Devotions November

1 Cor 5-8

November 30, 2015

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What does it say?

Chapter 5 deals with an issue of open incest between a son and his stepmother that the church refused to address. Corinth had a culture of excessive litigation and the Corinthian disciples are not hesitant to sue each other (1Cor 6). Paul admonishes them to have the wisdom […]

1Cor 1-4

November 29, 2015

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What does it say?

This letter is probably written by Paul from Ephesus around 54 AD, and reflects the state of the church Paul began there during his 18-month stay recorded in Acts 18. Paul is receiving reports from Corinth that indicate conflict in the church (1:11). Later (7:1; 16:16) it seems […]

Acts 18-19

November 28, 2015

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What does it say?

Following his time in Athens, Paul travels to Corinth where he ministers in the synagogue and a new church results. Here, Paul meets the husband and wife team of Aquila and Pricilla. After a lengthy ministry in Corinth, Paul returns to Antioch via Ephesus and Caesarea, leaving Aquila […]

1 & 2 Thes

November 27, 2015

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What does it say?

Having just seen Paul’s visit to Thessalonica in Acts 17, our reading of 1 and 2 Thessalonians is appropriate. Thessalonica in northern Greece is the second city in importance only behind Athens, both in the first century and to this day (Thessaloniki).

Paul’s opening (1The 1) celebrates […]

Acts 17

November 26, 2015

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What does it say?

Acts 17 finds Paul and Silas in Thessalonica where the Gospel goes forth with great power beginning in the synagogue and extending to the Gentiles. The unbelieving Jews mount opposition against the apostles and they move on Berea where the people receive God’s words more readily and are […]

Gal 4-6

November 25, 2015

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What does it say?

In Galatians 4 Paul continues his explanation of law and grace. He says that the Law of Moses was given of God to accomplish a missional purpose – as a teacher to show us our need of complete justification accomplished only by the sacrificial work of Christ. God […]

Gal 1-3

November 24, 2015

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What does it say?

Galatians are inhabitants of a geographical area known as Galatia, the southern part of which was a Roman province (all in modern Turkey). Derbe and Lystra where Paul met Timothy are in Galatia as well as other cities mentioned in Acts. Paul probably wrote this epistle from Antioch […]

Acts 15-16

November 23, 2015

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What does it say?

The tension between Jewish believers and Gentiles comes to a head in Acts 15. Paul and Barnabas travel from Antioch to Jerusalem to meet with church leaders and determine how to minimize these conflicts. Hearing first-hand reports from the missionary journey, all agree that Gentiles do not have […]

James 1-5

November 22, 2015

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What does it say?

Though we cannot say definitely, it would appear that the author of this book is James, the half-brother of Jesus and brother of Jude. This is the traditional view since the early centuries and the opinion of most scholars. It is included here in our chronological reading because […]

Acts 13-14

November 21, 2015

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What does it say?

In Acts 13 we see inside the growing church in Antioch of Syria. Through the leadership, God sends Barnabas and Paul along with Barnabas’ cousin John to take the Gospel to the nations. They begin in Cyprus, probably influenced by the fact that Barnabas is a native of […]

Acts 11-12

November 20, 2015

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What does it say?

As Peter returns from Cornelius’ home, the Jews in Judea struggle to accept Peter’s violations of Jewish tradition in entering the home of a Gentile (Acts 11). As Peter recounts the story of what happen, God gives grace and they accept that God is doing something beyond their […]

Acts 9-10

November 19, 2015

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What does it say?

Acts 9 tells the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, a key player in persecuting the church and headed to Damascus to continue the same. Jesus miraculously appears to Saul and he quickly is baptized, strengthened and understands the scriptures clearly; Saul’s impact in Damascus is so great that […]

Acts 7-8

November 18, 2015

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What does it say?

Stephen, arrested for charges of blasphemy, preaches a powerful sermon in the presence of the Jewish council (Acts 7). The sermon he preaches is a condensed version of the same chronological/missional view of the scriptures that we have been following. Beginning with the call of Abraham, Stephen traces […]

Acts 4-6

November 17, 2015

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What does it say?

Repercussions continue from the crippled man’s healing in Acts 3. At least 5,000 came to faith as a result of the preaching that followed the healing, but it also brought the wrath of the religious leaders that killed Jesus (Acts 4). They threatened Peter and John, but could […]

Acts 1-3

November 16, 2015

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What does it say?

Acts is actually volume two of Luke’s Gospel (1:1-4). Luke picks up the story with Jesus’ last words to his disciples before his ascension to heaven. Jesus confirms both the promise of his return and his commission to his disciples. He instructs them to wait in Jerusalem for […]

Luk 24; Joh 20-21

November 15, 2015

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What does it say?

Luke’s account of the resurrection is in chapter 24.  He adds information about Jesus appearing to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Not recognizing him at first, Jesus reveals himself, eats with them and expounds to them the scriptures. They rush back to Jerusalem to tell the […]

Mat 28; Mar 16

November 14, 2015

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What does it say?

A group of women arrive at the tomb at dawn to ceremoniously anoint the dead body of Jesus when an angel informs them of the resurrection. Rushing to inform the others, the risen Jesus appears to them and with instructions to tell the apostles to meet him in […]

Luk 23; Joh 18-19

November 13, 2015

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What does it say?

We turn now from Matthew and Mark’s account of the crucifixion to the versions offered by John and Luke. As you read, look for additional material that John or Luke offer, or things they do not include. For example, only Luke records the confession of one the thieves […]

Mat 27; Mar 15

November 12, 2015

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What does it say?

The focus of Matthew 27 is the climactic moment of the crucifixion. As the chapter opens, Judas is dealing with the guilt of having betrayed the Lord. Unable to find a resolution to his guilt, he commits suicide. The religious leaders have now delivered Jesus to the Roman governor Pilate, […]

Joh 14-17

November 11, 2015

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What does it say?

The conversation between Jesus and his disciples we saw begin in John 13 continues. Most of this material is unique to John and the emphasis is on this very personal interaction between Jesus and his twelve shortly before his crucifixion. Knowing that the recent events were troubling for […]