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08/10/22 (Lesson 222)

Luke 9:28 [Jesus] took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.  Mountains are significant in the Bible because they are where heaven and earth connect. I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help...

08/09/22 (Lesson 221)

Luke 8:41-42 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.  Most religious leaders were not favorable toward Jesus, but the...

08/08/22 (Lesson 220)

Luke 8:22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, Let us go over to the other side of the lake.  The Sea of Galilee is only eight miles wide, but the disciples may have never been to the other side. It was Gentile territory and was normally avoided. But Jesus...

08/07/22 (Lesson 219)

Luke 8:4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable.  About twenty-five of Jesus’ parables are found throughout the gospels. They are short comparison stories, from everyday life, that make a...

08/06/22 (Lesson 218)

Luke 7:36 [Jesus] went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  This was not a friendly meal so much as a formal interview with a rising rabbi. Invited guests probably included the Pharisee’s friends and Jesus’ disciples. Such events could be...

08/05/22 (Lesson 217)

Luke 7:11 Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. Nain was a little village a few miles south of Nazareth. It is only mentioned here and was considered a place of little significance. But Jesus’ was passing...

08/04/22 (Lesson 216)

Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated...

08/03/22 (Lesson 215)

Luke 6:1 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.  Some might consider this stealing, but there was a provision in the Law of Moses that allowed...

08/02/22 (Lesson 214)

Luke 5:12-13 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. Jesus reached out his hand and touched the...

08/01/22 (Lesson 213)

Luke 4:31-32 Then he went down to Capernaum. . . . They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.  Capernaum is on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and is about a day and a half’s journey from Nazareth by foot. It is where Peter...

07/31/22 (Lesson 212)

Luke 4:16 [Jesus] went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.  Shortly after he began his ministry, Jesus went to his home town to preach. Many people love their home town, but Jesus...

07/30/22 (Lesson 211)

Luke 4:1-2 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.  There was more at stake in this event than at first appears. Adam and Eve were tempted by the devil,...

07/29/22 (Lesson 210)

Luke 3:7 You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? John the Baptist was less concerned to win people’s approval than to confront them with their sin. By calling them a brood of vipers he alluded to the Garden of Eden where Satan...

07/28/22 (Lesson 209)

Luke 2:41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.  This was a major religious event, drawing thousands of people from all around. Jesus was twelve years old at this time, and traveled with his parents to the capital...

07/27/22 (Lesson 208)

Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel.  The consolation of Israel is a wonderful and often overlooked description of Jesus Christ. He is the one who comforts...

07/26/22 (Lesson 207)

Luke 2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Sheep were kept in the fields of Bethlehem because it was about five miles away from the temple in Jerusalem. Jerusalem needed sheep for sacrifice,...

07/25/22 (Lesson 206)

Luke 2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  Caesar Augustus was the first, and possibly the greatest, of all the Roman emperors. He decreed a census, for the purpose of taxation, that...

07/24/22 (Lesson 205)

Luke 1:57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.  This was the child the angel promised to Zechariah, nine months earlier, when Zechariah was serving in the temple. Everyone gathered to celebrate, and they wanted to name...

07/23/22 (Lesson 204)

Luke 1:26-27 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  One of the most remarkable...

07/22/22 (Lesson 203)

Luke 1:15 [H]e will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.  John the Baptist would never know a time he was not filled with the Holy Spirit. But this should not be confused with the virginal conception of Jesus Christ. Jesus was conceived by...

07/21/22 (Lesson 202)

Luke 1:1-2 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Although anonymous, this gospel was likely written...

07/20/22 (Lesson 201)

Mark 7:32 [S]ome people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.  Since the man could hardly talk, he had probably been deaf most of his life, or possibly all of it. But Jesus put his...

07/19/22 (Lesson 200)

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah.  Although anonymous, the gospel according to Mark was likely written by John Mark (Acts 12:12). He associated with the Apostle Peter (1 Peter 5:13), and probably received information from him....

07/18/22 (Lesson 199)

Matthew 28:11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.  After Jesus was buried, the religious leaders went to Pilate, and requested a guard for the tomb. They...

07/17/22 (Lesson 198)

Matthew 27:46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? (which means My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?).  As the time of his death drew near, Jesus nearly screamed the saddest sentence in the...

07/16/22 (Lesson 197)

Matthew 26:17 [T]he disciples came to Jesus and asked, Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover? Passover recalled the event that finally convinced Pharaoh to set God’s people free. Israelite families slaughtered a lamb and applied...

07/15/22 (Lesson 196)

Matthew 25:31-33 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the...

07/14/22 (Lesson 195)

Matthew 24:24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  Anyone who claims to speak for God, but contradicts the gospel, is a false teacher, a false prophet, or a false...

07/13/22 (Lesson 194)

Matthew 24:2 Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.  The temple in Jerusalem was one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Many of the stones were massive, and some weighed nearly a million...

07/12/22 (Lesson 193)

Matthew 23:23  Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter,...

07/11/22 (Lesson 192)

Matthew 23:1-3  Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.  This is the...

07/10/22 (Lesson 191)

Matthew 18:8  If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. No one ever spoke more radically about the...

07/09/22 (Lesson 190)

Matthew 16:21  Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  This was not what...

07/08/22 (Lesson 189)

Matthew 16:13  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, Who do people say the Son of Man is?  Caesarea Philippi was a center of paganism about twenty-five miles north of the Sea of Galilee. They worshipped Caesar, Baal, and the Greek...

07/07/22 (Lesson 188)

Matthew 14:22-23  Jesus made the disc iples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side . . . . [Then] he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.  When the moon is full, you can see across the Sea of Galilee at night. If Jesus watched his...

07/06/22 (Lesson 187)

Matthew 10:22  You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  The Bible does not promise anything good to those who fall away from Christ. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge...