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Luke Chapter 5

  • Bible Study on Luke 
    Luke Chapter 5
     
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    Luke 5 Outline:

    5:1-5   Jesus preaches from a boat on lake Gennesaret.

    5:6-7   The miraculous catch of fish.

    5:8-11 The fishermen forsake all to follow Jesus.

    5:12-13 Jesus heals a man with leprosy.

    5:14    Jesus tells the man to tell no-one about healing.

    5:15-16   News of this miracle draws crowds to Jesus.

    5:17-19   A paralyzed man is lowered from roof to Jesus.

    5:20-24   Jesus forgives the man’s sins.

    5:24-26   Jesus heals man from his paralysis and he gets up.

    5:27-28   Levi (called Matthew) the tax collector leaves everything to follow Jesus.

    5:29-39   Levi holds a great feast to honor Jesus.

    5:30-32   Jesus the Great Physician.

    5:33-35   The scribes question Jesus about fasting.

    5:33-39    Parables about old & new covenants.

      Study Notes:

    — Luke calls this body of water “The lake of Gennesaret” where the other gospels call it the “Sea of Galilee.” The modern day name is “Kinneret.” It is a body of water 13 miles by 8 miles and lies about 700 feet below sea level. It is the largest freshwater lake in Israel, the lowest freshwater lake on earth, and has a maximum depth of 141 feet. Its main source is the Jordan river.

    — After Jesus teaches from Peter’s boat, Jesus tells him to let down his nets again. Now Peter and the others  were washing their nets after fishing all night. They were done, besides, they were professional fisherman, who was this guy thinking that He knew more about fishing than them? So Peter just went along with it and they caught so many fish the boats began to sink…  Peter spoke fish, Jesus knew that language. Never underestimate the knowledge of God. He is always smarter than you on every single subject.

    — Peter fell down at Jesus’ knees and told Him basically, “don’t waste your time on me Lord. I am no good. You don’t know how bad I am.” Jesus saw his heart. All that God needs is a good heart and He can work with you. Peter’s foul mouth and sinfulness did not matter to Jesus, He knew this would correct itself. 

    — Leprosy was a death sentence, or worse than death as people could linger on twenty years suffering. People with leprosy were covered in sores and viewed as being judged by God because of their sin. They could not be “touched.” Jesus touched the man with leprosy and healed him which was completely opposite of the normal. Jesus valued the outcast man. 

    —  The paralyzed man had real friends that cared. When he could not walk or get into see Jesus, they took the roof tiles off the house and lowered him down in front of Jesus. The paralyzed man was viewed as being judged by God. Jesus showed that the man had value, forgave him and healed him. The man got up, took his mat and walked home. 

    —  Jesus called Levi the tax collector as a disciple. In other places, he is called Matthew and probably the writer of the first gospel. This would have stunned everyone around Him. Tax collectors were Jewish people that worked for the Roman government and collected tax money from the Jews. There were traitors to their own people, collaborators, extortioners, and the most hated group of people, classed well below sinners and prostitutes. Jesus simply said “Follow me” and Levi left “everything” and followed Him. This was a serious commitment. Where Peter and the other fishermen could simply return to fishing, Levi would never get his job back after simply abandoning his tax office. 

    — Tax collectors were wealthy and Levi was probably the richest disciple. Levi was not in regret for leaving his past life, instead he celebrated by hosting a great feast in his house with Jesus as the guest of honor and there was a large company of tax collectors and others at the table with them. The pharisees and scribes complained “bitterly” to His disciples because Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus was inclusive. Religion was exclusive. 

    — The pharisees asked why Jesus’ disciples were so happy (Luke 5:34) when John’s disciples were fasting and praying. Jesus explained that the day would come when He would taken away, and they would fast then. But for now, it is a celebration. Jesus’ disciples were happy and Jesus was fun and refreshing to be around. 

    — Luke 5:36: Jesus tells two parables. One: Putting a new piece of cloth on an old garment would ruin it. Two: Putting new wine into an old wineskin would ruin it. Jesus was saying that He did not come to patch up Judaism but that this is something radically new.

    Wineskins were usually made from the skins of goats and were elastic when fresh, but as they got older they became set and brittle. New wine expands as it ferments and would burst the old brittle skins. Jesus was saying that you cannot enclose His teachings inside of the old testament law, or impose the restraints of the law on it or the results will be disastrous. Also, (5:39) Jesus realized that those used to the old law ( the religious scribes and pharisees ) would not like the new or desire it. A man drinking old wine does not even want to try the new because he says “The old is good.”

    Map of the ministry of Jesus around the sea of Galilee:

    Map of the sea of galilee

    Discussion Questions: (if your answers are very long, you may want to type them first in something like Word or Notepad, which doesn't require an Internet connection, then copy and paste (Ctrl-A to select, Ctrl-V to copy, Ctrl-V to paste), to prevent mishaps.  Also, there is a 3K character limit, so if they are super long, feel free to post more than once, and just answer a couple of questions at a time. Also, you are welcome to post any questions you may have. We look forward to your thoughts!)

    1) What does it mean to you that Jesus recruited His first disciples by helping them bring in fish?

     

    2) Why do you think Jesus told the leper He healed to tell no one of what happened?

     

    3) Though He was the son of God and full of the Holy Spirit, Jesus would still “withdraw to desolate places and pray”. Why do you think that was necessary for Him? What does that mean for us?

     

    4) Even with miracles happening in front of their eyes, the Pharisees were not able to see what the simple fisherman saw immediately. What do you think were the obstacles for them? What can we do to prevent this problem from happening to us?

     

    5) Jesus fasted and prayed, but did not appear to require the same of his disciples, until after He was gone. He explained it with the parable of the wedding and the bridegroom. What can we learn from this?

     

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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Jesus brought in more fish than they ever had at a time of day that they did not fish to show that all things are possible with God. He told the leper not to speak as he knew the miracle would not be accepted well at that time. Jesus knew the importance of solitude in prayer which draws us closer to God. The Pharisees were too close minded to see. They were too concerned with rituals and not with relationship with God. Jesus did not require the disciples to pray and fast because He knew this would come naturally as they grew in their faith.
May 11, 2015
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith My problem is I read the word, I can understand what I'm reading but find it difficult to explain when it's put in form of a question.  Somehow I feel like Peter when he said “don’t waste your time on me Lord. I am no good. You don’t know how bad I am.” 
May 11, 2015
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Tina G
Tina G There sure is A LOT of action going on in Luke! Never a dull moment!
May 11, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd He does know, and He loves you anyway :)
May 11, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Theresa when you feel like that, it's the trick of the devil, it's good verses evil fighting for your soul, God is so much more powerful, Hold on to God, and speak the devil out. No one is worthy, this is where grace, and Jesus nailed on the cross come into play. I say honor the cross and tell the devil to shut up! You are loved. Remember, tricks of the devil. Spiritual warfare.Be encouraged!
May 11, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Provider, Healer, Grace, Love, Joy, The need to fast and pray, You won't see what the Spirit will see until the blinders are removed. When you hear the call, answer, it's God!
May 11, 2015
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Dan Cordosi
Dan Cordosi 1) In order to gain ones trust one must gain favor with them, and that's exactly what Jesus did. 2) Jesus reached out to heal the Leper, we as good Christians must never be afraid to reach out and help those in need.
May 11, 2015
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Dan Cordosi
Dan Cordosi He sure does Dion,he really, really Loves us.   :)
May 11, 2015
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Dan Cordosi
Dan Cordosi Whenever the devil confronts me I shout at the top of my lungs "GET OUT AND LEAVE ME ALONE" it works.
May 11, 2015
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle Thank you so much, Pastor Dion!!! Right now I can only support you with prayers, and when the LORD enables me to support your ministries monetarily as well, I will happily do so!!! Blessings upon you, your dear wife, your outreach and ministry and all my new found brothers and sisters in Christ!!! "Numbers 6:24-26"
May 11, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Ginger, that is our goal. To Refresh peoples Hope :)
May 11, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin LOL....it sure does work!
May 11, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams #4. THE PHARISEES AND THE SADUSEES WERE CORUPT THEY WERE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THERE POSITIONS,AND THEY ALSO WAS IN IT FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY,AND THE HONOR THAT THEY WOULD RECIEVE IN OTHER WORDS THE WERE SELF RIGHTIOUS...... 
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J D  Williams
J D Williams #2.JESUS KNEW THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE HE KNEW THEIR INTENTIONS THE MORE  POPULAR HE BECAME THE MORE THE PEOPLE WOULD TRY TO MAKE HIM THEIR KING TO TAKE DOWN THE ROMAN RULE IN THE NATION OF ISRAEL.....
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Deleted Member I feel like Jesus wanted those first disciples that He recruited to have a trust in Him and to believe in the words He would tell them. So by telling them what to do to catch the fish since they ween't catching any, allowed Jesus to show them that He would never tell them anything wrong or He would never leave them alone. ( I so love the maps)
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Deleted Member Amen, we must love and live like Jesus.
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Deleted Member Amen, an amazing Chapter in God's Word.
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Deleted Member We are all worth Jesus's time. He loves us. Don't ever feel like we aren't good enough. His grace took care of that on the cross. We are worth everything to Him:)
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord.
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you Pastor!
May 12, 2015
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Mahlet  Tsegaye
Mahlet Tsegaye Q1- I think Jesus want to recruited his disciples this way, by showing them doing their job . Even if fishing was not his profession but he collected so many fishes. So he could learn them to believe in him he can able to do anything.  Q2- I think Jesus tell to the leper to tell no one because during that time it was forbidden to touch or live with this kind of person.  They were isolated from the people, but Jesus do differently. Q3- Jesus was always prepared himself for the last days. He knew that his going to suffer and pass through difficult situation.  Q4- I think the Pharises were still with the old thoughts and stick only to the old laws. They're not prepared the new one.  We also have to leave our past behind and get ready for the new to grow spirituality.
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Mahlet  Tsegaye
Mahlet Tsegaye Q5-In other part Jesus told to the disciples they have to pray and fast not to enter into temptation. So we have to do the same. 
May 12, 2015
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Beth Leikus
Beth Leikus 1)  What does it mean to you that Jesus recruited His first disciples by helping them bring in fish? I think this  demonstrates that people respond to God's Love openly when our needs are met first. Jesus filled their nets then they recognized His holiness.   
May 12, 2015
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Beth Leikus
Beth Leikus 2)  Why do you think Jesus told the leper He healed to tell no one of what happened? I think this is a  demonstration of how much Jesus knows us! Many times we are more likely to do the opposite of what we are told! I seem to recall (but not sure where) another time when Jesus told someone not to tell anyone ab out a miracle He did, and of course they told many!
May 12, 2015
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Beth Leikus
Beth Leikus 3)  Though He was the son of God and full of the Holy Spirit, Jesus would still “withdraw to desolate places and pray”. Why do you think that was necessary for Him? What does that mean for us? Even though Jesus was God, He confined himself to a human body (WHAT KIND OF LOVE IS THAT!!! )  time with the Father was needed by Him in order to walk His walk, how much more do we need time with the Father in order to walk our walk!
May 12, 2015
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Beth Leikus
Beth Leikus 4)  Even with miracles happening in front of their eyes, the Pharisees were not able to see what the simple fisherman saw immediately. What do you think were the obstacles for them? What can we do to prevent this problem from happening to us? I believe Pride and Self Righteousness blinded them and that we have to be careful to look to God and His Righteousness in order to avoid the same trap
May 12, 2015
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Beth Leikus
Beth Leikus 5)  Jesus fasted and prayed, but did not appear to require the same of his disciples, until after He was gone. He explained it with the parable of the wedding and the bridegroom. What can we learn from this? We should live a prayful, fasting life until Jesus returns !!! Oh what a party that will be!! 
May 12, 2015
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Beth Leikus
Beth Leikus This map is AWESOME!! Thank you for a wonderful study!!
May 12, 2015
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Lorna Smetak
Lorna Smetak 1.)To have faith no matter what the circumstances are in life. 2.) He wanted the people to see and believe in what God can do. 3.) He needed time with his father, thank him and ask for continuance in guiding him in his teachings. No matter how well things are going for us, we always need to give thanks for what we do have. 4.) That they were set in their own beliefs and ways. Not to let things in our lives (money, clothing, vehicles etc.) become the main focus of our lives.
May 12, 2015
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Lorna Smetak
Lorna Smetak 5.) The disciples were with Jesus to learn about the good word but once he was no longer with them, they would pray for guidance. To me, Jesus was their word and the bible is our word. We still need to believe and pray for forgiveness and his will with our struggles of our daily lives (just as the disciples did when they had to deal with the non-believers and Pharisees). Good or bad we need to  seek him. 
May 12, 2015
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Daryl Donerson
Daryl Donerson Q1- This means to me that Jesus was showing them that all things are possible with Him, and they need to learn from Him by following and being His disciples, and the same goes for us.
May 12, 2015
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Daryl Donerson
Daryl Donerson Q2- As I continued to read verse 15 I noticed that one and I believe was the main reason the people came to Jesus was for healing. I believe Jesus did not want the people to be drawn to Him for healing, He wanted them to be drawn to what He was speaking in their lives, which was God's Kingdom.
May 12, 2015
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Jeanne Majors
Jeanne Majors When God meets our needs first then we are able to minister others more affectively.
May 13, 2015
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Jeanne Majors
Jeanne Majors You give what you can for the Lord knows what's in your heart
May 13, 2015
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Jeanne Majors
Jeanne Majors When the Devil confronts me (and he does in many forms) I shout "Get thee back Satan"
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Jeanne Majors
Jeanne Majors Everyone has contributed such insight into the Book of Luke. Thank you
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Lucille Jordan
Lucille Jordan If we seek Jesus first He will supply all of our needs. Jesus was not ready to be revealed to humanity. He was letting us know that we should take some time out to study and get in communication with The Father.   Unbelief blinded their eyes so .even with the miracles happening right in front of them the Pharisees were unable to see.    Like Jesus said they would have enough time to  fast and pray after His departure.  
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Deleted Member 2/ I asked my husband what he thought was the answer to question 2, and he said that Jesus came to the earth the first time to be a servant not seen as a king, but in His second coming He will come as a King. He didn't want the leopard man to tell anyone, so people wouldn't come to worship Him. He wanted to serve the people whether through healing, teaching or all the many other things He did. He set an example for us to be servants, in the sense that we should help one another. :):):)
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Deleted Member Amen, He wanted them to get to know Him for Who He was at that time. There would be time when He was gone, that they would truly need to fast and pray for guidance and strength they would need when He was no longer on this earth with them.
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Deleted Member hasn't it been wonderful, i so have learned so much.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Yes, I am so thankful that the impossible that I see, He can make it possible.
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Deleted Member We truly need to seek God more and more each day for His guidance and strength in our lives.
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Deleted Member Amen, even when we are having that mountain top experience and everything is going great in our lives, we should pray even more, because satan can try to stumble us, but if we are prayed up we don't have to pray through before we can ask for what we need. He loves us and wants us to pray so that we can communicate with Him. Just like we want our children to talk to us and ask us for things, so does Jesus.
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Amen sister so true!
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Deleted Member Yes, I love the maps too. It has taught me a lot.
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Deleted Member Amen, I too am waiting on that wonderful day when we no longer have to fight satan. 
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Deleted Member Amen, we must keep our eyes on Jesus and fall into satans trap.
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Deleted Member Amen, we truly need to spend time with Jesus everyday so that He can speak to us and guide our footsteps. Thank You Jesus for loving us:):):)
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Deleted Member Yes, many times we have to fast and pray so that we can draw closer to God. He may have something He wants us to do and we will need that extra strength from Him and that truly can come from fasting and praying.
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Deleted Member Amen, we must put our past, in the past, because when Jesus has forgiven us, He has forgotten it, never to be remembered no more. He wants us live closer to Him and grow spiritually to be a light throughout the world for Him.
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Debbie Hiemstra
Debbie Hiemstra Ques 4 Pharisees were well educated and sometimes our knowledge can blind us to the obvious. We are so busy with all the answers it is hard for us to hear God.Sometimes very smart people have to be brought low so they will have to look to God since they no longer have the answers. We have to be open to learn. 
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Debbie Hiemstra
Debbie Hiemstra Ques 3 It means that if Jesus had to draw away and talk to His father, then it is even more crucial that we do so
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Daryl Donerson
Daryl Donerson Q3a- It was necessary for Jesus because he still needed God's Strength and Guidance daily. Q3b- That means to us that if Jesus who was the Son of God needed to spend time with God daily, then we need to do the same, if not even more so we can have God's Guidance in our lives. This was just one of Jesus's examples that He shows us in His Word, that we should FOLLOW!!!!!!
May 13, 2015
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman 1.  Jesus will come to you where you are.  He understand you and will doesk your language.  
May 15, 2015
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman 2. I think people can be dazzled by miracles and not see the underlying message.
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman 3.  I think Jesus is showing us the importance of prayer, of seeking the Father's advice and spiritual strength before we act. 
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Sorry, doesk should be speak
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse 4. The Jewish leaders/teachers had added their own traditions to the Word of God, thus nullifying the Word of God
May 15, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Q4. Pride is causing the pharisees not to see the miracles done by Jesus thinking they are more of knowledge and education thus refusing to see that the LORD is with them
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Well stated, Beth. This is what I have always thought was the main reason as well.  I think Jesus wanted people to come for healing, not only because He cared about their pain, but because healing something can that be seen demonstrated His power to heal and forgive what cannot be seen in a person. 
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Yes! I love to see things put in their historical and geographic context. It really makes it come alive for me. 
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor #3: So He could just focus on talking and listening to His Father without distractions.  If you were talking seriously and intimately with your parent, would you rather do it in a crowded room where everyone is trying to talk to you, or in a place where you both could be alone? Makes sense to me.  Also I know for myself, I feel closer to God, and am best able to hear Him and talk to Him when I am outside surrounded by His creation.  One thing I love about winter being over is that I can now go outside most nights to pray before bed. Much better for me than being alone in a room.  But that's me. ;) 
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Daryl Donerson
Daryl Donerson Q4a- I always wondered about this, them seeing the miracles Jesus was doing and still not believing. 1) They were expecting a certain Messiah. 2) They were so religious that their hearts were hardened making them spiritually dead, not able to see or hear the spiritual message that Jesus was sending.
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Daryl Donerson
Daryl Donerson Q4b- We can continue to deepen our relationship with God and not allowing ourselves to be set in religious ways, only in God's ways.
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Daryl Donerson
Daryl Donerson Q5- The disciples didn't have to fast and pray while Jesus was on earth with them, so their relationship with Jesus was physically close, but after Jesus rose from earth then it was time for them to fast and pray to keep their relationship spiritually close to Jesus. Because Jesus isn't physically with us we need to fast and pray to keep our relationship close to Him.
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Yada (Wendy)
Yada (Wendy) Ya! My page is alive lol Thanks for the chrome tip
May 18, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell 1- Jesus, The Father meets us where we are, but will NOT leave us there. Hallelujah!! 2- would this have something to do with the same reason Jesus told His mother Mary, "... it is not yet time (the world will know soon enough)?" 3-  A lot of times taking time out from the flow of the day, from the situation, from life on life's terms requires Time with The Only One who Can provide comfort, peace, joy... in the mist of the 'storm'. 4- the Pharisees had The Word right before them. Their unbelief were the obstacles.  To day the simplest way to avoid this is to take God at His Word; it will Never return void. 5- do as Jesus did, as He instructed us to do. Fast, pray, meditate, and spread The Good News.
May 18, 2015