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Five Minutes with God is a distinct and exciting approach to daily Bible devotionals. Instead of a lofty goal of going through the entire Bible—or even the New Testament—in one year, Five Minutes with God focuses on shorter passages so that the reader can absorb more of the text and apply it to everyday life. This daily podcast will step you through the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ. Each day’s podcast also ends with a thought for further reflection and a call to prayer. By reading, reflecting, and praying, Five Minutes with God will help you come to know Him, love Him, and follow Him like never before.
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Feb 3, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

How amazing it must have been to witness the healing of those who were sick and suffering as Jesus repeatedly demonstrated His power over the physical world. So often, many would flock to wherever He was to see these amazing miracles performed and, perhaps, to have their own infirmities taken away. It was an infallible proof, not only of Jesus’ power, but of His compassion and mercy. But do you realize that we are the recipients of an even greater healing and an even more amazing demonstration of Jesus’ power, compassion, and mercy? Jesus came to bring healing to a world that had been ravaged by the disease of sin, and He brought with Him the only cure—His atoning blood. Through the sacrifice of Christ, and only through that sacrifice, we can find cleansing, healing, and salvation. As incredible as the physical healings performed by Jesus were, they cannot compare to the spiritual healing that we have through Christ. “Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

Why do you think people today do not flock to Jesus for healing?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Feb 2, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

“The Holy One of God.” This was not a title used by a follower of Jesus, one of the apostles, or a prophet of God. It was the name by which an unclean spirit referred to Him. It is ironic that in a world where so many people—religious people, God-fearing people—would deny Jesus and refuse to accept Him, this unclean spirit, possessing an awareness of things beyond this physical world, acknowledges the truth of who Jesus is with a term of respect and honor. While this certainly does not justify the evil spirit, it does illustrate the truth that “even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19). It also provides us with yet another piece of evidence for the fact that Jesus is indeed “the Holy One of God,” a truth that many in the world still need to be convinced of.

Why is it so important that people recognize Jesus as the Son of God?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Feb 1, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, he went away.

Jesus’ words always seemed to invoke a strong response from His audiences. The truth has a way of doing that. Whether it was to leave everything behind and follow Him or, as in this case, to become violently offended and angry at His teaching, people often responded to Jesus with zeal and conviction. But why? Maybe it is because truth—the kind of truth that Jesus brought—requires it of us. It brings to light our thoughts, our motivations, and even our shortcomings. It then requires us to make a choice and to commit our very lives to that decision. The truth of Christ is life-changing. Many embrace that opportunity, accept the truth, and allow themselves to be transformed into the image of Christ. Others, like those in Nazareth, become adamantly opposed to the truth that challenges the paths they have chosen. May we choose the former and always be open to and accepting of Jesus, the Truth.

How has accepting Christ been life-changing for you?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

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