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October Scripture Portion: Matthew chapter 1 - Luke chapter 22 including the Gospel according to Mark.

The Gospel of Mark presents Jesus as a Servant. The writer was John Mark, the son of one of the New Testament Marys. In the first part of chapter 1 we are given a brief look at the ministry of John the Baptist, who came preaching and proclaiming that One mightier than he was coming. In verses 9-11 we are given an account of the baptism of Jesus, and begin to follow His ministry through the next chapters.

An interesting verse is verse 17 of chapter 2, where Jesus says, "...I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." The Scribes and Pharisees had seen Jesus eating with publicans and sinners. They had questioned His reasoning concerning this. When Jesus heard it, He was quick to explain that those who were whole had no need of a physician, only those who were sick.

Many times it is easy for us to overlook those who have the greatest need of our ministries. The down-and- outers, the poor and rejected, the sick and afflicted, are often overlooked, or passed by, by well-meaning Christians. If we have something in our hearts to share, we should share it with everyone with whom we come in contact. A witness by you today may mean the salvation of some soul tomorrow.

MEMORY VERSE FOR TODAY: Man now can be: Righteous.

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.