29 March: Bringing Down the House!
Today’s chapter shows how, after the mortar between the bricks is corroded enough, everything we’ve ever known to be strong and secure around us, will suddenly collapse without warning…
READ MARK 13 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:
I find it interesting that, in a single speech, we’re told seven times to be alert: Watch out [v5]; you must be on your guard [v9]; be on your guard [v23]; be on your guard, be alert [v33]; therefore keep watch [v35]; watch! [v37] But this is clearly in the context of being certain of our future – whether it’s a prediction about the final destruction of an ancient Temple or “bringing down the house” in our own lifetime.
Whatever it is that we’re experiencing, whether that’s being caught up in a civil war or experiencing a financial melt-down, today’s chapter is also about being at peace that the Creator God, who’s in charge of the story, has known ahead of time and is therefore in control. So, do not be alarmed [v7]; do not be worried beforehand [v11]; the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. [v13]
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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 how to connect with the God who’s already prepared for your future? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]
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 …”
Lord I praise You for Your acts of power. I praise You for Your surpassing greatness. If I could, I’d praise You with the sounding of the trumpet, harp and lyre. I’d praise You with timbrel and dancing, with stringed instruments and pipe, with the clash of resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! [Psalm 150:2-6]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for Canada[b]
Your Country: The sick in hospital and Care Homes
Yourself: A greater desire to be like Christ
Your concerns for today
Surely, Lord, You’ve given us Your word. Yes, this was written for us, because whoever ploughs and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. [1 Corinthians 9:10]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Indeed, Lord, Your word is true: there is no one on earth who’s righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. [Ecclesiastes 7:20]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
You have risen upon Your people, Lord, and Your glory appears over us. We bring our children from afar, with our silver and gold, to the honour You, for You have endowed us with splendour. [Isaiah 60:2b,9b]
“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.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Giving God’s Good News
“Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” [Colossians 4:6]
[a] Matthew 6:5-15
[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31