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Today’s Word of Promise

johnEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

I’ve been bombarded with a lack of time lately, and sitting down to write this blog post, as simple as it may seem to my mind while I’m out walking, has just not been happening. So, I’ve finished the book of Luke, and the book of John, and have made it to the first two chapters of Acts.

I do have something to say about the Book of John, though. If you haven’t seen The Gospel of John, then you’re really missing out. This production is really quite amazing. The man who played Jesus is, by training, a Shakespearean actor. This was intentional because they wanted someone who would preserve the verbatim text and not differentiate from the lines at all. It’s a verbatim production of the entire book of John. Brilliantly done. It’s wonderful to see, in a good production that doesn’t try to present “gentle Jesus meek and mild”.

If you told me I could only keep one single book from the entire Bible, I would be torn between the gospel according to John, and the book of Acts. Honestly, I think John is my favorite book.

I could spend 365 days this year telling you all of the things that stand out to me on that book. But, today I’ll just pick one, and go onto Acts tomorrow from there.

So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

I think that Martha gets a bum rap from Christian women due to the whole “Mary and Martha” thing, when Martha was complaining to Christ that she was doing all the work while Mary was just sitting at Jesus’ feet, worshiping Him. Jesus never condemned Martha for working, nor did He condemn her for NOT joining her sister. After all, the work had to be done, the meal had to be prepared.

I’ve never been a fan of the embracing Mary revolution. I would be Martha. I would be preparing the meal and getting annoyed at my sister for not helping me. I would not be able to sit around while people were hungry if I had chores to do. I’ve always fallen back on the fact that Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law and she got up and served them a meal!

So, I love this section of scripture. Because, to me it shows that Martha truly loved and believed in Christ – and He knew it. He knew her heart — even if she WAS the one who didn’t sit at His feet and worship him while there was work to be done. Her faith was strong, and she knew who He was.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.
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Today’s Word of Promise

lukeEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today, I listened to Luke 6 through Luke 11.

The part that stood out to me today was Luke 8:12, as Jesus explained the Parable of the Sower:

Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Wayside is defined as the edge of the path.

What is the path? How can I, someone desperate to hear the word of God and obey the word of God, stay off of the wayside and remain on the path so that the word cannot be taken out of my heart?

I did some digging into verses about “paths” and came across these (among others):

So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness. Proverbs 2:20

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it. Psalm 119:35

I think the path is following the commandments of God, of which Jesus mentioned often. And, when asked what the greatest of these commandments were, said:

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-39

I think that those are the wayside are not giving their “all” to God – their heart, soul and mind. I think they’re holding back, and it makes them susceptible to “then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts.”

Today I’m examining my heart, soul, and mind, and I’m making sure I’m loving God with ALL of me so that His word can plant itself in me and take root, and not be trampled on or devoured.

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Today’s Word of Promise

lukeEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today, I listened to Mark 14 through Luke 5.

The part that stood out to me today came from the first chapter of Luke.

In Luke 1:13-17, the Angel Gabriel told Zacharias, who was married to Elizabeth and both were “advanced in years”, that she would have a son and his name would be called John (the Baptist).  Zacharias said:

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”

And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.” Luke 1:18-20

Then, the same angel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bare a son and that his name will be Jesus. And Mary said:

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.  For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:34-37

So, Zacharias said, “How can I know this?” and he was punished by Gabriel for his lack of faith. And, Mary said, “How can this be?” and she was rewarded with an answer.  What was the difference?

I think it was in intent, for God knows our hearts. I think Zacharias intent with his question was to say, “I’m old. My wife is old. What you say will happen cannot be. How can I know this?”

I think Mary’s intent with her question was, “I am a virgin. What do you need me to do to get pregnant, because clearly there are logistics involved. I believe you, I just need to know ‘how’.”

I think Mary had faith, and Gabriel knew it. I think Zacharias had no faith, and Gabriel knew it. So while their questions might have sounded the same, their hearts were opposite.

Which tells me, it’s okay to question logistics when God has given you a task – as long as you understand that the logistics have already been handled and you keep the faith that God knows of what He asks you.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.

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Today’s Word of Promise

markEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today, I listened to Mark 5 through Mark 13.

The part that stood out to me today came from Mark 5:25-34:

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”

But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”

And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.

Crowds were thronging around Jesus – likely pressing against him, pushing him, touching him.

Throng is defined as: a multitude of people crowded or assembled together; crowd.

A single woman among the throng touched his garment, and he felt it.

What made her touch so different from all of the others around Him? What made Him feel her touch more than someone who might have pushed against Him in the crowd?

He said it to her, “Your faith has made you well.”

How much more faith did she possess than the multitude around Him, desperate for Him to heal them? So much more that when she touched His garment, He felt the power go out of Him.

Christ has said in Matthew 17:20, “for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Is my faith strong enough that Christ would feel me touch His robe among the multitude? Would that single touch, fought for against the throng, heal me? I pray that my faith is that steadfast. I pray that God will be pleased with my faith.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today..

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Today’s Word of Promise

markEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today, I listened to Matthew 24 through Mark 5.

In the end of Matthew, I listened to Christ’s arrest and crucifixion. Having the sound effects really adds to the experience of reading what’s happening. It was such a strong message.

The part that stood out to me today came from the beginning of Mark 3:

And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.  And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him. Mark 3:1-6

I’ve heard or read this passage countless times in my life. I knew what it said and I knew the context for what was said. So, when it started, in my mind, I imagined that Christ was belligerent and a little aggressive in healing the withered hand of the man.

Until I heard the words being grieved by the hardness of their hearts. He wasn’t being belligerent OR aggressive. He was giving them an opportunity to understand that doing good, that saving lives, is vitally important. But, they didn’t care about the human being with the withered hand. What they cared about was catching Him doing something that would give them an opportunity to accuse Him and thereby end the threat to them that was Christ Jesus. When their hearts remained hardened, it hurt Him. It grieved Him.

How many opportunities has He given me to set aside the things that I place as important above the things He places as important? How many times has the hardness in my heart grieved Him? What can I do to go forward today and see individual people as Christ sees them and metaphorically heal withered hands on the Sabbath instead of choosing to serve my own means toward my own ends?

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.

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Today’s Word of Promise

matthewEveryday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today, I had a shorter walk and listened to Matthew 16 through Matthew 24.

It’s so hard to take Christ’s words and pick just one section out of 8 chapters. But here is today’s passage:

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22

In my upcoming release, A Carol for Kent, I’m dealing with forgiveness within the story. And, it’s not necessarily easy. As I’m writing about a fictional character who has to forgive someone that the reader wouldn’t even think deserves forgiveness, I find that I’m examining my heart and my relationships and seeking out those people who *I* need to forgive.

Jesus doesn’t suggest that forgiving is suggested for our spiritual health. He commanded that we must forgive those who sin against us.

Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning, and it doesn’t mean opening yourself up to be hurt again. But it means releasing the anger, hate, distrust, bad feelings – letting the poison out of your heart and holding no ill will toward another person. I challenge you to examine your heart and see what you find.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.
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