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JANUARY 14  The Gospel for Skeptics   John 1:43-51

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee.  Finding Philip, He said to him, “Follow Me.”  44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  46 “Nazareth!  Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.  “Come and see,” said Philip.  47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, He said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”  48 “How do You know me?” Nathanael asked.  Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”  49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”  50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree.  You shall see greater things than that.”  51 He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

 

 

JANUARY 7  The Other Christmas   Matthew 2:1-12

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews?  We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”  3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the Law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:  6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a Ruler who will be the Shepherd of My people Israel.’”  7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.  8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the Child.  As soon as you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.”  9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the Child was.  10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  11 On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, and of incense and of myrrh.  12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

 


DECEMBER 17  Another Traveler on the Bus?



DECEMBER 10  Morning Star



NOVEMBER 26  Children Of The King   Matthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.  32 Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  33 And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left.  34 Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  35 For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, 36 I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’  37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  38 And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You?  39 And when did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’  40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.’  41 Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  42 For I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’  44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’  45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”




NOVEMBER 22  All To Thee, Our God, We Owe   Luke 17:11-19

11 On the way to Jerusalem He was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.  12 And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  14 When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went they were cleansed.  15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks.  Now he was a Samaritan.  17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed?  Where are the nine?  18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  19 And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”




NOVEMBER 19  Talent On Loan From God   Matthew 25:14-13

14 [Jesus said] “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.  15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.  Then he went away.  16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.  17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.  18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.  19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.  20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’  21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master.’  22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’  23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master.’  24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’  26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant!  You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?  27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.  28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.  29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance.  But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


All Scripture verses are New International Version (NIV)®, courtesy of Zondervan Corporation, L.L.C.

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CURRENT SERIES

A MAN NAMED MARTIN

 

JANUARY 14

A Man Named Martin - Part 1, Session 5: The Man viewers encounter is a 15th-century religious reformer from Germany who broke ranks with the Catholic Church. This Bible study is the first of a three-part series devoted to Martin Luther -- a monk whose Spirit-inspired grasp of God's justification of sinners through faith in the Savior was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation.


 

JANUARY 7

A Man Named Martin - Part 1, Session 4: The Man viewers encounter is a 15th-century religious reformer from Germany who broke ranks with the Catholic Church. This Bible study is the first of a three-part series devoted to Martin Luther -- a monk whose Spirit-inspired grasp of God's justification of sinners through faith in the Savior was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation.


 

DECEMBER 31

A Man Named Martin - Part 1, Session 3: The Man viewers encounter is a 15th-century religious reformer from Germany who broke ranks with the Catholic Church. This Bible study is the first of a three-part series devoted to Martin Luther -- a monk whose Spirit-inspired grasp of God's justification of sinners through faith in the Savior was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation.

 

 

DECEMBER 24

A Man Named Martin - Part 1, Session 2: The Man viewers encounter is a 15th-century religious reformer from Germany who broke ranks with the Catholic Church. This Bible study is the first of a three-part series devoted to Martin Luther -- a monk whose Spirit-inspired grasp of God's justification of sinners through faith in the Savior was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation.



DECEMBER 17

A Man Named Martin - Part 1, Session 1 The Man viewers encounter is a 15th-century religious reformer from Germany who broke ranks with the Catholic Church. This Bible study is the first of a three-part series devoted to Martin Luther -- a monk whose Spirit-inspired grasp of God's justification of sinners through faith in the Savior was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation.


THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

DECEMBER 10

The Gospel of John - Chapter 21, Jesus reinstates Peter 

DECEMBER 3

The Gospel of John - Chapter 21, Jesus reinstates Peter 

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