Daily Readings

Maybe you’ve heard that we should “trust in Jesus.” But do you? Aaron Shust digs into these questions and sheds light on why we buy into the lie that Jesus isn’t trustworthy.

 

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Jesus is never going to disappoint. When He is my starting point, everything else falls into perspective.

Luke 6:46-49

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

Tap here to finish Luke 6 from the Immerse Bible!

Note: If you’ve read the Bible before, you may notice there are no chapter or verse marks in today’s reading. We got this idea from the Immerse Bible. They’ve taken the entire story of Jesus and stripped it of all distractions – this way it’s a more relaxed read. Like you’re reading a beautiful story. You should check it out! 

When his brother went to prison, Wally (from The Wally Show) felt embarrassment and anger. But God showed Wally that there was more than just one messed up person in this equation – but Jesus could redeem both.

 

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You’re messed up. I’m messed up. But that means Jesus came for you and for me. You get a taste of that in today’s reading.

Luke 5:27-32

Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”

Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

Tap here to finish Luke 5 from the Immerse Bible!

Jesus can’t possibly understand the temptations you face in today’s culture… right? Carlos (from The Carlos & Joy Show) used to think that. But he was wrong.

 

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Following Jesus means learning to deal with temptation like He did: spending time in prayer, fasting, and combatting it with God’s Word. See firsthand how Jesus was tempted and how He responded in today’s reading.

Luke 4:1-13

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.

Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’”

Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the Lord your God
and serve only him.’”
Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you.
And they will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”
Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.

Tap here to finish Luke 4 from the Immerse Bible!

Meet Pastor Dave! Not only does he make some great points about today’s reading, but he shares his own story of meeting Jesus, too. He learned about this topic by seeing it play out in his own life.

 

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Jesus didn’t have to be baptized. He’s the Son of God after all! But He chose to lead by example. You can find comfort in the fact that He understands the steps you need to take.

Luke 3:21-22

One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”

Tap here to finish Luke 3 from the Immerse Bible!

Pastor Dave leads the prayer ministry for World’s Biggest Small Group and WAY Media. If you need prayer or would like to come alongside others and pray for their needs, check out the Prayer Wall!

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Do you ever find yourself doing one thing, but wishing you were somewhere else?

Bekah (from The Wally Show) has struggled with her share of impatience. But it turns out there’s something vital she missed by wishing away the present.

 

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We know that Jesus didn’t come to earth and die right away. He grew and realized there is purpose in the waiting. You’ll see that today in Luke 2.

Luke 2:41-52

Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.

When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.”

“But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they didn’t understand what he meant.

Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

Tap here to finish Luke 2 from the Immerse Bible!

Note: If you’ve read the Bible before, you may notice there are no chapter or verse marks in today’s reading. We got this idea from the Immerse Bible. They’ve taken the entire story of Jesus and stripped it of all distractions – this way it’s a more relaxed read. Like you’re reading a beautiful story. You should check it out! 

If you struggle with anxiety and figuring out God’s will for your life – today’s topic is for you!

Wally from The Wally Show sheds some light on this first thing you need to know about Jesus. He shares how a strange career move changed the way he sees God’s will and any problem you may face today.

 

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This series is going to walk you through the life of Jesus and the entire book of Luke. We’ll focus on one excerpt each day, but encourage you to read the whole chapter to get to know Jesus even better!

In today’s reading (Luke 1,) you’ll see the totally unexpected way Jesus entered the world. For the people involved, it seemed totally out of control. He didn’t come in the shape of a triumphant king, wiping out all enemies of God’s people. He came in humble and kind of bizarre way… and it was totally on purpose.

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail.”

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Tap here to finish Luke 1 from the Immerse Bible!

Note: If you’ve read the Bible before, you may notice there are no chapter or verse marks in today’s reading. We got this idea from the Immerse Bible. They’ve taken the entire story of Jesus and stripped it of all distractions – this way it’s a more relaxed read. Like you’re reading a beautiful story. You should check it out! 

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Forgiveness: Is it possible?

If you’ve ever been hurt. If you’ve ever hurt someone else. If you’ve ever been too hard on yourself. You’re in the right place.

Start your journey to forgiveness!

 

Beyond Suffering

If you’re going through one of the darkest or most confusing times in your life – or walking alongside someone else who is – this study is for you.

Start your journey to hope!

 

1. Make a commitment to embrace forgiveness.

If you have been challenged to…

  • Let go of a grudge
  • Start giving your bitterness to Jesus each morning
  • Reconcile with an old friend
  • Start showing kindness to someone who wronged you
  • Finally forgive yourself for past mistakes

… or any other form of forgiveness, we want you to take a tangible step to commit to embracing forgiveness. And we want to pray for you.

Text “Forgiven” to 855-339-2936 right now. You are drawing a line in the sand that you are committed to offering, seeking, and accepting forgiveness.

We’ll pray for you as you continue your forgiveness journey! Seriously, there is power in prayer and we want to pray specifically for you.

2. There’s one story left.

Read the greatest forgiveness story of all time in John 17-20. Whether it’s your first time or hundredth time reading the story, it will show you just how much God loves you and just how much He sacrificed to make sure you have a clean slate.

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Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Go Deep

You never know what’s going on inside the other person… or what God’s plans are for you. Justin Paul and JJ Weeks ended their friendship over 7 years ago, but today they’re sitting at the same table.