Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of Are You Good for Nothing?
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Luke 14:26-27 and Luke 14:33

Week 33: Day 2

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Mark 9-10

9:1 And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” 2Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became radiantly white, more so than any launderer in the world could bleach them. 4Then Elijah appeared before them along with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5So Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6(For they were afraid, and he did not know what to say.) 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my one dear Son. Listen to him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more except Jesus. 9As they were coming down from the mountain, he gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10They kept this statement to themselves, discussing what this rising from the dead meant. 11Then they asked him, “Why do the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?” 12He said to them, “Elijah does indeed come first, and restores all things. And why is it written that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be despised? 13But I tell you that Elijah has certainly come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him.” 14When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and experts in the law arguing with them. 15When the whole crowd saw him, they were amazed and ran at once and greeted him. 16He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17A member of the crowd said to him, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that makes him mute. 18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they were not able to do so.” 19He answered them, “You unbelieving generation! How much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I endure you? Bring him to me.” 20So they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell on the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22It has often thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23Then Jesus said to him, “‘If you are able?’ All things are possible for the one who believes.” 24Immediately the father of the boy cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was quickly gathering, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26It shrieked, threw him into terrible convulsions, and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He is dead!” 27But Jesus gently took his hand and raised him to his feet, and he stood up. 28Then, after he went into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 29He told them, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” 30They went out from there and passed through Galilee. But Jesus did not want anyone to know, 31for he was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32But they did not understand this statement and were afraid to ask him. 33Then they came to Capernaum. After Jesus was inside the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35After he sat down, he called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” 38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him because no one who does a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say anything bad about me. 40For whoever is not against us is for us. 41For I tell you the truth, whoever gives you a cup of water because you bear Christ’s name will never lose his reward. 42“If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone tied around his neck and to be thrown into the sea. 43If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than to have two hands and go into hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 47If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out! It is better to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48where their worm never dies and the fire is never quenched. 49Everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” 10:1 Then Jesus left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan River. Again crowds gathered to him, and again, as was his custom, he taught them. 2Then some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “He wrote this commandment for you because of your hard hearts. 6But from the beginning of creation he made them male and female. 7For this reason a man will leave his father and mother, 8and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 10In the house once again, the disciples asked him about this. 11So he told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12And if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 13Now people were bringing little children to him for him to touch, but the disciples scolded those who brought them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16After he took the children in his arms, he placed his hands on them and blessed them. 17Now as Jesus was starting out on his way, someone ran up to him, fell on his knees, and said, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” 20The man said to him, “Teacher, I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws since my youth.” 21As Jesus looked at him, he felt love for him and said, “You lack one thing. Go, sell whatever you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22But at this statement, the man looked sad and went away sorrowful, for he was very rich. 23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 24The disciples were astonished at these words. But again Jesus said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were even more astonished and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, but not for God; all things are possible for God.” 28Peter began to speak to him, “Look, we have left everything to follow you!” 29Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel 30who will not receive in this age a hundred times as much—homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields, all with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” 32They were on the way, going up to Jerusalem. Jesus was going ahead of them, and they were amazed, but those who followed were afraid. He took the Twelve aside again and began to tell them what was going to happen to him. 33“Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and experts in the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles. 34They will mock him, spit on him, flog him severely, and kill him. Yet after three days, he will rise again.” 35Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37They said to him, “Permit one of us to sit at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I experience?” 39They said to him, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism I experience, 40but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give. It is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41Now when the other 10 heard this, they became angry with James and John. 42Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. 43But it is not this way among you. Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 46They came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many scolded him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up! He is calling you.” 50He threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “Rabbi, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the road. (NET Bible)

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