Lent Reading Challenge – Mark 4

The Challenge for the rest of Lent:

– Read. One chapter in the Bible each day until Easter.  Start with Mark, then read Romans.
– Pray. 10 minutes, twice a day.  No distractions, not multitasking.  Just spend time with God.
– Give. A full tithe (10% of your income) each Sunday through Easter.
 
Don’t do this religiously, do it relationally.  Scripture says in James 4:8, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  Engage this challenge prayerfully and openly, asking God to reveal Himself throughout these coming days.  Be aware and alert to the things God may be showing you.  They may be thoughts that just pop up, experiences that you have, or even just impulses that you may sense.  Also be aware that Satan, the enemy, will seek to throw you off.  Scripture calls us to put on the Full Armor of God, that we can stand against the schemes of the devil.

 Read Mark 4

Questions for Reflection:
1.  What do you make of Mark 4:12?  Jesus is quoting Isaiah 6:9-10.  What do you think it means?
2.  Many of Jesus’ teachings begin with “The Kingdom of God is like…”  How do you  (have you) see the Parable of the Growing (mustard) Seed happening in your life?  In the life of the church?  In what ways could you participate in fostering that growth?
3.  Reflect for a moment on the narrative of Jesus calming the storm.  Can you relate to the response of the disciples?  Does Jesus’ response surprise you?  When have you had an experience like this in your life where God intervened dramatically?

Prayer

Pray for yourself, that your heart would be good soil, that the Word of God would take root in you, and that it would yield a great harvest in your life!
Pray for Hopkins Community Church, that we would be a bright Kingdom light in the community of Hopkins
Pray for our facility, that it would be a tool for sharing the Gospel of God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ both to those who regularly attend here and those who are seeking God.
Be sure to spend time listening too; prayer is a conversation.  “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

2 Responses to “Lent Reading Challenge – Mark 4”

  1. Vicki says:

    Just a quick note of Thanks for challenging me! I’ve enjoyed reading the Bible, I’m going to be honest the 10 min of in the morning has been hard except the 2 hr delay day!! But at night I sit I read, and For at least 1/2 hr and it has opened my mind to God and also a better understanding of his word.

    • admin says:

      Mornings are rough!! I agree! I’ve missed the mornings a couple of times too. So glad to hear you’re in the Word! Praise God that He’s blessing your time with Him!

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