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11/19/2018 — Acts Chapters 9 – 10

OK — folks in New England certainly know who Bill Belichick is, the Head Coach of the New England Patriots.  As Head Coach he is the focus of and  most often quoted by the media.  I doubt if he could walk through the streets of Hyannis without being recognized.  But what about Josh McDaniel, Dante

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11/18/2018 — Acts Chapters 7-8

Acts 7:   25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. Stephen’s reiteration of Israel’s history and God’s ultimate plan for His people has always been inspiring & a terrific review of the Old Testament.  In the margin of my Bible I had scribbled

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11/17/2018 — Acts Chapters 4-6

In these first six chapters we read about the tremendous growth of the church — from just a few hundred believers to possibly as many as 20,000 when the “seven” to serve were chosen (Acts 6.) A key to the growth is expressed in an observation made of Peter and John, two Galilean fishermen, by

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11/16/2018 — Acts Chapters 1-3

The magnificence of the power and teachings contained in these two chapters is inspiring.  But did you note one important aspect of the teaching: Acts 1:   20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms: “‘May his place be deserted;  let there be no one to dwell in it,’ [Psalm 69:25] and, “‘May another take his place of

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11/15/2018 — Luke Chapter 24 & John Chapters 20-21

Luke 24:  5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over

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11/14/2018 — Matthew Chapter 28 & Mark Chapter 16

In addition to today’s readings we will continue to share in the wondrous occasion of Jesus’s resurrection tomorrow.  There is no greater miracle that we read — and all part of God’s ultimate plan. One detail I share today: Matthew 28:  10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to

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11/13/2018 — Luke Chapter 23 & John Chapters 18-19

As I read these chapters I was reminded of a study I had done years ago.  In that study I summarized that Jesus was actually “tried’ six times before being sentenced to death.  The trials were before: 1. Annas                    (Jewish – found guilty) 2. Caiaphas   

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11/12/2018 — Matthew Chapter 27 & Mark Chapter 15

I can never read the descriptions of Jesus’s co-called “trial” and execution without being disgusted at the physiological suffering he incurred.  No matter what I may read about the horrors of crucifixion I cannot begin to envision the suffering inflicted upon the only Son of the Living God. And this does not include the emotional

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11/11/2018 — John Chapters 14-17

I have commented before on the lyrical and poetic language the Holy Spirit instilled within John when he penned his Gospel. These three chapters are filled with this poetry — 14:1-3 Jesus going as a bridegroom to prepare a home for His bride (the church;) 15:1-8 Jesus as the true vine; 16:15-17 Jesus as a “friend,”

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11/10/2018 — Luke Chapter 22 and John Chapter 13

I found the placement of these two chapters in one reading a bit ironic (but enlightening.)  For in Luke we read: Luke 22: 24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over

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11/9/2018 — Matthew Chapter 26 & Mark Chapter 14

I am sure you noted the parallelism in these two readings.  And each are so filled with emotion and significant actions that a summary would be difficult.  So I will share one item I read that for some reason “stuck-out” to me this time. Matthew 26:  34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster

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11/8/2018 — Matthew Chapter 25

The “Parable of the Talents” in Matt 25:14-29 is certainly a teaching on stewardship and the use of our gifts.   We see two servants use their talents wisely and one hide his “in the ground.”   Did you note that the master’s responses to the two wise stewards were identical? Matt 25: “His master replied, ‘Well done,

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11/7/2018 — Matthew Chapter 24

We read in Luke 21 and Mark 13 of the “Signs of the End of the Age.”  And like many of the prophecies we have seen in Ezekiel, Daniel, etc. I do not claim to be able to interpret the “how’s and when’s.”  But what I fully understand and pray for all believers is that

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11/6/2018 — Mark Chapter 13

You probably noted from yesterday’s reading that the destruction of the temple and the “Signs of the End of the Age” were describe by Luke.  We see this described again in today’s reading and we will see it again in tomorrow’s reading from Matthew.  Historically, the temple was destroyed by the Roman General Titus.  And

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11/5/2018 — Matthew Chapter 23 & Luke Chapters 20-21

Matthew 23:  33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? In Matthew Chapter 23 we read the seven “woes” declared by Jesus versus the “teachers of the law and the Pharisees.”  And verse 23 is the strongest.  Coffman writes: Ye serpents … Much of Jesus’ language was metaphorical, but this was one

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11/4/2018 — Matthew Chapter 22 and Mark Chapter 12

Matthew 22:   21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.  Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”  22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away. Matthew 22:   32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[b]? He is not the God

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11/3/2018 — Mark Chapter 11 & John Chapter 12

John 12: 9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus

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11/2/2018 — Luke 19

Of course we all remember Zacchaeus because of the somewhat comical mental picture of a very rich, short man climbing and sitting in a tree.  But I think we may overlook  the most important element of Zacchaeus’s encounter with the Lord: Luke 19:  8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here

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11/1/2018 — Matthew Chapters 20-21

A standard debating strategy (when your argument is correct) is to “answer a question with a question.”  And to focus on your opponent’s weakness. Matthew 21:  23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these

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10/31/2018 — Matthew Chapter 19 and Mark Chapter 10

Mark 10:  32 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the

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