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Month: April 2021

The disciples were to know that even after they saw Jesus no more, they were not alone. Jesus would dwell in them and the Holy Spirit would be poured out on them.

The disciples were to know that even after they saw Jesus no more, they were not alone. Jesus would dwell in them and the Holy Spirit would be poured out on them.

BibleGateway: John 14:15-26 ESV Text: John 14:15-26 John 14:15–26 (Listen) Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,1 to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be2 in you. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans;…

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Jesus is not only the way to the Father, but He is the exact representation of His Father. He is God in human form. If we know Him, we know God.

Jesus is not only the way to the Father, but He is the exact representation of His Father. He is God in human form. If we know Him, we know God.

BibleGateway: John 14:1-14 ESV Text: John 14:1-14 John 14:1–14 (Listen) I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life 14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;1 believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?2 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that…

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Like Haggai, Zechariah preached to the exiles, encouraging them as they returned to Judea. But first, let Judah understand why she was exiled and call for her repentance and return to the Lord.

Like Haggai, Zechariah preached to the exiles, encouraging them as they returned to Judea. But first, let Judah understand why she was exiled and call for her repentance and return to the Lord.

BibleGateway: Zechariah 1:1-6 ESV Text: Zechariah 1:1-6 Zechariah 1:1–6 (Listen) A Call to Return to the Lord 1:1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, saying, 2 “The LORD was very angry with your fathers. 3 Therefore say to them, Thus declares the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD…

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God called on the people of Judah to remember how with Him they had blessings, but without Him they faced trouble and misery. May God’s goodness and mercy draw us to Him.

God called on the people of Judah to remember how with Him they had blessings, but without Him they faced trouble and misery. May God’s goodness and mercy draw us to Him.

BibleGateway: Haggai 2:10-23 ESV Text: Haggai 2:10-23 Haggai 2:10–23 (Listen) Blessings for a Defiled People 10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, 11 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Ask the priests about the law: 12 ‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does…

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Outwardly, the rebuilt temple wasn’t nearly as glorious as the old one, but it would be glorious in a different way: Jesus Christ, the Messiah, would visit there!

Outwardly, the rebuilt temple wasn’t nearly as glorious as the old one, but it would be glorious in a different way: Jesus Christ, the Messiah, would visit there!

BibleGateway: Haggai 2:1-9 ESV Text: Haggai 2:1-9 Haggai 2:1–9 (Listen) The Coming Glory of the Temple 2:1 In the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet: 2 “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, and say, 3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this house…

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By our sins we betray the Lord, act without love, and deny Him. Yet He willingly laid down His life in our place, making the sufferings we deserved His own.

By our sins we betray the Lord, act without love, and deny Him. Yet He willingly laid down His life in our place, making the sufferings we deserved His own.

BibleGateway: John 13:21-38 ESV Text: John 13:21-38 John 13:21–38 (Listen) One of You Will Betray Me 21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side,1 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus2 of whom he was speaking. 25 So…

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In contrast to Judas Iscariot’s selfish desire for money, Jesus selflessly served others—and bids us to do the same.

In contrast to Judas Iscariot’s selfish desire for money, Jesus selflessly served others—and bids us to do the same.

BibleGateway: John 13:1-20 ESV Text: John 13:1-20 John 13:1–20 (Listen) Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had…

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The people recognized their error and in 520 BC the rebuilding began. The temple was the Lord’s dwelling place among them, so it was important for them to get it back into shape.

The people recognized their error and in 520 BC the rebuilding began. The temple was the Lord’s dwelling place among them, so it was important for them to get it back into shape.

BibleGateway: Haggai 1:12-15 ESV Text: Haggai 1:12-15 Haggai 1:12–15 (Listen) The People Obey the Lord 12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him. And the people feared the LORD. 13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the LORD, spoke to the people with the LORD’s…

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Returning to Jerusalem after 70 years in exile the people of Judah took care of their own houses, but 18 years later the Lord’s house still had not been rebuilt.

Returning to Jerusalem after 70 years in exile the people of Judah took care of their own houses, but 18 years later the Lord’s house still had not been rebuilt.

BibleGateway: Haggai 1:1-11 ESV Text: Haggai 1:1-11 Haggai 1:1–11 (Listen) The Command to Rebuild the Temple 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: 2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: These people say the time has not…

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After so many prophecies and warnings, Judah was finally overthrown. While in exile, they would have an opportunity to think on their sins, repent, and turn back to the Lord.

After so many prophecies and warnings, Judah was finally overthrown. While in exile, they would have an opportunity to think on their sins, repent, and turn back to the Lord.

BibleGateway: 2 Kings 25:1-21 ESV Text: 2 Kings 25:1-21 2 Kings 25:1–21 (Listen) Fall and Captivity of Judah 25:1 And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. And they built siegeworks all around it. 2 So the city was besieged till the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 3 On the ninth day of the fourth month…

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