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Suggested Devotional Reading for Monday, January 16:
John 1:29-34 (click to read online)
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By The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Leggett
Sunday, January 1, 2017 · New Year's Day
Series: Jesus Moves In
Text: John 1:24-28
The people who most reject Jesus in all of the Gospels are the Pharisees. The Pharisees emphasized a strict observance of everything in the law of Moses (the first five books of the Old Testament). They criticized all who did not follow their pattern. They want to know if John the Baptist is a legitimate representative of the faith of Israel. What authority does he have for his ministry? The irony is that Jesus is present among them and they don’t recognize him. Jesus cannot be defined by any pattern of law or regulations beyond the love of God. Jesus often is present with us in ways we don’t perceive.
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The Epistle to the Galatians
December 7, 2016
Paul now expands on what he had just written to the Galatians. He calls them foolish because they were turning to the law rather than depending of faith apart from the works of the law (Rom. 3:28). He presents the example of Abraham. Abraham believed in God’s promise and was regarded as righteous more than four hundred years before the giving of the law. The law played a necessary but temporary role in defining the problem of sin. However, with the coming of Christ that role is over.