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E100 Challenge

Can we say a HUGE THANK YOU for joining with us as we have read through these 100 readings of the Bible – touching down with familiar stories as well as wresting with some hard passages.

Through out it all we have seen the unfolding story of God, the story we are invited to take part in!

We have much to give thanks for yet also there is now the challenge to live out what we have read.

That is our prayer for each of us that we would live out Gods great story.

“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” Jude 24+25

God Bless

Helen and Rick

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Day 92: A New Creation in Christ

Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6:2
Key Verse:
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

What is faith?  I like Paul’s definition in Hebrews 11:1 which states, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.  This means that faith gives a reality to things we cannot see.

Today many people live primarily for things which are seen, such as wealth. However Matthew Henry has commented, “Faith is for this world and sight is for the next world.”  As we walk by faith each day , we must “keep on, keeping on”, confident of things to come and with the hope of heaven in our hearts.

If you are going through a difficult time at present, knowing your future is secure in God is an encouragement when you suffer. (Wiersbe)

So, let us not be like Thomas, who thought seeing was believing, but rather entrust our ‘mustard seed faith’ to Jesus and remember that all we have seen should teach us to trust God for all we have not seen.

Karen

Day 91: The Most Excellent Way

A fresh insight of some ancient truths.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end
Love never dies.

1 Corinthians 13:3-8 MSG

Day 89: All Scripture is God-breathed

Passage: 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8
Key Verse: “Preach the Word” 4:2

Distraction.  We all face it.  Whather its buying that hoodie from the internet we dont need , or watching that TV programme we never sat down to watch ,or just thinking about ourselves and how good we are ; we always get distracted from the main thing.

In this passage Paul is focused, and makes it clear to everyone.  Morover he tells us to have a sharp focus – Preach the Word. That Word is Jesus . He tells us to be prepared always , even when we dont feel like it or face distraction. He commands us to be resonable in all situations and to keep telling other about Jesus, even when it is tough.

Spend time today at the feet of Jesus. Focus on Him and ask Him to help you complete on the task Paul gives.

Tim

Day 88: Good Soldiers of Christ

Passage: 2 Timothy 2
Key Verse: 
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal” v8

I find it so easy to get diverted; to be concerned by peripherals and consumed by details; to lose the plot and lose sight of the essential. Which isn’t to say that peripherals and details aren’t important; they are – but in their place! The examples Paul uses to encourage and inspire are all groups whose success depends on single-minded focus; soldiers, athletes and farmers.

So what blurs our focus? Well obviously the temptations that reflect our inner desires  (v 22) but the recurring warning seems to be about words. Quarrelling about words; godless chatter; and foolish and stupid arguments. Why is it always easier to find time for these diversions than it is for reflection and prayer and seeking the insights that God promises (v7)? And why do I forget it is so dangerous – gangrene is a deeply unpleasant image!

Prayer: Lord help me to keep my focus on you the living Saviour so that all the other diversions of life will be in their rightful place.

David McC

Day 87: The Love of Money

Passage: 1 Timothy 6:3-21

I own lots of things. In global terms I am incredibly wealthy. And yet I have to ask myself, ‘Have I learned that godliness with contentment is great gain.’ (vs. 6).  How easily I have fallen into the trap and into the many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men (and women and young people) into ruin and destruction.  Paul warns the rich and those who pursue wealth, who ‘love money.’  I try to convince myself that none of this applies to me, but it does.  The other side of the coin is Paul’s command to pursue (make a big effort, try hard, work at) righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (vs.11).  It is in God we have our hope, not money.

I am struck by Paul’s final instruction to the young Timothy –“guard what has been entrusted to your care.” What is that?  I think it is the good news of Jesus Christ who brings real life to all.  We are commanded to guard the truth faithfully and to pass it on to others, young and old.

Alistair

Day 80: The Trip to Rome

Passage: Acts 25-28

Today’s passage is all about a passionate defence of the gospel. And so today is a day to pause and think.

How well do you know this story?
To what extent can you share and communicate this gospel story?

Over the past few months we have been journeying through the story of Scriptures…and so today we want to invite you to refresh yourself in the story. Why not track back a little and take time to read some of the previous entries.

Remind yourself of the story.
Remember the key moments of Scripture.
Reflect on what God is teaching you through this.

Enjoy the space!