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Wednesday of Passion Week: The King’s Ministry Amidst Hostility

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Read: Matthew 26:3-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 21:37-38 In comparison to the previous 3 days of Passion Week, Wednesday passes by very quickly, but not without the growing hostility of the religious leaders. Prompted by the events of the previous days surrounding Jesus' words and actions, the Jewish Sanhedrin deliberately plans on putting Jesus to death. However, they fear the p...

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Tuesday of Passion Week: The King Speaks Truth

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Read: Matthew 21:20-25; Mark 11:20-13:37; Luke 20:1-21:36 Teaching, teaching, and more precious teaching marks Tuesday of Passion Week. First, having cursed the fig tree on the previous day (Monday), Jesus uses the opportunity of the now withered tree to speak to His disciples about the importance of having faith. This is very strategic and deliberate, for 3 days later Hi...

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Palm Sunday: The Humble King Enters Jerusalem

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Read Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19 What we often refer to as "Palm" Sunday marks the beginning of our Lord's final week before His death (Friday) and resurrection (the following Sunday, 7 days later). After approximately 3 and a half years of public ministry, the King arrives to Jerusalem, in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, "Rejoice greatly, ...

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Monday of Passion Week: The Zeal of the King

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Read: Matthew 21:12-19; Mark 11:12-18; Luke 19:45-48 On the previous day (Palm Sunday), Jesus had made an initial visit to the Temple, being disgusted with God's house being misused. This observation set the stage for His infamous, but necessary, cleansing of the Temple on Monday of Passion Week. Having shaken the whole city of Jerusalem with His very public, but "anti-cl...

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Rethinking "Love for the World"

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Exposing Worldliness "I don't drink, I don't smoke, and I don't go out with girls that do!" There are many people who define "worldliness" along these categorical lines. Or, they might define worldliness by alluding to their refrain from watching certain movies, hanging around with certain people, or even using social media. Each person has his/her "bents" or leanings a...

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Stop Blaming God for Your Sin

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Temptation's Source "The devil made him do it!" I still remember hearing those words from a Christian when speaking of another "professing" believer who had completely walked away from Christ to live for the world. According to this other believer, this poor person was a victim of a cruel enemy whom he could not overcome (and God couldn't either!). For some people, the e...

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Blessed are the Broken

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TRUE PIETY In the Sermon on the Mount, the master teacher offers a master course on true piety. People often think that the sermon is a series of moral lessons, a "how-to" guide on practical religion. However, the main purpose of this pointed discourse is to challenge the traditional perception of holiness. Christ declares that true righteousness is not determined solel...

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In Everything Give Thanks

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Cultivating a Heart of Contentment The other day while out shopping I witnessed yet another little toddler literally smacking his mom because she had the audacity (sarcastic) to tell him "no" to his request for another toy. While cute and humorous to some, this is a microcosm of a deep-seated problem in our society that we must beware of, especially during the "holi...

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Reality Check

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Assurance of Faith We all long for certainty. We want our perception of lifeof ourselves and our circumstancesto be accurate. The five-year old wondering what's inside his Christmas presents and the pregnant mother wondering the gender of her baby both desire the same thingassurance of reality. This longing for certainty afflicts many believers who ask an honest questi...

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Soli Deo Gloria ("Glory to God Alone")

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ALL GLORY TO THE ONE TRUE GOD During the month of October, our special focus has been on contemplating the Solas of the Reformation. These were wonderful themes that with the passing of time were memorialized as theological points of emphases during the Protestant Reformation. If you imagine a building, you might think of Sola Scriptura as the foundation of that buildi...

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