Devotions 2015

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 […]

Luk 22; Joh 13

November 10, 2015

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What does it say?

In Luke 22 we find Luke’s account of the important events of Jesus’ final hours on earth. He begins with the conspiracy of the religious leaders and follows with Judas’ agreement to betray Jesus (22:1-18). The account of the last supper follows (22:19-38). Luke also tells us of […]

Mat 26; Mar 14

November 9, 2015

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What does it say?

Jesus warns his disciples of his betrayal and crucifixion, as the religious leaders plot to take him (Mat 26:1-5). A woman anoints Jesus and this becomes the anointing for his burial (26:6-13). Though not named here, this woman is Mary the sister of Lazarus and is the same […]

Mat 25

November 8, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Luk 19

November 2, 2015

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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, […]