John 5-6: The testimony of Jesus.

September 13, 2015. Daily Reading: John 5-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Healing on the Sabbath: Now that Jesus has stated His ministry, John gives us an account of His healing a lame man on the Sabbath, something that was notorious for getting Him in troubles with the Jews. Here we find Jesus traveling…

Luke 19-20: Jesus in Jerusalem.

July 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Luke 19-20. Background: Luke 17-18. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 19 1. Zacchaeus and the parable of ten minas: In the first half of this chapter, Jesus teaches two lessons in the house of¬†Zacchaeus, a short man who was a rich, tax collector. Tax collectors in this day were considered to…

Mark 11-12: The Christ.

April 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Mark 11-12. Background: Mark 9-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 1. The triumphal entry:¬†To prepare for the triumphal entry, which had been prophesied about in the days of old (see Zechariah 9:9), Jesus sent two of His disciples to go get a young donkey on which no one had ridden…

Matthew 5-7: The sermon on the mount.

January 24, 2015. Daily Reading: Matthew 5-7. Background: Matthew 3-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. The Beatitudes: The beatitudes are some of the most well known words of Jesus amongst Christians. They are the first words recorded at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and have had a lasting effect throughout the generations. One way…

To whom should we give respect?

July 16, 2014. There is a saying that goes around in our society that says “respect is not given, it’s earned,” or something along those lines. The premise is that you do not just automatically have respect with people, but you must gain respect through your actions and the way you handle situations. On some…