Proverbs 25:25 "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land."


ENTRY 215: OCT 29-30 The Multitudes! Various gospel passages

This entry, which contains two days of reading, covers such wonderful stories as THE FEEDING OF THE 5000 & THE 4000, JESUS WALKING ON WATER, THE SERMON ON THE BREAD OF LIFE, and JESUS’ TAKE ON WHAT IS TRULY “UNCLEAN”. 

 

ENTRY 214: OCT 28 Sending Out Apostles Various gospel passages

This entry covers topics such as COMPASSION, SACRIFICE, EVANGELISM, and PERSECUTION. Note to the reader: You may notice that the verses are all over the place – Matt 9:35-38; Matt 10:1-4; Mark 6:7; Matt 10:16-42; Matt 11:1; Luke 9:6; Mark 6:14-16; Luke 9:7-9; Matt 14:3-12a; Mark 6:17-33; Luke 9:10-11a; John 6:1 – that is because Dr F LaGard Smith’s chronological Bible harmonizes the gospels in this order – so fasten your seat belt and get ready to turn some pages! 

ENTRY 213: OCT 27 Performing Miracles Matt 8:18-22; Luke 9:57-62; Mark 4:35-41; Mark 5:1-43; Matt 9:27-34; Mark 6:1-6a

Jesus always had a purpose behind what He did. And while He did feel for people, He also didn’t heal every sick person on earth. So why the miracles? Besides helping the people that they did help, the miracles also served the purpose of demonstrating Jesus’ power on earth. This entry will focus on FAITH IN THAT AWESOME POWER!

ENTRY 212: OCT 26 Teaching Through Parables Matt 13:1-30; Matt 13:36-43; Mark 4:21-29; Matt 13:31-33; Matt 13:44-52; Matt 13:34-35; Mark 4:33-34

All four of the gospel writers record some of Jesus’ parables, but Matthew grouped many of them into one particular section of his narrative (Mark and Luke group the same ones) and we will examine them here. 

Note to the reader: You may notice that the verses are all over the place – that is because Dr F LaGard Smith’s chronological Bible harmonizes the gospels in this order – so fasten your seat belt and get ready to turn some pages! 

Five Reasons to Show ICOC HotNews in Your Church

The title says it all. Here are five great reasons (but certainly not the only reasons) why you should consider showing our monthly HotNews videos in your congregation. The list may surprise you.

ICOC Around the World: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    In case you were wondering, no, this is not a photo of a church building (just a little bit of Cambodian architecture). HotNews visited Cambodia shortly after the International Singles Conference in August and today we spotlight a bold church in the Cambodia capital city: Phnom Penh.


ICOC Around the World: Birmingham, UK

Today we're spotlighting the International Churches of Christ in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The ICOC planted a church there in 1988 and, as of 2013, the church now has about 120 disciples. Two bold, evangelistic, and sincerely humble leaders, Andy and Tammy Fleming, currently lead the church. We visited the church in January this year, so we have a few photos to share.

ENTRY 211: OCT 24-25 Jesus Loved Women! Various gospel passages

This entry tells of Jesus’ continued ministry, INCLUDING MOVING ENCOUNTERS THAT JESUS HAD WITH TWO DIFFERENT WOMEN and is taken from the following passages: Matt 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-23; Matt 11:7-15; Luke 7:24-50; Luke 8:1-3; Matt:22-30; Mark 3:20; Mark 3:22-27; Matt 12:31-37; Mark 3:21; Mark 3:28-30; Matt 12:38-50; Luke 11:33-54; Luke 12:1-59; Luke 13:1-17 This entry begins with Matthew’s version of the inspiring story of the centurion whose faith amazed Jesus. First lesson off the mark – how recently have I had that kind of faith? At different times in our lives, our faith seems to ebb and flow. If it has been a while since it flowed, it means it is time to do something about getting some amazing faith!!

ENTRY 210: OCT 23 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Matt 7:1-23; Luke 6:37-49; Matt 7:28-29

This entry is just on Matt 7. It’s the last of my three-day series on The Sermon of the Mount, and it covers topics such as BEING JUDGMENTAL, FORGIVENESS, LIVING A GOOD-FRUIT BEARING LIFE, and VERY CAREFULLY FOLLOWING AND BASING ONE’S LIFE ON THE WORD.

 

ENTRY 209: OCT 22 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT PART II Matt 6:1-34

This entry is just on Matt 6; I am doing these one chapter at a time cause I can’t bear to ask people to read The Sermon on the Mount in only one day! Enjoy! Dr Smith’s narration is a great introduction: Covering a broad spectrum of spiritual topics, Jesus speaks of THE NATURE OF THE KINGDOM, OF REPENTANCE, FAITH AND WORSHIP – AND PARTICULARLY OF PRAYER AND HUMILITY.

 

ENTRY 208: OCT 21 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Matt 5:1-12; Luke 6:24-26; Matt 5:13-42; Luke 6:27-31; Matt 5:43-48; Luke 6:32-36

This entry is just on Matt 5 (and the corresponding parts of Luke) cause I can’t bear to ask people to read The Sermon on the Mount in only one day! Enjoy! Dr Smith’s narration is a great introduction: Covering a broad spectrum of spiritual topics, Jesus speaks of THE NATURE OF THE KINGDOM, OF REPENTANCE, FAITH AND WORSHIP – AND PARTICULARLY OF PRAYER AND HUMILITY.

ENTRY 207: OCT 19-20 ON TO GALILEE (various passages from Matt-Luke)

This entry is worth two days’ reading and covers Jesus’ early ministry in Galilee as he HEALED THE SICK & DEMON-POSSESSED, and FACED PERSECUTION FROM RELIGIOUS LEGALISTS. See the following passages: Luke 4:14-30; 5:1-10a; Mt 4:18-22; Luke 5:10b-11; Mark 1:21-38; Matt 4:23-25; Mark 1:40-45; Mark 2:1-14; Matt 9:10-13; Lk 5:29-39; John 5; Matt 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Matt 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11; Mark 3:7-12

ICOC Around the World: South Florida

Today we spotlight the South Florida church, located in the Greater Miami area of Florida (USA). The International Churches of Christ planted the church in 1990.

Around the World: Guatemala

Spotlight: the churches in Guatemala. The International Churches of Christ planted a church in Guatemala City in 1994. Now (as of 2013 data), there are at least two ICOC congregations in the country with a combined membership of well over 700.


ICOC Around the World: Trinidad and Tobago

Today we spotlight the churches on the Caribbean island-country of Trinidad and Tobago. The International Churches of Christ planted a church in the capital city of Port of Spain in 1990. Now (as of 2013 data), there are at least three ICOC congregations spread throughout the country with a combined membership of well over 200.

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