Friday, January 12

Week 2–Jesus: Son of God Friday, January 12 Matthew 4:1-11 What Temptation? Yes, Jesus was tempted by Satan. We know that. But what was the temptation? We’ve duly noted the event (or series of events) but have we duly noted the gravity of what was at stake? We remember, and …

Thursday, January 11

Week 2–Jesus: Son of God Thursday, January 11 Romans 1:1-7 Synergy Synergy is a principle at work when two (or more) independently powerful influences or forces come together resulting in power and influence that is greater than the simple sum of the two. This ancient principle led farmers to yoke …

Wednesday, January 10

Week 2–Jesus: Son of God Wednesday, January 10 Hebrews 1:1-14 Better Than Angels How intriguing that the writer of Hebrews begins his masterful case for the ultimate superiority of Jesus with a comparison/contrast of Jesus with angels. Is there a sense in which our modern familiarity with and comfort in …

Tuesday, January 9

Week 2–Jesus: Son of God Tuesday, January 9 Mark 3:7-12 Powerful Witness Testimony In any legal system, witnesses are a critical component. But not all persons who have seen something or know something are of equal weight. There are eyewitnesses who have seen something that others have not, expert witnesses …

Monday, January 8

Monday, January 8 Matthew 16:13-20 More Than a Prophet The Jews relished in the many revered personalities from their history, not the least of which were the prophets. When Jesus asked how people were identifying Him, the apostles’ responses evidenced how Jesus occupied in the highest echelon of their admiration …

Saturday, January 6

Week 1–God: His Greatness Saturday, January 6 Isaiah 55:6-13 I Don’t Understand Sometimes I just don’t understand God, and I know I’m not alone in this. Why does God allow misfortune to come into my life? Why does God permit for there to be hurting and pain–particularly for the innocent? …

Friday, January 5

Week 1–God: His Greatness Friday, January 5 Exodus 34:5-9 A Preferrable God God’s presence at Mt. Sinai terrorized the Israelites newly freed from generations of slavery in Egypt. God saw to that. Looking back from the New Testament, the book of Hebrews describes that experience as their having come to …

Thursday, January 4

Thursday, January 4 Psalm 103:1-22 God Bless or Bless God? “God bless you” and “God bless me” have to be among the most common and desired sentiments ever. But what about me blessing God? We are accustomed and attuned to the direction of blessing flowing from God to us. Any …