Saturday, April 24, 2010

ThoughtForWeek - 4th Sunday in April

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4th Sunday in April

Luke 12:22-31
And He said to His disciples, "For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for
your life, as to what you shall eat; nor for your body, as to what you shall put
on. For life is more than food, and the body than clothing. Consider the ravens,
for they neither sow nor reap; and they have no storeroom nor barn; and yet God
feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life's span? If
then you cannot do even a very little thing, why are you anxious about other matters?
"Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you,
even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if
God so arrays the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown
into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O men of little faith!
"And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying.
For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows
that you need these things. But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be
added to you." Luke 12:22-31 (NAS)


Why doesn't Jesus want us to be worrying or anxious about food or clothing? Instead,
if we seek His _________, these things shall be added or given to us.

Suggested Bible Reading for Month:

April 1-7:New Testament -- Luke 5:17 through Luke 8:39. Old Testament -- Deuteronomy
chapter 32 through Joshua chapter 14.

April 8-14: New Testament -- Luke 8:40 through Luke 11:28. Old Testament -- Joshua
chapter 15 through Judges chapter 4.
April 15-21: New Testament -- Luke 11:29 through Luke 14:14. Old Testament -- Judges
chapter 5 through Judges chapter 21.
April 22-30: New Testament -- Luke 14:15 through Luke 19:48. Old Testament -- Ruth
chapter 1 through 1 Samuel chapter 17.

Easy-to-Read Version:

Jesus 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. Life is more important
than food. And the body is more important than clothes. Look 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.

"None of you can add any time to your life by worrying about it. If you cannot do
the little things, then why worry about the big things?

"Look 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. God 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

"So don't always think about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don't worry
about it. All the people in the world try to get those things. Your Father (God)
knows that you need those things. The thing you should want is God's kingdom. Then
all these other things you need will be given to you." Luke 12:22-31 (ERV)
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