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TODAY’S READING: Acts 12–14 Martyrdom in the Bible was neither heroic nor foolish; it was normal and God-decreed in His wisdom and in His time. James was no fool and Peter was no hero. There is no recorded reason why James was struck with a sword that killed him and Peter with a slap that…

TODAY’S READING: Acts 10–11 It is well established that no Christian can in good conscience say, “No, Lord” (Acts 10:14), for this is an oxymoronic reaction when the King of all the earth gives an order to one of His own. What is less remembered is that this whole incident revolved around taking the gospel…

TODAY’S READING: Acts 9 In 34 A.D. a fanatic Jewish Turk meets Jesus in Syria and then spends three years in Arabia sorting it all out before becoming God’s chosen instrument to bear Jehovah’s name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel (Acts 9:15). The greatest human missionary of all time was called out…

TODAY’S READING: Acts 7–8 A man whose job it was to minister to Libyans, Egyptians, and Turks and who would not shut up about the gospel gave the longest sermon recorded in Acts, and it is a classic missionary sermon.  From beginning to end Stephen made a case that God is the Lord of all…

TODAY’S READING: Acts 4–6 Three times in the first three chapters of Acts, Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and it affected his mouth. The day of Pentecost was his first experience when he was “filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues…[and]standing up…[he] raised his voice and said” (Acts 2:4,…

TODAY’S READING: Acts 1–3 After Jesus rose from the dead, He spent forty days filling His disciples with hope and joy regarding the kingdom He would establish when He came back (Acts 1:3). Being as slow to understand then as we are now, they asked if He was referring to a here-and-now kingdom (v. 6)….

TODAY’S READING: Luke 24; John 20–21 If the great cloud of witnesses was allowed to interrupt, I am sure that they would have erupted on the Emmaus road. The resurrected Lord, the Son of Man who will rule all nations, the crucified Messiah who just conquered death and made the way possible for all men…

TODAY’S READING: Matthew 28; Mark 16 All authority (Matt. 28:18). Jesus the King, the crucified Messiah was proved to be God by His resurrection from the dead. He has been given all authority in heaven and earth. He has forcibly taken the keys of death and hell. There is no earthly authority that trumps Jesus,…

TODAY’S READING: Luke 23; John 18–19 The gospel message brings together unlikely enemies. The death of Jesus united an evil Roman with an evil Jordanian (Luke 23:12). The missionary heart of God will draw some from every nation to Himself in worship, while many from every nation will unite against Him in war. God’s people…

TODAY’S READING: Matthew 27; Mark 15 Pilate, as the Roman governor of Judea, had the authority to execute when he saw best and in the past had no trouble mingling the blood of some Jews in their sacrifices.[1] This man was no victim; he was powerful and capable of decisive acts. “Pilate deserves no sympathy…

TODAY’S READING: John 14–17 Last speeches are indicative of first and central passions. Today’s text summarizes the heart of Jesus and the points He most wanted His disciples to retain. All fluff cast away, the simple passions of God are laid bare in one last appeal and explanation. To summarize the summary, here are the…

TODAY’S READING: Luke 22; John 13 John’s version of the Last Supper is unique from the Synoptic Gospels, but not contradictory. John’s account focuses on Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. Interestingly, foot washing was not part of the Jewish Passover ritual.[1] Jesus instituted something profoundly new, not just because He flipped the leadership/servant script by…

TODAY’S READING: Matthew 26; Mark 14 Jesus more than anticipated that the Gospel would be preached in the whole world (Matt. 26:13). He authorized it. And He authorized that our attention (all of us from all peoples) be directed on spending extravagantly on Him, for He is more precious than service to the poor. We…

TODAY’S READING: Matthew 25 Directly after Matthew 24 and just before Matthew 28 (the Great Commission), Jesus told three parables that have to do with His return, all missionary in nature. The wise virgins were those who would not give their oil away at the cost of the light for all. When asked to share…

TODAY’S READING: Matthew 24 Herod the Great’s great building projects were crowned by the Temple Mount reconstruction, which likely refurbished the temple according to the plan of the second temple but much more extravagantly. The temple by the time Jesus was ministering was certainly impressive—at least to others, not to Christ. The disciples called Jesus’…

TODAY’S READING: Mark 13 Jesus referred to the “abomination of desolation” in Mark 13:14, and there is some conjecture about what that was/is. Daniel’s use of the term[1] was perhaps fulfilled when the Greek (Syrian) Antiochus Epiphanes sacrificed a pig to Zeus in the temple in 167 B.C. Jesus was perhaps referring to Jewish patriots…

TODAY’S READING: Matthew 23; Luke 20–21 The Pharisees of Jesus’ time were actually quite respected. At first it was a little shocking for Jesus’ followers and listeners to hear His vehement denunciations of these religious and spiritual leaders, for the Pharisees and scribes were generally held in high esteem. A good equivalent in our time…

TODAY’S READING: Matthew 22; Mark 12 Galilee in Jesus’ day was an agriculturally fertile area with a combination of small farms and large private estates. Landowners had huge plantations and hired seasonal workers. Absentee owners were not unusual and common concern centered on sufficient water for the area and enough housing for the migrant workers….

TODAY’S READING: Mark 11; John 12 The last half of the Gospel of John is devoted to the “Passion Week,” the last week of Jesus’ life. All four Gospels focus on this week, for it is indeed the purpose of why Jesus came—to die for the sins of world. The world comprised of over 15,000…

TODAY’S READING: Luke 19 In his book Jesus of Arabia: Christ Through Middle Eastern Eyes, Andrew Thompson related the story of missionaries on the Arabian Peninsula handing a Bible to Arab Muslims open to Luke 19 and the story of Zacchaeus. With no knowledge of the gospel, no Christian theology, no context whatsoever, the missionaries…

TODAY’S READING: Matthew 20–21 God’s heart for His own glory and God’s heart of love for people are unified and inseparable passions. Because God created man to be most satisfied when we glorify Him, the best thing for us was this union of our satisfaction and His glorification. Matthew 20 reminds us that the God…

TODAY’S READING: Matthew 19; Mark 10 All three synoptic Gospels mention the encounter of Jesus and the rich young ruler,[1] and they all have the same point, a point we tend to soften or miss: It is impossible for a rich man to get into heaven. We squirm and do hermeneutical gymnastics to avoid wrestling…

TODAY’S READING: Luke 18 Luke’s travel narrative is much longer than the accounts in Matthew and Mark and comes to its conclusion in Luke 18. Given the reality that the gospel is a message meant to travel, it’s fitting that Jesus taught while he covered territory. It is also fitting that this missionary training of…

TODAY’S READING: John 11 Let us be clear. Every false religion of the world are demonic death traps. Jesus stands at the doors of those graves, and He does not like death. Jesus groans and weeps over the spiritually dead (John 11:35). Should we not stand with Jesus at the grave and groan? Two evangelists…

TODAY’S READING: Luke 16–17 The point of the potentially confusing parable of the unjust steward is that we are to be resourceful and use all the means available to us for maximum benefit.[1] We will all give an account of our stewardship. One day we will stand before God and He will ask us: “What…

TODAY’S READING: Luke 14–15 The non-missionary Christian is very generous, but unfortunately to the wrong people, or better said, unfortunately not to the right people. Jesus was often criticized for dining with untouchables; rather, He was expected to wine and dine the influential. He used these misunderstandings to underline that the heart of Father God…

TODAY’S READING: Luke 12–13 These two chapters in Luke are delightful in their terror. Jesus’ passion was unleashed, and we get a glimpse of the God of awe and wonder who is absolutely focused on His glory among all peoples and absolutely intolerant of any and all who do not align themselves to His passions….

TODAY’S READING: Luke 10 Luke, a Greek, was very careful to point out the intentionality of Jesus to include all the nations in His Kingdom. In telling the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus made a hero of a non-Jewish enemy to show that His view of love extended beyond the one who was nearby.[1]…

TODAY’S READING: John 9–10 The Gospel of John was written almost sixty years after Jesus died, after the epistles, after the formation of the early church, after the first waves of persecution. Not only had Christians been martyred, they also were being cast out of synagogues and shunned in their own society and community. John…

TODAY’S READING: John 7–8 Jesus made His way to Jerusalem again, this time during the Feast of Tabernacles, also called the Feast of Booths. The feast remembered both the Exodus and the end of harvest. Included were elements of thanksgiving for what God had done in providing water in times past and elements of prayer…

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