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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 71-77


Finished up the 11th week of Bible in 90 Days.. We are getting closer to the finish line....
11 more days!!

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

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Days 1-7 Review
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We embarked on the New Testament this week reading Matthew, Mark. Luke, John and part of Acts..

Did you see any similarities or differences in the books regarding the resurrection of Jesus? In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Who went to the tomb? What did they see there? What were they told to do? Whom did they tell?

Who went to the tomb?

The four books discuss 7 different people going to the tomb. Mary Magdalene is the only person that was stated in all four books. The 'other' Mary, Mary, mother of James, Salome, Joanna, Peter and The Disciple Jesus Loved were all mentioned in one or more than one book.

What did they see there?

All saw no body of Jesus. In Matthew they saw guards, and a violent earthquake, angel of the Lord rolls back stone and sits on it. In Mark, the stone was already rolled away and a young man in white robe was there. In Luke, the stone was rolled away there too as well as two men in gleaming clothes standing there. In John, the stone was rolled away as well, and Peter and John saw the strips of linen and burial cloth in the tomb. They saw two angels in white seated where Jesus had been.

What were they told to do?

In Matthew they were told to look at the place where Jesus had been and to tell the disciples to meet him in Galilee. In Mark, they were also told to look at the place where Jesus had been and to tell the disciples and Peter to meet him in Galilee.  In John, Jesus tells Mary: "Don't hold me. Tell my brothers I am returning to our Father and your Father."

Who did they tell?

In Matthew and Mark they told no one. In Luke, they told the Eleven and all the others. In John, the 1st encounter was Simon Peter and the other disciple. The 2nd encounter was the disciples.

Being able to read the Bible in a short period of time you can see the differences and the similarities in the stories in these four books.. It really makes the life of Jesus come alive.

BOOK OF MARK:

The Book of Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels. This book focuses on the ministry of Jesus starting with the baptism by John the Baptist to the resurrection of Jesus.

John is speaking here about the coming of Jesus "And this was his message: 'After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." Mark 1:7-8

"What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come- sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person." Mark 7:20-23

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" Mark 8:34b-36

BOOK OF LUKE

Luke traveled as a missionary with the Apostle Paul. He is also the author of Acts. In this book, there is an orderly account of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

"As and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Luke 11:9-10

"I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven." Luke 12:8-10

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" Luke 12:34

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Luke 16:13


BOOK OF JOHN

John did not include the nativity story in his gospel; instead, he introduced his book by going back even further into history. Invoking the “in the beginning” language of Genesis 1:1. While the other three gospels portray Jesus as the King, the Servant, and the Son of Man, John portrays Jesus as the Son of God. John stated his theme more clearly than any of the other gospel writers. He wrote so that his readers might “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,” so that they may have life in His name.

"Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.' John 3:3

"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." John 6:40

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33


BOOK OF ACTS

This book described the coming of the Holy Spirit after the death of Jesus. The forming, and persecution of the early church and the conversion and ministry of Paul including the spreading of Christianity.

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12

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What a great 11th week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer these questions below to help you along the way. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I post information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • What does Matthew 9:29-30 suggest about the benefits of faith? Does one's degree of faith seem to be important?
  • What does Matthew 17:19-20 tell us about faith?
  • Has Peter's faith changed by the time he addresses a crowd of Jews in Acts 2:22-24?
  • Can you think of some individuals in the Gospels who demonstrated greater faith than Peter?
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For Week 12 (our last full week of reading) we will finish the book of Acts and then read Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon.

This Week's Reading:

Day 78: November 17:    Acts 6:8- Acts 16:37
Day 79: November 18:    Acts 16:38-Acts 28:16
Day 80: November 19:    Acts 28:17-Romans 14:23
Day 81: November 20:    Romans 15:1- 1 Corinthians 14:40
Day 82: November 21:    1 Corinthians 15:1- Galatians 3:25
Day 83: November 22:    Galatians 3:26- Colossians 4:18
Day 84: November 23:    1 Thessalonians 1:1- Philemon 25

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