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“Look, the world has gone after him!” Jesus’ enemies said. Yes! The world goes after Him because He came after the world.

“Look, the world has gone after him!” Jesus’ enemies said. Yes! The world goes after Him because He came after the world.

BibleGateway: John 12:12-19 ESV Text: John 12:12-19 John 12:12–19 (Listen) The Triumphal Entry 12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 15   “Fear…

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Mary remembered her brother’s resurrection and no amount of expensive oil could repay the Lord for that gift. But Mary wasn’t repaying it, she was joyfully giving thanks to the Lord of life.

Mary remembered her brother’s resurrection and no amount of expensive oil could repay the Lord for that gift. But Mary wasn’t repaying it, she was joyfully giving thanks to the Lord of life.

BibleGateway: John 12:1-11 ESV Text: John 12:1-11 John 12:1–11 (Listen) Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany 12:1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound1 of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her…

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There was still hope for sinful Judah. In the end, there would be some (a remnant) who trusted the Lord to forgive them and save them. He would. He saves us in the end too!

There was still hope for sinful Judah. In the end, there would be some (a remnant) who trusted the Lord to forgive them and save them. He would. He saves us in the end too!

BibleGateway: Zephaniah 3:9-20 ESV Text: Zephaniah 3:9-20 Zephaniah 3:9–20 (Listen) The Conversion of the Nations 9   “For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples    to a pure speech,  that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD    and serve him with one accord.10   From beyond the rivers of Cush    my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones,    shall bring my offering. 11   “On that day you shall not be put to shame    because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against…

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God is not fooled. Those who do not produce the fruit of faith have no faith and their sins will condemn them.

God is not fooled. Those who do not produce the fruit of faith have no faith and their sins will condemn them.

BibleGateway: Zephaniah 3:1-8 ESV Text: Zephaniah 3:1-8 Zephaniah 3:1–8 (Listen) Judgment on Jerusalem and the Nations 3:1   Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,    the oppressing city!2   She listens to no voice;    she accepts no correction.  She does not trust in the LORD;    she does not draw near to her God. 3   Her officials within her    are roaring lions;  her judges are evening wolves    that leave nothing till the morning.4   Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men;  her priests profane what is holy;    they do violence to the law.5   The LORD within her is…

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What do we do when we have sinned and God’s judgment is hanging over us? We fall on our knees, confess our guilt, and turn to Christ for forgiveness. That is, we repent.

What do we do when we have sinned and God’s judgment is hanging over us? We fall on our knees, confess our guilt, and turn to Christ for forgiveness. That is, we repent.

BibleGateway: Zephaniah 2:1-3 ESV Text: Zephaniah 2:1-3 Zephaniah 2:1–3 (Listen) Judgment on Judah’s Enemies 2:1   Gather together, yes, gather,    O shameless nation,2   before the decree takes effect1    —before the day passes away like chaff—  before there comes upon you    the burning anger of the LORD,  before there comes upon you    the day of the anger of the LORD.3   Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land,    who do his just commands;2  seek righteousness; seek humility;    perhaps you may be hidden    on the day of the anger of the LORD. Footnotes [1] 2:2…

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Zephaniah warned of the coming destruction of Jerusalem some 40 to 50 years before it happened. For us, we might be reminded of the judgment coming at the Last Day.

Zephaniah warned of the coming destruction of Jerusalem some 40 to 50 years before it happened. For us, we might be reminded of the judgment coming at the Last Day.

BibleGateway: Zephaniah 1:14-18 ESV Text: Zephaniah 1:14-18 Zephaniah 1:14–18 (Listen) 14   The great day of the LORD is near,    near and hastening fast;  the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter;    the mighty man cries aloud there.15   A day of wrath is that day,    a day of distress and anguish,  a day of ruin and devastation,    a day of darkness and gloom,  a day of clouds and thick darkness,16     a day of trumpet blast and battle cry  against the fortified cities    and against the lofty battlements. 17   I will bring distress…

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Would you turn against the Author of Life? Our sinful natures all would. How we need Jesus who lived, died, and rose again to cover our debt of sin!

Would you turn against the Author of Life? Our sinful natures all would. How we need Jesus who lived, died, and rose again to cover our debt of sin!

BibleGateway: John 11:45-57 ESV Text: John 11:45-57 John 11:45–57 (Listen) The Plot to Kill Jesus 45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this,…

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Although he knows trouble is coming, Habakkuk is not afraid but rather looks to the Lord for strength and rejoices in the God of his salvation.

Although he knows trouble is coming, Habakkuk is not afraid but rather looks to the Lord for strength and rejoices in the God of his salvation.

BibleGateway: Habakkuk 3:16-19 ESV Text: Habakkuk 3:16-19 Habakkuk 3:16–19 (Listen) 16   I hear, and my body trembles;    my lips quiver at the sound;  rottenness enters into my bones;    my legs tremble beneath me.  Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble    to come upon people who invade us. Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord 17   Though the fig tree should not blossom,    nor fruit be on the vines,  the produce of the olive fail    and the fields yield no food,  the flock be cut off from the fold    and there be…

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Habakkuk’s song exalts God’s great deeds, especially those by which He saves His people. Here is one that we recall this week: the resurrection of Christ from the dead!

Habakkuk’s song exalts God’s great deeds, especially those by which He saves His people. Here is one that we recall this week: the resurrection of Christ from the dead!

BibleGateway: Habakkuk 3:1-15 ESV Text: Habakkuk 3:1-15 Habakkuk 3:1–15 (Listen) Habakkuk’s Prayer 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth. 2   O LORD, I have heard the report of you,    and your work, O LORD, do I fear.  In the midst of the years revive it;    in the midst of the years make it known;    in wrath remember mercy.3   God came from Teman,    and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah  His splendor covered the heavens,    and the earth was full of his praise.4   His brightness was like the…

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All who reject God are eventually overthrown, but we stand in awe of Him because He is our God of grace and mercy!

All who reject God are eventually overthrown, but we stand in awe of Him because He is our God of grace and mercy!

BibleGateway: Habakkuk 2:6-20 ESV Text: Habakkuk 2:6-20 Habakkuk 2:6–20 (Listen) Woe to the Chaldeans 6 Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,   “Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own—    for how long?—    and loads himself with pledges!”7   Will not your debtors suddenly arise,    and those awake who will make you tremble?    Then you will be spoil for them.8   Because you have plundered many nations,    all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,  for…

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