August 3 – 7, 2020
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August 3 – 7, 2020

Monday Hebrews 1:1-3; Philippians 2:5-11; 2 Corinthians 3:14-16 “Why does God make it so hard? Why can’t He just come down, clearly show us who He is, and then we can believe?” asked my unbelieving nephew, Greg. Isn’t it interesting how skeptics often express frustration and criticism regarding a God in whom they profess disbelief?...

July 27 – 31, 2020
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July 27 – 31, 2020

Monday Read Genesis 1 & 2; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 4:11 Creator God “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.”  (Genesis 1:1) Everything created started the same way—with a design. A design is an idea of how to make something—a chair, a flower, or a book. You can build your own design...

July 20 – 24, 2020
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July 20 – 24, 2020

Monday John 16:25-33 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.” —Jesus (John 16:25) Jesus’ comment to His disciples as He wrapped up His instructions to them (John 13-16) and prepared to pray for them...

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July 13 – 17, 2020

Monday Luke 19:1-10 – Jesus Saw Zacchaeus This week we consider five encounters with Jesus as we follow Glenkirk’s VBS daily curriculum. Today’s appointment is with the outcast tax collector, Zacchaeus. Rome’s occupation of Israel began in 63 BC, more than 90 years prior to today’s story. Roman governance in ancient Israel included both Roman...

July 6 – 10, 2020
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July 6 – 10, 2020

Monday John 16:16-24 Jesus tells His disciples that very soon they will no longer see Him. His death will cause them such intense pain that it will be a time of great weeping and mourning. However, they are not to lose hope because in time their deep sorrow will be turned into joy. The disciples...

June 29 – July 3, 2020
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June 29 – July 3, 2020

Monday Read John 16:5-15 “Witnessing to Jesus Christ, glorifying Him by showing His disciples who He is, and making them aware of what they are in Him is at the core of the Spirit’s ministry. All God’s work in us is done by the Spirit.” (J.I. Packer) An earnest Christian friend of mine admitted that...

June 22 – 26, 2020
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June 22 – 26, 2020

Monday Read John 15:18 – 16:4 “Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and farewell.” —Jean Paul Richter Last words are often held and remembered as treasured possessions. Throughout this last meal before Jesus goes to the cross (John 13-16), He has demonstrated and commanded that we are to...

June 15 – 19, 2020
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June 15 – 19, 2020

Monday John 1:14, 12:24, 15:5, 8; Galatians 3:16, 4:4 Jesus is the Vine and Jesus is the Seed. God loves fruit and harvest and babies—He loves grown-ups, too. In the beginning God spoke, saying to mankind, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28). And we have. Jesus is the most fruitful and...

June 8 – 12, 2020
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June 8 – 12, 2020

Monday John 15:1-8 – The Vineyard A vineyard is an image that is familiar to many of us who have had the joy of living in a Mediterranean climate. We can picture exactly what Jesus was sharing in this allegory without having to travel to the Mediterranean or Israel—although that would be rather nice. We...

June 1 – 5, 2020
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June 1 – 5, 2020

Monday John 14:22-31, 10:27-30; Matthew 3:16-17 John 14:22-31, like John’s baptism of Jesus, displays the loving collaboration among the three Persons of the Godhead. God’s triunity, though foundational to true Christianity, is elusive. Anyone claiming to comprehend the Trinity is considering something man-made or is otherwise misguided. In our timebound, physical limitations, one God in...