What a Day; What a Meal!

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Mark 14:17-25    New International Version (NIV) 17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” 19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?” 20 “It […]

THE FINAL WEEK: The Need for a Traitor

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Mark 14:1-11   New International Version (NIV) Jesus Anointed at Bethany 14 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” 3 While he […]

THE FINAL WEEK: Conflict and More Conflict

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Mark 11:12-25   New International Version (NIV) Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because […]

The Final Week: A Lenten Series: What Kind of King is Jesus?

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Mark 11:1-11    New International Version (NIV) Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no […]

Ready for What’s Next

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Exodus 24:12-18   New International Version (NIV) 12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.” 13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God.14 He said to […]

Journey Through the Sermon on the Mount

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Matthew 5:21-37    New International Version (NIV) Murder 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says […]

Journey Through the Sermon on the Mount

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Matthew 5:13-20    New International Version (NIV) Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built […]

Journey Through the Sermon on the Mount

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Matthew 5:1-12   New International Version (NIV) Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount 5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. The Beatitudes He said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. […]

The Kingdom of Heaven is Near

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Psalm 27:4-9   New International Version (NIV) 4 One thing I ask from the Lord,     this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord     all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord     and to seek him in his temple. 5 For in the day of trouble     he will keep me […]

What Are You Looking For?

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John 1:29-42    New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Lamb of God 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he […]