd July 2014

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If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
— Matthew 21:22

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22nd July 2014

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… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
— Matthew 20:26-28

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15th July 2014

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I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things

My verse for today is Matthew 19:23, which says “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.’”

Jesus was just talking to a man about what is required to get into heaven. Jesus told the man to give up his possessions to the poor and to follow him, but the man was wealthy and unwilling to give up what he had so he walked away from Christ.

Don’t let money and material possessions keep you from Christ.

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14th July 2014

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Good Deed?

My verse for today is Matthew 19:17, which says “‘Why do you ask me about what is good?’ Jesus replied. ‘There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.’”

Here, Christ is telling someone that there is no “good thing” that you must do to get to heaven. Rather, you need to follow God and obey his commandments and then you will be accepted into God’s kingdom.

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8th July 2014

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Corrections to Sin

My verse for today is Matthew 18:15, which says “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”

A lot of times you will hear people misquote the verse about judging others to suggest that you have no right to judge them for something they’ve done. This verse has the same message as the misquoted one, which is that you can, and should, judge others. But in a loving way. You are to point out their mistake to them in private, not to humiliate them, but to help them see what they have done wrong so that they can choose to accept your guidance and not make the same mistake again.

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