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Mat 18

October 22, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

This is the fourth teaching portion that Matthew records in his Gospel. This particular teaching concerns relationships. In response to conflict about relative positions of power among his disciples, Jesus speaks to them about the need to be child-like in the innocence of their attitudes (18:1-14). Luke records […]

Mat 17; Mar 9

October 21, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

In Matthew 17 Jesus takes his inner circle of disciples, Peter, James and John, up a high mountain where he is transfigured before their eyes and they see him in all his glory. Moses and Elijah appear speaking with him and the voice of God bears witness from […]

A Point of Forgiveness

October 20, 2015

Articles, i am graceway, salvation|

In January we are going to begin an “i am graceway” series and from time-to-time we are going to share stories from our congregation—stories of redemption, stories of overcoming, and stories of forgiveness. This week you will read a story about one of our staff members, Kellie DeWitt, and how God helped her forgive what […]

Mat 16; Mar 8

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Pharisees are orthodox lay leaders while the Sadducees are trained theologians, more liberal and rational in their views. Both groups approach Jesus and demand from him a sign that he is the Messiah (Mat 16). Jesus warns his disciples against what he calls the leaven (yeast) of the […]

Mat 15; Mar 7

October 19, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

The conflict between Jesus and the scribes and Pharisees continues as they confront Jesus about his disciples violating their tradition in the matter of ceremonial hand washing. Later, as Jesus is along the border with Tyre and Sidon, a Gentile woman with audacious faith approaches him to heal […]

Joh 6

October 18, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

John 6 is added to our chronological reading at this point because it is the only portion of John’s gospel that focuses on the later part of Jesus’ Galilean ministry, the peak of his popularity. Jesus’ Galilean ministry occupies the bulk of the synoptic (similar) gospels, Matthew, Mark […]

Mat 14; Mark 6; Luke 9

October 17, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

In Matthew 14 John the Baptist dies at the command of Herod. We also see the feeding of the 5,000, an event recorded in all four gospels. Immediately following, Jesus sends his disciples off by boat on Lake Galilee toward Gennesaret on the NW shore. In a windstorm, […]

Mat 10

October 16, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Varying numbers of people followed Jesus as his disciples (learners). After a good period of time being with Jesus and learning from him, and following a night of prayer, Jesus formally commissions 12 of them to be his apostles (sent ones). Though still called disciples at times, these […]

Mar 4-5

October 15, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Mark 4 is one of three teaching-intensive sessions in this gospel. Three parables form the heart of this chapter: the sower (4:1-9), the seed that grows by itself (4:26-29) and the mustard seed (4:30-34). All three give some aspect of the nature of the kingdom of God. Jesus […]

Mat 13; Luk 8

October 14, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Matthew 13 is a series of seven parables Jesus tells by the Sea of Galilee immediately following his rejection by the Pharisees in chapter 12. All have to do with the nature of the kingdom. The parable of the sower (or soils) speaks of the varied responses people […]

Luk 11

October 13, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Luke 11 begins with the prayer that we often call The Lord’s Prayer. This is very similar to the prayer that we saw in Matthew’s The Sermon on the Mount. Here, Jesus gives this prayer in response to the disciples […]

Mat 11

October 12, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Matthew 11 finds Jesus once again on a preaching tour of Galilee. As opposition to Jesus’ ministry grows, even John the Baptist wrestles with doubt and sends messengers to Jesus to ask if he is really the Messiah. Jesus responds by pointing to the works that he is […]

Mat 9; Luk 7

October 11, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

The paralyzed man brought by his friends to Jesus is the same as in Mark 2 and Luke 5. This story is clearly out of chronological order, because Matthew’s interest is to string together a series of powerful miracles and healings in Matthew 8-9 that affirm Jesus’ identity […]

Mat 5-7

October 10, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Matthew 5-7 presents the famous Sermon on the Mount. Even many who do not believe are drawn to the simplicity, power and depth of these teachings. Certain elements of these teachings appear elsewhere in the Gospels, but there is no other account of this particular sermon in its […]

Mat 12; Mar 3; Luk 6

October 9, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

The Pharisees attack Jesus and his disciples for gleaning from the grain fields to satisfy their hunger. Jesus responds with scripture and heals a man to further infuriate the religious leaders. Jesus is greater than the Sabbath. Either Jesus is the hope of the nations or, as the […]

Joh 5

October 8, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

John 5 centers on the third of the seven miracles recorded in John. Going to Jerusalem for the feasts, Jesus visits the pool of Bethesda by the sheep market where people seeking healing would gather. Of the multitude gathered there, Jesus chose to heal a man that had […]

Mat 8; Mar 2

October 7, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Matthew 8 begins a rapid-fire series of miracles and healings. This will continue into chapter 9. The passage is straightforward and presents no great difficulty as far as understanding what it says. Pay careful attention to details.

Mark 2 presents the touching story of four men who […]

Joh 2-4

October 6, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

John 2 opens with the miracle of turning the water into wine at a marriage feast in Cana of Galilee. Jesus then visits the temple in Jerusalem and chases out those who were profiting personally by selling animals for sacrifice at elevated prices, having a monopoly, and exchanging […]

Mat 4; Luk 4-5

October 5, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

Immediately after God’s confirmation of Jesus upon his baptism by John, Matthew 4 tells the story of Jesus being tempted by the Devil following 40 days of fasting. The remainder of the chapter focuses on Jesus calling Peter, Andrew, James and John to be his disciples and on […]

Mat 3; Mar 1; Luk 3

October 4, 2015

Devotions October|

What does it say?

These three chapters are mostly parallel. We already saw Jesus’ baptism by John in John 1. Luke 3 concludes with Luke’s version of Jesus’ genealogical record. From the time following king Solomon, Luke’s record differs from Matthew. Several explanations are possible, but many think that Luke is giving […]