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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mark 8:34-37

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"

Greetings Bible Enthusiast!

A reader asked what the Bible means when it says, "Die to self." Jesus answered that question when He prayed in the Garden shortly before He was arrested, "Not my will, Father, but Yours."

Jesus was willing to die for us even though it went against every self-preservation instinct he had as a man. We know, as a result of that agonized prayer, that He did not want to be tortured and killed, but he did it willingly because it was the will of His Father.

We also must be willing to do whatever it takes to do the will of our Heavenly Father as well. (See Bible verse)

God Bless You!

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Q. What was the name of the sorcerer in Samaria who became a believer?

Answer below.



"Spread out your petition before God, and then say, 'Thy will, not mine, be done.' The sweetest lesson I have learned in God's school is to let the Lord choose for me.

-Dwight L. Moody


An applicant for driver's license came to the question: "How many feet are required to stop car traveling 30 mph?"

He answered: "Two feet, one for the clutch, one for the brake." He got his license.

-The Railway Clerk



Q. What was the name of the sorcerer in Samaria who became a believer?

A. Simon

But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was something great...

Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

Acts 8:9-13

As the story continues, Simon becomes poisoned by his greed for the power of the Holy Spirit and asks Peter if he can buy the power to bestow the Holy Spirit on others. He is rebuked by Peter, and goes on to ask for prayer to help him repent.

The Bible does not tell us the end of this man's story, but the lust for power sounds just as familiar in our modern day setting.

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