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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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Sep 5, 2015

 

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”  

Even though the Jewish leaders, those who should have been closest to God and the first to recognize Him as the promised Messiah, had rejected Him, Jesus’ heart was still full of compassion for them. In this scene, Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem. In less than forty years, this great and holy city, which had represented God’s people and been the center of their lives and nation, would be overtaken and destroyed. If only they had listened to Him. If only they had believed. In this sad scene, we see clearly the merciful and longsuffering love of God. Though these hard-hearted leaders had twisted and corrupted God’s laws, though they had led God’s people astray, though they had rejected His Son and would soon murder Him, yet God’s love persisted. He mourned their downfall and wished for their return. It is no different in our day. Despite our world’s own hard-heartedness and refusal to believe, God continues to love. He continues to desire salvation for mankind. And he continues to wait patiently, giving us time to repent and turn to Him before it is too late. What a loving and patient God!

Why do you think God is so long-suffering toward us?

 

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

Sep 4, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

"Look, the world has gone after Him!” This was the conclusion of the Pharisees. All their attempts to discredit, disparage, and find fault with Jesus had been ineffective. People had believed in Him and still had followed after Him in great numbers. Their desire and willingness to follow after Jesus had been greater than the Pharisees’ plotting and schemes to destroy Jesus’ influence. I believe that the world is not much different today. Despite the skepticism that often exists, and despite the many people and forces that would have us to believe that Jesus and religion is all a farce, the world is still filled with people who are willing to believe and follow the truth when they find it. The difference is that Jesus is no longer walking in this world, showing Himself to them in human form. He has, instead, called us to show Him to the world. Through our love and faithfulness, Jesus desires for the world to see and follow after Him. And they will. Through our lives and service, I believe that we can still say today that “the world has gone after Him!”

How can we show Jesus to the world today?

 

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

Sep 3, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ” So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

What a powerful passage! There were not many moments during Jesus’ ministry when He was treated like the king and Lord that He was (and is). As you read through the gospels, the focus is often on His adversaries and all the doubts, accusations, rejections, and plotting that were constantly a part of His life. We can forget that there were a great many people who did believe in Jesus and who were sincere and devoted disciples. This passage reminds us of that fact. These disciples recognized Him as Lord and as the Son of God. They were excited to give honor and praise to Him and to treat Him like the King that He was. When He was commanded to rebuke His disciples for what the Pharisees saw as blasphemous behavior, Jesus responds with the powerful statement that, if they were to keep silent, even the stones would cry out. Jesus was the Son of God. That fact was undeniable and irrefutable. All of creation was a testament to the greatness of God, and even the stones would attest to the glory of Jesus as the only begotten of the Father.

What was significant about this entry into Jerusalem by Jesus?

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

Sep 2, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

It never ceases to amaze me to see the dark, devious attitudes and motives of the Jewish leaders. Even if their motives had been pure (which they were not), they were willing to lay aside the same law of God they claimed to be protecting in order to rid themselves of Jesus and anyone else that might cause others to believe in Him. Their deceitfulness knew no bounds as they plotted to kill, not only Jesus, but Lazarus as well. How could they have such disregard for the law that they professed to love and had devoted their lives to, and for the God that had given it to them? It is a sad testament to their hardness of heart and hypocrisy. It is a dangerous thing to become so hardened in heart that one cannot be touched by Jesus. That danger exists for us today, just as it did for the chief priests of Jesus’ day. Though our means of rejection may be much more subtle and less violent than theirs, our hardness of heart can cause the same attitudes of denial and rejection toward Jesus. May God help us always to have soft and willing hearts in accepting and submitting to Jesus as Lord.

What are some things that can cause our hearts to become hardened?

 

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

 

Sep 1, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

 

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

It is hard to believe that one could spend so much time with Jesus and not be completely changed by Him. How could Judas be an apostle of the Lord and still be so enamored with worldly riches that he is characterized by John as “a thief”? Apparently, this was not a new problem for Judas. John says that it was his practice to take money out of the money box with which he had been entrusted. His mind and heart were given to physical things, so much so that he resented this act of love and honor that was being bestowed upon Jesus. Mark reveals that it was this event that prompted Judas to go to the chief priests for the purpose of betraying Jesus to them (Mark 14:10-11). Other than revealing the character of Judas, what can this text teach us? I believe that it is a grim reminder of the power and danger of the attraction of worldly things. If we allow them to, the things of this world can occupy our hearts in a way that leaves no room for Christ and causes us to betray Him just as Judas did. It is no wonder that Jesus warns us that we “cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24).

Why do you think that worldly things are such a powerful temptation?

 

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

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