Category Archives: Bible study

Jesus on Trial in the Sanhedrin – Mark 14:53-72

This year I’ve sought to add daily devotionals – which is going back to my roots, and improve the quality of my writing. To do that, I’ve started working with an amazing editor, my wife, who proofreads and offers suggestions … Continue reading

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Great in the Kingdom of Heaven

January 13 (Matthew 5:19-20 NIV) 19. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be … Continue reading

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Praying in the Garden

This week we look at Jesus praying in the garden at Gethsemane. I found it interesting to discover what Gethsemane really means: do you know? I’ll let you know. I’ve also begun the process of using other people to read … Continue reading

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The Last Supper

While I’m getting ahead of the story here, it’s important to remember that when Peter saw Jesus after His resurrection, Jesus forgave and restored him.No one has ever surprised Jesus and no matter how badly we may mess up, He’s ready to forgive us. Continue reading

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Broken and Spilled Out

As I understand the situation, Simon the leper was having a feast, and Jesus was eating with him, among others. Given the concerns about the contagious nature of leprosy, I have no doubt that appropriate social distancing issues were considered in the seating arrangement. In the middle of the feast, though, a woman walked up to Jesus and took a container of expensive perfume, and poured it on His head. Continue reading

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Watch, Wait, Work – Until the End Comes

One time, I had to leave the room to help another teacher with technical problems. While the teacher next door was able to listen for problems in my classroom for me, I was still concerned. When I finished my work and came back to the classroom, I noted my neighbor in my classroom. I groaned, but before I could ask what was wrong, she pointed at our assistant principal who had chosen that moment to do an unplanned walk through observation of my classroom. I think it’s safe to say that I died inside. I explained quickly why I wasn’t in the room and his comment made my day. “I wasn’t here to observe you, Mr. James, I was here to see how engaged your students were. They were doing a great job when I came in the classroom.”  Continue reading

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When Will There Be an End?

The message for us is still clear: stay true to the teaching of the gospel. Don’t get so attached to material things that you miss the spiritual joys of walking with Jesus. Trust God in the most difficult of circumstances. Continue reading

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Jesus Takes the Offensive

So often, Jesus is seen responding to questions and attacks by the Jewish Religious leaders. In today’s stories, Jesus takes the lead by proposing His own conundrum and then by noting problems with the scribes and their lust for attention. … Continue reading

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First Things First

What the Scribe didn’t realize was that the Kingdom of God is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Not in repeating His teachings. Not in agreeing with His teachings, but in the person of Jesus Christ. You may go to church, read your Bible daily, do good deeds, and if you were to come before Jesus and asked about the kingdom of God He would say that you aren’t far from it. The kingdom of God is found in the person of Jesus Christ and you enter into that Kingdom when you place your life in His hands. Continue reading

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Jesus Turns the Tables On His Attackers

Today we look at two encounters with religious leaders. First, Pharisees and Herodians unite to try to take Jesus down, then, when they fail, the Sadducees do their thing and fail. They couldn’t get the best of Jesus in a … Continue reading

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