Jesus In All Of The Bible

We believe the only path to transformative Bible engagement is to see Jesus and his gospel wherever you are in the story. Through this podcast we will do just that. In just a few minutes, each episode will look at what is happening in the text and how it points to Jesus.

Religion & Spirituality
Christianity
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Joshua 10-12: The Sun and Moon Stand Still
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapter 9. In this passage, we read about the Gibeonites' cunning plot to become part of God’s kingdom. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 9, we see Jesus as the one who includes all people into his kingdom.
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Joshua 9: The Gibeonite Deception
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapter 9. In this passage, we read about the Gibeonites' cunning plot to become part of God’s kingdom. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 9, we see Jesus as the one who includes all people into his kingdom.
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Joshua 7-8: Achan and the Fall of Ai
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapters 7-8. In this passage, we read Achan’s rebellion and the defeat of Ai. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 7-8, we see that God’s judgment is just likely to fall on Israel as it is on Canaan. While Achan’s disobedience caused death, Jesus’ obedience secures eternal life.
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Joshua 6: The Fall of Jericho
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapter 6. In this passage, we read about the fall of the city of Jericho. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 6, we see that while everyone against God is devoted to destruction, everyone who is devoted to God is destined for life. John 3:16 tells us the same thing “Whoever believes in Jesus will not die but have everlasting life.”
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Joshua 5: The Angel of the Lord
This bible study devotional covers Joshua chapter 5. In this passage, we read about Israel’s preparations for battle and Joshua’s encounter with an Angel of the Lord. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 5 we see that God is neither on Israel’s nor Canaan side, he’s on his own side. But when we worship the Angel of the Lord, who is Jesus, God fights with us.
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Joshua 3-4: Crossing the Jordan
This bible study devotional covers Joshua chapters 3-4. In this passage, we read about Joshua crossing the Jordan River. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 3-4, we see that Joshua is a leader like Moses but also a leader who points us to Jesus.
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Joshua 2: Rahab the Prostitute
This bible study devotional covers Joshua chapter 2. In this passage, we read about a prostitute named Rahab who protects two of Israel’s spies. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 2, we see a prostitute on the wrong side of God’s battle lines becoming a member of God’s family and a mother of Jesus. If that is true of Rahab, it can be true of us as well. Jesus tells his disciples, “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
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Joshua1: Be Strong and Courageous
This Bible study devotional covers Joshua chapter 1. In this passage, we read about Joshua taking over the leadership of Israel after Moses’ death. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Joshua 1, we see that God gives Joshua victory in battle because of his faith. Joshua reveals that God always saves and conquers by faith, and that is best seen in Jesus’ conquering over death and sin.
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Psalm 41: Have Mercy On Me O Lord!
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 41. In this psalm, David walks away from God’s word and commands and withers as a result. He’s asking God for mercy. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 41, we see that if we are betrayed, weak, sick, or sinful, we are precisely the type of people God delights to save. When we trust God and his words our withering stops, and Jesus plants us in his presence the way a good gardener would plant a tree by rivers of water.
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Psalm 40: He Set My Feet On A Rock
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 40. In this psalm, David describes his past disobedience as being stuck in a slimy pit, and God’s salvation like being lifted up and given firm footing. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 40 we see that Jesus comes to open our ears, open our eyes, transform our hearts, and bless those who trust him.
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Psalm 39: Show Me How Short My Life Is
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 39. In this psalm, David’s suffering causes him to meditate on the brevity of his life and the futility of his achievements. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 39, we see that on the cross, Jesus was overwhelmed by futility and death and defeated both of them.
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Psalm 38: Come Quickly To My Rescue
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 38. In this psalm, God has disciplined David with sickness. David knows he doesn’t deserve to be healed, but he asks God to be merciful and save him anyway. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 38, we see that if we confess our sins, God will be merciful to forgive us. If we admit we’ve done wrong, God is willing to heal us. And if we confess Jesus as the one who saves by what he did on the cross, we will never be shamed.
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Psalm 37: Do Not Be Anxious
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 37. This psalm is an extended meditation of Psalm 1. In Psalm 1, those who love God’s word are like sturdy trees. But Psalm 37 places alongside this fact that sometimes the wicked are often like sturdy trees too. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 37, we see that while the wicked might prosper for a time, it’s only the righteous who will live forever. Jesus’ faithfulness to death is proof of God’s faithfulness to us and his determination to never see the righteous forsaken.
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Psalm 36: Your Love Reach to the Heavens
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 36. In this psalm, David celebrates both God’s love towards his people and means that God will bring justice against evil. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 36, we see that Jesus’ love reached down from heaven, love animated his life on earth, and love motivated his death for us. And if the Roman empire and death could not hold our loving savior, what wicked person today stands a chance? Like David, we can be confident that God’s love will triumph over evil.
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Psalm 35: Fight Those Who Fight Me
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 35. In this psalm, David wants God to fight for him. He needs God to be like a warrior who brandishes his weapons, rushes into battle, and shouts over the noise, “I am your salvation”! As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 35, we see that, ultimately, David was praying for Jesus to resurrect because, on the cross, Jesus defeated every enemy power, authority, and legal accusation.
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Psalm 34: Taste And See That The Lord Is Good
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 34. In this psalm, David praises the Lord and wants anyone who is suffering to join him. Together, they will celebrate God’s greatness because he knows that God will meet them in their suffering. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 34, we see Jesus is living proof that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and came to save the crushed in spirit.
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Psalm 33: Sing a New Song
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 33. In this psalm, David gives us three reasons why we should praise God: his character, his word, and his plans. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 33, we see that God’s character, word, and plans are most clearly revealed in Jesus!
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Psalm 32: Confess Your Sins to the Lord
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 32. This psalm encourages us to confess our sins so we can experience God’s forgiveness. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 32, we see why there is no reason to fear being vulnerable and admitting our sins to God. Since Jesus lifts away all our guilt and sin, there’s no reason not to confess everything to him!
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Psalm 31: Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 31. David asks God to take away his shame and to deliver him from his enemies. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 31, we see that when we commit our spirits to Jesus, he rescues us from shame, defeats our enemies, and comes near to us in our suffering.
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Psalm 30: Mourning Into Dancing
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 30. This psalm was written for the dedication of the temple when Israel’s waiting and mourning turned to consummation and dancing. But the psalm doesn’t sound like it’s describing a temple, but an individual. And that’s the point. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 30, we see that Jesus is the individual who fulfills the temple. He is the one who turns our mourning into dancing.
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Psalm 29: The Voice of the Lord
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 29. This psalm beautifully and powerfully portrays the voice of the LORD as a mighty force before which everything bows and declares “Glory!” As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 29, we see that Jesus is the powerful voice of the LORD come in the flesh.
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Psalm 28: Aligning Heart and Lips
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 28. This psalm defines the “wicked” as those whose words don’t match their hearts. And David asks God to give the wicked what they deserve. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 28 we see that Jesus was the only one whose heart and lips were perfectly aligned, yet he got what he didn’t deserve to bring our hearts into alignment.
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Psalm 27: Seeking God's Presence
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 27. David is facing adversaries on every side. But his request isn’t just to escape from the presence of his enemies but to escape into the presence of God. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 27, we see that waiting for God’s presence is the only way to escape our enemies. For Jesus was subdued by his enemies all the way to death but won victory over them by waiting for God’s presence even through the grave.
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Psalm 26: Declared Innocent
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 26. Here, David asks God to examine him in order that he might be proven to be innocent in front of his enemies who believe he is guilty. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 26 we see that Jesus declares us innocent and free of guilt when we trust in him.
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Psalm 25: Forgiveness From A-Z
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 25. This passage is an acrostic poem. It says that even if you can name one sin for every letter of the alphabet God forgives them all from A-Z. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 25, we see that while our life from A-Z is nothing but a mess of sin and failure, in Jesus, we are new creations—not because we morally performed but because God has determined to make estranged sinners part of his family again.
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Psalm 24: Who Can Enter God’s Presence?
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 24. This passage asks and answers the question: who is able to enter God’s presence?” As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 24, the good news is that our access and our experience of God’s presence is not found by moral perfection but by faith in Jesus.
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Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 23. In this passage, David reflects on God’s guidance and leadership in his life. God has been like a shepherd to him. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 23, we see that Jesus is our ultimate good Shepherd.
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Psalm 22: My God, Why Have you Forsaken Me?
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 22. In this passage, David asks why it seems like God has abandoned him. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 22, see the words Jesus cried out on the cross and the truth that because Jesus was abandoned for us, we will never be abandoned by God.
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Psalm 21: Be Exalted in Your Strength
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 21. In this passage, David thanks God for what his strength has done for him in the past and puts his trust in what God’s strength will accomplish for him in the future. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 21, we see that in Jesus, even the weakness of his death is immeasurably powerful and how everyone who admits their weaknesses will be made strong.
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Psalm 20: Some Trust in Chariots
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 20. In this passage, David asks God to remember his globe-spanning promises and to bring his Messiah soon. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 20, we see that Jesus is God's anointed one, and by simple faith in him, he rescues us from the chariots and horses others trust in.
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Psalm 19: The Skies Declare the Glory of God
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 19. In this passage, David praises God for all the ways he reveals himself in nature and in his word. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 19 we see that God has ultimately revealed his word and his nature in Jesus.
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Psalm 18: Make My Feet Like a Deer's
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 18. In this passage, David asks that God would strengthen him to destroy his enemies. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 18, we see that God will one day come in power not only to destroy our enemies but make all things new.
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Psalm 17: The Apple of Your Eye
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 17. In this passage, David asks God to deliver him from his enemies. David’s confident that God will rescue him because he is innocent, and his enemies are in the wrong. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 17, we see Jesus as the ultimate innocent one who defeats our enemies for us.
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Psalm 16: Pleasures Evermore
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 16. In this passage, David is confident that when he trusts in God alone that he will experience pleasure and joy at God’s right hand. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 16, we see Jesus as the ultimate heir of David who “did not see decay.” When we trust in Jesus and his faithfulness, we are given God as our inheritance, and we will sit at his right hand forever!
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Psalm 15: Who Can Live With God?
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 15. In this passage, David asks who can enter into God’s presence and then answers his own question with a song. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 15, we see Jesus as the only one who is qualified to enter into God’s presence.
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Psalm 14: There Is No God
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 14. In this passage, David says only fools live, think, judge, and make decisions as if God does not have any real effect on the world. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 14, we’re reminded that God is real. And if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is God, we will not only be wise, but we’ll experience the restoration of our world and the warmth of God’s protective presence forever.
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Psalm 13: How Long O Lord?
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 13. In this passage, David wonders why God has abandoned him and where God has gone in the middle of his inner distress. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 13, we see neither our circumstances nor our enemies define the terms or the extent of God’s love. But Jesus’ death and resurrection do.
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Psalm 12: No One Is Faithful Anymore
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 12. In this passage, David talks about the deceptive words of humans and the pure words of God. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 12, we see that God’s words aren’t only pure, but they come alive to us in the person of Jesus.
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Psalm 11: Why Do You Hide Yourself?
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 11. In this passage, David says that every enemy that tries to come against him is fighting a losing battle because God is his refuge. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 11, we see Jesus as the one who fights our enemies and is our refuge.
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Psalm 9-10: The Lord Reigns Forever
This Bible study devotional covers Psalms 9-10. This passage appeals to God as the King of Justice to overtake his enemies. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalms 9-10, we see that Jesus is the judge of the whole earth.
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Psalm 8: What Is Mankind That You Are Mindful O...
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 8. In this passage, David asks God, “what is man that you are mindful of him?” It’s an expression of wonder and worship that the almighty God cares for people like us. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 8, we see that God doesn’t just care about his creation he cares enough to enter into his creation. The almighty God becomes human in Jesus!
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Psalm 7: I Take Refuge In You
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 7. In this passage, David is asking God to judge his enemies because of their false accusations against him. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 7, we begin to see Jesus as the one who confirms our innocence and judges the false claims made against us on the cross.
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Psalm 6: How Long O Lord
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 6. In this passage, David is asking God to alleviate his suffering because of his love and for his glory. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 6, David cries out, “How long O Lord!” For Christians, the answer is–now! Jesus' love and God’s glory come to our aid whenever we call to him.
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Psalm 5: Their Throat Is An Open Grave
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 5. David cries out for help against his enemies and prays for God to be near him. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 5, we see that when Jesus died, the barrier that separated us from God’s presence is torn down. All of us can be rescued from our enemies when we take refuge in Jesus.
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Psalm 4: Let The Light Of Your Face Shine On Us
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 4. In this passage, Israel is experiencing a national crisis. David pleads with Israel to abandon their false god’s and cling only to the Lord. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 4 we see that Jesus is better than false gods because he is God himself, and unlike our idols, he conquers death and delivers us from crisis.
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Psalm 3: You Lift My Head
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 3. In this passage, David is lamenting his son’s betrayal. He calls out to God to comfort and rescue him. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 3, we see a foreshadow of Jesus. Jesus would one day be betrayed and surrounded by enemies. But the good news is that through Jesus’ death, David’s prayer comes true! Because of Jesus we can be comforted and rescued.
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Psalm 2: The One Who Sits In Heaven Laughs
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 2. In this passage, David is celebrating his enthronement. God has chosen him to be king and promises to frustrate the plans of anyone who defies God’s chosen king. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 2, we see Jesus as the ultimate heir to David’s throne and God’s final anointed king. Jesus is now ruling and frustrating the plans of all our enemies.
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Psalm 1: A Tree Planted By Streams Of Water
This Bible study devotional covers Psalm 1. In this passage, David talks about the difference between those who love God’s word and those who don’t. Anyone who loves God’s word is like a tree planted by streams of water, anyone who doesn’t is blown away like dust. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Psalm 1, we see that Jesus is our river of living water. Anyone who loves him will be like a thriving tree.
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Song of Songs 7:11-8:14: Love Stronger Than Death
This Bible study devotional covers Song of Songs chapters 7:11-8:14. In this passage, we read about how the bride’s desires for her groom are still unmet by the end of the song. This leaves us wondering how our need for love and satisfaction will ever be met in this life. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Song of Songs 7:11-8:14, we see that Jesus gives us the love we have always longed for: a love stronger than death.
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Song of Songs 6:4-7:10: His Desire Is For Me!
This Bible study devotional covers Song of Songs chapters 6:4-7:10. In this passage, we hear about the groom’s love for his bride in two of his longest love songs. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Song of Songs 6:4-7:10, we see that Jesus truly loves and desires us. In fact, he proved his love and desire for us by dying on the cross.
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Song of Songs 5:2-6:3: Where Is God?
This Bible study devotional covers Song of Songs chapters 5:2-6:3. In this passage, we read about the Bride’s defense of her groom when he is, once again, absent. In the midst of her search for him, she clings to the promises of his love and the beauty of his character. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Song of Songs 5:2-6:3, we see that Jesus gives us unbreakable promises to cling to even when God feels far. We can trust the promises of our groom more than we need to trust our feelings of doubt and fear.
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Song of Songs 3-5:1: I Looked But Did Not Find
This Bible study devotional covers Song of Songs chapters 3-5:1. In this passage, we read about the Bride’s search for her lost husband along with the beautiful description of their wedding day. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Song of Songs 3-5:1, we see that Jesus is the groom who comes to us in our absence and, through his blood, makes us perfect and spotless like a bride at her wedding.
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Song of Songs 1:7-2:17: I Am My Beloved's
This Bible study devotional covers Song of Songs 1:7-2:17. In this passage, we read about the Bride’s warning to the Daughters of Jerusalem not to awaken love until its proper time. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Song of Songs 1:7-2:17, we see that Jesus, at the proper time, will awaken his love on earth, when he returns and makes all of creation a new and perfect Garden of Eden.
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Song of Songs 1:1-6: The Bride and Her King
This Bible study devotional covers Song of Songs 1:1-1:6. In this passage, we read about the Bride’s opening confession of love for her groom. Her words conflate the idea of her husband’s presence with that of God’s presence in the temple. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Song of Songs 1:1-1:6, we see that Jesus is the groom who is also our God. He has loved us better than any earthly spouse by laying his life down for us on the cross.
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Ecclesiastes 12: Is Everything Meaningless?
This Bible study devotional covers Ecclesiastes 12. In this passage, the Preacher offers his concluding thoughts, and a father figure tells his son how to process what he has read in Ecclesiastes. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ecclesiastes 12, we see the great hope of Ecclesiastes is God’s coming judgment. One day, God will make low the proud and exalt the humble. This day of hope comes to us in Jesus.
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Ecclesiastes 6:10-11:10: The Cursed World
This Bible study devotional covers Ecclesiastes 6:10-11:10. In this passage, the Preacher talks about life after God’s curse. In it, there are only two certainties: death and our inability to know the future. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ecclesiastes 6:10-11:10, we see that the wise focus on death. As we focus on Jesus’ death, we receive the certainty the Preacher could never achieve - we know with certainty where we will go after we die.
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Ecclesiastes 3:16-6:11: To Dust We Will Return
This Bible study devotional covers Ecclesiastes 3:16-6:11. In this passage, the Preacher tells us that the futility and evil of the world is a test and that we all will eventually return to the dust we were made from. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ecclesiastes 3:16-6:11, we see that Jesus gives us wisdom to pass the test of futility and shows us that trusting in him means we will rise from the dust like he rose from the grave.
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Ecclesiastes 2-3:15: Eat, Drink and Find Enjoym...
This Bible study devotional covers Ecclesiastes 2:3-15. In this passage, we read about the Preacher’s experiment with life’s pleasures, God’s control over time, and the Preacher’s wisdom in a world of unmet expectations. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ecclesiastes 2-3:15, we see the life that escapes futility and experiences joy is a life that begins and ends in God’s eternal Word. And that Word becomes flesh to us in Jesus.
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Ecclesiastes 1: Vanity of Vanity
This Bible study devotional covers Ecclesiastes 1. In this passage, the Preacher’s conclusion about life is simple: nothing in this life is as solid as we think. Like smoke, the harder we try to grip it, the quicker it slips away. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Ecclesiastes 1, we see that God becomes solid in a world of smoke. Jesus offers us a way out of the meaninglessness we experience.
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Job 42: Job Repents
This Bible study devotional covers Job 42. After God’s speech, Job is humbled. He admits that his accusations against God were made without enough knowledge or understanding. Job is ashamed of the way he blamed God and repents. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. Job 42 invites us to lay down our pride and humble ourselves before God’s wisdom and love. It invites us to trust that God takes pride in us, even when we’re foolish. And to trust that God loves to give good gifts to his children, the most precious of which was his son, Jesus.
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Job 40:15-41: Behemoth and Leviathan
his Bible study devotional covers Job 40:15-41. God continues to interrogate Job by calling him to study two creatures, Behemoth and Leviathan. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 40:15-41, we see that no suffering is in God’s blind spot. There are no chaotic monsters more powerful than him. Jesus proves that uncontrolled chaos can’t be the reason why we suffer because God has chaos on a leash.
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Job 38-40: God Speaks from the Storm
This Bible study devotional covers Job 38-40:14. God finally speaks to Job in an angry storm. At first, God interrogates Job. He then invites Job to act like God for a moment. Job has accused him of injustice and managing his universe incorrectly, so God tells him to do a better job. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 38-40:14 we see that when Job builds a world according to his ideas of justice, Jesus’ self-sacrificial love would not be possible. In Job’s world of justice, we would only ever get only what we deserve. But when we trust God and his wise world we will always experience love we don’t deserve.
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Job 32-37: Young and Angry Elihu
This Bible study devotional covers Job 32-37. Out of nowhere, Elihu, an angry young man, speaks up. He accuses Job of self-righteousness at the expense of God’s justice. Elihu is the only character in the book of Job who attempts to defend God’s justice in light of Job’s innocent suffering. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 32-27, we see that when it comes to suffering explanations are insufficient, blaming God is a dead end, and more than anything, innocent sufferers need God to speak to them in their pain. And God does more than speak, he comes. God’s answer to suffering is to become human in the person of Jesus.
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Job 29-31: Job's Ultimatum
This Bible study devotional covers Job 29-31. Job is done. He wants God to either affirm his innocence or kill him as a guilty man. So, Job signs his name on an oath of innocence and presents it to God. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. Job 29-31 wants us to trust God more than it tries to satisfy our deep desire for an answer to our suffering. And while that’s frustrating, it’s also our good news because it reveals that our circumstances are not the measure of God’s love for us; Jesus is.
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Job 28: The Song of Wisdom
This Bible study devotional covers Job 28. Job and his friends are looking for a coherent way to understand God’s justice, our suffering, and our innocence. In short, they’re looking for wisdom. That quest for wisdom is made explicit with a song about the source of wisdom. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 28, since a coherent answer to our suffering can’t be found on the earth, God’s wisdom descends to the earth in the person of Jesus. In him, we begin to understand how innocence, suffering, and justice come together.
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Job 22-27: Closing Arguments
This Bible study devotional covers Job 22-27. In this passage, Job’s friends give their final argument for Job’s guilt. Job then calls his friends his enemies and pronounces a long curse, predicting they will suffer like him. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 22-27, we see that Jesus, like Job, refuses to repent in the face of false accusations. When Jesus refuses to recant in his suffering, he breaks the accusations of his enemies.
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Job 18-21: I Know My Redeemer Lives
This Bible study devotional covers Job 18-21. In this passage, Job’s friends are growing increasingly frustrated with Job. And Job intensifies his language against God and his cries for someone to represent him before God. Job wants someone to prove that it’s possible to be both innocent and still suffer. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 18-21, we see that when our minds, our world, and our friends blame us for our innocent suffering, we need an advocate to remind us of our innocence. We need a redeemer to salvage our reputation, even if it’s just from a voice in our head. And that Redeemer is Jesus.
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Job 15-17: Job's Reputation
This Bible study devotional covers Job 15-17. While Job’s friends continue to talk about getting back God’s rewards, Job insists that all he wants is a cleared name and a restored reputation. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 15-17, we see that unlike Job’s friends, and unlike the Accuser, Jesus did not come to blame and accuse us but to nullify every condemnation, disarm the Accuser’s power and triumph over every false judgment on the cross.
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Job 10-14: Job and Zophar
This Bible study devotional covers Job 10-14. In this passage all of Job’s friends have now argued that Job is guilty and that his suffering is deserved. But Job knows he’s innocent. So instead of blaming himself, Job begins to question God’s fairness even while he hopes for their relationship to be restored. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 10-14 we see that in Jesus, Job’s hopes for relationship come true. Not only does Jesus restore our relationship with God and call us innocent, we become intimately one with God as his Holy Spirit lives in us (John 17:21). Just as Job insisted against the accusations of Zophar, the Holy Spirit insists that our suffering can’t be a punishment for our sin because that punishment has been nailed to the cross.
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Job 7-9: Job and Bildad
This Bible study devotional covers Job 7-9. In this passage Bildad implies that Job is guilty of rejecting God and that explains why he’s suffering. But Job maintains his innocence even while he despairs that God would listen to him. So Job hopes for an arbiter, an attorney to take his case to God. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 7-9 we see that Jesus is the attorney who can give both innocent Job his day in court, but guilty people like us too!
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Job 3-6: Job and Eliphaz
This Bible study devotional covers Job 3-6. In this passage Job wishes he had never been born. And Eliphaz, his friend, tries to explain that Job’s suffering is his fault. Suffering doesn’t happen to innocent people. He must have done something wrong. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. Job 3-6 puts our ideas about good and bad, reward and suffering on trial. God rules the universe and in Jesus he disarms philosophies that blame the victim, and shames them for the shame they cause.
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Job 1-2: God On Trial
This Bible study devotional covers Job 1-2. In this passage we’re introduced to an innocent man named Job and a character called “the Accuser.” He accuses Job of only serving God to get his blessings, and he accuses God of mismanaging his universe. So God allows the Accuser to put himself on trial in the suffering of Job. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Job 1-3 we see that God is not transactional. And Jesus proves that true. He died while we were still sinners. Our good news is that God does not rule his universe according to strict transactions. He rules with lavish, loving, and self-giving wisdom.
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Proverbs 31: The Worthy Woman
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 31. In this passage we read wisdom from King Lemuel’s mother about noble kings and worthy women. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 31 we see a picture of Jesus’ love for his church. Jesus, our noble king loves and pursues his valiant wife, the church.
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Proverbs 30: Agur's Wisdom
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs chapter 30. In this passage we read the humble wisdom of Agur. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 30 we see that the weakness of humility is God’s greatest strength. Jesus crucifixion is humble and weak but it is more powerful than all man’s philosophies and power.
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Proverbs 26-29: The Power of Words
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs chapters 26-29. In this passage, we will discuss the common theme: the power of words. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 26-29 we see that Jesus’ words carry power because he is the very Word of God come. When he speaks he gives us life.
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Proverbs 23-25: Wealth and Poverty
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs chapters 23-25. In this passage, we will discuss the common themes of wealth and poverty. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 23-25 we see that when we trust in the wisdom and kingdom of Jesus more than the wealth of men, all our needs will be provided for.
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Proverbs 20-22: Wise Leadership
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 20-22. In this passage, we will discuss the common theme of wise leadership. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 20-22 we see that Jesus is the consummately wise leader whose leadership lasts forever.
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Proverbs 17-19: Laziness and Hard Work
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 17-19. In this passage, we will discuss the common themes of laziness and hard work. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 17-19 we see that God made us to work, and for our work to matter. Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope that everything done in Christ will last forever.
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Proverbs 13-16: Pride and Humility
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 13-16. In this passage, we will discuss the common themes of pride and humility. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 13-16 we see humility’s earthly reward is life, but Jesus’ resurrection shows us humility’s final reward. In Jesus, when we humble ourselves God raises us from our low place among the dead and seats us at his right hand.
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Proverbs 10-12: How to Read the Book of Proverbs
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 10-12. In this passage we discuss some of the ways we misread Solomon’s wisdom. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 10-12 we see that while the Proverbs are provisionally true now, they will be absolutely true in the future when Jesus comes and establishes his wise kingdom.
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Proverbs 5-9: Lady Wisdom and Madame Folly
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 5-9. In this passage, we read the choice between wisdom and folly personified as a choice between two women. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 5-9 we see that when Jesus writes his wisdom on our hearts he helps us to choose wisdom over foolishness.
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Proverbs 1:8-4:27: Solomon's Ten Lectures
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 1:8-4:27. In this passage Solomon gives a series of ten lectures to his son. He warns him about the foolishness of easy money and easy sex and the value of seeking wisdom. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 1:8-4:27 we see that Jesus is wiser than Solomon and that he gives the gift of wisdom he hoped his son would receive through the Holy Spirit.
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Proverbs 1:1-7: The Fear of the Lord
This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 1:1-7 In this passage we read Solomon’s introduction to the book of Proverbs. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs: 1:1-7 we see that fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that Jesus is the wisdom of the Lord made flesh.
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Acts 27-28: Paul Sails to Rome
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 27-28. In this passage we read about Paul’s shipwreck on his way to Rome and his ministry to the Gentiles once he arrives. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 27-28, we see that Jesus and his Gospel are moving toward all nations just as Paul moved toward Rome.
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Acts 24-26: Paul’s Trials
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 24-26. In this passage, we read about Paul’s trials before Governor Felix, Governor Festus, and King Agrippa. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 24-26, we see that Jesus is the better judge who will bring perfect justice to the world while also giving those who believe in him a freedom they do not deserve.
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Acts 21-23: Paul in Jerusalem
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 21-23. In this passage, we read about Paul’s entrance into Jerusalem and the persecution he faced at the hands of the Jews. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 21-23, we see that Jesus worked through Paul to show that his own journey to Jerusalem to be persecuted was not only for the Jews, but also for the Gentiles.
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Acts 18:18-20: Opposition in Ephesus
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 18:18-20. In this passage, we read about Paul’s ministry in Ephesus along with its many spheres of persecution. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 18:18-20, we see that Jesus uses opposition and persecution to advance his kingdom, just as he did in his death and resurrection.
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Acts 16-18:17: The Gospel and Roman Gods
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 16-18:17. In this passage, we read about two forms of opposition against Paul. He is opposed by both Jews and Roman authorities. Nevertheless, whether with the Philippian jailer, the noble Bereans, or the Greeks in the Areopagus, Paul faithfully saw the kingdom of Jesus advance. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 16-18:17, we see that Jesus is more powerful than any kingdom, power, or prison. He proved this most clearly in his resurrection from the dead.
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Acts 15: The Jerusalem Council
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapter 15. In this passage, we read about the Jerusalem council and their decision that Gentiles did not need to be circumcised. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 15, we see that Jesus fulfills all the works of the law for us so that we could receive free salvation by grace.
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Acts 13-14: Paul's Mission Begins
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 13-14. In this passage, we read about the beginning of Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 13-14, we see that Jesus is the promised Servant of God from Isaiah who would be a light to the Gentiles.
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Acts 12: Peter, Prison, and Passover
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapter 12. In this passage, we read about how Peter was rescued from prison by an angel on the eve of Passover. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 12, we see that Jesus is the final Passover lamb who enters our prison of death to set us free through his resurrection.
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Acts 9:32-11: Peter and Cornelius
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 9:32-11. In this passage, we read about Peter’s vision of clean and unclean animals, as well as his preaching of the Gospel to the Gentiles in Cornelius’ house. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 9:32-11, we see that Jesus has made a way for the unclean to be declared clean by believing in his death and resurrection.
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Acts 9:1-9:31: Saul on the Damascus Road
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapter 9:1-9:31. In this passage, we read about Saul’s encounter with the risen Jesus on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 9:1-9:31, we see the extreme mercy and forgiveness of Jesus to save his greatest enemies.
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Acts 8: Simon the Sorcerer
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapter 8. In this passage, we read about the Gospel going to Samaria, despite the influence of Simon the Sorcerer. We also hear about the Gospel going through Judea and into the ends of the earth in the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 8, we see that Jesus is the king who conquers the power of the enemy by taking our wounds and bringing us into the family of God.
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Acts 6-8:3: Stephen’s Speech
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 6-8:3. In this passage, we read about the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr for the gospel, following his speech about how Jesus fulfills the law and the temple. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 6-8:3, we see that Jesus does not contradict the Old Testament law and the temple, as the leaders accused Stephen of teaching, but fulfills them in his death and resurrection.
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Acts 4:32-5: Ananias and Sapphira
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 4:32-5. In this passage, we read about the authority of the apostles in their dealings with Ananias and Sapphira as well the Sadducees. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 4:32-5, we see the good news of Jesus’ authority over the church and the whole world.
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Acts 3-4:31: Peter Heals Lame Man
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 3-4:31. In this passage, we read about Peter healing the lame beggar outside the temple and his and John’s trial in front of the Sanhedrin. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 3-4:31, we see that Jesus is the one who heals those outside the temple and brings them close to himself.
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Acts 1-2: Pentecost
This Bible study devotional covers Acts chapters 1-2. In this passage, we read about the Holy Spirit falling on the apostles in Jerusalem, along with Peter preaching the first gospel message. As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Acts 1-2, we see that Jesus undoes the curse and the fall by offering forgiveness of sin and the gift of himself to all nations.
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Luke 24: Resurrection and Appearances
This Bible study devotional covers Luke 24. In this passage Jesus rises from the dead and appears to many of his disciples. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Luke 24, Jesus’ disciples do not recognize him until he opens their eyes. Because Jesus has risen from the dead, he can grant sight to those who are spiritually blind.
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Luke 22:66-23:56: The Crucifixion
This Bible study devotional covers Luke 22:66- 23. In this passage Peter denies Jesus three times as the religious authorities convict and execute Jesus for crimes he did not commit. As always, we are committed to showing you how Jesus fulfills these specific passages. In Luke 22:66- 23, we see that Jesus is numbered among the transgressors so that the transgressors can be numbered among the righteous.
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