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Jesus had sent the disciples to the Jewish towns to preach the good news, heal the sick,
bring the dead back to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases, and
drive out demons. On their return, they met with Jesus and told him all they had
done and what they had taught. Jesus had just learned of John the Baptist death from John's
disciples who buried his body.
The gospel of Mark says, 'There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn't have time to eat. So he said to them, "Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest awhile." So they started out in a boat by themselves to a lonely place.'
Author's Note: The Sea Of Galilee is only thirteen miles long and eight miles wide, and at that time, nine cities with a population of 15,000 or more stood on it shores. When Jesus and his disciples left in a boat and sailed a small distance to a remote area, people on the shore could see where they were heading. )
Mark goes on to say that 'Many people, however, saw them leave and knew at once who they were; so they went from all the towns and ran ahead by land and arrived at the place ahead of Jesus and his disciples. When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw this large crowd, and his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he healed their sick and began to teach them many things.'
When it was getting late, Jesus went up a hill and sat down with his disciples. The time for the Passover Festival was near.
Jesus looked around and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, so he asked
"Where can we buy enough food to feed all these people?"
( He knew well what he intended to do but he asked this to test Philip's response. )
Philip replied, "Not even with two hundred days' wages could we buy enough loaves to give each
of them a mouthful!"
Andrew, Simon Peter's brother said, "There is a boy here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish. But it certainly won't be enough for all these people."
Because it was the time of year when grass covered the landscape, Jesus told the disciples to get the people to sit down in groups so they could be served easily.
He took the bread, gave thanks to God and gave it to the disciples who brought it to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, and they all had as much as they wanted. All four gospels say that the number of men there were 5000. ( And Matthew adds: 5000 men, not counting the women and children )
When everyone was full, Jesus told the disciples, "Gather the pieces left over, let us not waste a bit". So they gathered them all and filled twelve baskets with the pieces left over from the five barley loaves which the people had eaten.
And the people seeing this great miracle were talking among themselves saying, "This is the prophet
Moses told us about who was to come into the world!"
Jesus realized they were ready to come and carry him off to try and make him king, so he told his disciples to take the boat back across the lake and he went to the hills by himself.
Paraphrased Quotes From Jesus
January---------Lazarus And The Rich Man
February-------The Greatest Commandment ("about love")
March-----------The Lost Sheep / The Lost Son
April-------------Meaning Of Easter / 3 Examples From Jesus
May--------------The Worry Of Daily Life
June-------------The Ten Lepers
July--------------The Good Samaritan
August----------How To Give and How To Pray
September-----The Un-believing Towns
October---------Signs Revealing Christ's Return To Earth
November------The Last Supper
December------Why We Should Celebrate Christmas
January--------The Things That Make A Person Unclean
February-------Marriage, Adultery, and Divorce
March-----------Jesus Chooses The Apostles
April-------------The Coming Persecutions For The Believers
May--------------Jesus Feeds 5000 Men ( part 1 )
June-------------Jesus Walks On The Water ( part 2 )
July--------------The Bread Of Life ( part 3 )
August----------The Meaning Of The Cross
September-----Jonah And The Whale
October---------Jesus And The Devil ( Satan )
November------Jesus And The Sabbath ( The Day Of Rest )
December------The Christmas Story ( The Birth Of Jesus )
There are at least 66 books that make up the bible. Sometimes, trying to follow a storyline is difficult because there are books that
are good for support and prayer like Wisdom, Job, Psalms,
and Proverbs. They take you away from the story.
I have put the Storyline of the Bible into 19 easy to read pages that you can print out!
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Have you ever wondered if there is a God? One who is responsible for the creation of the universe and all living things.
These are some of the stories of easy salvation.
No speaking in tongues, no being baptised with water,
just turn away from your sinful life, and believe that GOD The Father
sent his son JESUS to die on a cross and take all YOUR SINS away.
'For GOD loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.'
This is a beautiful prayer at anytime of the day or for those gathered at your table for a meal.
Lord, I have come to you for protection;
never let me be defeated!
Because you are righteous,
help me and rescue me,
Listen to me and save me!
There will be terrible times in the last days.
People will be lovers ....
"My children, when you come to serve
the Lord, prepare yourself for trials."
( A reading from “The Wisdom Of Sirach” )
A friend was brought here from Canada when she was 5 years old and both her parents became citizens but sixty years later, she has to apply for citizenship because the laws have changed since she was young!
How do I start to have a daily meaningful relationship with God? The first requirement is to believe there is a God !
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