Scripture: John 17:1-11 Key verse: I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. (v. 9) Observation: Jesus has been saying goodbye to the disciples for a while now; since the beginning of chapter 13. Now he turns his attention heavenward… Read More In the World, With the World, For the World
Scripture: John 14:15-21 Key Verse(s): And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (16-17) Observation: Jesus… Read More You Can’t Handle the Truth
Scripture: John 10:1-10 Key Verse: So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. (v. 7-8) Observation: Jesus uses an extended metaphor in an attempt to explain his purpose for… Read More The Pearly Gates
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35 Key Verse: And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. (v. 17) Observation: Two of Jesus’ followers, of whom Luke would call disciples, are on their way back home to a village called Emmaus following the… Read More Going For a Walk
Scripture: John 20:19-31 Key verse: When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” (v. 19) Observation: It has been a week… Read More Closed Doors
Scripture: And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the slave, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor. The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; for… Read More End of the Earth
Scripture: Luke 21:5-19 Jesus said: “The days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another…” (verse 6). “They will lay their hands on you and persecute you,…you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake.” (verse 12) The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in… Read More Woe or Witness?
Scripture: Luke 20:45-21:4 Key Verse(s): “For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:4 Observation: Jesus speaks out against the action of the scribes. He is critical of their need for attention and to be served. Jesus points out that… Read More Generous Poverty
Scripture: Luke 17:11-19 Key Verse(s): Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.” (v. 19) Observation: This passage begins with Luke reminding us that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem; that is on his way to the cross. With the cross in mind, Luke tells us the healing… Read More Healed to Bring Healing
Scripture Reading: Amos 8:4-7 Key Verse(s): When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair… Read More Is Sunday Over Yet?