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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel - Daily Bible Readings February 4,2016


1ST READING
 
David advises Solomon to encourage his sons to walk in the ways of the Lord. This can be a problem with leadership that is inherited. The next leader gets the job because he is next in line and does not undergo any test. Let us pray for our leaders. It is difficult to pastor a large number of people because of their different needs and requirements.
 
1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12
1 When the time of David’s death drew near, he gave these instructions to his son Solomon: 2 “I am going the way of all flesh. Take courage and be a man. 3 Keep the mandate of the Lord, your God, following his ways and observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees as they are written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in whatever you do, wherever you turn, 4 and the Lord may fulfill the promise he made on my behalf when he said, ‘If your sons so conduct themselves that they remain faithful to me with their whole heart and with their whole soul, you shall always have someone of your line on the throne of Israel.’” 10 David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. 11 The length of David’s reign over Israel was forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12 Solomon was seated on the throne of his father David, with his sovereignty firmly established.
 
P S A L M
 
1 Chronicles 29:10, 11, 11-12, 12
R: Lord, you are exalted over all.
10 “Blessed may you be, O Lord, God of Israel our father, from eternity to eternity.” (R) 11 “Yours, O Lord, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory.” (R) “Lord, you are exalted over all. Yours, O Lord, is the sovereignty; you are exalted as head over all. 12 Riches and honor are from you.” (R) “In your hand are power and might; it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all.” (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
Jesus seems to be telling His disciples not to waste their time with people who refuse to believe in the Gospel. This is called triage — we decide how to spend our time and resources wisely. If we are not getting anywhere with a group of people, it may come to a point where we should “cut our losses” and leave. Then we can spend more time working with those who want to hear and respond to the Good News.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel. 100
 
Mark 6:7-13
7 Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. 8 He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick — no food, no sack, no money in their belts. 9 They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. 10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. 11 Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” 12 So they went off and preached repentance. 13 The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

think: Let us pray for our leaders. It is difficult to pastor a large number of people because of their different needs and requirements.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
 
Thank You Lord for: __________________
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Romans 13-16
 

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