cccdailybiblereading

A daily encouragement to read the Bible with others from Christ Community Church, Conway.

Tag: Faith

Bible Reading Day 341

Day 341: December 7 (1 John 5)

Good morning!

As John reaches the conclusion of his first letter, he teaches us about faith in Jesus. Sometimes faith is portrayed as an irrational leap into the unknown, or a personal choice to be kept private, but John shows us that faith is neither of these things. Our belief in Jesus is strongly supported by the evidence of His life, death and resurrection, and so we share this belief with others, knowing it is the best gift we could give them.

In conclusion, John emphasizes repeatedly that Jesus is the only true God. In John’s day, just as in ours, that was the vital foundation on which everything else rests. I pray your faith in the only true God – Jesus Christ – grows in depth and in expression today!

Have a great day!
Mark.

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Bible Reading Day 334

Day 334: November 30 (2 Peter 1)

Good morning!

In his second letter, Peter reminds us of the faith we share, and the gift of God in Jesus. As an eye-witness to the life, death, and resurrection, Peter wants his readers to be sure of the basics of their faith, and the great power of God that they reveal.

God has given us all that we need for a godly life through our relationship with Him. And that life comes with great promises from God. Peter encourages us to grow in responding to God’s promises.

The second half of the chapter gives us unique insight into Peter’s own relationship with Jesus, and thus his love and concern for his readers (including us). Peter’s transformation started with seeing the works of God, and hearing His voice (when Jesus was transfigured on the mountain). This experience of God’s words and works led Peter to treasure the records of God’s Word, activity, and purpose – the books of Scripture.

As we read today, let’s allow the words of scripture to cause our love for God, our experience of His works, and our responsiveness to His words, to increase.

Have a great day!
Mark.

Bible Reading Day 325

Day 325: November 21 (James 2)

Good morning!

After a waterfall of wisdom nuggets in Chapter 1, James moves to focus on two important topics today: don’t show favoritism, and DO show your faith through your works.

As you reflect on his instructions today, consider this – that the two are related. Our actions show our hearts better than our words. If we fall into the temptation to treat some people with more honor than others, based on outward appearances or benefit to ourselves, our actions show that there is something adrift with our faith. And if we talk a good talk, it is only of value if we also walk a good walk!

So today I encourage you to let your faith in Jesus burn brightly, and catch your actions on fire in radical obedience to His example!

Have a great day!

Mark.

Bible Reading Day 321

Day 321: November 17 (Hebrews 11:20-40)

Good morning!

Happy Sunday!

Continuing in the “Hall of Faith,” the writer seems to accelerate as the list of faith giants continues. After Rahab (an unlikely candidate for accolades apart from her faith), the account is telescoped together and the rest of history before Jesus is rolled into one great statement.

These great heroes and heroines of faith were “too good for this world,” yet we have a greater gift than them!

God planned that the church would be the ones who would receive the fullness of His love in Jesus, through faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection. We are in that number today! What a joy and an inspiration for us!

Have a great day!

Mark.