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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5-Point Friday, May 4, 2018

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John 20:24-31 What’s Happening in this Scripture? This is a familiar text for many of us: it’s about a week after Jesus was crucified and then rose from the dead. Thomas seems a bit left out because most of the other disciples have already seen Jesus’ return, but he…

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Galatians 3:1-5 What is happening in this scripture? This is a portion of the letter that Paul wrote to the Churches of Galatia. Paul is writing to a group of churches who are being visited by missionaries that came in behind Paul and are preaches a different way to…

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Matthew 7:7-11 What is happening in this passage? Matthew 7:7-11 occurs in the midst of the Sermon on the Mount, the first of five collections of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospel according to Matthew. This section of the sermon highlights God’s response to our earnest efforts to seek out…

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