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Know God in a Year #227 Compassion Prevails


The cross made for Barabbas is laid on Jesus’ bleeding shoulders. He tries to carry it and falls. All night he’s been under stress, no sleep, nothing to eat or drink, walking from place to place, subjected to horrible abuse. The garden experience alone would have killed him; but strengthened by an angel, he went […]

Know God in a Year #163 What am I Missing?


A wealthy young government official watches Jesus with the children. His heart stirs; a desire for the love and tenderness Jesus gives them causes an impulsive action. He runs after Jesus when he leaves, feeling drawn to him. “Good master,” he begins unsure of what to say, “how can I get eternal life?” Jesus confronts […]

Know God in a Year #161 Mother Love


In Jesus time it was customary to bring children to rabbis to be blessed. An unnamed mother gets the idea to take her baby to Jesus. Before leaving, she tells one of her friends, who decides to bring her child too. By the time these mothers find Jesus, there is a group of them drawn […]

Know God in a Year #160 The One Necessity


Lazarus is a man of strong faith and love. The first time Jesus met him there was instant connection. Jesus often visits him in his home, shared with his sisters, Mary and Martha. Here he finds the tenderness and affection of a surrogate family where he can relax and speak openly–basking in the warmth of […]

Know God in a Year #155 Only Open Hearts Receive


Bitterly, the Pharisees, scribes, and teachers follow Jesus into Galilee, intent on finding a reason to kill him. They are terrified of his influence, and try to condemn his teaching. So he hides his meaning in symbols to prevent grounds for accusation. During these last six months of ministry, he speaks mostly in parables. Some […]

Know God in a Year #122 Learning Acceptance


After the confrontation in Capernaum, Jesus takes his disciples to the hills bordering Phoenicia for the rest he had hoped for on the north shore. But more importantly, he is putting himself in the path of a Greek Canaanite woman who is seeking him for her possessed daughter–creating another template for his disciples of God’s […]

Know God in a Year #121 The Loop Hole


The Pharisees taught that the fifth commandment could be set aside if children devoted their property to the temple. It was a tradition called “Corban” and considered more sacred than their duty to take care of aging parents. A  son could pronounce “Corban”–devoted to God–over his property, and this would retain it for his use […]

Know God in a Year #120 Tradition!


It is the third Passover since Jesus began his ministry. The Pharisees and scribes have carefully thought out a trap for him. Knowing this, Jesus avoids them, but they seek him out, asking why his disciples do not observe the traditions of the elders. Necessary background is that the traditions, added to the law to […]

Know God in a Year #117 Proof Proves Unbelief


Jesus clearly claims to be their Messiah, and then he adds, “You have seen Me, but don’t believe.” They had seen him through the evidence of how he treated them, the Spirit’s power accompanying his words and acts. If they refused to believe this, further demonstration would be pointless. Unbelief can reason away proof, and […]

Know God in a Year #114 Who Do You Depend On?


Peter is given an opportunity to learn his need of dependence, from walking on water, and avoid the painful failure coming. This is God’s answer to Jesus’ prayer. He hopes this experience will teach all of them their need to depend on God. He knows the disillusionment that is ahead for them, and the temptations […]