Five Minutes with God

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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Jan 5, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

Text: Matthew 1:18-25

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus."

There is not much of a spotlight cast on Joseph in the story of Jesus, but this passage is very telling in understanding what kind of man he was. He was an honorable man, one who feared God and was concerned with doing right. For these reasons, God chose him and entrusted him with great honor and responsibility—providing care and training for Jesus during His childhood years. What an experience it must have been to have known Jesus so intimately and have had that special relationship with Him. While much different than that of Joseph, God has chosen each of us and has given us the opportunity to have a special relationship with Jesus as well. If we will, we can find in Jesus a friend, teacher, Savior, and Lord. What a privilege and blessing!

How has your relationship with Jesus been a blessing to you?

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

Jan 4, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

Text: Luke 1:26-38

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her."

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” How can it be that Jesus would be conceived and born of a virgin? How can it be that Elizabeth would bear a son in her old age, having been barren? The answer to these and other questions concerning the birth, life, death, or resurrection of Christ is simply that nothing is impossible with God. Every aspect of the life of Christ, even the way in which He came into this world, demonstrates the power and ability of God. By that same power, God is still able to change our lives, answer our prayers, cleanse us of our sins, and help us overcome our shortcomings and past. For with God, nothing will be impossible.

Why is it important for us that God is all-powerful?

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

Jan 3, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

Text: John 1:14-18

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’ ”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

It is a thought unlike any that has been dreamed of by man—often thought of as preposterous or ridiculous. The very idea that deity, in all of His power, wisdom, glory, and would lay it all down and take on flesh. No god ever dreamed up by mankind would do such a thing. And yet, one of the great differences between God and any mythical god devised by the mind of men is that God loves! He is not only the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present Creator and Ruler of the universe, but He is also a loving Father. Thus, His Son came into the world and took on flesh in order to show us God and bring grace and truth to mankind. He came because He loved us!

How does Jesus coming into the world prove the love of God?

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

Jan 2, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

Text: John 1:6-13

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."

Not much has changed in this old world. Jesus still offers light, love, forgiveness, and salvation to a dark and dying world, and the majority of the world still will not receive Him. He came to show us God and many still refuse to recognize Him. He came to show the Way and most still prefer to be lost. But it is also true that Jesus’ invitation remains open. To those who are willing to believe in Him and receive Him, He still gives the right to be called children of God and to take part in all the wonderful blessings that come with that relationship. What a loving and patient God, and what a Savior!

Why do you think so many people refuse to accept God’s love?

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

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