I cried out (Psalm 119:145)

“I cried out with all my heart, ‘Yahweh, answer me!’  I will observe Your statutes” (145)

“I seek You with my eyes, I probe with my mind as I meditate on Your word.”  (147)

“Yahweh, You are near and all your commandments are truth.”  (151)

Three keys verses from the 8 verse “Qoph” stanza of Psalm 119 that spoke to me today.

Study is not enough.  Learning and thinking is not enough.   (more…)

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Journey to the Passion

Jesus triumphally entered Jerusalem in Matthew 21, the last destination in the journey with Jesus.  Christian churches to this day remember that royal entry on Palm Sunday.  After arriving at the royal city, Jesus spends the last week of his life–passion week–with his disciples and among the Passover festival crowd, telling parables, answering questions and besting the arguments of his enemies.

Matthew 26 is a hinge in the story of Jesus.  The last two days of Jesus’ life are spent near Jerusalem in Bethany and in the holy city itself.  There is so much going on in the 75 verses of this chapter that we set aside one week to cover the 7 readings from Matthew 26 in Journey with Jesus – Book 4.  In this chapter Jesus goes from anointed to arrested, from highly honored to despised and beaten.  It is not an easy journey to make as we witness these events.

For today, take time to read through the chapter on your own–it will only take you five minutes or ten if you slow down to ponder the words.  The condemnation, the sufferings and the death of Jesus is called the Passion from the ancient word passio, which meant suffering. (more…)

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Good Teacher – Mark 10:17-22

Journey with Jesus

“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.  ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered.  “No one is good, except God alone.  You know the commandments:  ‘Do not murder,  do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'”

“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” (more…)

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