Day 160: God’s Special Concern for the Vulnerable and Neglected

Acts 9:32-43 (AD 34) At roughly the time of Paul’s conversion, Peter was travelling around Israel preaching the message of Jesus, and encouraging the Christians. His status as an apostle – a specially commissioned disciple of Jesus with supernatural authority – was evident from verse 38. Some Christians (at that time they were all referred … More Day 160: God’s Special Concern for the Vulnerable and Neglected

Day 147: Promise Under Persecution

Acts 4:1-22 (AD 30) Kept promises are a wonderful thing. Compare these two sections – the first is Jesus warning and encouraging his disciples about what would happen under persecution. The second is from the incident recorded in today’s reading. Luke 12:11-12 –  “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry … More Day 147: Promise Under Persecution

Day 141: The things that Jesus began to do

Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:1-11 (AD 30: during the 40 days after resurrection) After his resurrection, Jesus was on earth for forty days before he returned to heaven. He made a number of appearances, including the following, more or less in chronological order (we don’t know when all of them were): Mary Magdalene Peter … More Day 141: The things that Jesus began to do

Day 114: Wash someone’s feet today

John 13:1-20; (spring AD 30, Thursday evening of Passion Week) Humble, even humiliating, service for others, placing yourself lower in status than them, should be part and parcel of being a Christian. That’s the application Jesus gives in verses 12-15 for his washing of the disciples’ feet. The foot-washing itself was symbolically useful because it … More Day 114: Wash someone’s feet today

Day 109: No, you really don’t know when Jesus is coming again

Matthew 24 (spring AD 30, Tuesday of Passion Week) This passage contains one of the most hotly disputed passages in the Bible: “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel…then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…Let no one in … More Day 109: No, you really don’t know when Jesus is coming again

Day 101: Allowing sinful nature to take its course

John 11:55-12:11 (spring AD 30, the week before Passion Week) So far we have spent a week’s worth of devotionals covering Jesus’ first couple of years, skipped most of his next 28 years, and then gone through three years of his ministry in 80 days. Starting tomorrow, over the following 36 devotionals we will think … More Day 101: Allowing sinful nature to take its course