Monday, January 22

Week Four–Christian Living: Discipleship Monday, January 22 Matthew 5:1-12 A Listener The crowd that assembled on a Galilean hillside and were privileged to hear the very words uttered that we know as the Sermon on the Mount is described as disciples. If a follower of Jesus is a disciple then …

Saturday, January 20

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Saturday, January 20 1 Peter 1:13-23 A Price Paid Perhaps the most common use of the concept of redemption today has to do with coupons. Until a coupon is redeemed it is a worthless piece of paper. A price paid empowers the act redemption. But what if …

Friday, January 19

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Friday, January 19 Psalm 130:1-8 Forgiveness Without forgiveness, there is no redemption. Any attempt to repair or restore what is broken or tainted without addressing the essential problem would be like painting over dirt or sweeping dust under the rug. Redemption, therefore demands forgiveness. Iniquities duly marked …

Thursday, January 18

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Thursday, January 18 Mark 5:1-20 Intimidating Redemption The act of redemption can be unexpected and perhaps even undesired. One of Jesus’ most startling miracles was His healing of the Gerasenes demoniac. The dramatic details of the event contribute to the dramatic nature of redemption. Not one, but …

Wednesday, January 17

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Wednesday, January 17 Ruth 3:1-13 Boaz and Jesus Redemption requires a redeemer. That is a person who is able to act from a position of power, influence, and help on behalf of the weak, vulnerable, and helpless. We are quick to embrace Job’s assurance, “I know that …

Tuesday, January 16

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Tuesday, January 16 Psalms 66:5-20 God Redeems His People God occupying the role of redeemer was not a one-time act or event. Repeatedly throughout biblical history, God steps in to redeem His people. No greater demonstration of that role is found anywhere than of His deliverance of …

Monday, January 15

Week 3–Salvation: Redemption Monday, January 15 Genesis 3:1-24 God’s Choice to Redeem God’s “very good” creation did not remain that for very long. Sin changed everything. Fear and shame replaced innocence and Intimacy. The desire for isolation now trumped that for association. What comes next? How will God respond to …