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 …

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 …

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 …