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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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May 6, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software

What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

In yesterday’s reading, we saw the hardships that often accompany a life of devotion to Christ. In today’s text, Jesus follows those warnings with an assurance of God’s care and concern. While man might can harm or even kill the body, there is nothing that man can do to destroy the soul. Therefore, the reverence and devotion that we feel toward God should far outweigh the fear we have toward man. God cares—so much so, Jesus says, that the very hairs of our heads are numbered. He knows everything about us, both the significant and insignificant. He is aware of every joy and every sorrow, every victory and every defeat, every accomplishment and every hardship. We are valuable to God, and as we face the difficulties of life and are called to endure suffering for His name’s sake, He knows, and He cares. He is watching over us, ready to strengthen, help, and bless us according to His perfect will. What a comforting thought, and what an awesome God!

How has God demonstrated His love for you in your life?

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

May 5, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

Jesus never promised His apostles, nor does He promise us, that being a disciple of His would be a life of ease. In this prophetic warning, He tells them that they would face rejection, trials, and persecution from the Jews, the Gentiles, and even from their own families. They would be called on to endure much hardship and suffering because of His name, the name that they wore and proclaimed. In facing that persecution, He says, they would be following in His steps, enduring the same hardships that He had endured. Though we are blessed to live in a land of religious freedom, a life lived in the name of Christ is still not without its hardships. We may face the occasional mocking, malicious comment, or false accusation. We may be called upon to stand boldly for Christ in the face of opposition. But none of the hardships that this life holds can compare to the glory of the prize that awaits the faithful. As Jesus promised, “the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

What are some specific things that Christians might have to endure today?

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

May 4, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

In this text, which is often referred to as the “limited commission,” Jesus is giving His apostles instructions on where and how to go out preaching. Much of what Jesus says to them can be summed up in two principles:

  1. Put your trust in God. They were not to take provisions for their travels but were to trust in God to provide for them through the hospitality and generosity of good and godly people along the way. It was important that they learn, not to trust in worldly things, but in God Almighty to be their provider.
  2. Be uncompromising. As they went out, they were to teach the simple truth, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In their teaching and their lives, they were not to bend to the will of the people, but to remain firm in their commitment to God and to His word. They were also not to do anything to compromise their influence or integrity, thus compromising their mission.

Though our mission might be somewhat different today, these principles continue to serve us well as we seek to spread the gospel and bring others to Christ.

How can we apply these principles to our lives today?

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

May 3, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

We often see Jesus teaching and healing, but if we are not careful, we can forget why He spent so much time doing those things. He did not teach just to change people, and He did not heal just to demonstrate the great power of God. Jesus’ ministry was defined by compassion. As He looked out over the crowds that constantly gathered around Him, He saw people who were lost and in need of someone to help them. He looked on them with care and concern and desired to meet their needs, to provide for them, protect them, and lead them as a shepherd does his sheep. Ultimately, He desired to lead them to God and salvation. That compassion, so evident in Jesus’ life and ministry, is still extended to us today. As our Savior and Lord, Jesus still looks upon us with care and concern. He continues to love us and desires to provide for, protect, and lead us. Oh, that we would accept His loving care and allow Him to be a shepherd to our souls.

Why is the compassion of Christ so important in our lives?

 

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

May 2, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software

I do not receive glory from people. But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

Among the great leaders of their history, Moses occupied a special place in the minds and hearts of the Jews. As the law-giver of Israel, he was revered because of his special relationship with God and special role in receiving the law. They gave their honor and undying allegiance to him. But Jesus reminds them that Moses spoke of Him, and if they believed Moses, they should believe in Him. He rebuked them for receiving Moses, a man, but rejecting the Son of God. You know, it occurs to me that many are still guilty at times of receiving and honoring men—preachers, authors, influential speakers, celebrities—while rejecting Christ. We will listen to and follow their teachings and ideas, but turn a blind eye to the pure and simple truths of God’s word. In so doing, we in essence give honor to men but reject the Son of God, and demonstrate, like those of Jesus’ day did, that we “do not have the love of God” in us. May we honor Christ above all else and follow His teachings above those of any man.

How can we show honor for Jesus today?

 

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

May 1, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software

If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

How many witnesses does it take to confirm something as true? Typically, one eyewitness is enough, but in Jesus’ case, there were multiple witnesses. Jesus says that among His witnesses were John, the great works that He had done, God the Father, and the Scriptures (i.e. Old Testament prophecies). Surely these witnesses would be sufficient to establish His identity, but many still refused to believe. Though they were waiting and looking for the coming Messiah, they were not willing to accept Jesus as the One sent by God to redeem them. Today, we have the mystery of Christ revealed to us through God’s word. The Bible is filled with witnesses to Jesus’ identity and purpose—prophecies and fulfillments, Jesus’ own words and actions, other inspired writers. But many still refuse to believe. Even in the face of all the evidence and proof of God’s love and Jesus’ saving work, many continue to look for salvation in other things, or fail to consider the need for salvation at all. May God help us all to see our need for Jesus and be willing to accept His gift of salvation.

Why do you think so many still refuse to believe in Jesus?

 

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

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