Although saddened by the death of John the Baptist, Jesus’ compassion for souls is so great that He preaches the Good News to over 5,000 of them—and gives them dinner besides.

Although saddened by the death of John the Baptist, Jesus’ compassion for souls is so great that He preaches the Good News to over 5,000 of them—and gives them dinner besides.

BibleGateway: Matthew 14:1-21 ESV Text: Matthew 14:1-21 Matthew 14:1–21 (Listen) The Death of John the Baptist 14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,1 4 because…

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Jesus heals the sick and drives out demons, showing Himself to be the Messiah Isaiah had spoken about (Is 53:4).

Jesus heals the sick and drives out demons, showing Himself to be the Messiah Isaiah had spoken about (Is 53:4).

BibleGateway: Matthew 8:14-34 ESV Text: Matthew 8:14-34 Matthew 8:14–34 (Listen) Jesus Heals Many 14 And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. 16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by…

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Israel complains of the troubles they have to face, but at the end of the Psalm an appeal is made to “God’s faithful love.” That’s the right place to go looking for help!

Israel complains of the troubles they have to face, but at the end of the Psalm an appeal is made to “God’s faithful love.” That’s the right place to go looking for help!

BibleGateway: Psalm 44 ESV Text: Psalm 44 Psalm 44 (Listen) Come to Our Help To the choirmaster. A Maskil1 of the Sons of Korah. 44:1   O God, we have heard with our ears,    our fathers have told us,  what deeds you performed in their days,    in the days of old:2   you with your own hand drove out the nations,    but them you planted;  you afflicted the peoples,    but them you set free;3   for not by their own sword did they win the land,    nor did their own arm save them,  but…

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When people around you are unfaithful, unjust, and deceitful, turn to the Lord and let Him be your dwelling place. Put your hope in Him and call upon Him.

When people around you are unfaithful, unjust, and deceitful, turn to the Lord and let Him be your dwelling place. Put your hope in Him and call upon Him.

BibleGateway: Psalm 43 ESV Text: Psalm 43 Psalm 43 (Listen) Send Out Your Light and Your Truth 43:1   Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause    against an ungodly people,  from the deceitful and unjust man    deliver me!2   For you are the God in whom I take refuge;    why have you rejected me?  Why do I go about mourning    because of the oppression of the enemy? 3   Send out your light and your truth;    let them lead me;  let them bring me to your holy hill    and to your dwelling!4   Then I will…

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This sad account leads up the end of the book of Judges. Israel descends again into the darkness of corruption and unbelief, so much so that God brings judgment on one of the tribes.

This sad account leads up the end of the book of Judges. Israel descends again into the darkness of corruption and unbelief, so much so that God brings judgment on one of the tribes.

BibleGateway: Judges 20:1-36 ESV Text: Judges 20:1-36 Judges 20:1–36 (Listen) Israel’s War with the Tribe of Benjamin 20:1 Then all the people of Israel came out, from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, and the congregation assembled as one man to the LORD at Mizpah. 2 And the chiefs of all the people, of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, 400,000 men on foot that drew the sword. 3 (Now the people…

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In days of trouble we long for the Lord to come and help us—even thirsting for Him, and He sends His faithful love.

In days of trouble we long for the Lord to come and help us—even thirsting for Him, and He sends His faithful love.

BibleGateway: Psalm 42 ESV Text: Psalm 42 Psalm 42 (Listen) Book Two Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul? To the choirmaster. A Maskil1 of the Sons of Korah. 42:1   As a deer pants for flowing streams,    so pants my soul for you, O God.2   My soul thirsts for God,    for the living God.  When shall I come and appear before God?23   My tears have been my food    day and night,  while they say to me all the day long,    “Where is your God?”4   These things I remember,    as I…

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What a beautiful Word Jesus brought to the people, but they would have none of it.

What a beautiful Word Jesus brought to the people, but they would have none of it.

BibleGateway: Matthew 13:51-58 ESV Text: Matthew 13:51-58 Matthew 13:51–58 (Listen) New and Old Treasures 51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” Jesus Rejected at Nazareth 53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming…

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Jesus, priceless treasure! We love Him above all else!

Jesus, priceless treasure! We love Him above all else!

BibleGateway: Matthew 13:44-46 ESV Text: Matthew 13:44-46 Matthew 13:44–46 (Listen) The Parable of the Hidden Treasure 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value,…

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The Lord’s work through the Gospel often starts small, touching only a few people, but over time more and more are brought to faith.

The Lord’s work through the Gospel often starts small, touching only a few people, but over time more and more are brought to faith.

BibleGateway: Matthew 13:31-33 ESV Text: Matthew 13:31-33 Matthew 13:31–33 (Listen) The Mustard Seed and the Leaven 31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its…

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It’s not our job to rid the world of the unbelieving, for God will eventually bring judgment on them Himself. In the meantime, pray for them and try to turn them from their evil ways.

It’s not our job to rid the world of the unbelieving, for God will eventually bring judgment on them Himself. In the meantime, pray for them and try to turn them from their evil ways.

BibleGateway: Matthew 13:24-29, 36-43, 47-50 ESV Text: Matthew 13:24-29, 36-43, 47-50 Matthew 13:24–29 (Listen) The Parable of the Weeds 24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds1 among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants2 of the…

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