Hello everybody!

Here you will find the daily readings for 5 weeks, but no links so you will have to use your own bibles this month!
Keep this mailing as you will need it for these next few weeks.
The daily comments are very brief – only one sentence basically – but you can get more information about the individuals from a Bible Dictionary or even Wikipedia!
Enjoy finding out about these people; many of them are little known characters in the larger Bible Story. Like you however, they had a part to play in God’s great story of redemption. 

Week beginning Sunday 2nd August   Peter and the people he met.

 

Monday          3rd        Read about Peter.                             Luke 9:18-20 

v 20.  Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from God!”

He was the first disciple to acknowledge Jesus as God’s planned Messiah.

 

Tuesday         4th        Read about Cornelius                      Acts 10:23-33

v 33. Now we are all here, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you.”

Peter preaches and sees the first Gentiles turn to follow Jesus.

 

Wednesday    5th        Read about Rhoda                            Acts 12:11-15

v 14. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!”

The young woman who forgot to open the door to let Peter come in!

 

Thursday       6th        Read about Dorcas                           Acts 9:36-43

v 36. She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. 

Raised from the dead to go on doing kind things for others.

 

Friday             7th        Read about Silas                               1 Peter 5:8-14

v 11. I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother.

Peter’s faithful letter writer who became a blessing to many readers.

 

Week beginning Sunday 9th  August   Mary, the ordinary mother.

 

Monday          10th      Mary the young mother                    Matthew 1:18-25 v 23.  Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son,
            and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’
       

How might a young woman, unmarried and pregnant, feel about this?

 

Tuesday         11th      Mary the anxious mother                 Luke 2:41-52

v 46.  Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions.

A very worrying three days for Mary – Do you recall another worrying three days for her?

 

Wednesday    12th      Mary the challenging mother          John 2:1-11

v 5.  But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

I wonder what was in Mary’s mind at this point? Did she then have some clearer idea of who Jesus was, and of the God-given power He had?

 

 

Thursday       13th      Mary the grieving mother                John 19:25-27

v 25.  Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene.

Reflect on how hard, and brave, it must have been for Mary to stand by and watch her first-born son die in such agonising circumstances.

 

Friday             14th      Mary the praying mother                 Acts 1:12-14

v 14.  They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus.

From her early words in Luke 1:38, I am the Lord’s servant. ‘  and right through the story we see Mary as a woman in touch with God.

 

Week beginning Sunday 16th  August   John and the people he met.

 

Monday          17th      Read about John                              Luke 9:28-36

v 28.  About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray.

He was one of the 3 disciples privileged to share Jesus’ intimate prayer life.

 

Tuesday         18th      Read about Gaius                             3 John 1-8

v 2Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.

John’s genuine concern for a close friend who is a church leader.

 

Wednesday    19th      Read about Diotrephes                    3 John 9-10

v 9.  Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader …

The sad case of a disciple who loved status, and to be in the limelight.

 

Thursday       20th      Read about Demetrius                     3 John 11-14

v 12.  Everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, as does the truth itself. 

One of John’s friends who had a deservedly great reputation!

 

Friday             21st      Read about James                            Acts 12:1-4

v 1King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword.

How keenly John must have felt the martyrdom of his close brother.

 

Week beginning Sunday 23rd  August

Mary Magdalene and the situations she encountered.

 

Monday          24th      The healed woman                           Luke 8:1-3

v 2.   Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons;

A woman who followed Jesus and owed her life and sanity to Him.

 

Tuesday         25th      At the cross                                       John 19:23-27

v 25.  Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother .. and Mary Magdalene. 

She was one of the women who stood by Jesus to the very end as He died.

 

Wednesday    26th      Performing the burial rites.             Mark 16:1-4

v 1.  When the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome purchased burial spices to anoint Jesus’ body.

She was determined to do the right thing for Jesus even after he had died.

 

Thursday       27th      First witness to the resurrection   John 20:11-17

v 16.  “Mary!” Jesus said.  She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” 

Much to her surprise, she was the first one to meet the risen Jesus.

 

Friday             28th      Tells the disciples                             John 20:18

v 18 Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the

Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

Jesus entrusted to her the task of telling the disciples about His resurrection.

 

Week beginning Sunday 30th  August     Paul and the people he met.

 

Monday          31st      Read about Paul                       1 Timothy 1:12-17

v 14.  Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was!

Paul often reflects on God’s grace in transforming his life from being a persecutor of Christians to becoming an announcer of the Gospel.

 

Tuesday         1st        Read about Phoebe                          Romans 16:1-2

v 2.  Welcome her in the Lord as one who is worthy of honour among God’s people.

A woman whose church leadership role was commended by Paul.

 

Wednesday    2nd       Read about Priscilla and Aquila     Acts 18:1-4

v 3.  Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakersjust as he was.

Paul earned his living whilst living with this couple in Corinth. They had been expelled from Rome in an anti-Semitic purge.

 

Thursday       3rd        Read about Luke                        2 Timothy 4:9-15

v 11.  Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come.

Luke, the doctor, travelled with Paul and wrote the Book of Acts as a result.

 

Friday             4th        Read about Philemon                       Philemon 1-7

vv 1-2.  I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker .. and to the church that meets in your house.

Philemon had the church meeting in his house and Paul appealed to him to accept back his runaway slave, Onesimus.

 

Hub Daily Notes for August