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Submitted By: Matthew Pifer | Date: 4-23-14, 11:21 am | Category: The Word with Friends

Read Galatians 4:1-7

In our study today, Paul gives an example that the Galatians would be familiar with.In their day, a parent would have one of the household servants care for a child.The servant would, really, raise the kid.Typically they would be strict and disciplinarians- and the kids would long for the day that they came of age.In many cases, another household servant would take care of the child’s inheritance until the child came of age.The child could not touch it, nor were they set free from their guardian until their parents allowed as they “come of age”.So the child was no more than a slave.In the same way, when we are under the Law and sin, we are no more than a slave.However, when we come to know Christ and receive God’s grace, we are sons and daughters.

Grace is a gift given to us by God.  When we receive his grace, we are adopted into the family of God.  No more bondage, and nothing to hold us back.  We are free, and we are children of God!

Discuss:

You are a son or daughter of the King, what goes through your mind as you think about that?

In light of being a son or daughter of the King, how does it make you want to respond in what you do?

Prayer:  Give thanks to God that you are no longer under bondage, but you are his child.  Pray that he would help you understand what that looks.




Pure Water or Muddy Water?
Submitted By: Matthew Pifer | Date: 4-22-14, 2:38 pm | Category: The Word with Friends

Read Proverbs 25

“Like a muddied Spring or a polluted well, is a righteous personwho gives way to the wicked.”- Proverbs 25:26

This is a great truth, and one that’s certainly relevant today! To grasp what it’s saying; think of a pristine, crystal clear pool of water, created by a natural spring flowing up from the ground! They do exist; ever drink from one? I have. It’s awesome; you can dip a cup into the water, and get a glass of the clearest, purest, best tasting water you’ll ever drink! That’s what is at the heart of this Proverb. A righteous person is defined in God’s word as one who is letting God’s truth and Spirit flow through them, filling them with purity, truth, clarity, to live life as it was meant to be lived. His Word and Spirit refresh them daily. As a person fills themselves with His truth and Spirit; it overflows in their life, to be seen, and tasted…by others. But – here’s the but – while that’s what can be, often we let mud and dirt in. “Gives way to the wicked” could be a personal sin, behavior, or attitude that isn’t Christ-like. Or it could be an assent to cultural morals & ethics. Either way; things get muddy. What people see isn’t clear, isn’t pure. It’s not good for the person who’s “giving way”…nor is it for anyone who sees or tastes it. Think of it; would you really want to drink water from a mud puddle? That’s exactly the picture this Proverb presents. Whenever we allow our hearts to get polluted or muddied, it’s no wonder people are not attracted to Jesus Christ by what they see. It’s a huge problem with all the temptations and the great divide between Godly values and cultural morality. But – good news! There is a filter that makes the spring clear, pure, and refreshing again, that attracts people to take a drink. It’s called…His Word and Spirit. Drink of them. Long sips, glassfuls. It will clear things up, and refresh you, and have people asking for a taste themselves. It will be…the best tasting water you drink in life! Jesus called it “living water”…because it brings life!

Questions:

Where is there “mud” in your life, or an area you have allowed to get “polluted?”

What would it take, to “clear things up”, and drink new water that is life-giving?

Prayer: Ask God to fill you from within, to direct you By His word and spirit to words oflife. Confess the mud and dirt, and for the Lord to wash it away by His graceand forgiveness!


 



Jesus is Risen!
Submitted By: Matthew Pifer | Date: 4-21-14, 3:05 pm | Category: The Word with Friends

Read Luke 24:1-12

The women were going to the grave to finish atoning Jesus' body for burial.  They did not expect the resurrection.  When they arrived, the stone was rolled away and the body was gone.  Suddenly, two angels appeared and told them what had happened!  It was such an unbelievable story that the disciples did not believe them, and Peter had to run to see for himself.  Could it really be?  Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

So many people want to reject the resurrection.  They say that somebody stole the body (nobody would be brave enough because it was marked the the emperor's seal- which was punishable by death if you broke it- not to mention that it was guarded and covered by an extremely heavy stone), some people say that he never really died but "swooned" or came near to death(not much of a resurrected body and not convincing if this is the case- also not sure how he would move the stone), and yet others want to say that the events never happen (with very little evidence to back their claim).  The fact of the matter is this:  without the resurrection, we cannot have salvation.

When Jesus died, he paid the price for our sins.  When we rose from the dead, he defeated the enemy that was the result of sin.  Death has no sting, death has no victory!  If Jesus had not defeated the grave, death would still be waiting for us (obviously we all physically die, but spiritual death is no more).  But Jesus did the impossible, and was able to overcome evil's biggest blow- and he defeated it!

Easter was yesterday, but Jesus is still risen!



Jesus Washes His Disciple's Feet
Submitted By: Matthew Pifer | Date: 4-18-14, 5:18 pm | Category: The Word with Friends

“The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus . . . got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, . . . and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”John 13:2–5 NIV

It has been a long day. Jerusalem is packed with Passover guests, most of whom clamor for a glimpse of the Teacher. The spring sun is warm. The streets are dry. And the disciples are a long way from home. A splash of cool water would be refreshing.

The disciples enter the room, one by one, and take their places around the table. On the wall hangs a towel, and on the floor sits a pitcher and a basin. Any one of the disciples could volunteer for the job, but not one does.

After a few moments, Jesus stands and removes his outer garment. He wraps a servant’s girdle around his waist, takes up the basin, and kneels before one of the disciples. He unlaces a sandal and gently lifts the foot and places it in the basin, covers it with water, and begins to bathe it.

One grimy foot after another, Jesus works his way down the row. In Jesus’ day the washing of feet was a task reserved not just for servants, but for the lowest of servants.

In this case the One with the towel and basin is the King of the universe. Hands that shaped the stars now wash away filth. Fingers that formed mountains now massage toes. And the One before whom all nations will one day kneel now kneels before his disciples. Hours before his own death, Jesus’ concern is singular.

He wants his disciples to know how much he loves them.

You can be sure Jesus knows the future of these feet he is washing. These feet will dash for cover at the flash of a Roman sword. Only one pair of feet won’t abandon him in the garden. . . . Judas will abandon Jesus that very night at the table!

What a passionate moment when Jesus silently lifts the feet of his betrayer and washes them in the basin.

Jesus knows what these men are about to do. By morning they will bury their heads in shame and look down at their feet in disgust. And when they do, he wants them to remember how his knees knelt before them and he washed their feet. . . .

He forgave their sin before they even committed it. He offered mercy before they even sought it.

[The above first appeared in Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)]

Today's reading is from On Calvary's Hill: 40 Readings for the Easter Season - eBook (Thomas Nelson). © 2013 by Max Lucado



Mary's Extravagant Gift
Submitted By: Matthew Pifer | Date: 4-17-14, 4:08 pm | Category: The Word with Friends

"Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.”John 12:3

She was the only one who believed him. Whenever he spoke of his death, the others shrugged or doubted, but Mary believed. Mary believed because he spoke with a firmness she’d heard before.

“Lazarus, come out!” he’d demanded, and her brother came out. After four days in a stone-sealed grave, he walked out.

And as Mary kissed the now-warm hands of her just-dead brother, she turned and looked. Tear streaks were dry and the teeth shone from beneath the beard. Jesus was smiling.

And in her heart she knew she would never doubt his words.

So when he spoke of his death, she believed.

“Now is the right time,” she told herself.

It wasn’t an act of impulse. She’d carried the large vial of perfume from her house to Simon’s. It wasn’t a spontaneous gesture. But it was an extravagant one. The perfume was worth a year’s wages. Maybe the only thing of value she had. It wasn’t a logical thing to do, but since when has love been led by logic?

Common sense hadn’t wept at Lazarus’s tomb. Love did, though. Extravagant, risky, chance-taking love.

And now someone needed to show the same to the giver of such love.

So Mary did. She stepped up behind him and stood with the jar in her hand. She began to pour. Over his head. Over his shoulders. Down his back. She would have poured herself out for him, if she could.

The fragrance of the sweet ointment rushed through the room.

“Wherever you go,” the gesture spoke, “breathe the aroma and remember one who cares.”

The other disciples mocked her extravagance, but don’t miss Jesus’ prompt defense of Mary. “Why are you troubling this woman? She did an excellent thing for me.”

Jesus’ message is just as powerful as it was then. “There is a time for risky love. There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love. And when the time comes—seize it, don’t miss it.”

[The above first appeared in And the Angels Were Silent by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)]

Today's reading is from On Calvary's Hill: 40 Readings for the Easter Season - eBook (Thomas Nelson). © 2013 by Max Lucado


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