Preparing for the Storm


New Testament Reading challenge Day 1

Todays Reading Mark 1-4


We are starting a 40 day read through the New Testament challenge today. The first seven days of readings will be listed at the end of this post

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Presidential addresses, Russia, bomb threats, and economic uncertainty are just a few of the things swirling around the news this morning. We live in a time when things are seemingly out of control. Worry, fear, and doubt are swirling around and creating this storm like atmosphere in our lives.

This is the atmosphere that surrounds us as we enter Lent today. Perhaps there is no better time for Lent than now. We need a re-boot. We need this time to help us refocus again on Jesus. Jesus is exactly what we need to get us straight. He is exactly what we need to ground ourselves once again.

When a storm is raging around us we oftentimes lose focus on things and get caught up in all the other stuff swirling around. In a story from today’s reading, we see the disciples in a boat with Jesus as a storm rages. The disciples begin to panic and look at everything going on around them. It is not until they refocus on Jesus does he then still the storm.

How many times do we allow our circumstances to dictate our reactions and emotions? Let this Lent be a time when we look FIRST to Jesus. By doing this we can learn to live in the midst of the storms and not allow the storms to change us but instead we can be an agent of change in the storm.

Our Reading Challenge will take us through the whole New Testament in 40 days.

Below is the first seven days of Readings including today. Remember Lent is 40 days not including Sundays so there is catch up or rest time built into this plan.

Day 1 – Ash Wednesday
Mark 1-4

Thursday Day 2 – Mark 5-8

Friday Day 3 Mark 9-12

Saturday Day 4 Mark 13-16


Monday Day 5 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Tuesday Day 6 Galatians

Wednesday Day 7 Philippians & Colossians


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