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

Gospel Read Thru, Matthew 1-5

PumpkinGarland
Welcome 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 please go to Gospel Read Thru Details and print out the Schedule. Once you have completed the reading for October 1, you may like to return here to answer the following questions.

These questions are met to help you slow down and consider what you have read. They are totally optional and not met to make you feel overwhelmed at all. Simply reading Matthew 1-5 is certainly enough for today.  However, if you would like to think a little more about what you have read, here are some questions to consider.

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1.  In Matthew 2:1-9, what two kings are mentioned?
2.  In Matthew 3:1-2, who preaches and what does he preach?  and in Matthew 4:17, who preaches and what does He preach?
3.  In Matthew 4:8-9, what does the devil offer Jesus?
4.  In Matthew 4:23, what Gospel does Jesus proclaim?
5.  In Matthew 5:3-12, what do the poor in spirit and those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness receive?
6.  In Matthew 5:19, what do you learn about the least and the great?
7.  In Matthew 5:20, what do you learn about entering the kingdom of heaven?
8.  In Matthew 5:34-35, what do you learn about Jerusalem?

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Right away in the Book of Matthew we learn a lot about the kingdom of heaven and about Jesus who is called the King of the Jews.  We also see that even as a baby He is opposed as a King and before He begins His ministry He is tempted to partake of another kingdom.

As we continue to read through the Book of Matthew, you may want to mark in a special way the “kingdom of heaven” and “King” when it makes reference to Jesus as King. I do this by drawing a simple crown above the reference.  If it refers to the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God, I draw the crown in blue.  If it is referring to Jesus as King, I draw the crown in red.  You can mark it however you like, if you like.  Marking is also totally optional.

Now that you have finished on this page and with your reading for the day, please consider stopping by the Gospel Read Thru In October Facebook page and leave a comment about something that stood out to you while you read Matthew 1-5. You may even like to leave a comment about one of the questions above or read what others have commented on.

Great job with your reading today!  I am glad this day has finally come and 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 6-9 questions.
Here is the Gospel Read Thru Schedule.

Constance

Lunar Eclipse 2015 – Blood Moon

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My Hon- and I went down to the water’s edge on the Puget Sound last night, near Olalla, and I got these pictures of the Lunar Eclipse, full blood moon.

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

This reminds me of Revelation 6:12-14,

“I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.  The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.”

Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon - by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Lunar Eclipse/full blood moon – by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

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It was so beautiful, and I was surprised that in the last two pictures, I could see some of the stars.  God’s creation is truly magnificent!

Please consider joining me on October 1 for Gospel Read Thru In October!

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

September Devotion, Day 28

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 28
(You can begin this study on Day 1 HERE)
Blessed Is He Who Reads, Hears and Heeds

“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy,
and heed the things which are written in it;
for the time is near.” 

Revelation 1:3

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I love reading through the Book of Revelation.  It’s so fascinating to me just how Jesus’ disciple, John, was given this revelation.  We are told that John was on the Island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  It also tells us that John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.

What would it be like to be alone and suddenly see Jesus?  What would you do if He began speaking to you in a loud voice from behind that sounds like a trumpet?

It reminds me of a day when I had been looking for a house for my husband and I…  Well, I think it would be more accurate to say, “looking for a house for me”.  Unlike, John on the Island of Patmos, I was in the flesh, not in the Spirit.

So I found this really cute house and just knew it was the one.  I called my husband at work and asked if he could swing by and look at it with a real estate agent after work. He calmly said, “No.”  I was not so calm.

Later that evening, I was marching around our apartment, quite upset.  Knowing that I really needed to pray, I decided to go out to the garage and get into the car – in the dark.  I wanted some alone time with God and I proceeded to demand that God meet me there in the dark!  As the words were rolling off my tongue, I could sense what I believed to be the presence of the Lord drawing near and I could not get out of that garage fast enough!  I quickly decided that I did not need that cute little house.

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As I read through the Book of Revelation, I am always watching and listening to how John responds to Jesus and what Jesus reveals to him.  What a truly humble man.  I have so much to learn, but I pray that God works this same humility in me.  I also pray that He will be patient with me as it can take a while before I get it.  Is this true of you too?  Do you pray that God will teach you humility?  Do you think it’s a dangerous thing to pray for?

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Let’s read Revelation 1 and then write in our personal journals Revelation 22:17-21. Now spend time in prayer and wait on the Lord to bless you with His presence.

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We are almost to the end of September Devotion.  Only two more days!  I invite you to join me for the all new Gospel Read Thru In October.  It is my prayer that you will continue to come to SimplyLiving101.com daily, so we can read through the four Gospels during the month of October together.

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, September 26, and September 27

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 16

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 16
Together In Perfect Harmony

 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body;
and be thankful.

Colossians 3:13-15

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I don’t think there is ever a time of the week for me that feels more like what is described in the verses above, than on church morning.  All over the world we enter into the church with a sense of excitement to see each other again in this special place. I think it’s because, it’s not just a few of us, but a lot of us – a gathering together of the Body of Christ that comes bearing with and forgiving one another.

Then as we begin the service, we pray together and we enter into worship.  The distractions eventually cease, and the Holy Spirit leads us on; beckoning us to worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth.  It’s truly a beautiful thing when we are in our time of worship, all together.  It’s a time of love that we all share for the Father, for His Son Jesus, and for the Holy Spirit.  It is a perfect bond of unity.

Now our Pastor leads us in the Word of God.  Following along as sheep follow their Shepherd, we are led from everyday life and the hardships we have endured through the week, into the throne room of God to feed on the Bread of Life.  It’s in this place that we drink of His Blood and partake of His Flesh and our souls are nourished in the only way they can be.  His peace replaces our anxiety and where there are convictions, repentance flows from deep within, and we are cleansed, and we are truly thankful!

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Recently, through sermons given specifically on the Church, I have come to realize for the first time how beautiful the Body of Christ truly is.  It has been made clear to me through the Scriptures that Jesus LOVES His Bride.  She is beautiful and pure before the Father because of the cleansing Blood that Jesus willingly shed on the Cross for Her.  He loves Her and we are to do the same.  Each one of us, a part of this amazing Body of Christ, is to love each other as deeply as Jesus loves us.  This is the fruit that we bear, love.

Inspired to Cherish
Today, let’s write out 1 Corinthians 13 in our personal journals.  Afterward, let’s read through this chapter and mark everywhere we have written the word “love” with a red heart.  Now, below our writing, let’s make a list of everything we learn about love.

How important is love to the Body of Christ?  Let’s pray and ask God to help us truly love the Body of Christ as He loves Her.

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I pray that you have a blessed day and that the Holy Spirit guides each of us on a beautiful path that allows us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with many.  I pray that those in our presence will sense the love of God like never before.

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, and September 15

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance