Hospitality is one of the basic principles of creating real and lasting community. It was a cultural expectation and considered a virtue in the Holy Land, but even in this era heartfelt hospitality means much more than most any other gift or prayer that could be offered. It could be said that its even integral to being human by satisfying our physiological needs for love, belonging, respect, self-actualization and safety. As we study in today’s passage there is much that […]
Year C | Proper 28
As the Season After Pentecost and Year C come to a close we are reading this Sunday from Luke 21:5-19 which takes place on Holy Tuesday and is found in Sections 139a and 139b in phase 5d the Harmony of the Gospels. This is what scholars call the “Olivet Discourse”, in which Jesus aims to prepare his disciples for some of the most troubling questions which can torment the most courageous among us. Pragmatists and partial-preterists alike will appreciate today’s lesson which should help […]
Today’s reading marks the close of a particular day in the life of Jesus, but more assuredly the end of Herod’s leniency and tolerance towards Jesus’ growing ministry and fame. While Herod determines to be rid of Jesus once and for all, Jesus sets his sights on the purpose for which he came – to seek and save the lost, knowing even that it will cost him his very life. Sometimes self-sacrifice is the only path […]
Week 100 | Section 112-113a
Podcast: Coming Soon
Section 112 | From Jerusalem to Perea
40 He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first, and he stayed there. 41 Many came to him. They said, “John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true.” 42 Many believed in him there.
Section 113a | Question about Salvation and Entering the Kingdom
22 He went on his […]
Perhaps no other passage in the Bible offers more hope and assurance to the souls of humanity than this one. Woven into today’s reading is the story of betrayal and faithfulness, captivity and freedom, suffering and hope, despair and mercy, darkness and light. The beloved John captures our imaginations while recounting the events of Jesus’ last Hanukkah celebration and offers to us a lesson we must never forget.
Podcast: Scheduled for 10/21/16
Section 111 | Another Attempt to Stone or […]
Week 98, Section 110 in the Harmony of the Gospels
As Jesus healed some on the Sabbath, some Pharisees accused Him of breaking the Sabbath. In today’s study we’ll explore further Jesus the Healer and His Miracles, and also the rabbinical tradition called the Halakah (preserved in the Mishnah) that lay behind the Sabbath-breaking charges leveled against Jesus and His disciples.
Podcast: scheduled for October 14, 2016
Section 110 | Opposition from a Synagogue Ruler for Healing a Woman on the Sabbath
There are 20 specific stories of Jesus healing people and in several of these instances we also read that Jesus went on and healed “all those who came” “many others” and “everyone”.
This table is designed to help you jump to each passage in the Harmony of the Gospels so that you can study each healing and miracle in harmony, context, and chronological order.
Healing the official’s son at Capernaum
Healing a possessed man
Section 109 | Two Alternatives: Repent or Perish
1 Now there were some present at the same time some who told him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way. 4 Or those eighteen, […]
This is the third time in which Jesus provides certain clarity as to his imminent crucifixion, the resurrection and the eternal order of things. Amidst a crowd of well over 10,000 people Jesus urges his disciples, followers, and all the hearers including Jews, Pharisees and most likely a few Romans to prepare themselves by opening their hearts and minds to place their faith and trust in Him.
Section 108c | Warning against being Unprepared for the Son of […]
In today’s lesson Jesus continues his warning the multitudes and his disciples about hypocrisy and how to counter it through a life devoted to the Kingdom purpose. Covetousness has no place in the mind of disciples. Instead we should cultivate contentment, charity and invest to further the God’s Kingdom purpose.
Audio: coming soon
Section 108b | Warning about Greed and Trust in Wealth
13 One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance […]