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Luke 4:1-2

Satan Stalked Him

Satan Stalked Him

He faced all of the same temptations we do. — Hebrews 4:15 You and I know what it is like to endure a moment of temptation or an hour of temptation, even a day of temptation. But forty days? That is what Jesus faced. The Spirit led Jesus into the desert where the devil tempted Jesus for forty

When Jesus Said, “Follow Me”

“I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,” declares the LORD, “because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.” — Jeremiah 30:17 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings. — Hosea 6:6 * Before you begin, read Mark 2:13–17 and Matthew 9:9–12 * Matthew reached above his

What If Jesus Walked Into Your Church?

For years I sang in the worship band at church. On my scheduled weeks, as we approached the staring time, I stood on stage waiting. Soon the lights dimmed, signaling the band to begin. The swell of music filled the room, and by the second song, the only lights shining were on us. The room

Matthew 21:19

Jesus: Our Humble King

Today’s Bible Reading: Matthew 21:1-17 Recommended Reading: Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; Acts 2:22-24; Acts 4:24-31 In June 2002, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 50 years as Great Britain’s monarch. The nation threw a huge party, the Golden Jubilee Festival, with 20,000 performers participating.The royal family and a crowd of a million people watched as varied entries,

Zombie Jesus (Who Is He?)

The Gospel of Matthew ends on a spectacular note. Actually, the entire final chapter is an exclamation mark celebrating the greatest victory in Jesus’s life and challenging us with a glorious future. The setting is right after Jesus’s death. The Roman government was relieved because the guy who had sparked so much civil unrest was no longer their problem. The

John 4:13

Jesus: The Wellspring of Living Water

READ: John 4:3-30 Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. – John 4:14 RELATED READINGS: Psalm 42:1-11, John 7:37-39, Revelation 7:16-17 Moving water has a fascination of its own. Creeks gurgle, waterfalls plummet,

Matthew 13:24

God’s Grace Waits for Our Repentance

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in His field. – Matthew 13:24 READ: Matthew 13:24-30, Matthew 13:36-43 THICKEN THE PLOT: Psalm 73:1-28; Ezekiel 33:10-16; 2 Peter 3:9-18 Today’s story centers on a man tending to wheat and weeds – wheat, a cultivated crop and weeds, intruding plants that threaten to destroy the

John 2:9

Jesus, the Wedding Guest

Jesus… The man. The bronzed Galilean who spoke with such thunderous authority and loved with such childlike humility. He could have lived over us or away from us. But He didn’t. He lived among us. He became a friend of the sinner and brother of the poor. He went to great pains to be as human as the guy down the street.

John 11:22

Raising the Dead and Feeding the Five Thousand

Jesus raised His friend Lazarus from the dead. What was significant about the words of the dead man’s sister Martha when Lazarus still lay in the grave? When Jesus heard the news of His friend’s death, He delayed going to the grave. (The delay of four days ensured that no one could misinterpret the miracle as a fraud

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