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Know God in a Year #65 Questioning Beliefs can be Healthy

07/22/2018

(continued) The church service breaks up and the people, inflamed by their self-importance, grab Jesus and take him out of town to the edge of a cliff intending to throw him over, (the first step in a stoning), when suddenly they can’t find him. His guardian angels step in and hide him. He has disappeared. […]

Know God in a Year #57 Cooperation and Opposition

07/10/2018

The healed man might have sabotaged his chance for healing. He might have recited all the reasons why he believed he was doomed. Jesus hadn’t offered help. He just told him to get up and walk. But the man sets his will to do what Jesus says, and new life surges as he acts on […]

Know God in a Year #54 A Flash of Insight

07/05/2018

After Samaria, Jesus heads back to Cana, but passes by Nazareth,  saying a prophet is honored everywhere but his hometown. Word quickly spreads that Jesus is back in Judea. A Jewish gentleman, an officer of the king, has a son in Capernaum who is dying. The doctors have given up on him, when his father […]

Know God in a Year #53 Radically Changed

07/04/2018

As Jesus’ friends walk up, the woman leaves. Forgetting Jesus’ thirst, what she was doing, and her water jug,  she runs to the leading men of the city with her discovery, “Come and see a man that told me my life, could this be the Messiah?” Only looking at her they perceive a change; she […]

Know God in a Year #52 God Reveals a Secret to an Outcast Woman

07/03/2018

Jesus’ answer to the Samaritan woman is full of courtesy but he doesn’t hide. He allows her to steer the conversation away from her, and he steps right into centuries of controversy with decisive words, watching for an opening to get back to her heart. “The time is coming when the place of worship won’t matter, […]

Know God in a Year #49 Jealousy

06/28/2018

John’s popularity is waning, and Satan sees an opportunity to stir up rivalry. So some rabbis “notice” to John’s disciples that Jesus’ crowds are growing, while John’s are dwindling daily. “Why should Jesus’ disciples baptize?” they ask. “That’s John’s thing.” Upset and defensive, John’s disciples ask him if he is aware that Jesus’ disciples are baptizing–that […]

Know God in a Year #46 Seriously?

06/25/2018

Jesus knows Nicodemus feels secure in God’s favor, believing that his good deeds and liberal giving earn him a place in God’s kingdom. So Jesus goes deep, saying, “You can’t enter God’s kingdom unless you are born again.” Birth was a common metaphor used for converts to Judaism. This isn’t a foreign concept to him, […]

Know God in a Year #27 Messiah’s Forerunner

05/29/2018

Before John’s birth his father had been studying Daniel’s prophecy and knew it was time for the Messiah’s appearing. Zacharias is praying for Messiah’s coming when Gabriel, the angel who had spoken the prophecy to Daniel 500 years earlier, is sent with the news that his son will be the forerunner of the Christ! He is given […]

Know God in a Year #254 The Only Qualification

04/12/2018

Peter was naturally self-sufficient and impulsive, and Satan had taken advantage of these characteristics to ruin him. But Jesus gives evidence of Peter’s transformation to himself and six other disciples. Before His death, Jesus had warned Peter, assuring him that He had prayed for him so his faith wouldn’t fail. “When you are converted, strengthen […]

Know God in a Year #227 Compassion Prevails

03/06/2018

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 […]