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The Road To Jerusalem
Matthew Pifer | Date: 4-16-14, 11:11 am | Category: The Word with Friends
Over the next few days, we will be posting from Biblegateway.com's mini series, "On the Road to Calvary," which includes readings from Max Lucado to help get us ready for Easter.
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be
betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn
Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge
and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”Matthew 20:18–19
road from Jericho to Jerusalem was just fourteen miles. A half-day’s
journey. Jesus is at the front of his band of disciples. A young soldier
marching into battle.
As Jesus states his mission, forget any
suggestion that he was trapped and made a miscalculation. Ignore any
speculation that the cross was a last-ditch attempt to salvage a dying
These words tell us that Jesus died . . . on purpose. No surprise. No
hesitation. No faltering.
way Jesus marched to his death leaves no doubt: he had come to earth
for this moment. The journey to the cross had begun long before leaving
Jericho. As the echo of the crunching of the fruit was still sounding in
the Garden of Eden, Jesus was leaving for Calvary.
Jesus stepped toward Jerusalem with the promise of God in his heart. The
divinity of Christ assured the humanity of Christ, and Jesus spoke loud
enough for the pits of hell to vibrate: “And the third day He will rise
there a Jerusalem in your horizon? Are you on a brief journey from
painful encounters? Are you only steps away from the walls of your own
Learn a lesson from your master. The next time you find yourself on a
Jericho road marching toward Jerusalem, put the promises of God on your
lips. When the blackness of oppression settles around you, draw courage
from the Word of God. ’Tis wise to march into Jerusalem with the promise
of God in your heart.
[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.
Commit Your Plans To The Lord
Matthew Pifer | Date: 4-15-14, 10:20 am | Category: The Word with Friends
Read Proverbs 16
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do; and your plans willsucceed.”- Proverbs 16:3
Right off the top, people might look at those words and say,
“Not true. I’ve had plans, and they didn’t succeed or go well.” My immediate
guess would be that what was closer to the truth relates to the words of
Proverbs 16:9; “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines
his steps.” In other words; plans were made; maybe even good plans or plans to
do good. They just weren’t committed to the Lord (who, as 16:9 says, is in
control). The word “commit” in this Proverb means to “entrust with” or to “give
control over”. See the difference? It’s saying that whatever “plans” you are
willing to give God control of, will succeed. Let’s say, for example, you’re
having problems in a relationship, and are looking at ways (planning) to
confront & resolve the issues. Committing that to the Lord means
confronting/resolving according to His word/truth (e.g. see Eph.4:26, Matt.
18:15-20). It means praying, talking to Him, seeking His will, the leading of
His Spirit, rather than moving forward in our own humanness, wisdom, and lack
of grace & forgiveness. It creates a whole different result that when done
well, brings incredible and joyful results; restored and healthier
relationships! That’s just one example. You can apply this truth to any
situation, and see God do great things. At the core of the truth is Lordship,
and recognizing that God is wiser, more loving, more powerful...than us. And if
we’re willing (and wise enough) to let Him be in control of our plans, He will
bring rich blessings. Not always how we would have drawn it up; but better! Put
His truth to the test, and see what happens!
honestly and deeply about how you currently make plans/decisions.
God’s Word used? What about prayer? Consulting Spirit-filled friends? When in
the process, if at all? What degree of real
trust is put in them?
would change or look different if you “committed” your plans to the Lord?
Can We Trust The Bible?
Matthew Pifer | Date: 4-14-14, 1:11 pm | Category: The Word with Friends
Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17
I may be pretty young, but I think I have heard it all. So many different theories or views on God's Word. Mainstream Science wants to say that God didn't create the world- and that he doesn't even exist, philosophy wants to claim that God is dead or irrelevant to reality, and it seems like everyone is trying to come up with reasons as to why the Bible is false. For this devotion, I am not going to get into how much evidence there is to support the Bible (archaeology, history, creation, and a whole lot more support it- and if you are interested in looking up more about that, there is plenty out there). Rather, let's turn to the Word of God.
As you read in our passage today, all scripture is "God-breathed." In other words, the perfect Word of God is recorded exactly how God wants it to be- and he has given us exactly what he wants us to know about him. From Genesis to Revelation, nothing is out of place. The Bible- written over a span of 1500 years or more, in 3 languages, with 40+ authors comes together perfectly exactly how God wanted it to! In fact, it all points to Jesus!
So do yourself a favor- don't buy into all of the strange theories and bad history about the Bible. Keep in God's Word, and remain faithful. By the way, theories get dis-proven all of the time. New ones come and go and change- but God's Word remains through it all. And God's Word is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Pat Terveer | Date: 1-6-14, 10:28 am | Category: General News
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