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Day 353 – Sharing the Gospel

Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read that we are always urged by Peter to be prepared and defend anyone who calls you to defend your faith. When we are called to defend our faith, we should do it with gentleness and reverence. We are also encouraged to be always on guard and practice hospitality to one another.

We should also put whatever gifts we received towards the service of others.

The Devil is always in our midst that is prowling like a lion looking to temp and “devour” us. We should not live in fear and should look to God. As Christians, we are called to bring Christ into our personal relationships to benefit others.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

1 Peter 3

1 In the same way, you wives should be obedient to your husbands. Then if there are some husbands who do not believe the Word, they may find themselves won over, without a word spoken, by the way their wives behave,

2 when they see the reverence and purity of your way of life.

3 Your adornment should be not an exterior one, consisting of braided hair or gold jewellery or fine clothing,

4 but the interior disposition of the heart, consisting in the imperishable quality of a gentle and peaceful spirit, so precious in the sight of God.

5 That was how the holy women of the past dressed themselves attractively — they hoped in God and were submissive to their husbands;

6 like Sarah, who was obedient to Abraham, and called him her lord. You are now her children, as long as you live good lives free from fear and worry.

7 In the same way, husbands must always treat their wives with consideration in their life together, respecting a woman as one who, though she may be the weaker partner, is equally an heir to the generous gift of life. This will prevent anything from coming in the way of your prayers.

8 Finally: you should all agree among yourselves and be sympathetic; love the brothers, have compassion and be self-effacing.

9 Never repay one wrong with another, or one abusive word with another; instead, repay with a blessing. That is what you are called to do, so that you inherit a blessing.

10 For Who among you delights in life, longs for time to enjoy prosperity? Guard your tongue from evil, your lips from any breath of deceit.

11 Turn away from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the upright, his ear turned to their cry. But the Lord’s face is set against those who do evil.

13 No one can hurt you if you are determined to do only what is right;

14 and blessed are you if you have to suffer for being upright. Have no dread of them; have no fear.

15 Simply proclaim the Lord Christ holy in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have.

16 But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their accusations.

17 And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

18 Christ himself died once and for all for sins, the upright for the sake of the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life,

19 and, in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison.

20 They refused to believe long ago, while God patiently waited to receive them, in Noah’s time when the ark was being built. In it only a few, that is eight souls, were saved through water.

21 It is the baptism corresponding to this water which saves you now — not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a goodconscience given to God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

22 who has entered heaven and is at God’s right hand, with angels, ruling forces and powers subject to him.

1 Peter 4

1 As Christ has undergone bodily suffering, you too should arm yourselves with the same conviction, that anyone who has undergone bodily suffering has broken with sin,

2 because for the rest of life on earth that person is ruled not by human passions but only by the will of God.

3 You spent quite long enough in the past living the sort of life that gentiles choose to live, behaving in a debauched way, giving way to your passions, drinking to excess, having wild parties and drunken orgies and sacrilegiously worshipping false gods.

4 So people are taken aback that you no longer hurry off with them to join this flood which is rushing down to ruin, and then abuse you for it.

5 They will have to answer for it before the judge who is to judge the living and the dead.

6 And this was why the gospel was brought to the dead as well, so that, though in their bodies they had undergone the judgement that faces all humanity, in their spirit they might enjoy the life of God.

7 The end of all things is near, so keep your minds calm and sober for prayer.

8 Above all preserve an intense love for each other, since love covers over many a sin.

9 Welcome each other into your houses without grumbling.

10 Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others.

11 If anyone is a speaker, let it be as the words of God, if anyone serves, let it be as in strength granted by God; so that in everything God may receive the glory, through Jesus Christ, since to him alone belong all glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

12 My dear friends, do not be taken aback at the testing by fire which is taking place among you, as though something strange were happening to you;

13 but in so far as you share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, so that you may enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed.

14 If you are insulted for bearing Christ’s name, blessed are you, for on you rests the Spirit of God, the Spirit of glory.

15 None of you should ever deserve to suffer for being a murderer, a thief, a criminal or an informer;

16 but if any one of you should suffer for being a Christian, then there must be no shame but thanksgiving to God for bearing this name.

17 The time has come for the judgement to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end for those who refuse to believe God’s gospel?

18 If it is hard for the upright to be saved, what will happen to the wicked and to sinners?

19 So even those whom God allows to suffer should commit themselves to a Creator who is trustworthy, and go on doing good.

1 Peter 5

1 I urge the elders among you, as a fellow-elder myself and a witness to the sufferings of Christ, and as one who is to have a share in the glory that is to be revealed:

2 give a shepherd’s care to the flock of God that is entrusted to you: watch over it, not simply as a duty but gladly, as God wants; not for sordid money, but because you are eager to do it.

3 Do not lord it over the group which is in your charge, but be an example for the flock.

4 When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the unfading crown of glory.

5 In the same way, younger people, be subject to the elders. Humility towards one another must be the garment you all wear constantly, because God opposes the proud but accords his favour to the humble.

6 Bow down, then, before the power of God now, so that he may raise you up in due time;

7 unload all your burden on to him, since he is concerned about you.

8 Keep sober and alert, because your enemy the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

9 Stand up to him, strong in faith and in the knowledge that it is the same kind of suffering that the community of your brothers throughout the world is undergoing.

10 You will have to suffer only for a little while: the God of all grace who called you to eternal glory in Christ will restore you, he willconfirm, strengthen and support you.

11 His power lasts for ever and ever. Amen.

12 I write these few words to you through Silvanus, who is a trustworthy brother, to encourage you and attest that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!

13 Your sister in Babylon, who is with you among the chosen, sends you greetings; so does my son, Mark.

14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1

1 Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in Thessalonica which is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace.

2 We always thank God for you all, mentioning you in our prayers continually.

3 We remember before our God and Father how active is the faith, how unsparing the love, how persevering the hope which you have from our Lord Jesus Christ.

4 We know, brothers loved by God, that you have been chosen,

5 because our gospel came to you not only in words, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with great effect. And you observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your sake.

6 You took us and the Lord as your model, welcoming the word with the joy of the Holy Spirit in spite of great hardship.

7 And so you became an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia

8 since it was from you that the word of the Lord rang out — and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it:

9 other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with the worship of false gods when you were converted to God and became servants of the living and true God;

10 and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven. It is he who saves us from the Retribution which is coming.

1 Thessalonians 2

1 You know yourselves, my brothers, that our visit to you has not been pointless.

2 Although, as you know, we had received rough treatment and insults at Philippi, God gave us the courage to speak his gospel to you fearlessly, in spite of great opposition.

3 Our encouragement to you does not come from any delusion or impure motives or trickery.

4 No, God has approved us to be entrusted with the gospel, and this is how we preach, seeking to please not human beings but Godwho tests our hearts.

5 Indeed, we have never acted with the thought of flattering anyone, as you know, nor as an excuse for greed, God is our witness;

6 nor have we ever looked for honour from human beings, either from you or anybody else,

7 when we could have imposed ourselves on you with full weight, as apostles of Christ. Instead, we lived unassumingly among you. Like a mother feeding and looking after her children,

8 we felt so devoted to you, that we would have been happy to share with you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, so dear had you become.

9 You remember, brothers, with what unsparing energy we used to work, slaving night and day so as not to be a burden on any one of you while we were proclaiming the gospel of God to you.

10 You are witnesses, and so is God, that our treatment of you, since you believed, has been impeccably fair and upright.

11 As you know, we treated every one of you as a father treats his children,

12 urging you, encouraging you and appealing to you to live a life worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and his glory.

13 Another reason why we continually thank God for you is that as soon as you heard the word that we brought you as God’s message, you welcomed it for what it really is, not the word of any human being, but God’s word, a power that is working among you believers.

14 For you, my brothers, have modelled yourselves on the churches of God in Christ Jesus which are in Judaea, in that you have suffered the same treatment from your own countrymen as they have had from the Jews,

15 who put the Lord Jesus to death, and the prophets too, and persecuted us also. Their conduct does not please God, and makes them the enemies of the whole human race,

16 because they are hindering us from preaching to gentiles to save them. Thus all the time they are reaching the full extent of their iniquity, but retribution has finally overtaken them.

17 Although we had been deprived of you for only a short time in body but never in affection, brothers, we had an especially strong desire and longing to see you face to face again,

18 and we tried hard to come and visit you; I, Paul, tried more than once, but Satan prevented us.

19 What do you think is our hope and our joy, and what our crown of honour in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?

20 You are, for you are our pride and joy.

1 Thessalonians 3

1 When we could not bear it any longer, we decided it would be best to be left without a companion at Athens,

2 and sent our brother Timothy, who is God’s helper in spreading the gospel of Christ, to keep you firm and encourage you about your faith

3 and prevent any of you from being unsettled by the present hardships. As you know, these are bound to come our way:

4 indeed, when we were with you, we warned you that we are certain to have hardships to bear, and that is what has happened now, as you have found out.

5 That is why, when I could not bear it any longer, I sent to assure myself of your faith: I was afraid the Tester might have put you to the test, and all our work might have been pointless.

6 However, Timothy has returned from you and has given us good news of your faith and your love, telling us that you always remember us with pleasure and want to see us quite as much as we want to see you.

7 And so, brothers, your faith has been a great encouragement to us in the middle of our own distress and hardship;

8 now we can breathe again, as you are holding firm in the Lord.

9 How can we thank God enough for you, for all the joy we feel before our God on your account?

10 We are earnestly praying night and day to be able to see you face to face again and make up any shortcomings in your faith.

11 May God our Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, ease our path to you.

12 May the Lord increase and enrich your love for each other and for all, so that it matches ours for you.

13 And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesuscomes with all his holy ones.

Proverbs 30:15-16

15 The leech has two daughters: ‘Give! Give!’ There are three insatiable things, four, indeed, that never say, ‘Enough!’

16 Sheol, the barren womb, earth which can never have its fill of water, fire which never says, ‘Enough!’


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