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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Sabbath 5 (2019)

Psalm 23:1 A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I […]

April 7, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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One Valuable Coin (Lent 28-2019)

While shepherds and sheep were common teaching examples, the Pharisees didn’t really make a connection.  After all, shepherds were lower class people and the Pharisees were better than that, or so they thought. So, driving home the point about the value of one in the eyes of the Father, Jesus tells another parable. Luke 15:8 […]

April 6, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Carry That Cross (Lent 26-2019)

Jesus was gaining popularity, and it was not a happy thought for Him.  He knew the dangers of the crowds, their fickleness, and their power, relatively speaking.  He refused to let their ideas of His kingship take over.  Their idea was king-by-force and multiplied loaves and healings every day!  Overthrow those Romans!  No more worries!  […]

April 4, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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When Excuses Destroy Opportunities (Lent 25-2019)

Some excuses are good excuses.  Some excuses are bad excuses.  In the end, all excuses are really just excuses.  Jesus knew He had come to the Jewish people… to deliver them!  To invite them into a saving relationship with Him!  To know the good news of salvation that the Father had sent Him to tell. […]

April 3, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Humble Exalted (Lent 24-2019)

Luke 14:1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, He was being carefully watched. This Pharisee was prominent, and he knew it.  You could tell that by the way he carried himself and the way he talked…that way he looked around while he was speaking to make sure […]

April 2, 2019 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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