And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. (Mark 8:34-35 ESV)
И, подозвав народ с учениками Своими, сказал им: кто хочет идти за Мною, отвергнись себя, и возьми крест свой, и следуй за Мною. Ибо кто хочет душу свою сберечь, тот потеряет ее, а кто потеряет душу свою ради Меня и Евангелия, тот сбережет ее. (От Марка 8:34-35 Russian)
O LORD my God ~ on this new day, I want to thank you, dear Father, for the crystal clear inspired words that Jesus spoke while on this earth created by your great genius and power. Bless every follower of Christ with renewed energy and stronger faith so that we are able to obey the great expectations you have for each Christian. Help me to deny earthly passions and desires in order to give wholehearted attention to carrying my cross as an obedient child. Help me Lord to think about today as if it is the only day I have to serve Christ as Lord. Remove the distractions of those who desire to pull Christians away from the greatest cause on earth of sharing the Good News far and wide. Save the Church established by Christ, from becoming just another earthly institution. Help me to eliminate those things or ideas that may threaten to pull me away from wholehearted service to Christ my Lord and Savior. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister