Jesus Provides Rest and Peace
Scripture Reading — Genesis 2:2-3; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 5:1-2“Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”— Matthew 11:29Did God rest after creating the world because he was tired? No. When God rested, he set up a pattern for his people to follow so
Jesus Does What is Right
Scripture Reading — Genesis 3:1-7Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”— Matthew 4:10It’s easy for us to be tempted. There are temptations everywhere—within our hearts and coming at us from all sides. Satan provides a master class
Jesus Crushes Satan
Scripture Reading — Genesis 3:1-15Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.— Colossians 2:15We can tell from the story in Genesis 3 that a conflict was already going on behind the scenes when Adam and Eve sinned. As Revelation
Jesus Recreates Us
Scripture Reading — Genesis 1:26-31If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!— 2 Corinthians 5:17God loves, reasons, and creates. So do his children, made in his image and likeness. But instead of honoring the good, doing the right, and creating the lovely,
Take These Words to Heart
Scripture Reading — Revelation 22:6-21“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”— Revelation 22:12-13The closing words of Revelation 22 provide a fitting conclusion to our study of Jesus’ letters to the churches—and all of this ap
Knock, Knock!
Scripture Reading — Revelation 3:19-22“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.”— Revelation 3:20Knock, knock jokes can be fun and amusing—and yet some can induce groans. But Jesus’ knock at the door in his letter to Laodicea was no joke. As we have learned, the Laodiceans were so bad off that Jesu
Rich but, Oh, So Poor
Scripture Reading — Hebrews 13:5-6; Revelation 3:16-18Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”— Hebrews 13:5Stock market values can make people wealthy or poor. Money is not a good god; it