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Teach Us to Pray

 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”  Luke 11:1 (NASB) We can all pray and talk to God, but we may not be comfortable, confident or understand how to pray when we become believers.  We can ask God to teach us to pray.  He sent the Holy Spirit to assist us.  As we…

Cross

3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He…

Eternity

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 (NIV) 14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived…

The Manger

21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (NLT) One night a young woman and her betrothed fiancé, after traveling a long way for a census, found themselves without a suitable place to stay.  Desperate and in labor, they made a place in a stable.  That night the Son of God, born of a virgin, was laid in a manger, a feeding trough for…

The Price of Sin

11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Leviticus 17:11 (NIV) 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22 (NIV) Shortly after Adam and Eve sinned, blood was shed for the covering of their mistakes.  Later in…

The Garden

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… Romans 3:23 (NIV) When we think of the Garden of Eden, so many quick thoughts come to mind: Old Testament, In the beginning, God, perfect creation, made in the image of God, all reflecting the glory of God. By Genesis chapter 3, we see God’s masterpiece-man and woman-falling short of His glory as they follow the serpent into sin. So soon after creation, God had a plan to…

Different People

12 The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: 15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.  Look, your King is coming, riding…

See Jesus

19 So, the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!” 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” John 12:19-21 (NIV) There were those in the crowd who were believers. We saw it at the beginning of this passage…

Hope

17 Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. 18 That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign. John 12:12-18 (NLT) There were people in the crowd who didn’t necessarily come to see Jesus. There was news about how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, so people wanted to come and see Lazarus. There were people in…

Prophecy

Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: 15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.  Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.” 16 His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.  John 12:15-17 As we talked about yesterday, people would lay palm branches before a…

Many Different People

12 The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” 14 John 12:12-14 (NLT) There were a lot of people in Jerusalem at the time of Passover. There were many different reactions to the news that Jesus…

Something They Are Not

If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Galatians 6:3 (NIV) Each one of us has sin in our lives.  We have the opportunity to be forgiven by a loving God.  As we continue to grow closer to God, we become more like Him.  But there are times we can forget the past that we came from.  We can get focused on where we are in our lives and forget how far we have come…

Lift a Finger

They (hypocrites) crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.  Matthew 23:4 (NLT) New Testament religious leaders knew God’s law.  They knew everything that people were supposed to do and the things they were not supposed to do.  But it wasn’t enough to remind people of the laws passed down from Moses, but they would add more to make it even harder for people to be able to follow them all.  Instead of…

Clean the Inside

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Matthew 23:25-26 (NIV) Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees that they spent a lot of time taking care of the outside of their lives.  They focused on what people saw externally.  But…

Important Aspects

Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. Matthew 23:23 (NLT) Some New Testament religious leaders were careful to follow the laws of the time. They were busy keeping the letter of the law. They made sure to do everything just right. But they did not always pay attention to the intent of the law, such as mercy and faith.…

Someone Will Notice

“But they do their deeds to be noticed by men…  Matthew 23:5 In New Testament, the church leaders of the day would consistently follow the law they learned.  They made sure they attended services regularly.  They ate the proper foods and tithed the proper amount.  While some did it out of a right heart before God, others wanted the approval of the other people around them. We can be the same way in current times.  We can do the right…

Display Your Power

You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples! Psalm 77:14 (NIV) We serve a God that created the heavens and the earth.  He spoke the universe into existence.  He created all the trees we see, the flowers we smell, and the people we meet every day.  Every baby born, every sunrise and sunset, every storm cloud are the handiwork of God.  We are surrounded by miracles every day.  Humankind rebelled against God and chose…

Infinitely More

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever!  Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NLT) God is all powerful.  He can do anything He wants to.  However, He chooses to work through us.  He wants to use us to display His glory to the world around us.  Unfortunately, there…

Grain of Mustard Seed

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20 (ESV) Mustard seeds are very small.  But once planted and with time, they can grow into the size of a tree.  Jesus was reminding His listeners that even when faith starts…

Anything is Possible

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Mark 9:23 (NLT) A man came to Jesus asking for help for his son.  The boy was possessed by a spirit which caused him to foam at the mouth, prevented him from speaking, and he would grind his teeth.  This family lived with this from the boy’s childhood.  When they came to Jesus for help, He reminded them that the boy could be healed…

Ordinary Hands

And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul… Acts 19:11 (ESV) Paul was educated in the Jewish laws (Acts 22:3). He also had the job of being a tentmaker (Acts 18:3). He was raised in the ways of the church and had a job, just like any other ordinary person. But God performed the extraordinary through Paul. God used Paul to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead. Paul himself was bitten by a…

Jesus

39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me… John 5:39 (NIV) The Bible was written over a 1500 year time span, and has 40 different authors from all walks of life. Through the Bible it all points to Jesus. He is the reason for it all. The Bible is a love story that culminates in Jesus coming to save us – to give…

Word of God

13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. I Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV) Like Pastor Jeff pointed out, the story of the Bible from an archaeological perspective, proves to be highly accurate. When we look at the Bible, we are not looking at…

Prophecy

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they…

God-Breathed

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) The Bible makes the claim that it is all God-breathed, even though humans are the ones who penned it. All scripture is inspired by God. If it is not accurate, it could not be useful for the teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness this verse…

Wisdom

6  Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her and she will watch over you.  7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it costs all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:6-7 (NIV) A lot of people are skeptics of the Bible. Sometimes it’s a struggle to really know if the Bible can be trusted. Is it really the voice of God? God wants you to be wise. He wants you to look at all the…