Welcome to Palmerston EMC!

Palmerston EMC is made up of people from various walks of life.  A somewhat traditional church, we reflect a small town personality with strong family ties.  Agriculture and agricultural related business employ a large portion of our congregation, while some of our people are self-employed or work in industry, service or government.  We are a practical, service oriented congregation with a heart to see God’s work in Palmerston move ahead. We have a strong desire to worship and serve God, to reach out to our community, to grow spiritually and to see new people come to faith in Jesus Christ.

You are welcome to join us!

Canadian Bible Engagement Study

read bibleIn 2013, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, in partnership with the Bible League of Canada, the Canadian Bible Society, The Gideons, Open Doors, Wycliffe and a few others, released the results of a survey that asked Canadians about their engagement with and belief in the Bible.

It is important for Canadian Christians to understand the results of this survey as it applies to our culture. But the results of this survey are also a wake-up call for Canadian Christians.

One line stood out above all of the others in the report of the survey. It is this line: “The Bible engagement of self-identified Christians as a whole is not very different from Bible engagement of Canadians generally.”

Brothers and sisters, this should not be so!

There are positives. People who read the Bible regularly are 6 times more likely to attend church regularly, and 10 times more likely to consider the Bible God’s Word.

13% of Canadians and 23% of Canadian Christians agree that the Bible is relevant to daily life.  That is encouraging! Those who believe that the Bible is relevant to daily life are over 10 times more likely to read the Bible frequently and are four times more likely to attend church weekly.

The Bible engages and changes lives! But we as Canadian Christians need to be setting the example and leading the conversation.

For more information about the survey, please go to: http://www.bibleengagementstudy.ca/

Here are the survey result files:
CBES Executive Summary
CBES Full Report

Let me encourage you my friends: be engaged with the Living and Active Word of God!

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Unappreciated

I realize that the thought of reading two whole books of the Bible at the same time might seem daunting. But in reality, these two letters from Paul are best read in one sitting, and even better read together. They are, perhaps, the two most unappreciated of the letters we find in the New Testament. If you have time to think about it, consider how much of Galatians or Timothy or Romans you know. Even Christians who are the least faithful in their Bible reading know about the fruit of the Spirit, or the armour of God or know that somewhere in Romans Paul wrote: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (it’s in chapter 3 by the way).

But how much do you know from 1/2 Thessalonians? Perhaps as you read through 1 Thessalonians 4 some familiar bells were ringing. Indeed that chapter about what will happen when Jesus returns is the most preached from these two books, especially at funerals. But did you notice the vast trove of other treasures that Paul shares with this little church in Thessalonica?

Let me pause for a second to remind you that we are reading through the Bible chronologically for a reason. So when you read through Acts 17-18 yesterday about Paul’s short ministry in that town, it should have given you a very little bit of insight into the existence of the church there. First, it was small. Luke tells us in Acts that vast throngs did not flock to the gospel in Thessalonica, only “some were persuaded”. Second, the people there (especially the Jews) were kind of close-minded and jealous. They did not want to share the religious spotlight with anyone else, especially this upstart preacher named Paul telling them about a Messiah named Jesus. Third, we learn that the Christians in the town would have faced opposition. While Paul is in town we’re told that a mob attacked the house of Jason, the man who was housing them.

In light of that knowledge from Acts, consider what Paul is writing in Thessalonians. He talks of faithfulness in the face of severe persecution. He talks about resistance to the Message of Christ in chapter 2. Then he spends chapters 4 and 5 encouraging them, talking about being faithful to the Lord in their conduct in the face of close-minded neighbours. It all flow together.

There is a lot of relevance for believers today to be found in Thessalonians, if one takes the time to appreciated these unappreciated letters.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Acts 18:19-19:41

Acts 17-18:18: Open mind

Thessalonica. We’ll get a bit more into the specifics about that location tomorrow as we look into Paul’s letters to that church, but there is one interesting point that I want to draw out from today’s reading about Paul’s initial visit there.

In verse 11, Luke tells us that the people of Beroea were more open-minded than the people at Thessalonica. That may not seem like a very important statement, but as I was reading about the reaction of those two sets of people I came to think that it is in fact a very important statement. I don’t know about you, but I have found that some people are very open minded about faith, God and Jesus, while other people want nothing to do that sort of conversation. While we often as Christians talk about people’s hearts when it comes to faith stuff, we must not forget that their mind is very much engaged in the process. People have thoughts about religious things and some are more open minded than others.

Let me point out two things from today’s reading. First, twice in today’s reading we find that Paul reasoned with his audience. First in Acts 17:2 and then again in Acts 17:17. Paul explained to them that Jesus fulfilled the scriptures with his death and resurrection.

Secondly, we read in Acts 17:4, “some of them were persuaded”. Persuasion is a logic exercise, not an emotional one. Paul laid out the truth of who Jesus was and they were convinced that what he was saying was the truth.

I point this out for a reason. In 2 Timothy 4:2 Paul writes: “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.” We must be prepared to reason with people, to show them the intellectual reasons for believing in Jesus. We must recognize that part of sharing the good new of Jesus with people means telling them the reasons that we believe, both from scripture and from our own experience.

Having faith in Jesus is not illogical, in fact some of the greatest defenders of the Christian faith in our day came to believe when they set out to disprove the logic and reason of the Christian faith. Lee Strobel is a wonderful example of this. If you want to do some reading to hone your reasoning skills when it comes to your faith, then any of Lee Strobel’s books are very good.

We must remember that the Bible tells us to love God with all of our heart, soul, MIND and strength. When we tell people about Jesus, we must take care to minster to their minds as well.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Galatians 4-6: Dangerous

As we move into this next section of our Bible Challenge, let me explain my intentions. We are going to be moving pretty quickly through the New Testament, a fact I’m sure you have noticed already. This means reading entire New Testament books, especially the Epistles, in only one or two sittings. If you should be used to reading 3-4 chapters at a time by this time in our challenge, but it can seem a bit daunting to think: “I have to read through all of James today”, even though it is only four chapters.

It makes it more difficult for me in these blogs as well. All of the New Testament books contain many many things to talk about. For example, a famous pastor once spent 12 years leading his congregation through the book of Romans, a book we will read over 5 days. So in trying to figure out how to address this, I am going to be providing mostly overview material for these books, especially for the ones that we are reading whole-hog.

Today we are in Galatians. Warren Wiersbe calls Galatians a dangerous book because it exposes for us one of the greatest dangers to true spiritual life and vitality; the danger of legalism. Galatians is all about how dangerous it is to follow sets of rules instead of a living and personal relationship with God. Let’s be honest, the church has struggled with legalism right from the start. Part of the problem with the early church was that most converts, Jewish or otherwise, came from religious systems that demanded action to earn godly favour. The right sacrifices, the right rituals, following the right traditions, those were the ways that one found favour with the various gods of the time.

With all of these traditions it boiled down to a couple of key things:
1) keeping vengeful gods appeased
2) earning your way into the next life

Into that religious culture comes Christianity, a faith that says that God’s grace and favour cannot be earned, but is instead freely given to all who will believe in Jesus. While many people found new life in Jesus, they had some trouble letting go of their former ways. They kept wanting to pile rules onto the free grace of God.

In a way, we still struggle with this issue today. We are still concerned with religious rules. It is like we can’t really accept God’s grace at face value. We’re always looking for the next shoe to drop.

We need to heed Paul’s words from this book, especially from chapter 5 where Paul give us strong words about what it means to be free in Christ.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Acts 17-18:18

Acts 13-14: Pay attention

Pay attention! Pay attention as you read the scriptures! There is always something new, always something to learn, always something to catch. Have you been paying attention as you have been reading the book of Acts? Have you noticed how the focus of the scriptures has shifted? Have you noticed who had taken more of a centre stage in this book. In a simplistic way, the Bible is a collection of writings that point us all toward God, and each part of the Bible points us to different degrees to the different roles that God takes on in his dealings with the world. The Old Testament is primarily about God the Father as Creator and mover of history. The gospels point us primarily to God incarnate in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Redeemer. The book of Acts begins a third section of the scriptures that deal more and more with the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.

Let me be clear in saying that all three persons of the Godhead, the Trinity, appear all through the Bible. Let me also be clear in saying that I realize that some of you have questions about the Trinity, many of them the same questions I have. I would love to give you a full theological treatise in the Trinity, but I don’t have the space or the doctorate to do that. No matter how much time, space or knowledge I have to share with you, I could never fully explain the Trinity to you. While the Bible makes the existence of the Trinity a truth, it does not explain to us the nature of that existence or how it works. Allow me to share with you an illustration that has helped me understand the Trinity a little bit.

Imagine what goes on in your body when you speak and the components that make speech possibly. You have your throat and your mouth that form the words, you have your breath passing through those parts that make the sound, and then you have the sound itself that goes out from your body in to the world around you. Imagine that each part of the Trinity makes up those parts. God the Father is the throat and mouth, the Holy Spirit is the breath that moves through those parts and Jesus Christ is the spoken Word that goes out into the world. One complete action that takes three separate parts to function. That imagery has helped me in thinking about the Trinity. Not to mention that it ties in rather nicely to scripture. The gospel of John calls Jesus the word. The Holy Spirit is often described as breath or wind, and God is seen as speaking forth creation in Genesis.

The reason I really want you to pay attention to the Holy Spirit as we read forward through the rest of the New Testament is because so many Christians find the Holy Spirit mysterious or even frightful. As we read forward, I want you to realized just how much is written about the Spirit and the things that is said about the Spirit. The Holy Spirit figures predominantly in the life of believers and the church. In fact, I would say that the Spirit is the critical element missing from the lives of many Christians and many churches. It is the Spirit’s job to equip and direct both individual Christians and the church as a whole.

Take what we read today from Acts 13. Paul’s call to ministry: Holy Spirit directed. Paul’s movements during ministry: Holy Spirit directed. Paul’s words spoken during ministry: Holy Spirit directed. Paul’s acts of ministry: Holy Spirit directed. It is absolutely incredible how much the Holy Spirit was involved in Paul and Barnabas’ ministry just in this one chapter! The reality is, the Spirit wants that kind of influence and presence in your life.

And it is a good thing that the Spirit is with us! Can you imagine Paul taking on the mission that God had for him on his own power? “Paul, go and be my emissary to the entire Gentile world, it’s leaders and any Jews you encounter on the way.” How could Paul possibly hope to accomplish that on his own? He can’t. That’s the point.

I love this quote from Henry Blackaby in his book Experiencing the Spirit:
“Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes–all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world.”

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: James 1-5

Acts 11-12: Praying

I wonder how many of us pray for something without really expecting anything to change. Let me clarify and say that I don’t believe we should feel guilty if that has happened. In fact, that is exactly what I see happening to the “many” who were praying at Mary’s house in Acts 12. If you and I were in their place, we’d be gathering to pray as well. James had just be killed by Herod, Peter was in prison; the leaders of their church were in trouble and prayer seems like a perfectly reasonable response.

But notice what happens. Peter is rescued from prison by an angel, he knocks on the door sometime during the night and is left waiting outside while the excited Rhoda runs to tell the others that Peter has arrived. What is their response: “What is wrong with you girls? What you are saying is impossible. Peter is in Herod’s prison! You are out of your mind.” I wonder if Peter’s predicament had been part of their prayer list for that evenings prayer meeting. I bet it had been. It seems to me that they weren’t really expecting the solution that came about.

One small clarification here. When they finally let Peter into the house, he shares his story and then says “Report these things to James and the brothers…” In case you said: “Wait a minute, James was killed by Herod” let me point out that there are two James’. The first is James the Apostle, brother of John, and then there is James, the brother of Jesus. While Jesus’ brother James first rejected him as the Messiah (see Mark 6), he later became a leader in the church in Jerusalem.

Back to my main point. I have always thought that expectancy should be one of the basic characteristics of Christians everywhere. We should be like excited children who can’t wait to get to the Christmas presents. We should be sitting on the edge of our seats saying: “Oh man, I can’t wait to see what He does next.” Like I said at the beginning, I don’t think we should feel guilty when we pray without really expecting God to do anything, we’ve all done it, and this lovely story from Acts 12 assures us that even the first believers had trouble with this whole “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24) concept that Jesus taught.

I do believe, though, that we can foster and nurture a spirit of expectation, especially in terms of prayer. First there is the several promises in scripture that God hears and answers us, like the one I listed above. But there is also the experience of answered prayer. If you have a hard time expecting answers to prayer, then may I suggest you keep a journal of your prayer life, the things you ask for and the answers God gives you.

I’ll share a story to close that I heard from a pastor friend of min. The people in this story attend his church. There was a woman who came to be a Christian through a friend and started to go to church. Her husband was not a believer, in fact he didn’t put much stock at all in this God stuff. He decided it was his job to rescue his wife from her foolishness. He gave her a journal and asked her to keep track of those things that she asked for in prayer and the way God answered them. He thought that this would be a very practical way to show her the folly of her new faith. After about a year, he asked her to see her journal, hoping to find the pages that were supposed to hold God’s answers all blank. Instead, he found a miraculous catalog of God’s answers to his wife’s prayers over the previous year. Her husband became a believer because of that journal.

God delights in giving good gifts to his children.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Acts 13-14

Acts 9-10: The Next Stage

Have you ever done renovations to your home? I only ask because my house is in pretty much a constant state of renovation. We bought a home that had been pretty neglected over the past decades. While the bones of the house are incredibly solid, it’s physical appearance leaves a lot to be desired. So we are slowly making our way through the house doing repairs and making alterations as we go. Currently, we are working on a section of wall in our living room that was a spot for a fireplace or a wood stove, maybe even both at different times. Currently, it is a floor to ceiling section of rough plaster that sticks about 4 inches out from the wall and is far from square. When I’m done, it will be a rather nice mantled fire place faced in stacked slate.

I don’t tell you this to brag about my latest project. I tell you this to lead into the point I am drawing out of today’s reading. When doing a renovation, you have to start at the beginning and work your way in stages toward the end. I can’t mount the fireplace until the base is framed and built, and I can’t put the mantle in place until fireplace is framed and in place. You get my point I’m sure.

As we work through Acts 9 and 10 today, we get to see God’s plan moving from one stage to the next. We get to see God beginning to move the gospel out from Jerusalem and Judea into the surrounding countryside, and ultimately to the ends of the earth. Up to this point the church had been pretty much concentrated in the Jewish towns and Jerusalem itself. This was never God’s plan for the church, so he begins to push things beyond those boarders. First we have the calling of Saul, soon to be Paul in Acts 9 and then we have the visions of Cornelius and Peter in Acts 10.

I find something rather interesting about these two accounts that I had not really considered before: both Paul and Peter were unwilling participants in this expansion of God’s plan at first. Paul of course was not even a Christian when God called him to be “My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles, kings and sons of Israel.” In fact, Saul was probably the worst opponents of the early church until the events of Acts 9.

Peter is not much better actually. Peter, always a bit stubborn, finds it completely shocking that God would call him to minister to the Gentiles. Some of this is carry-over from his days as a devout Jew (this shows up in his insistence that Jews do not associate with Gentiles; Acts 10:28), and some of it is just Peter’s personality.

We must remember that God has a plan and that he is moving creation to the completion of that plan, one stage at a time. There are moments when God calls us to move forward into a new stage of the plan that we may not be very fond of or even willing to participate in. But God’s plan will be accomplished. Sometimes, like with Saul and Peter, God kind of moves us along regardless of our feelings about it. But there are other times when our own stubbornness or unwillingness to participate in God’s next stage can cause us to be left behind. That, my friends, if a far scarier proposition than the discomfort of moving into a new and unknown stage of God’s plan.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Acts 11-12

Acts 7-8: Dilemma

This is the post for October 18 that WordPress decided to delete instead of posting yesterday. Don’t know why, but by the time I realized what had happened I was unable to save it. So here it is.

How many of you have seen the new McCafe commercial for their cappuccino? I tried to find it online to post a link for those of you who may not have seen it yet, but I was unable to. So let me describe it for you. In it, a man gets a cappuccino, realizes how good it is, and begins to tell everyone he knows just how good it is. The commercial shows several scenes where he is touting the greatness of his beverage to several different people. Not just the beverage, but how the beverage was made, that it was “real” cappuccino made with fresh ground espresso beans not some cheap powder (sorry Tim’s). What caught my eye about this commercial was just how descriptive this guy was. He used a lot of descriptive words, sound effects, even a couple of body/hand motions in his descriptions. It is really quite good.

I realize that this guy is a paid actor who is following a script, so his exuberance is a bit suspect; but on the other hand, the same thing happens when you ask a sport’s fan about their favourite team or player. Or if you listen to a parent talk about their children; or if you ask a foodie about their favourite recipe or restaurant. There is an exuberance that people display for things that really “turn their crank”.

This leads me to Acts chapter 7, and perhaps one of the saddest pieces of scripture in the New Testament, but also one of the most emboldening. It is the story of Stephen, the first person on record to die because he believed in Jesus. It is a sad story because this young man “full of grace and power”, whose very “face was like the face of an angel”, is cut down because of the religious elite who refused to listen. Stephen died simply because he believed and refused to bow the pressures of the religious institution of his time.

There are two lessons in this for us as Christians. The first is that we should be as bold as Stephen when it comes to sharing our faith, we should be as exuberant as the cappuccino guy in the commercial. The power of Jesus Christ in our lives should ooze out of us. I don’t know about you, but the possibility of negative social side-effects sometimes creates a dilemma in my heart. To share and face the consequences, or to not share and be disobedient to my Lord. We know from this story which side of that dilemma Stephen landed on.

But we must also take a warning as Christians from the teachers of the law in this story. We must not be like them! We must be careful that we are not being like them in the face of passionate pursuit of faith in Jesus.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Acts 9-10

Luke 23; John 18-19: Death

The Apostles Creed reads: “I believe in God,the Father almighty,Creator of heaven and earth,and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,born of the Virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died and was buried;”

One thing we must keep in mind as we read through these accounts of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion is what he went through. He suffered under Pontius Pilate. He suffered. It is something that we must be aware of.

Three stages in his trial before the Jewish leadership at the Sanhedrin, three stages in his trial before Pilate, and in each stage of those trials he suffered abuses, both verbal and physical. Through it all, Pilate proclaims at three different times that he found no wrong with Jesus. The indignity of it, that an innocent man was held not only for trials, but for torture and execution.

Let me ask you a question you may not have considered before: who was really on trial? Was it Jesus? Or was it first the Sanhedrin and then Pilate? Jesus was not under earthly authority, he makes that clear in his words to both the Sanhedrin and Pilate; in fact Jesus makes it clear that his authority was given from a higher place then that of either Pilate or the Jewish leader.

They key to all of this is that both Herod and Pilate “found no guilt in him.” They found no grounds to condemn him under Roman rule, because he had committed no crimes that threatened the Empire. Pilate recognized that the reason the Jewish leaders wanted Jesus dead because they were envious and afraid of him.

But Pilate was too weak to push the issue, too afraid of the crows and the Jewish leaders, and not nearly afraid enough of this man who claimed to be the Son of God.

Then again, even a weak willed man like Pilate can be used by God. “And having Jesus flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified.”

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Matthew 28, Mark 16

Matthew 27; Mark 15: Culmination

If ever there was a climax in a story to end all climaxes, this is it. The fulfillment of the Biblical narrative, the revelation of God’s redemptive, restorative plan for humanity and all of creation.

The betrayal, trial and death of Jesus of Nazareth.

How can I possibly add to this narrative? It is the truest form of love, that God would hand over his only Son to be tortured and killed for my sin, my trespass, my guilty verdict…and yours.

I was asked an interesting question recently when considering the cross of Jesus: “Who would you be without Jesus in your life?”

It is an interesting thing to ponder as we read about Jesus’ death for us today. What kind of person would you be? What would your values and morals look like? What would you be addicted to? What kind of life would you be living?

I know my answer to that question kind of scared me and made me realize just how different I am because of Jesus and his death for me.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Luke 23; John 18-19

John 14-17: Prayer

When was the last time you asked someone to pray for you? Or when was the last time someone offered to pray for you?

It struck me a number of years ago as I was reading though John 17:20-26 how amazing it is that Jesus prayed for me; and as you read this chapter today, I want you to consider that he prayed these words for you.

On the cusp of his own execution, Jesus takes time to pray for strength for himself to complete the task that was ahead of him, but then he prays for his disciples and for all those who will believe in him. Just consider how incredible that truth is! Jesus bowed his knee to pray for you!

That you would know and understand the truths that Jesus revealed. That you would be protected by God. That your joy would be complete because of Jesus’ presence in your life. That you would be sanctified (that means made holy by the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life). That you would be sent into the world with the message of Jesus’ love; and for unity among believers over all the ages.

That’s quite a list of things that Jesus prays for us. I remember being quite humbled when I read those words from Jesus, directed at me.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Matthew 27; Mark 15

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