Common Sense Reborn Daily Devotion

January 23

19”Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  20For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  (Matthew 18:19-20)

It took me a long time to be brave enough to lead others in any sort of Bible study or worship.  Of course, it wasn’t until I was 30 and finally read the entire Bible cover-to-cover, when I felt I was even somewhat qualified to lead anyone when it came to God or Jesus.  I did feel like I had a more common sense understanding of the Bible and I could not understand how all these “Christian” churches could constantly preach a message that contradicted the two most important ideals of the Bible:  Love God and Love People.  So when I was overseas on my first deployment, I jumped at the chance to start leading a Bible study my Platoon Leader helped launch.  Even that simple idea of starting a Bible Study group was beyond my scope of courage.  If my Platoon Leader had not been brave enough to initially start the group, I would have never had a platform to launch my classes from.  In the first week, it was just the PL and myself for the Bible Study.  And just as the passage above states, it only takes two gathered in the name of Jesus that the Holy Spirit will be present.  I felt that Spirit and the peace that passes understanding every week during our Bible Studies.

I wonder how powerful it must have felt for MLK to stand before thousands and deliver speeches steeped in Godly wisdom and world changing rhetoric.  Today’s deeper reading plan challenges you to read MLK’s last speech before he was assassinated and it is a commanding piece that drips with mighty prose.

Reading plan:  Matthew Chapter 21

Deeper reading plan:  read/listen to MLK’s speech:  “I’ve Been to the Moutaintop.”

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for your request from day 1 and ask God to help you gather many in the name of Jesus.

Fitness challenge:  cardio day:  run for 14 minutes straight.  By now your cardio goal should be running for 14 minutes solid (Not sprinting-at least at 50% effort of a full sprint).

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