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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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October 30, 2018 — Luke Chapter 18

Luke 18:  7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” … and how quickly we see this

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October 29, 2018 — John Chapter 11

Of Jesus’s miracles I have always thought that the raising of Lazarus was the most dramatic.  Unlike the rather private raising of Jairus’s daughter this miracle was performed in full view of “many” Jews from the capital of Jerusalem.  Jesus’s compassion for a friend is described.  And the drama of Lazarus walking from the tomb,

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10/28/2018 — Luke Chapters 16 & 17

Luke 16:   8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

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10/27/2018 — Luke Chapters 14 & 15

Two points to share in today’s reading.   Luke 14 details another of Jesus’s healing on the Sabbath, and there have been several.  Coffman conveniently summarizes all of them, as follows: The healing of Simon’s wife’s mother (Luke 4:38) The healing of the man with the withered hand (Luke 6:6) The healing of the woman crippled

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10/26/2018 — Luke Chapters 12-13

Often while reviewing a passage I find it refreshing and educational to turn to the writings of others for their insight.  Sometimes they will see the verse or chapter differently that I do.  Sometimes they may have a wonderful overview of what I just read.  So it is with Chapter 12.  Coffman developed a marvelous

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10/25/2018 — Luke Chapter 10

Again, a reading with so many important teachings and examples.  But a single word from Luke 38-41 caught my attention. 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” From earlier verses we

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10/23/2018 — John Chapters 7 & 8

In these chapters Jesus is persistent in teaching the leaders of the Jews the reality of who He is — the Son of the Living God.  In my opinion there is a single verse that with a little word study summarizes Jesus deity. John 8:   57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to

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10/22/2018 — Matthew Chapter 18

Today’s & another recent reading provide examples of where the values of the Kingdom are so different from the values of the “world.”  Jesus taught that to “achieve” a goal we have to “be” just the opposite. Matthew 16:   25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for

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10/21/2018 — Matthew Chapter 17 & Mark Chapter 9

Mark 9:    3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.  5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not

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10/20/2018 — Matthew Chapter 16 & Mark Chapter 8

Again in today’s reading we go from a “mountain-top” to a “rock-bottom” moment This time it is one man — Peter who experiences the momentous change. The mountain-top:  Matthew 16:  5 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon

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10/19/2018 — Matthew Chapter 15 and Mark Chapter 7

Matthew 15:   15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”  16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them Mark 7:   7 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them?  So, when I read

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10/18/2018 – John Chapter 6

OK, so when I first read John 6: 51-55 literally: 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”   52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh

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10/24/2018 — John Chapters 9 & 10

As is usual with the Gospel of John these chapters are crammed with Jesus’s teaching (e.g., the shepherd and his flock, the sheep and the gate.)  I do enjoy studying but sometimes do I study too much and “miss the forest for the trees?” I was reminded of this as I read just two verses

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10/17/2018 — Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9

Matthew 14:  16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”  17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. Mark 6:   37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that

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10/16/2018 — Matthew Chapter 10

Matthew 10: 16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Being compared to a “dove” has never bothered me as a believer.  But what about being compared to a “snake?”  (I immediately think of a “Snake-oil” salesman-type image.) Well, the popular view of snakes has

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