5-Point Friday: August 10, 2018

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Exodus 4:14-20, 27-31 What is happening in this passage? In this passage, Moses takes the first steps in following God’s call to liberate the people of Israel from captivity and slavery in Egypt. Moses meets up with his brother, Aaron, and goes into Egypt to talk to the leaders…

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5-Point Friday, July 20, 2018

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Matthew 18:1-5 What is happening in this passage? This is the beginning of a series of teachings in the Gospel according to Matthew (Jesus’ 4th in Matthew). He reminds the disciples that the Kingdom of God looks different. They are wondering who is the greatest – likely considering wealth…

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5-Point Friday, July 13, 2018

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 What is happening in this scripture? Ecclesiastes is a book in the wisdom tradition in the Old Testament. It’s written from the perspective of Qohelet. While not much is really known about this author for sure, it appears that Qohelet was a teacher whose teachings and sayings…

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5-Point Friday, June 29, 2018

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Luke 1:1-4 What is this scripture about? This is the prologue to the Gospel According to Luke, the third Gospel account in the New Testament. There are many noteworthy differences between Luke and the other Gospels, not the least of which is that it’s the only Gospel that comes…

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5-Point Friday, June 22, 2018

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1 John 4:7-19 Wait… what? This is an interesting text. On the first read, my main takeaway was from the second sentence in verse 16: “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” I think this is one of the…

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5-Point Friday, June 15, 2018

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Luke 15:4-7 What is happening in this scripture? The lead up to this scripture is important. Jesus is talking and eating with tax collectors and sinners, the socially “undesirables,” if you will. (Lk 15:1). The Pharisees and scribes were critical of this. The parable of the lost sheep is…

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5-Point Friday, June 1, 2018

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Matthew 10:40-42 What is happening in this text? This is the end of Jesus’ instructions to the twelve disciples when he sent them out on their first mission throughout Israel. This passage is part instruction and part pep-talk. It’s a reminder to the disciples that everything they do and…

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5-Point Friday: May 18, 2018

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Acts 2:1-13 What is happening in this Scripture? This is the fulfillment of Jesus’ last words to his disciples before ascending into Heaven. Jesus promised to leave them with the Holy Spirit. Often we think about the Holy Spirit as the sustainer or the comforter, which is true, but…

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5-Point Friday, May 11, 2018

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Acts 1:6-11 What is happening in this scripture? This is the story of Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. Throughout the Gospels, we learned more about who Jesus is and what his mission was while he was here on earth. Then, on Easter, we witness the resurrection of Christ. So, for…

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