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Mark 6:7-13

He called the twelve apostles, sent them out two by two, and gave them authority over evil spirits. He instructed them to take nothing along on the trip except a walking stick. They were not to take any food, a traveling bag, or money in their pockets. They could wear sandals but could not take along a change of clothes. He told them, “Whenever you go into a home, stay there until you’re ready to leave that place. Wherever people don’t welcome you or listen to you, leave and shake the dust from your feet as a warning to them.” So the apostles went and told people that they should turn to God and change the way they think and act. They also forced many demons out of people and poured oil on many who were sick to cure them.

Jesus had been training the twelve to be servants completely relying on the Master. At this time they are to be emissaries for the Master, acting as the Master and with all of the authority of the Master. And, as in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30 and Luke 19:12-27), they are expected to bring an increase into the kingdom of God.

Now they are commissioned to go into the world and tell everyone the Good News while curing them. It is the same command that he will repeat to them in his last few earthly moments. (Mark 16: 24-18, Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:8)

They are to go with nothing but the clothes in their backs. They are tobe Fully Reliant On. God. It is the same thing Jesus requires of all his followers: be willing to abandon everything and everyone that would keep you from serving God. (Mark 8:34)

Are you ready to be a F.R.O.G.?

Prayer

Jesus, Master, we struggle to empty ourselves of self and to be full of you. We know that when we are weak, you are strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10.) Please show us how to trust in your strength so we can allow ourselves to be weak. Amen Also visit my other blogs
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    A Little While

    When my youngest child was three to four years old, the family took a road trip of 550+ miles. After being on the road for nearly nine hours, we were about 50 miles from or goal when the youngest said, “I want to go home!” I tried to reason with her that we were nearly to where we were going. “No! I want to to home now! We can come back tomorrow!”

    There was no way for her to understand, because she had no concept of time or distance. In her young mind it was perfectly logical to “go home” as start again the following day.

    John 16:16-18 16.
    A little while, and then you will not see me. And again a little while, and you will see me. For I am going to the Father.” 17. Then some of his disciples said to one another: “What is this, that he is saying to us: ‘A little while, and you will not see me,’ and ‘Again a little while, and you will see me,’ and, ‘For I am going to the Father?’ ” 18. And they said: “What is this, that he is saying, ‘A little while?’ We do not understand what he is saying.”

    In our scripture verses Jesus is trying to explain things to his disciples. However, they couldn’t fully understand him because they did not possess the necessary concepts.

    When I read the Hebrew prophets, I marvel at some of the images that they employ. How difficult it was for them to translate spiritual images and concepts into something that human minds might understand. Isaiah quoted God as saying, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

    It wasn’t until the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples that they began to have an understand of what Jesus was telling them.

    Prayer
    Lord, as we rely on your wisdom, lead us to an understanding of the purpose you have for us.
    Amen.


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    I Don’t Have Time

    Matthew 17:5
    And while he (Peter) was still speaking, behold, a shining cloud overshadowed them. And behold, there was a voice from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”

    Luke 9:35 And a voice came from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”

    These two gospel readings record the words of God the Father and what He said about Jesus. “Listen to him.” Does this sound like a suggestion to you? To me it sounds like a command: “Listen to him.”

    Many of us have bibles in which Jesus’s words are in red. Those words in red are the most important words to which we should listen. Read them. There aren’t many. Between Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts there are slightly over 2000 words. However, many of the events are covered in multiple accounts using slightly different words. If you combine those accounts you end with a little over 1000 words. An average reader could read 2000 words in about 7 minutes! A slow reader should be able to read the entirety of Luke (the longest gospel) in around three hours. The average person spends that much time watching TV.

    For the sake of your immortal soul, could you take the time to read the most important words ever spoken?

    Prayer
    Lord, we truly are busy. The things of this world pull us in so many directions. However, we know in our hearts that we always make time for what is important. Forgive us for not making time with your word a high priority.
    Amen.

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    The Lord’s Path

    Proverbs 16:1-4 The plans of the heart belong to humans, but an answer on the tongue comes from the LORD. A person thinks all his ways are pure, but the LORD weighs motives. Entrust your efforts to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. The LORD has made everything for his own purpose, even wicked people for the day of trouble. This morning I began my prayer time by praying for our church leaders, the Bishop, district superintendent, pastors, committee chairs and members. I prayed that God’s path would be made clear to them, that they may become better followers and better leaders. Having done that, I intended to do my personal devotion study on palm 154. However, my old shaky fingers found the above passages on my digital bible. These scripture passages spoke so directly to the prayers I had just prayed. The Lord does indeed have a clear path that he has made straight and smooth for each of us. It is only to our human eyes that the road seems too be full of rough spots and curves. Prayer Lord, make your way plain to us. Give us strength and encouragement as we travel the way you have chosen for us. Amen.
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  • Come, Lord Jesus.

    Revelation 22:16-17
    “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

    The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.


    What an invitation!

    I have told you before that I’m not a fan of prophecy. I have not been given the gift of deciphering the symbols and allegorical illustrations. I’ve read through the Revelation of John many times, seeking the truth. All I know is that there will come an end to this world as we know it. At that time, every person who has ever lived, will be judged for their belief, faith, and actions. Some will be welcomed to a life eternal in the presence of God. Some will be forever cut off from God.

    Having given that disclaimer of any prophetic insight, I do understand this gem of invitation found near the end of the book. It is an open invitation for all to come and share in the promises proclaimed by prophets, poets, and the Lord Jesus himself, throughout the holy scriptures.

    That is enough of an understanding for me to praise God and say, “Come, Lord Jesus, come.”

    Prayer
    Lord, I know that is your perfect will that none should perish. I believe that you are holding the end time until all have been given a chance to accept or deny your gift. The people of this world are connected to information in a way never before possible. So I  believe that your return will be soon. Come, Lord,come!
    Amen.