A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/6

38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” John 1:38 After defeating every temptation Satan threw his way, Jesus returned to where John was baptizing people and John pointed to Jesus declaring him to be the Lamb who takes …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/5

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God    and him only shall you serve.’” Matthew 4:10 We get to the third temptation faced by Jesus in the wilderness and Satan puts it all on the line. He will give Jesus all that he he surveys from the highest mountain …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/4

7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Matthew 4:7 After Jesus resisted the first temptation, Satan came back at him with a second temptation. This time Satan changes tactics and actually quotes scripture to Jesus. After taking Jesus to the top of the Temple he proposes a …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/3

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 Following his baptism by John, Jesus went into the dessert to face a series of temptations. Scripture often refers to Jesus as the Second Adam and his temptation in the wilderness …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/2

But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. Matthew 3:15 In the blink of an eye twenty years have passed in the life of Jesus. We know nothing of his life after his encounter in the Temple at age twelve. We can …

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A Year of Listening to Jesus 1/1

And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?” Luke 2:49 Imagine being Mary and Joseph today and losing track of your twelve year old for three days. The panic that would ensue, along with the 24/7 news coverage and the speculation about what …

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Of Refugees, Politics, and Jesus

If there is something sad that characterises how we approach difficult or controversial issues in the age of internet memes. It is that the extremes move to center stage and gain all the attention. The pithy, mic-drop sound bite becomes the be all and end all in the debate. Emotion packed retorts push out any …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 49:13-15 “Rescued by God”

13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;     yet after them people approve of their boasts.[b] Selah 14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;     death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.     Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell. 15 But God …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 46:1-7 “Finding Security in God”

We are a people consumed by the need to feel secure. We want to have a secure financial future. We want our children to be secure in school and their car seat and on their bicycles. We have color coded security levels at airports and train stations. We have metal detectors going up all over …

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