Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 22-24

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 7, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. What is the kingdom of heaven compared to?
2. In the parable of the wedding feast, who do you think the following represent:
The king:
His son:
His slaves:
Those who had been invited:
His other slaves:
His armies:
Those on the main highways, both evil and good:
Man not dressed in wedding clothes:
His servants who bind him hand and foot:
3. What do the Pharisees’ disciples question Jesus about in Matthew 22:15-16?
4. What was the problem with the story the Sadducees brought to Jesus?
5. Who questions Jesus after He silenced the Sadducees and what do we learn from Jesus because of this man’s question?
6. What question did Jesus ask that finally ends all of the religious leaders’ questions (Matthew 22:46)
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7. What does Jesus do in Matthew 23:1-36?
8. How does Jesus feel about Jerusalem and the Jewish people according to Matthew 23:37-39?
Just one more question… 🙂
9. After reading Matthew 24, do you feel ready for His coming?

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 22-24 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 22-24. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here are Matthew 10-12 questions, October 3
Here are Matthew 13-15 questions, October 4
Here are Matthew 16-18 questions, October 5
Here are Matthew 19-21 questions, October 6

Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 19-21

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 6, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. Who has a hard time entering the kingdom of God and why?
2. What did Jesus mean in Matthew 19:30 and in 20:16?
3. When Jesus was hungry, what did He do?
4. Where was Jesus when the chief priests and elders of the people came to question Him about His authority?  What did He tell them about His authority?
5. Why did Jesus quote Psalm 118:22, “THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER STONE; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES”?
6. How did the chief priests and Pharisees respond to Jesus’ parable about the landowner and why did they respond this way?

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 19-21 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 19-21. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here are Matthew 10-12 questions, October 3
Here are Matthew 13-15 questions, October 4
Here are Matthew 16-18 questions, October 5

Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 16-18

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 5, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. What did you learn from marking “kingdom” in these chapters and what is the kingdom o f heaven compared to in Chapter 18?
2. What did Jesus mean in Matthew 16:6?*
3. What do you think about Matthew 17:9-13?*
4. In chapters 16-18, how many times and in what verses does Jesus mentioned that He will be killed and raised on the third day?
5. Who watches over the little ones?
6. What should we do if someone sins against us?
7. According to Matthew 18:23-35, why must we forgive?

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 16-18 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 16-18. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here are Matthew 10-12 questions, October 3
Here are Matthew 13-15 questions, October 4

Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 13-15

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 4, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. Why did Jesus speak in parables? *
2. How is Matthew 13:24-30 similar to Matthew 13:47-50?
3. What do our words tell us about our heart?
4. The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who _____________________________.
5. According to Matthew 13-15, what four things is the kingdom of heaven like?

Bonus for fun 🙂
Without looking at the Scriptures, see if you can fill in the blanks from the explanation of the parable of the tares.
The one who sows good seed is:
The field is:
The good seed are:
The tares are:
The enemy who sowed the tares is:
The harvest is:
The reapers are:

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 13-15 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 13-15. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here are Matthew 10-12 questions, October 3

Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matt. 10-12

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 3, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1. In Matthew 10, what are the twelve disciples to do while preaching “the kingdom of heaven is at hand”?
2.  In Matthew 11:3, why do you think John the Baptist would ask Jesus “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”? *
3.  In Matthew 12, what is Jesus telling the Pharisees in verses 22-30?*

*Remember to always stay within the context of what is being said and support your answer with Scripture.

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These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 10-12 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 10-12. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions, October 1
Here are Matthew 6-9 questions, October 2
Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Gospel Read Thru, Matthew 6-9

PumpkinGarlandWelcome to Gospel Read Thru In October!  We are reading through all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from October 1st to the 31st.  If you are not familiar with the details of this Gospel Read Thru, but would like to join us, please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 2, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.  Please keep in mind, these questions are totally optional.

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1.  What does Matthew 6:33 tell us to do?
2.  What are we not to do according to Matthew 6:34?
3.  What is the hardest teaching for you personally in Matthew 7?
4.  In Matthew 8:10, what did the centurion have?

5.  In Matthew 8:26, what did the disciples have little of?
6.  What did Jesus see in Matthew 9:2?
7.  What made the woman well in Matthew 9:22?
8.  How were the blind men’s eyes opened in Matthew 9:29-30?

These are just very simple questions, but you can take it a step further and ask yourself what is happening in each chapter.  As there is a change of subject, mark it in the margin of your Bible.

Ask yourself:  Who is Matthew speaking to or about?  Who is Jesus speaking to?  What is going on?  When is it taking place?  Where are they located?  Why is Jesus saying what He is saying or Why are the Pharisees saying what they are saying?  How are the people responding to Jesus?  Are there any prophesies about Jesus?  Are they being fulfilled?

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Now that you have finished your reading of Matthew 6-9 and answered the questions above, please stop by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 6-9. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on and encourage another group member in their daily reading.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad we can read the four Gospels together.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Happy SimplyLiving!
If this post has been helpful to you, please don’t forget to “Like” it down below.
Thank you so much 🙂

Here are Matthew 1-5 questions.
Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

September Devotion, Day 27

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There Is Something About That Name!

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other
name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” 

Acts 4:12

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How can anyone truly surrender their life to someone whom they don’t really know or understand?  In Ephesians 2:4-10, Paul answers this question,

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the age to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

As you read through these verses, you see that it’s “with Christ Jesus” and “in Christ Jesus” that God has saved us by grace through faith, and He did this while we were dead in our sins.  God did it and we are told that we can’t even boast in this fact.

Some ask this question, “What is our part then?”  Paul answers in Romans 10:9-10,

“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved;
for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness,
and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

Our part is simply to believe what God has done for us in Jesus Christ His Son and we will be saved.  Now, we can’t leave out Ephesians 1:13-14 that tells us something else that happens when God saves us by grace through faith and we believe in Jesus Christ,

“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth,
the gospel of your salvation —
having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
who is given as a pledge of our inheritance;
with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession,
to the praise of His glory.”

Because of the name of Jesus Christ we can have confidence before God, a sincere and clean heart, a steadfast confession that does not waver, the ability to stimulate one another, and the desire to come together regularly to encourage one another – and we need this now more than ever.

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Are you here and have never given your life to Christ?  I want you to know that it is easier than you think because God has done it all for you through His Son Jesus Christ. You just need to believe that God is telling you the truth about His Son.  There is no other way for you to be saved accept by the name of Jesus Christ.

Inspired to Cherish
Let’s write in our personal journals Hebrews 10:19-25.  Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have confidence to enter the holy place where God is?
  2. Is your heart sincere and cleansed from an evil conscience and your body washed with pure water?
  3. Are you holding fast the confession of hope without wavering?
  4. Do you take time to consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds?
  5. Is it a priority to you that you not forsake assembling together with fellow believers in order to encourage one another?

Now let’s spend time on this beautiful Sunday asking God our Father to help this to be true of us after all He has done for us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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We are almost to the end of September Devotion.  Only three more days left and I will bring this devotion to a close and put it into book form as a PDF for you to access in the right side bar under “Bible Studies I Have Written For You”.  Don’t forget to check out Gospel Read Thru In October.  It is my prayer that you will continue to come daily, joining me in reading through the four Gospels during the month of October.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10,  September 11, September 12, September 13September 14, September 15, September 16, September 17, September 18September 19September 20, September 21, September 22, September 23, September 24September 25, and September 26

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 19

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 19
Ask of God

“But if any of you lacks wisdom,
let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.
But he must ask in faith without any doubting,
for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea,
driven and tossed by the wind.
For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,
being a double-minded man,
unstable in all his ways.”

James 1:5-8

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When I was in my mid twenties, I had an opportunity to go deep sea fishing with my Dad off Newport Bay on the Oregon Coast.  It is an experience that I am glad I’ve had, but honestly, I would never think to do it again.

The initial thought of going was fun.  I remember stopping at a sandwich shop to get plain ham and cheese sandwiches.  My Dad said, that if it didn’t have the mayonnaise and other condiments on it, it would keep us from getting seasick, and even though I thought it a strange thing to have for breakfast, it worked.  We didn’t get sick.

I remembering heading out and thinking the boat was going to break into pieces when we hit the “breakers”.  They seemed appropriately named at the time.  Then we finally got to the smoother waters and just kept going until land could no longer be seen. There was only water and sky everywhere we looked.

We caught lots of fish, and more than one fish on our line at a time.  That part was exciting too, but the thing that stood out more to me than any other part of the trip was the motion of the waves.  We were tossed to and fro on the waves; one minute way, way up, and then next way, way down, and it didn’t matter how long we were doing this, it never got comfortable and I secretly longed to get back on stable ground.

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In these verses, God tells us through James, that this is what it’s like when we need wisdom, but we ask of God without faith, or maybe we don’t ask God at all.  Do you know the feeling when you are trying to make a decision, but it just won’t come and you feel emotionally tossed to and fro on the sea?  You cannot figure out what to do; one minute you feel up and then next down, and sometimes as if you might be broken into pieces.  It is probably a good time to ask God in prayer, not just for wisdom in the matter, but for the faith to believe Him in the matter.

Inspired to Cherish
Even though we have already read Proverbs 3 in our devotional, let’s head back to this wonderful book of wisdom and read it again.  I have mentioned to you that in the morning before my husband leaves for work, he reads one chapter of the Proverbs to me and it always seems to give some form of wisdom to remember throughout my day.

Let’s read the entire chapter of Proverbs 3 out loud and then write it out in our personal journal.  Now, on a 3 x 5 card let’s write out verses 5-6 and put it to memory.  I cannot tell you how many times in one week I will recall this verse and even speak it to my children.  It is a wonderful reminder and worth memorizing.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

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If you have made it all the way through to Day 19, thank you so much for staying the course with me!  I love how our personal journals have filled up with so much wisdom from the Word of God and I look forward to meeting you here each morning.  Thank you for visiting and please leave a comment below.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10,  September 11, September 12, September 13September 14, September 15, September 16, September 17, and September 18

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 10

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 10
The Lord Was Angry

“Now the Lord was angry with Solomon
because his heart was turned away from the Lord,
the God of Israel,
who had appeared to him twice.”
1 Kings 11:9

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Sticking with the theme of “wisdom” for this devotional today, and remembering that King Solomon wrote most of the Proverbs, I find it interesting that he would write to his son in this way.  King Solomon  had been given this wisdom from God after asking for it, but he didn’t heed the wisdom he had been given unto himself. Obviously, this wisdom alone was not enough to make him choose obedience to God over his fleshly desires.

It really is a heart issue with us.  We need to have a changed heart; a heart that seeks after God.  But how do we get a heart like that when we are born sinners?  Would we even desire anything of God if we are born dead to the things of God?  Of course not. When we sense God drawing us to His Son, we need to put our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  We need to believe that God raised Him from the dead, conquering all sin, and that He is coming again for those who love Him and obey His commandments.  This is wisdom combined with faith.

Wisdom is important, but it must be combined with faith or there will be no obedience.  Wisdom by itself is not enough.

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I’m thinking of all the times I have been disobedient to God, even though I had the wisdom to know better.  I know my faith was weak in those moments.  Have you ever found yourself in that situation?  It is true, that hearing the word even from God Himself as King Solomon did makes no difference in our lives when it is not combined with faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ.

Inspired to Cherish
I love the Book of Hebrews.  If you ever have the chance to sit down and really study it, I highly suggest it.  Today, let’s read Hebrews 1-3.  Take note every time you see that Jesus is better. Ask yourself what or who He is  better than.  Now let’s write out in our personal journals Hebrews 3:12-4:2.

Let’s see if we can answer the following questions:  Why couldn’t the Israelites enter into God’s rest? Here’s a hint:  It’s only one word.  Be sure to use the verses you have written in your journal for your answer.  Why didn’t the word they heard profit them? Again, answer from the verses you have written out.

Let’s take time now to pray and thank God for drawing us to His Son Jesus Christ and giving us Sweet Salvation.

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I cannot believe that we have completed ten days of this devotional already!  I am loving studying in this way with you. Please consider leaving a comment below and letting me know what you think.  I really do want to hear from you! 🙂

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8 and September 9

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

How Important is Faith for 2015?

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“For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, And will not delay.
But my righteous one shall live by faith;
And if he shrinks back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.
But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction,
but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.”
Hebrews 10:37-39

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“Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him;
But the righteous will live by faith.”
Habakkuk 2:4

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Father, help me to live by faith and not by sight.  Help me to be humble and not full of pride.  You have proven Yourself to me so many times in so many amazing ways, how can I ever doubt You?  How can I live any other way, but by faith in Your Son Jesus Christ, my Lord, my God, my Savior?

So I say with Paul:

“I have been crucified with Christ;
and it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Galatians 2:20

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What a wonderful verse to step into the New Year of 2015 proclaiming!

Thank you for stopping by SimplyLiving101!  How are you going to bring in the New Year?  Do you have a Bible verse or a prayer you would like to share for 2015?  I would love to hear it from you.

I’ve been down with a flu bug, but am slowly regaining stamina.  I’m so glad you have joined me as I pick up momentum and head straight into the New Year praising our Awesome God for His Son Jesus Christ and all He has done for us!

Please pray for me as I bring “December Love” to a close and begin a new Bible study for January 2015.

Happy New Year to you!

Constance