The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.
Mark 10:13-16 MSG
Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”
Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”
They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked. “Wind and sea at his beck and call!”
Mark 4:35-41 MSG
He continued, “Do you see how this story works? All my stories work this way.
“The farmer plants the Word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear the Word than Satan snatches away what has been planted in them.
“And some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear the Word, they respond with great enthusiasm. But there is such shallow soil of character that when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.
“The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.
“But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.”
Mark 4:13-20 MSG
Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid. Do I act for GOD? Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but GOD used those same plans for my GOOD, as you see all around you right now—life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I’ll take care of you and your children.” He reassured them, speaking with them heart-to-heart.
Genesis 50:19-21 MSG
Day 22 Mon, Feb 23, 2015 Mark 1-3 Psalm 18:25-50
Day 23 Tue, Feb 24, 2015 Mark 4-6 Psalm 19
Day 24 Wed, Feb 25, 2015 Mark 7-9 Psalm 20
Day 25 Thu, Feb 26, 2015 Mark 10-12 Psalm 21
Day 26 Fri, Feb 27, 2015 Mark 13-14 Psalm 22:1-11
Day 27 Sat, Feb 28, 2015 Mark 15-16 Psalm 22:12-31
Day 28 Sun, Mar 1, 2015 Reflection
"But there in jail GOD was still with Joseph: He reached out in kindness to him; he put him on good terms with the head jailer. The head jailer put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners—he ended up managing the whole operation. The head jailer gave Joseph free rein, never even checked on him, because GOD was with him; whatever he did GOD made sure it worked out for the best."
Genesis 39: 21-23 MSG
Take a good look at me, God, my God;
I want to look life in the eye,
So no enemy can get the best of me
or laugh when I fall on my face.
I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms--
I’m celebrating your rescue.
I’m singing at the top of my lungs,
I’m so full of answered prayers.
Psalm 13:3-6 MSG
Day 15 Mon, Feb 16, 2015 Genesis 33-34 Psalm 13
Day 16 Tue, Feb 17, 2015 Genesis 35-36 Psalm 14
Day 17 Wed, Feb 18, 2015 Genesis 37-39 Psalm 15
Day 18 Thu, Feb 19, 2015 Genesis 40-42 Psalm 16
Day 19 Fri, Feb 20, 2015 Genesis 43-46 Psalm 17
Day 20 Sat, Feb 21, 2015 Genesis 47-50 Psalm 18:1-24
Day 21 Sun, Feb 22, 2015 Reflection
Day 8 Mon, Feb 9, 2015 Genesis 15-17 Psalm 7
Day 9 Tue, Feb 10, 2015 Genesis 18-20 Psalm 8
Day 10 Wed, Feb 11, 2015 Genesis 21-23 Psalm 9
Day 11 Thu, Feb 12, 2015 Genesis 24-26 Psalm 10
Day 12 Fri, Feb 13, 2015 Genesis 27-29 Psalm 11
Day 13 Sat, Feb 14, 2015 Genesis 30-32 Psalm 12
Day 14 Sun, Feb 15, 2015 Reflection