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Daily Reading: Joshua 9:3-10:43 ESV, Luke 16:19-17:10 ESV, Psalm 83:1-18 ESV, Proverbs 13:4 ESV

Daily Verse: “But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.” (Luke 16:25 ESV

ZOE (2222): “Life in the absolute sense, life as God has it, which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself and which the Son manifested in the world.  Eternal life is the present actual possession of the believer because of his relationship with Christ, and that it will one day extend its domain to the sphere of the body is assured by the resurrection of Christ.  Describing the present sojourn of man upon the earth with reference to its duration.”[I]

Whole life.

Earthly struggles may overwhelm us sometimes, but we haven’t received the reward yet.  Lazarus suffered on earth, but he enjoys the rewards of heaven.  The rich man on earth, blind to God’s warnings, already enjoyed his best moment in eternity.  Lazarus’s sufferings pale compared to the prospects of eternity for the lost soul.

Life with Christ brings fullness you can find no other way.  Embracing His grace and mercy into your life will change you.  As the spring buds blossom into magnificent flowers with vibrant colors, you too will bloom.  Our earthly journey leads us to the heavenly realms when we follow Jesus.

Live fully.

Introducing someone to Jesus means helping them get to know Him. Applying Jesus’ teachings to your life will help others do the same.

“And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 ESV)

Jesus shows us how to live our lives so we can do the same for others.  Living for Christ means helping others do so as well.  Together, the body of Christ grows as we seek Him diligently, assisting others on the journey.

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21 ESV)

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p.110) Thomas Nelson

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