Day 31, Sunday, Mt 12:22-37; Mr 3:19-30 Have you heard that phrase before? “a house divided cannot stand.” Where? What was Jesus’ point when he said it? In Matthew 12:34&35 Jesus' words are honest and convicting. How about your heart, what is it full of? Do you protect it well? Is it a struggle?
Day 30, Saturday, Mt 11:20-30; Lu 7:36-8:3 For a man who just said that he is God’s son and all things are in his grasp, what’s interesting in what we see Jesus’ heart is about?(vv.28-30) Jesus tells the woman, “Your faith has healed you…” What do you think she had faith in? In Luke 8:3 we get a rare look into the lives of Jesus’ other followers (aside from the twelve), What are some ways these women contributed to Jesus’ mission? Both in this text here and later that you rem
Day 29, Friday, Mt 11:2-19; Lu 7:18-35 Check out the first verse and last verse of the reading in Matthew today. Did Jesus answer John’s questions? “Wisdom is proved right by her deeds” Have you seen this, this week? For most of John’s life he has testified as to who Jesus is and what he came to do. In today's reading Jesus now does this for John. If John heard Jesus’ words how do you think they hit him? How would they you?
Day 28, Thursday, Mt 8:5-13, Lu 7:1-17 We’re told Jesus is amazed by this Centurion’s faith. What exactly was this man “sure” of when it came to Jesus? As a side, in Luke’s account when you look at verse 4 and then 6. How do these folks views of the centurion differ? The writer says Jesus’ heart went out to the widow when he saw her. Do you think they thought him ridiculous when he said, “Don’t cry.”?
Day 27, Wednesday, Mt 7:7-8:1; Lu 6:31,43-49 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” We’re pretty familiar with this phrase, but what does it look like in your life this week? When you look at your life, what are some “fruits” of your labors, decisions and attitudes?
Day 26, Tuesday, Mt 6:19-7:6 Lu 6:37-42 Jesus tells us today, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What are the three most important things to you? How have they steered you this week? There is a question in the text (6:27) that asks if we can gain more time by worrying? Do you ever live like this? What is usually true? If you had to describe the type of spirit Luke 6:37 & 38 is advocating, what two words might you choose?
Day 25, Monday, Jan 25, Mt 5:21-6:18; Lu 6:27-30,32-36 Sorry Ya'll! Bragged yesterday that its always up and published each day and it was goofy this morn. Think the link is fixed now. In Matthew 5:23-24 what do you think Jesus’ big point is here? What does it look like in life here in our day? In Chapter 6 of Matthew Jesus says twice “Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” What do you think is their reward that they’re getting now instead of later? Matth
Day 24, Sunday, Mt 5:1-20, Lu 6:17-26 Jesus tells them, “…in the same way they treated your ancestors the prophets>” Do you find comfort or confidence in the idea that you won’t be the only who’ll encounter hardship in light of your faith? What would you say the purpose of salt has generally been? Light? With the salt and light it would seem Jesus is reminding us that our faith & lives have some profound and specific purposes. What might those be?
Day 23, Saturday, Mt 10:2-4, 12:15-21; Mr 3:7-19, Lu 6:12-16 In Matthew’s account he quotes some prophecy (or foretelling of truth) about Jesus. Where does he say the nations can put their hope? We’re pretty good at putting our hope other places, where do you put yours often? In Luke’s account, after a night of prayer Jesus chooses the 12. So there were some who weren’t chosen. Do you think they still followed?
Day 22, Friday, Mt 12:1-14, Mr 2:23-3:6, Lu 6:1-11 As followers of a merciful and Good god, what could have the pharisee’s been more worried about when they saw the disciples? In Mark’s account How did Jesus feel about their dumbfounded response to his question (vv.4&5)? We criticize the Pharisees often, but they started out with good intentions to help people follow God well. Do we maybe fail here too?