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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

October 31 – Luke 17-18

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • There is a lot in these chapters that could be meditated on!
  • In the story of the ten lepers that were cleansed, it is remarkable that only ONE returned to give thanks and praise God
  • And he was a Samaritan – a “foreigner” to “God’s people”
  • In response, Jesus told him, “Your faith has made you well.”
  • (In line with the rest of the Gospels, it is clear that Jesus is talking about spiritual health, being made well of sins)
  • (There are two areas of healing, physical and spiritual)
  • (The other 9 lepers were healed physically, but their greatest need was not addressed)
  • (The one who praised God was healed both physically and spiritually)
  • (A mark of a true follower of Christ is loving HIM, not simply His blessings)

How Points to Christ

  • Jesus Christ heals by taking on our infirmities on the cross

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  • Please pray that my life would be characterized by rejoicing and joy
  • And please pray that I would treasure and delight infinitely more in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior than the blessings He gives.
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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

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Teli of India

Population: 17,130,000

Language: Hindi

Religion: Hinduism

Evangelical: 0.00%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

October 30 – Luke 14-16

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • There is a lot in these chapters that could be meditated on!
  • In Luke 15, Jesus gives us three parables of lost things, and there is so much meat in these parables
  • Moving from 1 out of 100 lost sheep, to 1 out of 10 lost coins, to 1 out of 2 lost sons, Jesus is moving us from lesser value to greater value, with the last parable showing a human being of infinite value
  • God is compassionate and sent Jesus to save the lost
  • Yet, if we miss the reason why Jesus told these parables, we would be missing one other powerful truth Jesus was teaching
  • In Luke 15:1-2, the Pharisees and scribes were grumbling that Jesus receives sinners and eats with them
  • Therefore, in the three parables, Jesus is showing how hypocritical and evil they were
  • In the things of lesser value, sheep and coins, there were no opponents to someone going to seek and save the lost
  • However, in relation to human beings, who have infinite value as created in God’s image, the older son opposed the father showing compassion and wanting to save the lost
  • Similarly, the Pharisees and scribes are just like this older son who is worse than the prodigal son and so much worse than the compassionate father who loves the lost and longs to save them

How Points to Christ

  • Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost
  • Jesus Christ died to save sinners

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  • Please pray for a compassion for the lost
  • And please pray that churches would welcome the lost into their arms and preach Christ to them
  • Without love and compassion, we miss a huge component of who God is
  • With love and compassion, but without preaching the Gospel, we miss the greatest power God gives to save the lost
  • We need to love and show compassion, with its greatest expression being the preaching of the Gospel

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

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Population: 810,000

Language: Maay

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.00%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

October 29 – Luke 12-13

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • There is a lot in these chapters that could be meditated on!
  • In Luke 12:16-21, we read, “16And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
  • Everything God gives to people can be used for His glory
  • Yet, it is so easy to turn God’s gifts into ends in themselves, seeking simply to accumulate God’s gifts, forgetting that God’s gifts are to be spread to others for God’s glory

How Points to Christ

  • Jesus Christ voluntarily became poor, so that through His death, we can become rich
  • Christ left his throne in heaven to die for sinners, so that sinners, through repentance and faith, can share in Christ’s riches in heaven

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  • Please pray for wisdom and passion to use all that God has entrusted to me for His glory (time, money, home, car, resources, energy, relationships, etc)
  • And please pray that churches would increasingly get better at training Christians how to live for God’s glory with everything in their lives (not to compartmentalize their lives into thinking there are some “secular” areas, and other “holy areas”)
  • All of life is for God’s glory!

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

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Please pray for the …

Population: 980,000

Language: Nung

Religion: Ethnic Religions

Evangelical: 0.13%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

October 28 – Luke 10-11

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • There is a lot in these chapters that could be meditated on!
  • In Luke 10:17-20, we read, “17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
  • There are so many blessings being a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ
  • God gives supernatural power to fight spiritual warfare
  • In other Bible passages, with the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Jesus’ disciples have power to transform lives from the inside out, preaching God’s Word to re-create hearts
  • In addition, Jesus tells us He will protect His disciples with His power
  • But, verse 20 is incredibly powerful as Jesus directs our gaze to what our rejoicing should focus on
  • We are to focus our rejoicing not on Jesus’ blessings and the power and protection He gives, but on JESUS as a person and our new relationship with Him
  • W are to rejoice that through the Gospel, our names are written in heaven, with the presence of Jesus Christ

How Points to Christ

  • Our names are written in heaven only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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  • Please pray that I would rejoice and boast only in the cross of Jesus Christ
  • Please pray that all of the work I seek to do for Christ and His Kingdom would simply be out of an overflow of love and rejoicing in the Gospel that saved me into His presence for all eternity
  • And please pray that as I share Christ with others, that I would share Christ, and not simply the blessings He gives

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