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Bible Trek 2016 - Death and Resurrection

The harmony of the gospels reveals some significant differences seen through the eyes of the four apostles, portraying from their unique perspective highlights of the Lord’s death and resurrection. For instance, Luke records while on the cross, the rebuke of one robber to the other for mocking Jesus, and the Lord’s response that, “that very day he would be with Him (Jesus) in paradise” (Luke 23:40-43). Matthew, Mark, and Luke record how darkness covered the whole land during the last three hours of the crucifixion, while John was silent.

Bible Trek 2016 - Betrayed, Disowned, Mocked and Sentenced to Death

Jesus spent His last day on earth washing the disciples’ feet and serving them at the Passover Feast. When the disciples began to argue about who was the greatest among them, He told them that the one who serves is the greatest. Of course they

Bible Trek 2016 - Life's Prayer

The ”Lord’s Prayer” seen in Matthew 6:1-13, was an answer to the question; how should we the followers of Christ pray, but the prayer recorded in John 17 gives us a window on the biggest concern of the Lord for his followers. First we must realize the context, which places this incident on the last night of the Lord’s life, just before He was arrested and carried off to be judged and crucified. The fact that this prayer was recorded shows its eternal value in God’s eyes. It reveals the Lord’s deepest concern for his believers to be one, as a testimony to the world.

Bible Trek 2016 - The Rest of the Stories

Being the great story teller that He was, Jesus could not depart from the earth before telling 7 more stories, and this He did just days before His death. But never think for a minute that a Jesus story was for entertaining. On the contrary, each story was loaded with meaning and teaching.

Bible Trek 2016 - The Prudent and Faithful Steward

Luke Chapter 15 portrays the love of the tri-one God, seen in the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to look for the one lost sheep, the woman with a candle searching for the one lost coin, and the Loving concerned father waiting patiently for his prodigal son to return home. We see the out pouring of God’s love, in the Son (Jesus) as the shepherd, the Spirit as the woman, and the Father; all earnestly caring for one lost sinner repenting and coming to salvation.

Bible Trek 2016 - The Good Samaritan, and How to Be One

At this stage in the ministry of Jesus on earth, we encounter some magnificent and touching stories, told only by Luke and John. In Jerusalem, Jewish leaders brought an adulterous woman to him and challenged him with regard to what should be done with her. His “He is without sin cast the first stone” response became a timeless moral guideline that even until today. He then healed a blind man and used the example to teach about shepherding the flock. Luke, then, records Jesus sending out 72 disciples to preach the good news city by city.

Bible Trek 2016 - Thy Kingdom Come

Throughout the gospels we see how the Lord Jesus preached the gospel, served people, saved the lost, preached the kingdom, taught the truth, died for our sins, and rose for our justification, all to bring God’s kingdom to earth. As his final word to his disciples before he ascended to the Father, Jesus gave them the great commission recorded in Matthew 28. Saying to them; “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Bible Trek 2016 - Faith

Jesus touched many lives in His journey on earth. When so doing, it is interesting to observe His remarks about their faith. When the Centurion in Matthew 8 asked Him to just “say the word,” rather than to come to his house, Jesus commended his faith as something that He had not seen anywhere among the Jews. Then there was the woman in Luke 7 who burst into Simon, the Pharisee’s house where Jesus was dining. She was crying, and washing Jesus’ feet with her hair. Jesus told her that her faith had saved her and that she could now go in peace.

Bible Trek 2016 - The Kingdom's Constitution

The constitution of the United State begins with: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” The constitution written in 1787, delineates the framework of our national government, and remains today guaranteeing our basic human rights and the role of government.

Bible Trek 2016 - When Jesus Calls

Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19 to go and disciple the nations. But how? In His early ministry, we can learn by observing how He called people. Nicodemus, a religious teacher, came to Jesus at night. Before he was able to initiate a religious conversation, Jesus told him bluntly that he needed to be born again. When Nicodemus tried to inquire about this, Jesus chided him for his ignorance and then proceeded to tell him more. It was not rude. It was love. He drew a line in front of Nicodemus, that he could be reborn into the kingdom of the heaven or perish.

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