The Study of the Sabbath

Saturday, January 8, 2022

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In Charge of the Sabbath

12 1-2 One Sabbath, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. Some Pharisees reported them to Jesus: “Your disciples are breaking the Sabbath rules!”

3-5 Jesus said, “Really? Didn’t you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, how they entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests was allowed to eat? And didn’t you ever read in God’s Law that priests carrying out their Temple duties break Sabbath rules all the time, and it’s not held against them?

-Matthew 12:1-5 The Message

Sabbath Questions

12 Verse 1: At that time, Jesus went through on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat.

Verse 2: Now, when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath!”

Verses 1-2 studies: The Pharisees set 39 categories of forbidden actions on the Sabbath, based on God’s law and Jewish custom. Harvesting is one of those prohibited actions on the Sabbath. According to religious leaders, the disciples’ picking harvest by picking wheat and rubbing their hands were harvesting. Jesus and the disciples picked grain because they were hungry, not because they wanted a profit. Therefore, they were not working on the Sabbath. But the Pharisees did not want to see past the law’s technicalities. They did not have compassion, and they were determined to accuse Jesus of breaking the law.

It is important to understand context, and these five verses are an excellent example of why context is essential. Not all situations are the same. So understand the problem, have compassion because you never know why things happen; if they look like they were breaking the law, they may not be. Don’t get caught up in law that it blinds you of the actual situation because it could be you looking for the same empathy when others accuse you.

Verse 3: But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions—

Verse 4: how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?

Verse 4 study: The consecrated bread story is in 1 Samuel 21:1-6. This is the bread that is replaced every week. The old loaves were eaten by priests. The loaves given to David were old loaves that were replaced with fresh ones. Even though the priests were the only ones allowed to eat the bread, God did not punish David because the need for food was important than priestly regulations. Instead, Jesus said, “If you condemn me, you must also condemn David,” which is something the religious leaders would never do without causing an uproar among the people. Jesus wasn’t condoning disobedience to God’s laws; instead, he reminded discernment and compassion in enforcing the laws.

Verse 5: Or have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath, the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?

Verse 5 study: The Ten Commandments prohibit work on the sabbath day (Exodus 20:8-11). That’s the letter of the law. The purpose of the Sabbath is to rest and worship God, but the priests were allowed to work to perform sacrifices and conduct worship services. This “Sabbath work” was serving and worshipping God. Jesus always reminded people intent of the law, the meaning behind the letter. The Pharisees had lost their spirit of the law and were rigidly demanding that the letter and interpretation be obeyed.

Cross References

12:1

Deuteronomy 23:25

12:2

Matthew 12:10; Luke 13:14; 14:3; Jon 5:10, 7:23; 9:16

12:4

1 Samuel 21:6

Father, I have an issue when sharing your Word with others. It’s also mentioned in the Bible, and I see it when talking to other believers. They make you look like a scary person like they don’t belong because they are not perfect. There is no empathy for those wanting to know you; instead, it is you are not good enough and constantly keep bringing up sins and past affairs. I pray today that we can enter any situation with love and care and tell the truth with empathy. It is a difference between ignorance and politeness. Let us be polite with love and wisdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Change Your Attitude!

Monday, August 16, 2021

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I hear the 4:00 am alarm going off. Ugh, I complained, getting out of bed to get my water chugged down for the day. Calories burn goal? Check! Exercise goal? Check! Stand goal? Check! At this point, I needed to wake up as the water didn’t kick in yet. I got ready and was out the door by 5:00 am. I’m still dragging a bit, but I got to the gym and started working out. First thing first, I got on the treadmill, then the bike. Did both of them for 20 minutes. I felt good but in a lot of back pain, mainly my lower back. It goes back to my stomach carrying my back, which is why I’m at the gym in the first place. I burned 1,174 calories and did 42 minutes of exercise. I’m determined to change this attitude of mine. I went home, showered, changed clothes, and sure enough, went into the kitchen and ate everything, including breakfast. I will say that exercise does build up an appetite, but what I’m eating won’t help me. Sure, the breakfast was okay, protein such as sausage, eggs, and hot cereal. The rest of the day, snacking as usual. Food addiction is a growing pain to stop the addiction. It is up to me to change the most challenging addiction in the world for me; food. I accept the challenge!

Encouragement

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Ugh! Here we go again. The 4:00 am alarm going off. I took a minute and had to set something straight with myself. I’m battling two complex issues here. One, the lack of motivation. If I am going to achieve my goals, I have to be more optimistic about it. Ready to get up in the morning, ready to chug down water, and prepared to stretch to start out the day. Basically, I have to turn myself into a morning person. Waking up negatively will not help me. Two, the food addiction. The more I wake up in a lousy mood, unmotivated with no purpose, the more I’ll eat. Depression leads to me eating. That’s why food is an addiction, and motivation is difficult to maintain. I finally got up, stretched, drank my water, read a little bit, and felt good afterward, ready to hit the gym.

There is something about me a lot of people don’t know. I have social anxiety. I went to counseling a couple of times and then stopped because of my fear. I felt judged by my counselor, and that bothered me. So I stopped getting treatment. Going to the gym does not help the situation because it is terrifying. Group chats are difficult for me. Social gatherings such as church bother me. You name it; it probably affects me. Doing things in the morning while everybody is sleeping is essential for me. Reading and exercising is helps me cope with social anxiety a little. But enough to get me out there and get going before everybody else shows up. I got to the gym with very few people there and did the usual treadmill and bicycling. I did 15 minutes on the treadmill and 23 minutes on the cycle. I burned 1,005 calories for the day and did a total of 38 minutes of exercising. I really feel good now; working out the stress, tension, and sweat with my body really got me going. I realize that hard work is not so bad if you allow yourself to do it. I went home and ate breakfast, and showered as usual, but what changed was, I didn’t snack throughout the day. I drank water and waited until dinner to eat. Is this the beginning of the process I’ve been missing?

Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/social-phobia

The Study of Heavy Burdens

Friday, January 7, 2022

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27 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

-Matthew 11:27-30 The Message

Verse 27: All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son determines to reveal Him.

Verse 27 study: In the Old Testament, “know” means more than knowledge, implying an intimate relationship. The main core of God the Father and God the Son is communion. It’s Son’s choice for God to reveal himself to that person for anyone else wanting to know God. We are fortunate that Jesus clearly showed us to God, his truth, and how we can understand him.

Verse 28: “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Verse 29: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Verse 30: For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.”

Verses 28-30 studies: Yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to equipment that oxen pull. We may be carrying heavy burdens of sin, excessive demands of religious leaders (23:4; Acts 10:15), oppression and persecution, or wearisome in search of God.

Jesus will free you from all these burdens. His promises are life, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labor. A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose.

Cross References

11:27

Matthew 28:18; John 3:35; 13:3; 17:2; John 7:29; 10:15; 17:25

11:28

Jeremiah 31:25; John 7:37

11:29

John 13:15; Ephesians 4:20; Philippians 2:5 1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6; Jeremiah 6:16

Father, we all have heavy burdens. I can’t sit here and lie; I have a lot of heavy burdens, especially things you are against, and it haunts me every day. I pray for understanding and love for these heavy burdens many of us carry. I’m sure I can relate to anybody having heavy loads. Let it be treated with empathy and understanding, and find the root cause instead of slandering others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Study of Repeating History

Thursday, January 6, 2022

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The Unforced Rhythms of Grace

20 Next, Jesus unleashed on the cities where he had worked the hardest but whose people had responded the least, shrugging their shoulders and going their own way.

21-24 “Doom to you, Chorazin! Doom, Bethsaida! If Tyre and Sidon had seen half of the powerful miracles you have seen, they would have been on their knees in a minute. At Judgment Day they’ll get off easy compared to you. And Capernaum! With all your peacock strutting, you are going to end up in the abyss. If the people of Sodom had had your chances, the city would still be around. At Judgment Day they’ll get off easy compared to you.”

25-26 Abruptly, Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”

-Matthew 11:20-26 The Message

The Unrepenting Cities

Verse 20: Then He began to reprimand the cities where most of His miracles were done because they did not repent.

Verse 21: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that occurred in you had occurred in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Verse 22: Nevertheless, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.

Verse 23: And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades! For if the miracles that occurred in you had occurred in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.

Verse 24: Nevertheless, I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

Verses 21-24 studies: Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom were ancient cities with a history of wickedness (Genesis 18:19; Ezekiel 27; 28). God destroyed the cities for their evil. The people in Bethsaida, Chorazin, and Capernaum saw Jesus firsthand, but they refused to repent of their sins and believe in him. Jesus mentioned that if some of the wickedest cities in the world had seen him, things would change. There would be repentance. Bethsaida, Chorazin, and Capernaum saw Jesus and didn’t believe; they suffered greater punishment than the cities that didn’t see Jesus. We have churches everywhere, Bibles at the hands of people and in homes around the nation. There is no excuse on judgment day if they do not repent and believe.

Come to Me

Verse 25: At that time, Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to infants.

Verse 25 study: Jesus mentioned two types of people in his prayer. The “wise,” arrogant in their own knowledge, and the “infants” humbly open to receive the truth of God’s Word. Are you wise in your own eyes or seek the truth in childlike faith, realizing that only God holds all the answers?

Verse 26: Yes, Father, for this way, was well-pleasing in Your sight.

Cross References

11:20

Luke 10:13-15

11:21

Luke 10:13-15; Mark 6:45; 8:22; Luke 9:10; John 1:44; 12:21; Matthew 11:22; 15:21; Mark 3:8; 7:24, 31; Luke 4:26; 6:17; Acts 12:20; 27:3; Revelations 11:3

11:22

Matthew 10:15; 12:36; Revelations 20:11, 12

11:23

Matthew 4:13; Isaiah 14:13, 15; Ezekiel 26:20; 31:14; 32:18, 24; Matthew 16:18; Luke 10:15; 16:23; Acts 2:27, 31, Revelations 1:18; 6:8; 20:13; Matthew 10:15

11:24

Matthew 10:15; 11:22

11:25

Luke 10:21, 22; Luke 22:42; 23:34; John 11:41; 12:27, 28; Psalm 8:2; 1 Corinthans 1:26

There is a reason why addictions are called addictions. In my personal terms, it is called history repeating itself, you do the same thing repeatedly when you want to stop, but you won’t. Father, I pray today that addictions around the world will be handled when we, as disciples, can grab someone’s attention. Let us be willing to speak on it with great humbleness. I pray for your love in us to be shared with everyone else because addictions are not easy to talk about or deal with. Let us go at it but with caution. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Excuses

The Complaining

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Monday, July 19, 2021

It’s hard enough to get motivated when you are 6’0, 309 lbs. At this time, I was 299 lbs. I gained all of it back and more. Today was one of those days I wanted to exercise, but my excuse was my back. What was my motivation to start the day? Breakfast and two cups of coffee. I realized I made more excuses for exercising than eating breakfast in the morning. I’m want to get the weight off my stomach so my back will stop hurting. There is currently no diet; I’m eating sweets and junk food and working on drinking a gallon of water a day to wash or cleanse my body, which I admit I’ve done good up to this point. Here is my excuse, drinking water is my way of losing weight without hard work.

I’m not kidding; that’s precisely what I wrote. That was my truth then. Now, I realize it is the biggest lie known to humankind. It’s the complaining, the excuses I kept making to not want to put in the work to lose the weight. It is called laziness. If I am not willing to put in the work, what is the point? When I don’t drink water, I feel like crap. I have no energy, brain frog, irritable, and a day wasted because I don’t have the energy to do anything. I feel more energized, relaxed, and productive when I drink water. Now, all of this is true, but I am still making excuses for why I shouldn’t exercise. Besides going to work, other ways of being productive are self-education. I am productive by working on my blogs, writing, podcasts, Microsoft Excel projects, and reading. So how am I going to get back on track? Start my water intake in the morning and start my exercise. Let’s see if I do that.

The Decision

Sunday, August 15, 2021

It’s about a month later, not too much happened. Weight fluctuated between July and August. I never did exercise other than lift weights once a week, if not at all. There was no motivation at all. I enjoyed the food I ate, so I wasn’t complaining only when I had to walk, and my back started hurting. Well, what are you going to do, Darren? Continue to make excuses or do something about it?

Weight Fluctuation Chart

I just had Sunday dinner. Macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, garlic cheese bread, and meatloaf. I accepted eating all this food in the past few years, especially now. But, unfortunately, I didn’t move around to help keep my weight in check. The fact is, I was heading towards a danger zone, too heavy to walk, health complications, everything. On this day, I’m 6’0, 305 lbs. So, things got to change, and I have to be the one to make those changes. So, I decided on August 16; I would go back to the gym. I don’t have a plan; all I know is I’m getting on a machine and will use it. I have no plans, all these ideas, but no plans. Ideas such as fasting, tracker, diet plans. How am I going to put all this into play? I don’t know, but I do know that I am desperate. Tomorrow will be the day of change. About a month ago, I said the same thing. Will history repeat itself?

Pay Attention!

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

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15 “Are you listening to me? Really listening?

16-19 “How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, ‘We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.’ John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a boozer, a friend of the misfits. Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

-Matthew 11:15-19 The Message

Verse 15: The one who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Verse 16: “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call out to the other children,

Verse 17: and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a song of mourning, and you did not mourn.’

Verse 18: For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’

Verse 19: The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a heavy drinker, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ And yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

Verses 16-19 studies: Jesus condemned the attitude of his generation, and it didn’t matter what he said or did; they took the opposite view. They were cynical and skeptical because he challenged them based on their comfortable, secure, and self-centered lives. So often, we will change or make minor adjustments to justify our inconsistencies because it requires us to change the way we live.

Cross References

11:18

Matthew 3:4; Luke 1:15; Matthew 9:34; John 7:20; 8:48, 52

11:19

Matthew 9:11; Luke 5:29-32; 15:2

Father, let us pay attention! Sometimes, there are answers that we don’t see. It’s not because we aren’t looking; we are not paying attention to other sources, like hearing and digging a little deeper. So let us focus on paying attention to things we usually don’t pay attention to. A lot of us may have answers when that happens. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

A Better Spiritual Heritage?

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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7-10 When John’s disciples left to report, Jesus started talking to the crowd about John. “What did you expect when you went out to see him in the wild? A weekend camper? Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot. What then? A prophet? That’s right, a prophet! Probably the best prophet you’ll ever hear. He is the prophet that Malachi announced when he wrote, ‘I’m sending my prophet ahead of you, to make the road smooth for you.’

11-14 “Let me tell you what’s going on here: No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer, but in the kingdom, he prepared you for, the lowliest person is ahead of him. For a long time now people have tried to force themselves into God’s kingdom. But if you read the books of the Prophets and God’s Law closely, you will see them culminate in John, teaming up with him in preparing the way for the Messiah of the kingdom. Looked at in this way, John is the ‘Elijah’ you’ve all been expecting to arrive and introduce the Messiah.

-Matthew 11:7-14 The Message

Jesus’ Tribute to John

Verse 7: As these disciples of John were going away, Jesus began speaking to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

Verse 8: But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces!

Verse 9: But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.

Verse 10: This is the one about whom it is written:

‘Behold, I am sending My messenger ahead of You,

Who will prepare Your way before You.’

Verse 11: Truly I say to you, among those born of women, there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Verse 11 study: John is known to have really fulfilled his God-given purpose. But, in God’s kingdom, all members will have a more extraordinary spiritual heritage than John because they will have known and seen Christ and finished his work on the cross.

Verse 12: And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been treated violently, and violent men take it by force.

Verse 12 study: There are three common views of this verse.

  1. Jesus refers to a vast movement towards God, the momentum that began John’s preaching.
  2. He may have reflected the Jewish activists’ expectation that God’s kingdom would come through a violent overthrow of Rome.
  3. He may have meant that entering God’s kingdom takes courage, unwavering faith, determination, and endurance because of the growing opposition leveled at Jesus’ followers.

Verse 13: For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

Verse 14: If you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.

Verse 14 study: John is not a resurrected Elijah, but he did take on Elijah’s prophetic role as boldly confronting sin and pointing people to God (Malachi 3:1).

Cross References

11:7

Matthew 3:1

11:9

Matthew 14:5;21:26; Luke 1:76; 20:6

11:10

Malachi 3:1; Mark 1:2

11:12

Luke 16:16

11:14

Malachi 4:5; Matthew 17:10-13; Mark 9:11-13; Luke 1:17; John 1:21

Father, we know John as to be the person to be the only person to fulfill the God-given purpose. So, therefore, I pray that even if we don’t know our purpose, you will give it to us. I pray we are open-minded and are willing to fulfill it with the preparations you give us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

You Doubting WHO?

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Monday, January 3, 2022

John the Baptizer

11 When Jesus finished placing this charge before his twelve disciples, he went on to teach and preach in their villages.

2-3 John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples to ask, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?”

4-6 Jesus told them, “Go back and tell John what’s going on:

The blind see,

The lame walk,

Lepers are cleansed,

The deaf hear,

The dead are raised,

The wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side.

“Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!”

-Matthew 11:1-6 The Message

John’s Questions

11 Verse 1: When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.

Verse 2: Now while in prison, John heard about the works of Christ, and he sent word by his disciples,

Verse 3: and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or are we to look for someone else?”

Verses 2-3 studies: Herod put John the Baptist in prison. John called him out on his sin, which may be marrying his sister-in-law (14:3-5), and Herod didn’t like John calling him out.

Verse 4: Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see:

Verse 5: Those blind receive sight and those who limp walk, those with leprosy are cleansed and those who are deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

Verse 6: And blessed is any person who does not take offense at Me.”

Verses 4-6 studies: Do you doubt if Jesus is the Messiah? John did; he sat in prison and wondered if he was supposed to warn people about the Messiah (3:3), then what was he doing in prison? Why wasn’t he out preaching to the crowds, preparing hearts of those of the Messiah’s coming?

John turned to Jesus’ miracles. Instead of questioning, Jesus reminded him of acts of healing. The blind, lepers cured, lame and deaf, raising the dead and preaching the gospel to the poor. There is so much evidence of Jesus’ identity, John can’t doubt it, and it’s obvious. Take some time and go over your salvations and struggles. Think about your sins, the forgiveness of them, and how God has worked in your life. Look at the evidence of what he has done in your life and through Scripture. Then, when you think about it and start doubting again, don’t turn away from Christ; turn to him.

Cross References

11:1

Matthew 7:28; Matthew 9:35; Luke 23:5

11:2

Mark 6:17; Luke 9:7

11:3

Psalm 118:26; John 6:14; 11:27; Hebrews 10:37

11:5

Isaiah 35:5; Matthew 8:3; 12:13; Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18

11:6

Matthew 5:29; 13:57; 24:10; 26:31; Mark 6:3; John 6:61; 16:1

Father, we get caught up in things that we are blind to what you can do in our lives. I pray we can turn to you when things get rough. It is easy to get sidetracked and think about all the bad and not what you can do. Let us memorize the miracles and works you have done in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Study of Giving

Sunday, January 2, 2022

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40-42 “We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.”

-Matthew 10:40-42 The Message

The Reward for Service

Verse 40: “The one who receives you receives Me, and the one who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.

Verse 41: The one who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; the one who receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person shall receive a righteous person’s reward.

Verse 42: And whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”

Verse 42 study: Our love for God can be measured by how we treat others. Jesus’ example of giving a cup of cold water to a thirsty child is a good model of unselfish service. A child won’t or can’t return a favor. God notices even good deeds we do or don’t do as if he is the one receiving them. What can you do that is unselfish for someone today? Even if no one sees you doing a generous act, it is okay; God sees it all.

Cross References

10:40

Matthew 18:5; Luke 10:16; Mark 9:37; Luke 9:48; John 12:44

10:41

Matthew 25:44, 45

10:42

Mark 9:41

Father, thank you for your generosity. Because of you, we have an example set for us on how to be generous with our time. I pray we can continue giving our time, especially when it is someone in need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Introduction to Darren’s Blogs

Sunday August 15, 2021. The Decision.

Hi friends! On top of doing daily devotional blogs studying the Bible, I want to introduce my personal blog. I see so many discouragements on social media about body imaging and shaming. I have two goals with my personal blogs.

  1. I want to share my weight loss journey in detail. The discouragement, choices, and giving up to change it all around. Sharing your weight loss journey can be done without body shaming and by talking about the real issue; the encouragement to do it.
  2. I want to share my goals to let everyone know you can do whatever you put your mind to. Instead of watching others down you, it’s time to get up and go for your goals.

I’ll talk about my struggles, strengths, and how I set those goals and still be encouraged without seeing pictures like you see on social media. I will start from the beginning of my weight loss journey and work my way to the most current day. Enjoy!