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Jesus’ Provision for Our Deep Need

April 15, 2014

Jesus’ Provision for Our Deep Need Foreshadowing is a literary device that hints at or warns the reader about a coming plot development. The fate of John the Baptist and Herod’s opposition to the proclamation of the kingdom was also a subtle foreshadowing of Jesus’ own coming death. In fact, Matthew 14 marks a turning point in the Gospel,...

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  • Devotions April 15, 2014

Jesus Is the Suffering Messiah

April 17, 2014

Jesus Is the Suffering Messiah In recent years, a movement known as “New Atheism” has produced a stream of literature rejecting (and mocking) the idea of the existence of God. Many of these authors turn a blind eye to the evidence around them and claim that there is absolutely no proof for God’s existence. In today’s passage, the Jewish leaders...

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Marriage and Money in the Kingdom

April 20, 2014

Marriage and Money in the Kingdom Ancient Jewish schools of thought agreed that Moses allowed for divorce, but disagreed about what conditions made divorce permissible. When asked to weigh in on the debate, however, Jesus focused less on justifying divorce and more on highlighting the purpose of marriage itself. Marriage, said Jesus, was...

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  • Devotions April 20, 2014

Priorities and Values in the Kingdom

April 21, 2014

Priorities and Values in the Kingdom “The early bird gets the worm.” “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” “Hard work is the best reward.” For generations people have relied on these sayings to encourage a robust work ethic with the expectation of success. While such principles of merit and reward may apply to human industry, today’s reading...

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  • Devotions April 21, 2014

Jerusalem and the Temple

April 22, 2014

Jerusalem and the Temple Throughout the world, rulers have been welcomed into their capital with fanfare and parades. Arriving in triumphant procession, kings, rulers, and presidents have been hailed and celebrated as heroes and saviors. In today’s reading, the people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus into their city with similar fanfare and excited...

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  • Devotions April 22, 2014

Parables and Controversies

April 23, 2014

Parables and Controversies This past Sunday, many Christians feasted together in celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Imagine the implication if invited guests refused to join in that celebration! Jesus’ parable of the wedding banquet was similar. With all the preparations made, the king sent word to join the feast. Those who were invited,...

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The Crucifixion

April 29, 2014

The Crucifixion When ancient Romans took control of Judea, the Jewish Sanhedrin was stripped of its legal right to execute convicted people. If the Jewish leaders wanted someone dead, they needed the help of Roman authorities. Today’s passage demonstrates what Roman collaboration looked like. The chief priests and elders enacted their plan...

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When Brothers Become Enemies

May 5, 2014

When Brothers Become Enemies One humorist has observed, “Family is what puts the fun in dysfunctional.” Dysfunctional might be the term some would use to describe Jacob’s family. Rebekah helped Jacob to deceive his father into pronouncing the blessing that Isaac had originally intended for Esau. Isaac was also at fault in his determination...

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  • Devotions May 5, 2014

When Enemies Become Brothers

May 7, 2014

When Enemies Become Brothers Sean Lennon, son of the famous member of the Beatles John Lennon, was startled after a concert in Prague when he saw a man sitting backstage who looked remarkably like his brother, Julian. “You look just like my brother!” he declared. The man hugged him and with tears replied, “That ’s because I am your brother.”...

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A Changed Man

May 13, 2014

A Changed Man In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson tells the story of Dr. Jekyll, who developed a formula that enabled him to transform temporarily into his terrifying alter ego Mr. Hyde. Eventually the Hyde personality took over completely. Today’s passage describes a transformation that was just as radical...

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