Blogging Thru The Bible · Deuteronomy

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Introducing the Book of Deuteronomy

Begins April 11th

The Book of Deutronomy studies coming soon….. Aren’t we all excited for that? We are reading through the Bible – one chapter a day – five days a week.

We begin our study in the Book of Deuteronomy on Monday, April 11th!

This study will run from April 11th to May 26th.

NEW PRINTABLE —> We are reading through the Bible here at GMG so here’s  My Bible Reading Plan – so you can mark off the chapters as you complete them!

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Motivation · Power Thoughts · Prayer

POWER THOUGHTS: My Hope Comes From Him

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Trust in Me at all times.

I know the pain and sorrow you are feeling, and I want you to pour out your heart in My Presence. You need to release all those emotions in a safe place. Demonstrate your trust in Me by opening your heart to Me; as you do so, I promise to keep you safe.

Remember that I am a Man of sorrows, fully acquainted with grief.

Because of all I suffered, I can empathize with you and share your pain.

As you pour out your emotions in My Presence, your heavy burden grows lighter. You no longer carry your sorrows alone. You release them to Me, and I then relieve and refresh your soul. Moreover, as your heavy heart grows lighter, you are freed to learn more of Me: who I really am.

Come to Me and get to know Me in ever-increasing depth and breadth. You will find that I am indeed a Refuge — a safe place flooded with eternal Love. Linger a while in My Presence, letting My Love soak into your soul.

Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. — Psalm 62:8 NKJV

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. —Proverbs 29:25

He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. —Isaiah 53:3 NASB

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest.
[I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]—  Matthew 11:28 AMP

Love and joy to you all,

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Excerpted with permission from Jesus Lives: Seeing His Love in Your Life by Sarah Young, copyright Sarah Young.

Easter · Grace · Motivate Me · Motivation

MOTIVATE ME: He Knew All This Would Happen: The Journey to the Cross

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Editor’s Note: Today is Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday), the day Jesus celebrated the Passover, the Last Supper with His disciples. The derivation of the word Maundy comes from the Latin word “command” and refers to what Jesus called us to do when He washed the feet of His disciples — love and serve one another.

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This was God’s plan which He had made long ago; He knew all this would happen. —Acts 2:23 (NCV)

Jesus died… on purpose.

No surprise. No hesitation. No faltering.

You can tell a lot about a person by the way he dies. And the way Jesus marched to His death leaves no doubt: He had come to earth for this moment.

Read the words of Peter.

Jesus was given to you, and with the help of those who don’t know the law, you put Him to death by nailing Him to a cross. But this was God’s plan which He had made long ago; He knew all this would happen. — Acts 2:23 NCV

No, the journey to the cross didn’t begin in Jericho. It didn’t begin in Galilee. It didn’t begin in Nazareth. It didn’t even begin in Bethlehem.

The journey to the cross began long before. As the echo of the crunching of the fruit was still sounding in the garden, Jesus was leaving for Calvary.

~And the Angels Were Silent

Excerpted with permission from Grace for the Moment Volume II by Max Lucado, copyright Max Lucado.

Be blessed,

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Easter · Grace · Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: God’s Easter Promise for You

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“By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also” (1 Corinthians 6:14 NIV).

Millions and millions of Christians around the world celebrate Easter every year. But for far too many of us the story has become boring and rote. We have the basic facts down. Jesus was arrested. He was crucified. And three days later, God raised him from the dead.

Yet we miss something very important. We miss what turns Easter from a one-dimensional holiday to a multi-dimensional, life-transforming way of life.

We miss that the story of the Resurrection isn’t just Jesus’ story — it’s our story as well.

You see, you are a part of the Resurrection. Jesus’ death and Resurrection didn’t just prove there was life after death. The Resurrection proves you can have life after death, that there’s life beyond your grave.

Jesus says, if you trust in him, death becomes a transition, not an ending point.

One day your heart will stop. That will be the end of your body. But it will not be the end of you. God made you to last forever. That’s why you often have a feeling there’s more to life than this. Jesus made this amazing promise in John 11: 25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (NIV).

That’s quite a promise! Jesus proved he could do it by resurrecting himself. Otherwise, we would have no reason to believe it. If Jesus hadn’t died on the cross and been resurrected more than 2,000 years ago, you would have zero chance of getting to Heaven — no hope of the afterlife and no eternal life.

The Bible says, “By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also” (1 Corinthians 6:14).

As Easter comes our way this year, that’s a truth to hang our lives upon. It’s great news that Jesus rose from the dead. But what turns that truth from black and white to living color is that one day — if you trust in him — he will raise you from the grave, too.

That’s the promise of Easter.

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Be blessed,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

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MOTIVATE ME: Come As You Are This Easter

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“He will send down help from heaven to save me because of his love” (Psalm 57:3a TLB).

There’s a myth that says you’ve got to clean up your act before you can come to God: “I’ve got to get it all together. There are a few things I’ve got to get right in my life first, and then I’ll come to God.”

It’s like brushing your teeth before going to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned or washing the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher or picking up the house before the maid gets there! Why do we do this?

The truth is, God doesn’t expect us to clean up our act before we approach him. The death and Resurrection of Jesus is God’s statement on that. Jesus spread out his arms and said, “I love you this much. Now, just come as you are.”

In Psalm 57:3, the Bible says, “He will send down help from heaven to save me because of his love” (TLB). That’s what Jesus did on Easter. And that’s why we can bring our messes and failures to God.

There are people you know who think God will never love them because they’ve made such a mess of their lives. But you know God wants them to come as they are. Help them hear the Good News from Jesus. Invite them to come to church with you this Easter. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it can make a difference that will last for eternity.

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Be blessed,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

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POWER THOUGHTS: Reach Out and Reach Up in Suffering

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“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21 NIV)

Every person who reads this will face tragedy at some point in your life. You’ll have loss — major loss — in your life. None of us can escape tragedy.

Jesus, God’s Son, sure didn’t.

And Jesus didn’t just give us a model in his life. He gave us a model for handling pain in his death. He modeled what you should do during the worst day of your life. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:21, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (NIV).

Two years ago — five days after Easter of 2013 — my youngest son took his life. It was the worst day of my life. I’ve been asked many times how I’ve made it through the past two years.

I looked to the model of Jesus. That answer is Easter.

So what did Jesus do during the worst, most painful day of his life on Earth?

  1. He reached out to friends. On the night that Jesus knew he was going to be arrested, tortured, and executed, the last thing he did on the earth was gather with his closest friends. Jesus didn’t ask for speeches or advice. He asked for their presence. Most of the time, we do just the opposite when we’re experiencing pain. We pull away. That’s just dumb! God never meant for us to go through pain on our own. That’s why you need to be involved in some sort of small group environment in a local body of believers.
  2. He reached out to God through prayer. You need friends in times of trouble, but you need God even more. God will be by your side when no one else will. Jesus did this in the Garden of Gethsemane. And in doing so, he gave us a terrific model for prayer during suffering: You affirm God’s power. (Pray something like, “Lord, you can do anything.”) Second, express your desire. (“I don’t want this pain.”) Third, submit to his will. (“Don’t do what I want; do what you want.”)

You weren’t designed to go through suffering alone. As times get tough — and they will — reach out and reach up.

You’ll be glad you did.

Peace be with you,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Blogging Thru The Bible · Mark · The Bible

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Book of Mark! {Resources for Mark 11-16}

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Mark Resources 11-16

Welcome to Week 3! Hope you are all still energised for this study. Don’t let anyone or any circumstances steal your time with God. Keep on pushing and keep on going!

The reading this week is a little long but amazing.  Please leave yourself plenty of time to savor these chapters.  This Friday is Good Friday and Sunday is Resurrection Sunday!  I cannot wait to celebrate!

This week’s resources include the final chapter in the book of Mark – chapter 16. That will be next Monday’s reading.

If you are new here – jump in with our reading this week and catch up on the weekends.  All are welcome to join anytime – there are no enrollments or sign-ups!

Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:
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This week we will look at:

Chapter 11:  The triumphal entry of Jesus and the cleansing of the temple.

Chapter 12: The parable of the tenants, paying taxes, the day of resurrection and the greatest commandment.

Chapter 13:  End times and signs of the coming of Jesus.

Chapter 14:  The Betrayal, arrest and denial of Christ.

Chapter 15:  The crucifixion of Christ.

Chapter 16:  The resurrection of Christ!!!

Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions

Mark 11  Mark 12  Mark 13  Mark 14  Mark 15  Mark 16
{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection or join us in the GMG UK Bible Study }:

GMG UK Bible Study Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/724894230988215/

The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Mark 6-10

Here’s the Free Printable Short eJournal for Mark

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MOTIVATE ME:God’s Grace Covers Your Guilt

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“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 NLT, second edition)

Guilt is basic to the human existence. Since no one is perfect, we all are tempted by guilt over our past mistakes. Sin brings guilt.

That means our need for grace is as basic to our lives as the existence of guilt.

God doesn’t want you to walk around feeling guilty. That’s why God sent Jesus to the cross to die for all of your sins.

The Bible says, “By the blood of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God which he gave to us in such large measure!”(Ephesians 1:7-8a TEV)

This is the most basic truth of Christianity: Jesus Christ has already paid for your sins. You only need to accept it. Because Jesus died for us, we’re free from condemnation, worry, and death. Even if there were no eternity, it would be worth it to become a follower of Jesus in order to escape the guilt.

Romans 8:1 says, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (NLT, second edition). “No condemnation” means God doesn’t judge you for all you’ve done wrong if you’ve trusted Christ because Jesus took that judgment upon himself on the cross. God doesn’t have to judge you because Jesus was judged. He doesn’t have to condemn you because Jesus took your condemnation.

That means you don’t need the guilt. Notice that it doesn’t say that after you become a Christian, you won’t sin. You’ll still sin. You’ll still make mistakes. You’ll still fail and look stupid. But Jesus has paid the price for those failures.

You are free from guilt!

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Be blessed,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Easter · Lent · Motivation · Power Thoughts

POWER THOUGHTS: Jesus Died of a Broken Heart

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“That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all — was put to death and then made alive — to bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18 MSG).

Easter celebrates an event that proved Jesus was who he claimed to be. He was God in the flesh, and he came to Earth to save us. And that meant he had to die for us.

After a night of beatings and mocking, after being crowned with painful thorns, Jesus was crucified. Crucifixion is probably the most brutal and torturous death penalty ever devised by men. His hands were stretched out wide against the cross and nailed through the two bones in each wrist. As the nails went through this part of the flesh, they would strike the nerve that travels up the arm and cause excruciating pain.

If you hang this way for any period of time, the muscles around your chest cavity become paralyzed. You can breathe in but you can’t breathe out. Death on a cross is really a simple matter of suffocation, except the Romans didn’t want to make it that easy. They’d take a person’s knees and bend them a little bit and nail the feet to the cross.

So a man would hang there in absolute agony until the pain in his chest was about to explode, and then he would lift himself up on his nailed feet to grab a breath. When the pain in his feet grew unbearable, he’d let himself back down again until the pain in his lungs became unbearable. It was an incredibly torturous event.

Eventually, the soldiers would break the legs of the criminal to hasten death by suffocation.

In the case of Jesus, they didn’t have to break his legs, because he had already died. But just to make sure, they stuck a spear in his side. Water and blood came out of the chest cavity, which, doctors say, only happens if the heart rips. You can call it what you want, but Jesus died of a broken heart.

Why did Jesus have to die? Because he alone was able to pay for your sins. You deserved punishment, but Jesus paid the penalty for you: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18a NIV).

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God bless.

Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Easter · Motivation · Power Thoughts

POWER THOUGHTS: Why Didn’t Jesus Defend Himself?

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“But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’” (Mark 14:61 NIV)

What’s so important about Easter? It’s important because it proved that Jesus was who he claimed to be. He was God in the flesh, and he came to Earth to save us.

Three events occurred in dramatic succession on that Easter weekend: the trial of Jesus, then the death of Jesus, and finally the Resurrection of Jesus.

Jesus actually went through six trials. In that one night, he was brought before Annas (the father-in-law of Caiaphas), Caiaphas (the high priest), the Sanhedrin (the religious Supreme Court), Pilate (the governor of Jerusalem), Herod (the governor of Galilee), and then Pilate again.

At the end of those six trials, what did they find to accuse him of? Nothing. He had done nothing wrong. They brought in people to make up phony charges, but those didn’t stick. Finally they convicted him on one count: claiming to be the Son of God. That’s the sole reason Jesus went to the cross.

Everyone who has ever been introduced to Jesus has already made some kind of decision about who he is. You either believe he’s a liar or you believe he’s a lunatic or you believe he’s the Lord. It can’t just be, “I believe he was a good teacher.” He couldn’t be just a good teacher, because a good teacher would not say, “I’m God, and I’m the only way to Heaven.” A good person would not say that unless it was the truth.

Jesus claimed to be the Savior of the world. In John 12:47, he is recorded as saying:“I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world” (NIV). He allowed himself to be put on trial so there would be no doubt about who he was. He could have stopped the trial at any moment; he knew he would be proven guilty and put on the cross. But he allowed it to happen. It was all part of the plan.

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God bless.

Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)