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Kingdom Habits

April 6, 2014

Kingdom Habits Fifth-century Christian Peter Chrysologus summarized the connection between habits Christians practiced in preparation for Easter: “Fasting is the soul of prayer; giving is the lifeblood of fasting.” Jesus highlighted those three habits today. Continuing His earlier emphasis on the inner, hidden quality of obedience, He warned...

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todayintheword.org April 6, 2014

Earthly Worries, Eternal Values

April 7, 2014

Earthly Worries, Eternal Values We all know the saying that money cannot buy happiness, yet many people live as if it can. One motivational plaque pictures a luxury car in a posh neighborhood with the caption: “Money: It can’t buy you happiness, but it will let you shop for it in another neighborhood!” That perennial quest for earthly happiness...

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todayintheword.org April 7, 2014

Building a Life that Stands

April 8, 2014

Building a Life that Stands In recent years, Americans have experienced a number of severe storms, like Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Super-storm Sandy (2012). Combined damages are estimated near $150 billion; these storms decimated thousands of homes and industries, and many families are still recovering. Jesus Himself warned that a life...

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todayintheword.org April 8, 2014

Kingdom Mission

April 11, 2014

Kingdom Mission The so-called “health-and-wealth” gospel of today promises faithful Christians a life of health, comfort, and prosperity. Those who have enough faith only need to ask, and God will bless with an abundance of material possessions. No picture of the Christian life could be further away from the portrait we are given in today’s...

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todayintheword.org April 11, 2014

Just Who Is Jesus?

April 12, 2014

Just Who Is Jesus? Expectations play a great role in our experience of life. Setting expectations too low can result in a failure to achieve. Setting them too high leads to frustration, disappointment, and confusion. John the Baptist also seemed to need an adjustment of expectations about Jesus. Faced with imprisonment and the apparent rejection...

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todayintheword.org April 12, 2014

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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todayintheword.org 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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todayintheword.org April 17, 2014

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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todayintheword.org 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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todayintheword.org 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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todayintheword.org April 22, 2014

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