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Mat 25

November 8, 2015

Devotions November|

What does it say?

Matthew 25 continues the teaching on Christ’s return and the coming kingdom. Here, however, Jesus teaches through a couple of parables. The first parable is about ten virgins waiting for the return of the bridegroom from the wedding. Five are prepared and ready and the other five are […]

Mat 24

November 7, 2015

Devotions November|

What does it say?

This is Matthew’s version of the material we have seen in Luke 21 and Mark 13. This teaching of Jesus is centered on the imminent destruction of the temple and Jerusalem and looks forward through the ages to his return to earth and the final fulfillment of the […]

Mar 13

November 6, 2015

Devotions November|

What does it say?

Mark 13 corresponds to the prophetic emphasis of Luke 21. The teaching begins by announcing the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the temple that would be fulfilled by the Romans in 70 A.D. Jesus goes beyond the impending destruction of the temple toward the end of the age […]

Mat 23; Luk 20-21

November 5, 2015

Devotions November|

What does it say?

Matthew 23 is a scathing rebuke of the Pharisees by Jesus. This conflict has been building all throughout Jesus’ Galilean ministry, and this is the most complete condemnation of the Pharisees in the gospels. As a reminder, Pharisees were what we might call lay leaders today. They were […]

Mat 22; Mar 12

November 4, 2015

Devotions November|

What does it say?

Jesus tells a rather long story of a wedding feast that a king made for his son. The invited guests shamefully reject the invitation and even kill the messengers. The king opens the wedding to all, deeming those originally invited as unworthy. The Pharisees try and fail to […]

Mar 11; Joh 12

November 3, 2015

Devotions November|

What does it say?

Mark 11 is Mark’s version of things we have already seen in Matthew and Luke. Specifically, this chapter is built around Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the cursing of the fig tree and the cleansing of the temple.

John 12 is also concerned with events from […]

Groups

November 2, 2015

Articles|

In a large church, finding connection on a Sunday morning can be difficult. Our Groups ministry has worked hard to set up ways in which you can find connection and community via small and medium groups. Below are some updates that will be made to our current Groups model.

Our small groups […]

The Castro Family

Articles, i am graceway, purpose|

As we prepare for our January series “i am graceway” we want to introduce you to Pastor Andy Castro and his wife, Christa.  We have dozens of families here at Graceway that have adopted and/or foster young children.  The Castro’s represent one of these families as they currently have one biological son, one […]

Luk 19

Devotions November|

What does it say?

This chapter opens with a leading tax collector named Zacchaeus climbing a tree to see Jesus. The religious crowd murmurs that Jesus offers salvation to a despised tax collector and even invited himself to his house for a meal. This gives Jesus the occasion to tell another story, […]

Mat 20-21

November 1, 2015

Devotions November|

What does it say?

The story of a man that hires workers for his vineyard at different times during the day for the same price is found only here in Matthew 20:1-16.  Following this, Jesus tells his disciples once again that he will be crucified in Jerusalem (20:17-19). We have already seen […]

Mat 19; Mar 10

October 31, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

These two chapters overlap with what we saw yesterday in Luke 18. Matthew 19 differs from Luke 18 by opening with teaching on marriage and divorce (19:3-12 and also Mark 10:2-12). Matthew also gives Jesus’ teaching on children and his encounter with the rich young ruler (19:26) that […]

Luk 18

October 30, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

The two parables that open this chapter appear only in Luke’s gospel and both teach on prayer. The first story is about a widow that demonstrates persistence in the face of difficult odds. The second contrasts prayers of a publican and Pharisee to teach the importance of authenticity […]

Joh 11

October 29, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Calling Lazarus back from death is the seventh sign miracle in John’s gospel (John 11). Lazarus was Jesus’ friend along with his sisters Mary and Martha. These sisters send messengers to inform Jesus that Lazarus is ill. Jesus intentionally waits two days before going to him. By this […]

The Giving Tree Project

October 28, 2015

Articles|

The classic children’s book, "The Giving Tree", tells a story of a boy and a tree. Each day the boy would come to the tree to eat of its apples, swing from the branches, and slide down its trunk…and the tree was happy. It is a story of selfless giving. Inspired by this book, the […]

Luk 16-17

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Luke 16 is often difficult for Western readers. A servant (steward or manager) is dismissed for improprieties. He quickly calls in the tenant farmers that rent land from his boss and reduces the amount of their harvest they had agreed to pay as rent. He knows that they […]

Luk 14-15

October 27, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Luke 14 give yet another Sabbath healing (14:1-6). Meals are central to life in first century society, and the events of this chapter take place in the context of a meal in the home of a leading Pharisee. Meals are statements of friendship and social ranking. Jesus tells […]

Luk 12-13

October 26, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

This fairly long chapter (Luke 12) is a collection of teaching on a variety of very important life topics, issues that we deal with daily. This focus continues through the first nine verses of chapter 13. Imagine that you are part of this scene. Jesus and his disciples […]

Luk 10

October 25, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Previously (Luke 9:51), Jesus sets his face toward Jerusalem. We enter into a section of Luke’s gospel that focuses on Jesus’ ministry as he moves forward toward Jerusalem and the crucifixion that awaits him there. Here in Luke 10 Jesus sends out 70 other apostles and sends them […]

Joh 9-10

October 24, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Here in John 9 Jesus heals the man born blind from birth, the sixth miracle in John’s gospel. This infuriates the Pharisees because Jesus did this healing on the Sabbath. They pressure his parents because they refuse to believe that he had been born blind. Fearful of the […]

Joh 7-8

October 23, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

When Jesus was last in Jerusalem (John 5), his enemies plotted to kill him. The Feast of Tabernacles (harvest festival) is at hand and Jesus wants to go up to Jerusalem. He refuses pressure from his physical half-brothers (7:3-5) with great fanfare. Instead, he delays his travel and […]