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Daily Devotions: July 25, 2020

July 25, 2020 Matthew 13:31-33… “He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’” vs. 33  From time to time we’re blessed to get a glimpse of how other people live in our world. It could happen in the course of travel but most of the time it happens randomly as we navigate between television, social media, movies, and…

Daily Devotions: June 9, 2019

June 9, 2019 For full passage click: John 14:15-19 …“In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.” vs. 19 The man, Jesus of Nazareth, did not have a long life. Hostile powers conspired to torture and kill him while he was, by our standards, a young man. But death could not contain him, and his followers soon reported his continuing presence. “He’s alive,” they proclaimed…

Daily Devotions: May 4, 2019

May 4, 2019 For full passage click: John 21:1-14 …“Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.” vs. 4 There was nothing about the appearance of the man on the beach that reminded the disciples of Jesus; but when their nets were filled with fish after following his instructions, one of them shouted out, “It is the Lord!” When they came ashore and found the man preparing breakfast they were…

Daily Devotions: March 2, 2019

March 2, 2019                                                                                                            For full passage click: Luke 9:28-32 …“And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” vs. 29 Jesus had invited the inner core of his disciples to join him on the mountain for prayer, but it appears they came more as observers than participants. The kind of meditation that Jesus practiced was intense and involved more than going through a list of friends and family that were having problems.…

Daily Devotions: August 18, 2018

August 18, 2018 John 6:51-53…“The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’” vs. 52 As John tells this story, it’s pretty obvious that he has Holy Communion in mind. For him, the story of the feeding of the 5,000 was a prelude to the meal that would later become crucial for the life of believers. Even early on there were questions about what was happening as the bread and the wine…

Daily Devotions: August 12, 2018

August 12, 2018 John 6:45-51…“I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.” vss. 48-49 In the first century there had been a struggle between those Jews who had embraced Jesus as messiah and those who clung to the old traditions. Ultimately, that conflict led to a split and the separation of church and synagogue. As John writes his gospel, he wants his readers to know that in Jesus they will find…

Daily Devotions: June 23 , 2018

June 23, 2018 Mark 4:35-48…“But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’” vs. 38 Even though the Sea of Galilee wasn’t very large, barely four miles from one side to the other, it could be a scary place when the wind began to blow. Undoubtedly, those who lived in the little fishing villages along its shore had many stories of…

Daily Devotions: April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018 Acts 4:8-12…“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.” vs. 12 The disciples were ecstatic! They had such good news for their leaders…and for the entire world. Through the Holy Spirit they had come to believe that Jesus was the Christ and that through him God’s salvation had come to humanity. As they traveled about proclaiming that audacious message it seemed…

Daily Devotions: April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018 Acts 4:5-7…“When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, ‘By what power or by what name did you do this?’” vs. 7 When the religious authorities in Jerusalem heard that the disciples were preaching that Jesus had been raised from the dead and were actually healing the sick, they ordered them to be arrested. They weren’t an impressive group–just a few Galilean fishermen and some hangers-on. When the wealthy, well-educated priestly types saw…

Daily Devotions: April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018 Luke 24:44-48…“Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,” vs. 45 Being familiar with the scriptures wasn’t enough for the disciples to have a clue about what had happened in Jesus. Nowhere was there a straightforward indication that the promised messiah would suffer, be crucified as a criminal, and then die. One option would have been for them to completely abandon the Hebrew scriptures and focus on building a new faith tradition–something no one ever seriously…

Daily Devotions: April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018 Luke 24:36b-43…“While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’” vs 41 While the experience of resurrection had galvanized the disciples of Jesus, there were plenty of questions remaining. In Luke’s story, multiple appearances weren’t enough to convince them and they needed further proof that he was really alive. Two thousand years later we’re still dealing with those same feelings! It’s wonderful to be able to…

Daily Devotions: April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018 1 John 3:4-7…“No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.” vs. 6 Those who earnestly try to live by scriptural teachings can get tied in knots by what seem to be contrary messages. On the one hand we are told that all are sinners, and if we say we have no sin, we are liars. But the same writer then turns around and tells us that no…
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