Adopted or Orphaned

At the Last Supper, Jesus consoled His disciples that He would be leaving them, but would not leave them as orphans (John 14:18). He told them that the world would not see Him, but they would. He was trying to get them to see that a new relationship was in...

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Jesus and Gethsemane

Together, they came to a garden, a place to pray. Jesus led His disciples here after the Supper. The heads of the Lord’s followers were full of the astonishing things He had said and done to them in the Upper Room. He had washed their feet. He broke bread and...

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The Father’s Love

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”   John...

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Welcoming the Prodigal

Bill Alderson, Baltimore One of the most recognizable of Jesus’s parables is the Prodigal Son. Most of us have heard messages on the subject of a restored relationship with the Father using this parable as its text, but what if this particular lesson was intended to address the Jews? Since...

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Martha and the Lord’s Prayer

The disciples watched Jesus closely as He prayed. They were captivated and quiet in this instance. When He was finished, they asked Him for a specific teaching on the practice of prayer. Take note that this happened “in a certain place” according to the report we examine in Luke 11,...

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Honest Honor and Long Life

“Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). Here’s a commandment that comes with a promise. Honor brings the reward of life. Recognition and respect for our origins should make sense to us. After all,...

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For Those Who Know Not What They Do

The first words Jesus said from the Cross were these: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” The sentence startles us because we understand so little about what’s really happening in our midst. To this point, Jesus had suffered through the miscarriages of Jewish and Roman justice...

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