Monthly Archives: February 2017

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What does the Bible say about Joy?

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. – Romans 12:12 ESV

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, – James 1:2 ESV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13 ESV

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. – Philippians 4:4 ESV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, – Galatians 5:22 ESV

they who wait

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:29-31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

eat the flesh of the Son of Man

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6:48-54‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Will you understand the parables?

The parable of the sower is primary to all the parables.

Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?” The farmer sows the word. – Mark 4:13-14

Read the whole parable and Jesus interpretation. What principles for understanding can we find here?

Jesus will help the humble.

Jesus is calling us to health. (Feb.20)

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Mark 2:14

Jesus has great teaching illustrations. Sometimes friends and family think we should be better than we are. They wouldn’t admit it but they want us to be perfect. When we aren’t, they often think they know what we need and try to give us a prescription for our lives. With so many voices. Jesus calls us to look to him and shut out the other authorities wanting our attention. How do you respond to the authorities and experts around you?

Think about your relationship to your doctor. Do you like going to the doctor…why do you resist? When you go, she/he gives advice but sometimes we don’t want to take it. Did you google what he/she was saying to further confuse the discussion? Face it. It takes a certain amount of humility to get help.

Why do we have trouble admitting we need help?

With what does Jesus want to help you?

February 17 Readings

Leviticus 21

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: ‘A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die,” – Leviticus 21:1

Leviticus 22

Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy – Leviticus 22:32

Matthew 28

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

There is a contrast here between the responsibilities of old covenant priests and new covenant disciples. We do our part and God does his. In each case, a series of details must have our attention to be effective in the mission. Declaring God’s holiness and authority and recognizing how he has set apart his people for the work of making disciples. So we baptize and teach and rely on His presence.

  • What do you see as your responsibility to the mission of God?
  • How can you be better?
  • Who is in your life that you can be influencing?


When the Son of Man comes

The Great Shepherd will return.

“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 goats. – Matthew 25:31-32

Separation…Where will we find ourselves at His coming? What insight does this narrative give us? How will you prepare yourself?

then then end will come

The message of Jesus must be announced to all the world.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. – Matthew 24:14

How long do you think it will be until Jesus returns? Why?