A Significant Remembrance (Lent 38-2019)

All signs pointed to the end of His earthly ministry.  So, serving others was top of Jesus’ mind as He did the unthinkable and washed His disciples’ feet in preparation to observe the Passover.  They didn’t quite know how to react to that.  In one sense, honored, even loved, but also vastly uncomfortable, even shocked, […]

April 18, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Signs of the End (Lent 37-2019)

The Twelve had come to accept that Jesus was not in a hurry to overthrow the Romans even if maybe one of the Twelve was not committed to stay the course in the way of the other Eleven.  Perhaps it was Judas’ impatience.  Maybe his heart had long been elsewhere.   Who knows when a […]

April 17, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Stone Builders Reject (Lent 36-2019)

Time was running short.  Only a few days left before His earthly ministry would be completed.  What was good news for some would be very bad news for others.  Either Jesus would be the rock-solid foundation of their salvation or He’d be the stone the builders reject and eventually—after all their chances to repent were […]

April 16, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Temple Cleansing (Lent 35-2019)

The end of My mission is very near, thought Jesus.  And it was such a shame that those to whom He’d been sent didn’t recognize the time of God’s coming to them.  They would be missing out on so much peace to be had, if only they accepted His teaching instead of rejecting Him.  It […]

April 15, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Untie the Donkey (Lent 34-2019)

The disciples were understandably nervous.  It was both a nervous fear and a nervous excitement.  They could see Jerusalem in the distance.  This was really happening! Luke 19:28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of […]

April 13, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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A Welcome and a Rejection (Lent 33-2019)

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through on His way to Jerusalem.  When He saw a wealthy tax-collector named Zacchaeus who’d climbed a tree to see His arrival, He said, “Come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Zacchaeus welcomed him gladly.  It was a welcome that brought joy to Jesus’ heart and […]

April 12, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Humble Like a Child (Lent 32-2019)

Jesus was astonished (and not in a good way) witnessing the audacity of mankind. Human pride was something truly horrid to behold…but people were blind to how awful it is.  Some didn’t see it as a sin at all and yet, it was part of what was driving Him to the Cross.  It had to […]

April 11, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Preparing for the End (Lent 31-2019)

The anger of the Pharisees was growing.  They had been called out publicly for their hypocrisy…by this uncredentialed Jesus, no less!  They were enraged and secretly making preparations to deal with this guy once and for all. Jesus was doing likewise.  He had His own “once for all time” event nearing.  In an earthly battle […]

April 10, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Rich Man and Lazarus (Lent 30-2019)

Jesus was nearing the end time of His earthly ministry.  It never failed to grieve Him that people felt like there was something they could do to earn by rights (or purchase for themselves) salvation.  A stubborn refusal to listen—always setting up their own barriers to becoming persuaded of their need for God—it was very […]

April 9, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Tale of Two Sons (Lent 29-2019)

The Pharisees couldn’t relate to shepherds and sheep, but they could understand money.  Yet, they failed to acknowledge how it applied to them since they didn’t see themselves as doing anything sinful. Therefore, Jesus turned to a parable which would be unmistakable in meaning to them. Luke 15:11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who […]

April 8, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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