Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lent Day 36

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

41 His direct instructions to them in preparation for His leaving them
42 The poignancy of betrayal and of human endings
43 His words concerning the bread and wine
44 Instructions about the employment of worldly goods in the work of the Kingdom
45 The new commandment

Reflect: How does it impact the way you hear these words if you know they were all spoken during Jesus' last hours with his disciples before death? Why do you think Jesus calls the command to love one another a "new commandment"?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lent Day 35

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

36 A prophecy about the destruction of the Temple
37 Concerning the time of His approaching crucifixion
38 The use of extravagant devotion
39 Instructions about their last meal together
40 Final instruction about servant leadership

Reflect: Imagine Jesus speaking his words in Saying 40 directly to you. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lent Day 34

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

31 Instructions preparatory to the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
32 His acknowledgment of His popularity
33 About the Holy City
34 The beginning of the days of final judgment
35 Another conversation about faith as a physical agent

Reflect: Look at the title of Saying 35. Read that saying, then consider: what do you think Tickle means by calling faith a "physical agent"? 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lent 33

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation 

26 The raising of Lazarus
27 Children as examples of necessary innocence
28 His second specific prophecy to the twelve of His forthcoming death
29 Concerning the Father’s authority over the Son’s followers
30 The redemption of Zacchaeus

Reflect: Look at the questions Jesus asks throughout the raising of Lazarus. What do you hear in these questions?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lent Day 32

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

21 The power of His name as nonproprietary
22 The use of holy or divine power
23 On proper timing
24 The chastising of Martha
25 His message to Herod concerning His approaching death

Reflect: Jesus' words to Mary and Martha have been heard in a variety of ways. What tone do you hear him saying this in? 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lent Day 31

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

16 His correcting of Peter
17 His instructions regarding His transfiguration
18 A prophecy of His death and Resurrection
19 The proper conduct of believers in relation to temporal government
20 The definition of greatness in the Kingdom

Reflect: Has anyone else never heard saying 19 before? I know I've read it, but I have no memory of it! You can find the original words in Matthew 17:24-27. What do you think this is all about?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lent Day 30

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

11 His description to the emissaries from John the Baptizer
12 The importance of rest
13 His engagement of Philip in the feeding of the thousands
14 Another demonstration of faith as a primal force in the physical world
15 His claiming of kingship on earth as well as in Heaven

Reflect: Now that we are in the words of intimate conversation, Jesus somehow seems more familiar to me. These are more of the sayings of Jesus I gravitate towards. Why do you think this Jesus might appeal to us more?