Tuesday: No Fruit
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Jesus and the Fig Tree

Jesus’ cleansing of the temple was an act of compassion. It was the Gentile courts where the buying and selling were taking place, and Jesus intended His house to be a place of prayer and worship for all peoples. But the cleansing was an act of judgment also. The priests who ran the temple had … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Jesus in the Temple
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The Invitation to Worship

From the earliest days of fallen humanity, animal sacrifices were God’s chosen means to teach the world the plan of salvation, salvation by grace through faith in the coming Messiah (see Rom. 4:13-16). A powerful example of this truth can be found in Genesis 4, the story of Cain and Abel and the tragedy that … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A Prophesied Coming
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Palm Sunday

Following their 70-year captivity in Babylon, the Jews began to return to Jerusalem. They were excited to be rebuilding their temple, but as the foundation was laid, those who remembered Solomon’s magnificent temple realized that this second temple wasn’t going to be anywhere nearly as nice. Thus, they “wept aloud” (Ezra 3:12, NIV). The people … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus in Jerusalem
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Read for This Week’s Study: Zech. 9:9, Matt. 21:1-46, Rom. 4:13-16, Rev. 14:7-12, Acts 6:7, Matt. 22:1-15. Memory Text:“Have you never read in the Scriptures:‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’S doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’ ? ” (Matthew 21:42, NKJV). In Matthew 20:27-28 … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: “We are Able”
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drink this cup

To truly appreciate today’s story about James and John (and their mom) in Matthew 20:20-27, first read Luke 9:51-56. This event occurred when Jesus and His disciples at first set out for Jerusalem, just days before James and John asked if they could sit on Jesus’ left and right in the kingdom. Read Matthew 20:20-27. … [Click to read more …]

Idols of the Soul
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: By knowing who Jesus is, we can become more like Him in our characters and lives. Idols of the Soul – May 21 – 27, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 18:21,22. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. Why is … [Click to read more …]