Follow Me

John 1:43-46 “Follow me.” It was during his return trip to Galilee from the Jordan, when Jesus called his first disciple. And although he had just spent the previous afternoon with John, Andrew, and Peter, it was not one of them. It was Philip. Philip seems almost to appear out of nowhere, like a non […]

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You Will Be Called Cephas

John 1:40-42 “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas.” Andrew and his older brother, Simon, were from the town of Bethsaida near the Sea of Galilee. It was a small fishing town, and Andrew and Simon were both fisherman. In fact, the name “Bethsaida” means “house of fishing” in Hebrew. Before […]

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Come And See

John 1:35-39 “Come, and you will see.” The Gospel of John stands apart from those of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, which are known as the “synoptic gospels” due to their similarities in arrangement and content. Their accounts are written from an objective perspective, while John’s gospel is written from a very personal and intimate perspective, […]

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Worship The Lord Your God

Matthew 4:8-11; Luke 4:5-8 “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” The third temptation of Jesus is also the most mysterious, in my opinion, for somehow Satan was able to transport Jesus up to a high mountain and show him all of the kingdoms of […]

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It Is Written

Matthew 4:5-7; Luke 4:9-12 “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” The gospels of  Matthew and Luke record three distinct attempts by Satan to tempt Jesus. These were (1) to turn stones into bread; (2) to test God by throwing himself off of the pinnacle of the Temple; […]

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Every Word That Comes From God

Matthew 4:1-4; Luke 4:1-4; Mark 1:12-13 “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Immediately following his baptism, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness in order to be tempted by the devil. He spent the next forty days […]

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