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Walking on the Waves

Background Story: Jesus has been teaching and preaching. He just fed 5,000 people with a couple loaves of bread and a few fish. He goes away to pray and the disciples go ahead of Him on a boat to cross the water. Read Matthew 14:22-33 22 Immediately Jesus made the…

An Encounter at the Well

Background Story: Jewish people and Samaritans- they did not hang out. In fact, Jewish people were not even supposed to talk or walk through their towns. When Jewish people used their GPS- they would take the longer route to avoid even coming into contact with Samaria. Read John 4: 3-42…

It’s Personal

Background Story: After celebrating the Passover with the disciples, Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. There Jesus was arrested by the temple guards. Peter and the disciples resisted the arrest but ultimately fled in fear. Now Jesus is being brought before the high priest for questioning. Read…

Dead Man Walks Again

Background Story: Jesus was friends with Lazarus and his sister’s Mary and Martha. Jesus gets the news that his friend Lazarus is very sick. Read: John 11: 1-44 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary,…

What is a Follower?

Background Story: Jesus has been healing the sick everywhere. People keep following Him everywhere He goes for all sorts of reasons. In this story, He is teaching in a home. Read: Luke 5:17-26 17 One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby.…

Bring Everything

Background Story: Jesus is days away from celebrating the Passover with His disciples and then being arrested, beaten, and nailed to a cross. But before this happens, we read this beautiful story of a woman in the gospel of Mark. Read: Mark 14: 1-9 Now the Passover and the Festival of…

Cone of Shame

Background Story: David was called a “man after God’s own heart” but he was very much a man just like you and me. He had great successes and great failures with times of great faith and times of doubt. In this Psalm, we see David after a failure with sin.…

This is How I Fight My Battles

Background Story: Israel had this king named Jehoshaphat. We must believe his parents had it out for him naming him that. Different armies joined up together to fight against the army of Israel. Israel was totally outnumbered and there was no chance of success. Read: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30 20 After…

So Much Pressure

Read: Psalms 139: 1-18 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;    you discern my thoughts from afar.3 You search out my path and my lying down    and are acquainted with all my ways.4 Even before a word is on my tongue,    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.5 You hem me…

Heard

Background Story: In this story we meet a woman named Hannah, the second wife of a man named Ramathaim. Her bio makes her unlikely person to end up with a significant story in the Bible. Read 1 Samuel 1:1-20 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill…

The Great Exchange

Background Story: Hannah was the second wife of Elkanah and prayed for years for a son. God has granted her request and she named her son, Samuel meaning "heard by God." Read 1 Samuel 1:21-2:2 21 When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to…

A Position to Hear

Background Story: Samuel was the first son of Hannah and an answer to her prayers to God. Hannah brought Samuel at a young age to serve God under the priest named Eli. Read 1 Samuel 3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there…

A Memorial

Background Story: In chapters 2 through 6 of 1 Samuel, the Ark of the Covenant falls into the hands of the Philistines due to the disobedience and idolatry of Eli's sons and the people. Finally after some pretty epic circumstances (check out chapter 2-6), the Philistines finally deliver the Ark…

A King Like Theirs

Background Story: Samuel was the last Judge of Israel and a prophet of God who received and spoke messages from God to the people. Read 1 Samuel 8:1-21 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second…

Sneaky Vines

Background Story: Samson was a warrior and judge for Israel. God gifted Samson with incredible strength and called him to be a Nazarite. In Numbers 6, the Bible talks about the requirements of a Nazarite...one requirement was that they did not cut their hair. Samson was a warrior for Israel…

Not a Typo

Background Story: The book of Ephesians was written by the Apostle Paul as a letter to the church of Ephesus. Read Ephesians 1:3-14 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in…

Supernatural Peace

Background Story: Jesus has been preaching, healing and teaching with His disciples walking along side. Now they get into a boat when an unexpected problem occurs. Read: Mark 4:35-41 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving…

My Shield

Background Story: David was constantly on the move and under attack from Saul and others. Read Psalm 115 Not to us, Lord, not to us    but to your name be the glory,    because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say,    “Where is their God?”3 Our God is in heaven;    he does whatever pleases…

My Rock

Background Story: Jesus often taught the crowd important life principles using parables and images. Read Matthew 7:24-27 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds…

My Reflection in the Mirror

Background Story: Paul wrote the book of Romans to teach the church of Rome about the truths of living this Christian life. Read: Romans 8:31-39 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but…

Our Part in the Story

Background Story: Jesus just told his disciples that He is heading to Jerusalem where they would condemn Him to death and they would, "mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him" and that, "Three days later he will rise." (Mark 10:34) The disciples are encouraging Jesus not to go.…

It Was Never About David

Background Story: The Philistines were one of the main enemies of Israel. Throughout the Old Testament, they are always fighting. This time, the Philistine army believes they have a secret weapon... a champion, a giant, a beast named Goliath. Read: 1 Samuel 17: 1-51 1-3 The Philistines drew up their…

Touched By Fire

Background Story: Isaiah was a prophet of God. Prophets were people in the Old Testament who sought God on behalf of the people and proclaimed God's will to the people. Read Isaiah 6:1-8 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on…

Authentic Worship

Background Story: Colossians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul while he was imprisoned in Rome to the church in Colosse. Read Colossians 3:12-17 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of…

Leave the Pigs

Background Story: Often Jesus taught the crowds in parables using stories to teach them the deep truths about who God is. Read Luke 15:11-24 There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between…

Stuck Like a Roomba

Background Story: The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans as a letter to the church in Rome. Read Romans 7:12-25 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what…

Becoming Mature

Read James 1:2-8 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives…

Deep Roots

Background Story: Paul wrote the book of Ephesians as a letter to the church of Ephesus. Read Ephesians 3:16-19 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray…

Oh So Busy!

Background Story: In chapter 5 of the book of Mark, Jesus had just raised a dead girl to life and healed a demon possessed man. As Jesus' fame spread, so did the crowds and the people with needs. Read Mark 6:6-13, 30-32 Then Jesus went around teaching from village to…

Reckless Love

Background Story: Jesus used parables or stories to teach those around the truths of who He is. Read: Luke 15: 1-7 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”…

For Every Need

Background Story: God called a man named Abram to follow Him into a new life in Genesis 12. By faith, Abram takes his wife and all his possessions and leaves the security of what he knows for the unknown of what God is calling him to do. Read Genesis 17:…

A Worried Mind

Background Story: Jesus taught a new message and understood the trials that people goes through each day. Read Matthew 6:25-33 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and…

God With Us

Background Story: Jesus is days away from fulfilling His mission for coming to earth. Soldiers are coming to arrest Him, but before they do, Jesus prays to God. Read John 17:1-8 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son…

Multiplication Problem

Background Story: Jesus has been preaching and teaching. As His fame has increased, so have the size of the crowds. At this location, 5,000+ have come to hear Him speak. This has caused some anxiety in the disciples. Read Matthew 14:13-21 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by…

I Want to See

Background Story: Jesus was constantly talking to people that everyone else ignored or avoided: the sinners, the smelly, and the sick. Read: John 5: 1-9 5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep…

Blessing or Curse?

Background Story: Zechariah is a priest who served in the temple. He was married to Elizabeth and they had no children. So far their life had been pretty normal but all of that is about to change. Read: Luke 1: 5-25 5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was…

Becoming Less

Background Story: John the Baptist, son of Elizabeth and the priest Zechariah now begins his ministry. It is believed he was in his late 20's or early 30's. Read: Matthew 3: 1-17 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of…

Faith Dilemma

Background Story: John the Baptist was born in a miraculous way and spent his life declaring to everyone around him about the coming of the Messiah. Now he finds himself in prison and he is overcome by doubt. Read: Matthew 11: 1-11 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he…

Nothing is Wasted

Background Story: The book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul as a letter to the church of Rome. Read Romans 8:28-31 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to…

Climb Above

Background Story: Jesus has been healing and delivering people everywhere He went. As His fame has grown, so have the crowds that followed Him. Read Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He…

Eyes Opened

Background Story: Elisha was a prophet of Israel and was the successor to the prophet Elijah. Read 2 Kings 6: 8-17 8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”…

Stuck in a Pit

Background Story: Joseph was a 17 years old teen who lived in a large family group. He had eleven brothers and one sister but he was the favorite son of a man named Israel. Read Genesis 37:2-28 Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was…

Life’s Not Fair

Background Story: Last time we saw Joseph, he got thrown in a pit by his older brothers and then sold into servitude to an Egyptian named Potiphar. Read: Genesis 39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the…

The Waiting Room

Background Story: Last we saw Joseph, he started as the big man at home, then got thrown in a pit and sold into slavery by his own brothers, did a great job at Potiphar's house and was becoming a star, got hit on by his bosses' wife, and as a…

Live Life Loud

Background Story: Following the story of Joseph, we saw him go from the most loved at his dad's house to being sold into slavery by his brothers, thrown into prison without cause, and forgotten by people he helped. Over two years in prison have passed and we see Joseph again.…

Chased by the Past

Background Story: Joseph grew up loved by his dad Jacob (also called Israel) with dreams of the future and then his world is destroyed. He is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, put into prison because of false accusations, and forgotten in prison by the people he helped. Finally,…

Letting Go

Background Story: It's our last day looking at the life of Joseph. What a story! Loved by his dad, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, thrown in prison through false accusations, left there through unfulfilled promises, noticed and exalted by Pharaoh, and now his brothers stand before him needing…

The Perfect Sacrifice

Background Story: God called a man named Abram from the comfort of his home to a new land. God gave him a new name, Abraham meaning the "Father of Many Nations" even though Abraham was not a dad. After many years, God gives Abraham a son named Isaac. Read Genesis…

A New Name

Background Story: After being with the crowds and performing many miracles, Jesus gathers with His disciples to speak to just them. Read Matthew 16: 13-19 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say…

Ultimate Miracle

Background Story: Isaiah was a prophet of God who often spoke of the Messiah who was to come. Read Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,    because the Lord has anointed me    to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,    to proclaim freedom for the captives    and release from darkness for the…

A New Name (Pt2)

Background Story: Jesus was crucified, buried and rose on the third day. Jesus had instructed his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the gift He would send. A group of followers waited in a home when the Holy Spirit came in like flames of fire and filled each person. After…

Orange Sherbet

Background Story: Moses has led the people of Israel out of Egypt and now they are in the desert. Directed by God, Moses is working with the people to set up a tabernacle as a place for God's presence to dwell. Read Exodus 35:4-22 Moses said to the whole Israelite…

#StealthyServant

Background Story: The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Philippians as a letter to the church of Philippi to help them live out their Christian life. Read: Philippians 2: 3-11 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests…

Jumping off the Fence

Background Story: Paul wrote the book of Philippians as a letter to the church of Philippi. Read Philippians 3: 8-14 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them…

My Body

Background Story: The Apostle Paul wrote the 1 and 2 Corinthians as letters to the church at Corinth. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were…

Be on Watch

Background Story: David killed Goliath as a teen and God chose him to be the King of Israel. After many years of trials, he becomes King David and God gives him great victory time and again over his enemies. Now David has a job to go and fight in a…

How’s the Soil?

Background Story: Jesus often taught in parables using real life examples to help people understand deeper truths. Read Mark 4:1-20 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake,…

What’s Growing?

Background Story: The book of Galatians was written by the Apostle Paul as a letter to the Galatians. Read Galatians 6: 7-10 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption,…

Consuming Fire

Background Story: Elijah was a prophet of God who spoke the will of God to the people. Ahab was the King of Israel at this time. Read 1 Kings 18:6-39 6 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said…

Conflicting Reports

Background Story: God delivered the Israelites from Egypt after they had prayed to God for 430 years. Now the Israelites are standing outside the promised land deciding what to do next. Read Numbers 13:1-3, 26-30 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the…

Unexpected Plot Twist

Background Story: Moses was the man God chose to help lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Now God uses a man named Joshua to lead His people into the promised land. Read Joshua 2 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he…

Go Around Again

Background Story: The Israelites were delivered from Egypt under the leadership of Moses. When they arrived at the promise land, they got afraid of the obstacles before them and doubted God. Because of this, God told them they had to wait to enter the land. After Moses' death, Joshua becomes…

Keep Reaching

Background Story: Jesus is walking through a crowd of people in a busy part of town with his disciples. Read: Luke 8:43-48 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of…

Which Path?

Background Story: King David's son, King Solomon wrote Proverbs as words of wisdom to his own son. Read Proverbs 2: 2-11 Tune your ears to wisdom,    and concentrate on understanding.3 Cry out for insight,    and ask for understanding.4 Search for them as you would for silver;    seek them like hidden treasures.5 Then you will understand what…

Not So Thankful

Background Story: The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Ephesians as letter to the church of Ephesus. It is believed he wrote this book while he was in prison. Read Ephesians 1:3-14 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the…

Where Are You?

Background Story: Abram (also called Abraham) was called by God to leave his home and to follow God into a new life. He is called the "Father of Faith" because of his tremendous faith in God. But just like us, Abram struggled with doubt. Read Genesis 12:1-5 The Lord had said to…

Rest for the Soul

Background Story: David lived a very stressful life being pursued by an enemy constantly. He wrote the Psalms as personal prayers. Psalm 62:5-8 5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;    my hope comes from him.6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.7 My salvation…

Authentic Joy

Background Story: David was chased by armies and people trying to kill him. But in the midst of his circumstances, he wrote the Psalms about how God is always there meeting his every need. Read Psalms 16: 5-11 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;    you make my lot secure.6 The boundary…

Something New

Read Isaiah 43:14-19 This is what the Lord says—    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:“For your sake I will send to Babylon    and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians,    in the ships in which they took pride.15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,    Israel’s Creator, your King.” 16 This is what the Lord says—    he who made a way through the sea,    a path through…

Unlikely Leading Man

Background Story: Moses grew up in Egypt as an Egyptian Prince. Once his heritage was discovered that he was really the son of Israelite slaves, he was forced to flee Egypt and head out to the middle of nowhere. This former prince is now a sheep herder, married, probably has…

It’s Never Time to Quit

Background Story: The Israelites have lived in captivity for 430 years! 430 years of serving the Egyptians, of being slaves. God sends Moses and through lots of ups and downs, Pharaoh finally lets the Israelites go. So they load up wagons of everything they have including their sheep and cattle…

A New Song

Background Story: The Egyptians enslaved the Israelites for 430 years. The Israelites were led by Moses out of Egypt. But now the Israelites find themselves trapped next to the Red Sea with the Egyptians closing in. God commands Moses to pick up his staff and spread out his hands over…

Just Enough for Today

Background Story: The Israelites have left 430 years of captivity from Egypt. They started their exodus with singing and rejoicing to God but their tune has now changed. It hasn't quite ended up the way they planned and they now find themselves in a hot desert with no food to…

Earrings Into Idols

Background Story: God delivered the Israelites from 430 years of captivity in Egypt. Moses has gone up the mountain to get the 10 Commandments from God. While he is away, the people get restless and come up with a new plan. Read Exodus 31:18-32:8 18 When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on…

A Friend

Background Story: Moses was God's chosen leader of the Israelites and helped lead them out of 430 of slavery in Egypt. Now the Israelites are camped near Mount Sinai as Moses speaks to God about a new covenant and the 10 Commandments. Read Exodus 33: 7-11 Now Moses used to…

Why Am I Here?

Background Story: In Exodus chapters 24-30, we read God's covenant to forgive the sins of the Israelites. Aaron, Moses' brother was the first Priest of Israel. Read Exodus 29: 35-46 Do for Aaron and his sons everything I have commanded you, taking seven days to ordain them. 36 Sacrifice a bull each…

Running the Race

Read Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy…

Remaining Faithful

Background Story: There was a prophet of God named Hosea. God told Hosea to marry a woman who was not faithful to him as an example of how the people of Israel were being unfaithful to God. Read: Hosea 2:19-20  I will betroth you to me forever;    I will betroth you in…

Check Engine Light

Read Ephesians 4:17-24 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to…

Simon Says

Background Story: Jesus is meeting with his disciples in Jerusalem and knows the time is near. Read John 13:1-17 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the…

Salt and Light

Background Story: Jesus often used everyday items to teach deep truths to ordinary people. Read Matthew 5:13-16 You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled…

Swimming Upstream

Read Psalms 119: 9-16 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?    By living according to your word.10 I seek you with all my heart;    do not let me stray from your commands.11 I have hidden your word in my heart    that I might not sin against you.12 Praise be to you, Lord;    teach me your decrees.13 With my…

Remind My Worries

Background Story: Jesus speaks words of truth and comfort to His disciples. Read John 14: 26-27 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with…

Another in the Fire

Background Story: The Jewish people have been taken as slaves and into captivity by the Babylonians. These three teens/young adults had grown up in slavery. Here comes this new leader, Nebuchadnezzar and he has a HUGE pride issue. He not only thinks he should be served, but he believes he…

The Power Illusion

Background Story: The people of Israel have been taken into captivity in Babylon and are under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar. You might remember him from the story of the Fiery Furnace in Daniel chapter 3. Now King Nebuchadnezzar has had a dream that disturbs him, so he calls Daniel…

The Stone Mover

Background Story: The people of Israel were taken captive in Babylon. An Israelite named Daniel has continued to remain faithful to God even while living in a godless country. Read Daniel 6 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was…

Look Out!

Background Story: God creates light, stars, the moon, the oceans, the land, the animals, the trees, the fish, and everything in all of creation. But He didn’t stop there…He created us for the sole purpose of walking in the garden with Him in relationship. He gave Adam the command that…

Imitation Crab Meat

Background Story: The Psalms were written as personal prayers and praises to God. Read Psalms 63:1-8 You, God, are my God,    earnestly I seek you;I thirst for you,    my whole being longs for you,in a dry and parched land    where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary    and beheld your…

Into the Light

Background Story: Jesus performed miraculous healings transforming people's lives. But for some reason, the religious leaders always had a problem with it. Read John 9: 1-16, 35-41 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”…

The True Breaker of Chains

Background Story: Paul and Silas were a dynamic duo preaching the gospel. Often they found that not everyone was excited to see them come to town. Read: Acts 16: 16-36 16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had…

Time to Scrub the Cup

Background Story: The religious leaders were always trying to trap Jesus or find fault in Him. They saw Jesus’ disciples not following their religious customs of the day and brought it up to Jesus. God had given Moses the Ten Commandments in Exodus but the Jewish people took those ten…

Undivided Heart

Background Story: David wrote the Psalms as personal prayers and worship to God as he went through the trials of his life. Psalms 86: 5-11 5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,    abounding in love to all who call to you.6 Hear my prayer, Lord;    listen to my cry for mercy.7 When I am in distress, I call to you,    because…

True Treasure

Background Story: Jesus is teaching the crowd and His disciples. Read Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not…

Not Gonna Swerve

Background Story: King David is getting older in years. His son, Solomon is getting prepared to become King of Israel and King David takes a moment to give Solomon important advice. Read 1 Chronicles 28: 5-9  Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit…

No Comparison

Background: The book of Jeremiah was written by the prophet Jeremiah. He was a prophet of God during four of the most challenging decades in Israel's history including the capture of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Read Jeremiah 10: 6-16 No one is like you, Lord;    you are great,    and your name is mighty…

Unexpected Mercy

Background Story: Jonah was a prophet of Israel who God had called to share His words with the people. Read Jonah 1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away…

One Way

Background Story: When Jesus preached to the masses, some followed Him but some walked away due to His claims. Today is no different. Read John 10:7-18 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have…

It’s Personal (Pt2)

Background Story: Jesus was betrayed, beaten, mocked, and nailed to a cross. As He is raised up on the cross, two criminals were on crosses next to Him. Read Luke 23: 32-46 32 Now two others, who were criminals, were also being led away to be put to death with Him.…

There’s Hope

Background Story: The book of 1 Peter was written by the Apostle Peter to a group of Christians. Peter was an fisherman that Jesus called to follow Him. As a disciple of Jesus, Peter witnessed first hand the power of God and the forgiveness of the cross. Peter went on…

The Undertow

Background Story: Paul is writing a letter to the church of Corinth with encouragement and instruction on living a Christian life. Read: 2 Corinthians 4:4-18  4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is…

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