18 March: Beheaded for Believing

With centuries of barbaric history behind us, one would hope that we’ve evolved into a better race. But when that hope fades, can we believe that ‘divine power’ exists to calm the storm?

READ MARK 6  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

In The Mail Online article, Pope Francis condemned the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS militants.[a] With global news as it is, I can’t help but see John’s death, in today’s chapter, in light of beheadings in recent years, committed by ISIS. In centuries of the Creator God’s storyline, John was the first “man of God” to be beheaded for speaking out God’s Word and for standing up for the testimony he maintained. [v14-29] He, and people since, died for no other reason than the Word of God and the testimony they had maintained.[b]

In a world where my future life, as I see it, has become uncertain as moral boundaries are broken time and again, nothing’s uncertain for the Creator God. What was ahead of John, for example, had been written 400 years earlier.[c]  So, if I choose to go back to my Maker’s Guidebook and take note of the signposts along my way, I can take courage and not be afraid. [v50] When this happens, I’m more likely to see that both The Word and the One who gave me His Word, have always been reliable, providing when we’ve needed Him most.[d]  At the eye of the storm, He’s always been an anchor when our sails are torn…

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wondering what to say to the Creator of HIStory? The rest of this page uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[e]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I’ll praise You, Lord, among the nations. I’ll sing today the praises of Your Name. [2 Samuel 22:50]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for Government decision in Brazil[f]
  • Your Country: Persecuted Believers
  • Yourself: Better Use of your treasures[g]
  • Your concerns for today
As I make my requests of You, Lord, help me to remember to honour You with the wealth that You’ve given me – the first fruits of all I have. Then my stores will be filled to overflowing and my vats will brim over with new wine. [Proverbs 3:9-10]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Thank-you, Father God, that You’re compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. [Psalm 103:8]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

You know Your sheep, O God. They listen to Your voice and they follow Your lead. [John 10:27]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[h] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Sharing the Creator God’s Good News

Jesus said: “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” [Matthew 28:19]

[a] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2955856/Pope-Francis-condemns-beheading-21-Coptic-Christians-ISIS.html

[b] Revelation 6:9 and 20:4

[c] Malachi 3:1

[d] 2 Kings 4:42-44 compared with Mark 6:32-44

[e] Matthew 6:5-15

[f] http://www.operationworld.org/node/133

[g] Matthew 25:14-30

[h] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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