Friday, April 16, 2010

New Testament in a Year - April 17

Luke 12:22 - 12:40- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

April 17

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Putting God's Kingdom First

22Jesus said to his followers, "So I tell you, don't worry about the food you need
to live. Don't worry about the clothes you need for your body. 23Life is more important
than food. And the body is more important than clothes. 24Look at the birds. They
don't plant or harvest. Birds don't save food in houses or barns. But God takes
care of them. And you are worth much more than birds. 25None of you can add any
time to your life by worrying about it. 26If you cannot do the little things, then
why worry about the big things? 27Look at the wild flowers. See how they grow. They
don't work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that even Solomon, the
great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 28God
clothes the grass in the field like that. That grass is living today, but tomorrow
it will be thrown into the fire to be burned. So you know that God will clothe you
much more. Don't have so little faith! 29So don't always think about what you will
eat or what you will drink. Don't worry about it. 30All the people in the world
try to get those things. Your Father (God) knows that you need those things. 31The
thing you should want is God's kingdom. Then all these other things you need will
be given to you.

Don't Trust in Money

32"Don't fear, little flock (group). Your Father (God) wants to give you the kingdom.
33Sell the things you have and give that money to people that need it. The riches
of this world don't continue. So get the kind of riches that continue. Get the treasure
of heaven. That treasure continues forever. Thieves can't steal your treasure in
heaven, and moths can't destroy it. 34Your heart will be where your treasure is.

Always Be Ready

35"Be ready! Be fully dressed and have your lights shining. 36Be like servants that
are waiting for their master to come home from a wedding party. The master comes
and knocks. The servants open the door for the master. 37Those servants will be
blessed when their master comes home, because he sees that his servants are ready
and waiting for him. I tell you the truth. The master will dress himself for work
and tell the servants to sit at the table. Then the master will serve them. 38Those
servants might have to wait until midnight or later for their master. But they will
be happy when their master comes in and finds them still waiting. 39Remember this:
If the owner of the house knew what time a thief was coming, then the owner would
not allow the thief to enter his house. 40So you also must be ready! The Son of
Man* will come at a time when you don't expect him!"

Footnotes: Son of Man A name Jesus used for himself. In Dan. 7:13-14, this is the
name for the Messiah, the one God chose to save his people.

"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."


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