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January 13

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Pastor’s Note

How good it is when quarrels are quelled and calm is established, even with the unscrupulous types like Laban. Sometimes, as Jesus taught us in Matthew 10:34-39, peace is not possible. And if it is not, we can rest in the fact that there were many who resisted, maligned and despised the Lord Jesus Christ. If we incur tension and conflict that cannot be quelled, may we “take up our own cross” and gladly entrust ourselves to the One who knows that pain all too well.

— Pastor Mike

Genesis 31-32

Jacob Flees from Laban

31:1 Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, “Jacob has taken all that was our father’s, and from what was our father’s he has gained all this wealth.” And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him with favor as before. Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.”

So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was and said to them, “I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me. You know that I have served your father with all my strength, yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not permit him to harm me. If he said, ‘The spotted shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore spotted; and if he said, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore striped. Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me. 10 In the breeding season of the flock I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream that the goats that mated with the flock were striped, spotted, and mottled. 11 Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’ 12 And he said, ‘Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that mate with the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled, for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now arise, go out from this land and return to the land of your kindred.’” 14 Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father’s house? 15 Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money. 16 All the wealth that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do.”

17 So Jacob arose and set his sons and his wives on camels. 18 He drove away all his livestock, all his property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac. 19 Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 20 And Jacob tricked [1] Laban the Aramean, by not telling him that he intended to flee. 21 He fled with all that he had and arose and crossed the Euphrates, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.

22 When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled, 23 he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him for seven days and followed close after him into the hill country of Gilead. 24 But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”

25 And Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsmen pitched tents in the hill country of Gilead. 26 And Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done, that you have tricked me and driven away my daughters like captives of the sword? 27 Why did you flee secretly and trick me, and did not tell me, so that I might have sent you away with mirth and songs, with tambourine and lyre? 28 And why did you not permit me to kiss my sons and my daughters farewell? Now you have done foolishly. 29 It is in my power to do you harm. But the God of your [2] father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’ 30 And now you have gone away because you longed greatly for your father’s house, but why did you steal my gods?” 31 Jacob answered and said to Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force. 32 Anyone with whom you find your gods shall not live. In the presence of our kinsmen point out what I have that is yours, and take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.

33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he did not find them. And he went out of Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s. 34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel’s saddle and sat on them. Laban felt all about the tent, but did not find them. 35 And she said to her father, “Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the way of women is upon me.” So he searched but did not find the household gods.

36 Then Jacob became angry and berated Laban. Jacob said to Laban, “What is my offense? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued me? 37 For you have felt through all my goods; what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my kinsmen and your kinsmen, that they may decide between us two. 38 These twenty years I have been with you. Your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams of your flocks. 39 What was torn by wild beasts I did not bring to you. I bore the loss of it myself. From my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. 40 There I was: by day the heat consumed me, and the cold by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes. 41 These twenty years I have been in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. 42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.”

43 Then Laban answered and said to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day for these my daughters or for their children whom they have borne? 44 Come now, let us make a covenant, you and I. And let it be a witness between you and me.” 45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.” And they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 47 Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, [3] but Jacob called it Galeed. [4] 48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” Therefore he named it Galeed, 49 and Mizpah, [5] for he said, “The Lord watch between you and me, when we are out of one another’s sight. 50 If you oppress my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no one is with us, see, God is witness between you and me.”

51 Then Laban said to Jacob, “See this heap and the pillar, which I have set between you and me. 52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and you will not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, to do harm. 53 The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” So Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac, 54 and Jacob offered a sacrifice in the hill country and called his kinsmen to eat bread. They ate bread and spent the night in the hill country.

55  [6] Early in the morning Laban arose and kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned home.

Jacob Fears Esau

32:1 Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s camp!” So he called the name of that place Mahanaim. [7]

And Jacob sent [8] messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have sojourned with Laban and stayed until now. I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.’”

And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.” Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps, thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape.”

And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11 Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12 But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’”

13 So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau, 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty milking camels and their calves, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16 These he handed over to his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass on ahead of me and put a space between drove and drove.” 17 He instructed the first, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks you, ‘To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these ahead of you?’ 18 then you shall say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a present sent to my lord Esau. And moreover, he is behind us.’” 19 He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, “You shall say the same thing to Esau when you find him, 20 and you shall say, ‘Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he thought, “I may appease him [9] with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.” [10] 21 So the present passed on ahead of him, and he himself stayed that night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles with God

22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, [11] and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, [12] for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, [13] saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.

Matthew 10:24-42

24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant [14] above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign [15] those of his household.

Have No Fear

26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. [16] 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? [17] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Rewards

40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

Footnotes

[1] 31:20 Hebrew stole the heart of; also verses 26, 27
[2] 31:29 The Hebrew for your is plural here
[3] 31:47 Aramaic the heap of witness
[4] 31:47 Hebrew the heap of witness
[5] 31:49 Mizpah means watchpost
[6] 31:55 Ch 32:1 in Hebrew
[7] 32:2 Mahanaim means two camps
[8] 32:3 Or had sent
[9] 32:20 Hebrew appease his face
[10] 32:20 Hebrew he will lift my face
[11] 32:22 Or sons
[12] 32:28 Israel means He strives with God, or God strives
[13] 32:30 Peniel means the face of God
[14] 10:24 Greek bondservant; also verse 25
[15] 10:25 Greek lacks will they malign
[16] 10:28 Greek Gehenna
[17] 10:29 Greek assarion, Roman copper coin (Latin quadrans) worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)

  • NonieS

    Genesis 31

    20 And Jacob tricked Laban the Aramean, by not telling him that he intended to flee. 21 He fled with all that he had and arose and crossed the Euphrates, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.

    Even though God told Jacob to go, he tricked his father-in-law, by not telling him hewas leaving, and Rachel stole her father’s household gods;
    but Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them. So much deceit and lying. Lord let me be obedient to you and not be deceptive to others.

    Genesis 32 – Jacob wretstles with God

    25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
    28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

    Some say that it was an angel that Jacob wrestled, but it was God who changed his name from Jacob to Israel. Logos says it this way: Before Jacob entered the land of promise, he was met by God who both crippled and blessed him. This event was an important turning point in the patriarch’s life.

    Matthew 10

    34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

    As we just finished celebrating the birth of Christ, we see many Christmas cards saying, “Peace on Earth.” Jesus tells us that He has not come to bring peace. If we love anyone more than Him, we are not worthy of Him. We are living in such a child centered society, that the children are almost gods. We must put Jesus first in our lives always! Maranatha!

    • CheriClark

      “Before Jacob entered the land of promise, he was met by God who both crippled and blessed him.” That statement says a lot.

  • Beth Metcalf

    Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matt.10:39 (Lord, my life is yours.. help me make it so!)

    • CheriClark

      Yes, Lord, use me.

  • CheriClark

    OT
    Gen 32:10 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps.

    Then: Jacob has split his family into two camps. He is afraid of Esau. So he turns to God and he prays. He starts by acknowledging that he is not worthy of the love and faithfulness that God has shown him. He came into Jordan with only his staff and he is leaving with two camps.

    Always: We should always acknowledge the love and faithfulness that God blesses us with.

    Now: What are you dealing with? Are there difficulties in your life? Is there a pain you are dealing with? In those times we need to turn to God. We need to acknowledge His love towards us. We need to acknowledge His faithfulness to us even when we are faithless. We need to pray to Him and call out for His help. He who has been faithful to us will continue to be.

    NT
    Matt 10:32 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

    Then: Jesus is explaining that persecution will come. Some will be tempted to avoid the persecution by denying Jesus. But they will face even harder consequences than the persecution of this world for they will suffer the eternal consequences of not being His disciple.

    Always: We must boldly endure to the end proclaiming Jesus.

    Now: If we love Jesus we will proclaim Him. If we serve Him, we will declare that we are His disciple. We will not be concerned about the persecution of this life for we will live for the eternity with Him.

    • Anne Ventura

      If we count our blessings, we will find that we have abundantly more of those than we realize.

  • Karen Chien

    . 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

    God is King and expects full devotion and loyalty to Him. Yes He has given us the blessing of family members as a relationship to show His love for us but when we esteem others higher than God then it is a sin. When we have surrendered our life to Christ we are saying He is Lord and Ruler over us. There is no person, no other figure of authority that trumps Christ. Often times we cant see that the hindrance is not only the people in our lives luring us away from whole hearted devotion to the Lord but it’s actually our own self… the idol of self. We place our needs, our wants, our desires, our priorities and wants before the True Lord and make ourselves lord. This is the reason we have conflicting agendas when we want to serve ourselves but the Bible says to lay down our life for others. As followers of Christ may we live a life of obedience to His commandments and not worthless acts of sacrifice. May we lose our life by denying our selfish pursuits to seek out Christ our Lord who will reign forever .

    • CheriClark

      Yes, may we live lives that show He is our first love.

  • Anne Ventura

    Gen 32:25

    When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.

    May every step I take remind me of your Divine Grace Lord and may I not struggle to fix everything on my own, but lie in the freedom to know you are in charge.

    Mt. 10:32-33

    32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

    May I take every opportunity to tell people the truth about you Lord. In an increasingly dark and evil world there is hope in you, hope that shines as bright as the sun. Behind the clouds the son always shines.

    • CheriClark

      Yes, may we be faithful to proclaim Him.

  • Kelly Sawyer

    Genesis 3112b :for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.

    What comfort it is to know that the Lord sees it all, nothing is missed by him.

    • CrisFrancisco

      Amen sister! That’s a great thought and reminder.

    • CheriClark

      What great comfort there is in that.

  • CrisFrancisco

    Daily Bible Reading for January 13, 2018

    OT

    9 And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11 Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12 But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’” (‭Genesis‬ ‭32‬:‭9-12‬ ESV)
    Jacob’s prayer is one that shows his love and respect and gratitude toward God, his awareness of God’s promises, his recognition of his unworthiness before his loving and faithful God, his extreme need of help and the sovereignty of his great God.

    We would do well to pray the same type of prayers and have the same type of thoughts toward God. May we model this each day as we worship God.

    NT

    28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭28‬ ESV)
    May we fear God rather than man. He is the one who is in total control. He is the one to whom we are accountable and he alone can save.

    Father in heaven, may I walk in complete surrender to you. Change my heart to be bent to follow you whenever, wherever, and whatever you want me to do, no matter the cost. Help me to trust you and me that be evident in the way that I think, speak, and act. Thank you for the love that you have shown to us through your son Jesus Christ. I thank you for your Holy Spirit, who has brought me from death into life in order to know who you are and the great things that you have done for me. Made my life a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to you, which is my spiritual worship. May I not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of my mind, that by testing, I might discern the will of God that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

    • CheriClark

      I echo that beautiful prayer.

  • RyanDamato

    Matthew 10-
    36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

    Jesus lays down one of the most controversial statements in all of scripture (in contrast to the current family structures and priorities). The point that Jesus is making is far deeper than the understanding of a man’s earthly emotions. Jesus is telling his students here that full trust and obedience to him is not an easy transaction. Life in that day revolved around family and bloodlines but Jesus is saying that they needed to be ready to lose that and follow him.
    It’s so difficult to think through the repercussions of this statement. For Christians, we need to hold on to this perspective and rejoice in knowing that following him puts us into a new and incredible family! We should also consider this as we share the gospel. We should really help those we’re reaching to count the costs and examine the incredible benefits.
    This whole passage is so loaded. There is so much that I need to consider as well as praise God for. I’m so thankful for everything he’s done in my life so for that, it’s not hard for me to put him first in all my relationships. Now picking up my cross daily…that’s a huge statement and a very difficult one to consider and NOT take lightly. I need to sacrifice my worldly desires and I need to align myself with God’s plan. This is not easy and will cause me to evaluate the things I need to sacrifice every day! It’s also incredibly convicting and encouraging to know that it’s NOT a command or expectation through a model or example from some undeserving person. This is Jesus who should not have been carrying his own cross (for reasons of being guilty of anything) but did it knowingly and obediently for the sake of the world.

    • CheriClark

      Yes, may we examine our lives to see what we need to”sacrifice” every day. May we live lives that show He is our first love.

  • Alyssa Sherman

    Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37

    This, and many verses like it, are found all throughout the gospels. I don’t fully understand what family dynamics were like at this time but I can imagine most families were fairly tight knit and stuck together—some even having their married children staying in the home with them (like we are reading now with the story of Jacob working for Laban and taking his daughters as wives). Then I think now about families who are already committed to moving to Boise for the new church plant. Some of them leaving mother and father or even sons and daughters…all for the sake of the gospel. I remember a sermon PM preached on this topic and he said sometimes things we do will “feel” like hate towards others (even family) because our love for God is so much stronger—wow, that sounds crazy! But because my love for God supersedes my love for anyone on this earth, I want to have a willing heart to leave my mother and father and any family or friends behind for the sake of the gospel. This is a far greater and more rewarding goal in this short span of time we call life.

    • CheriClark

      Yes, may God be our first love.

  • Sam Funk

    Gen 31: 53 The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” So Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac,

    A couple of interesting thoughts come to mind. 1) This is the only time that I know that the God of Abraham is also referred to as the God of Nahor. They were both sons of Terah (unless it is speaking about Nahor son of Serug who fathered Terah). 2) vvs. 42, 53 The God of Abraham is also called the Fear of Isaac, a term not used anywhere else in scripture.

    Gen 32: 13 So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau,

    Jacob knew his twin brother’s soft spot; Esau liked material things and healthy flocks were valuable.

    Matt 10: 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

    This perspective is not taught in most parenting classes that I am aware of. Even some “Christian” organizations teach “Family first”.

    • CheriClark

      May Jesus always be our first love

  • Tracy Libby

    And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
    Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 💙 ~Matthew 10:38-39

  • Joey Sather

    28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell…
    32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 10:28, 32 & 33

    Jesus give me the boldness to acknowledge you before men and proclaim the good news that you came to save sinners from hell.

    • CheriClark

      Yes, Lord, me also.

  • Austin Segar

    28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:28-31)

    What a blessing it was to read about my Master’s love and care for me today. In the midst of trying time, persecution, and adversity may my heart find peace in the comfort of Christ.

    • CheriClark

      Such love and care God gives to us.

  • Laura Smith

    Matt 10:34-39 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

    Love the Creator, not the creation.

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