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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 22, 2012

The Christmas story evokes so many beautiful emotions in us this time of year. For those who have eyes to see, Jesus' humble birth fills us with joy and stuns us with amazement. What churned in the heart of the LORD of glory to be born in such lowliness?

Amazement was also a common reaction of many in the four Gospel accounts. Whether it was because of Jesus' gracious words and wisdom (Luke 4:22) or His miraculous deeds (Matthew 8:27; Luke 9:43; Luke 24:41), the crowds, single individuals, and His inner core of disciples were constantly astonished by Him.

The events...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on June 6, 2017

After His resurrection, the Jesus appears to His disciples several times, giving undeniable proof that He has risen from the dead. This episode details the final two appearances recorded by the Gospels, including His appearance to Thomas as well as to the disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus' well-known, three-times repeated words to Peter, "do you love me?" are also examined.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on July 26, 2016

On the journey back into Jerusalem on Tuesday morning of Passion Week, Peter sees the fig tree that Jesus cursed the previous morning. The object lesson here is often misunderstood, but is straightforward when the larger story of the Gospels is considered. Jesus then explains what the disciples' response must be - one of persevering, prayerful faith in God and reliance upon all He has spoken through the Law and Prophets. This episode examines the scene and Jesus' words from Mark 11.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on May 19, 2015

In Matthew's version of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches His disciples to pray. Though what is often known as "The Lord's Prayer" was actually spoken to the disciples at a much later point in Jesus' ministry, Matthew includes it in his compilation of Jesus' teachings in Matthew 5-7. This episode examines the final few petitions of the Lord's Prayer.

A deeper teaching on the Lord's prayer: http://danieltrainingnetwork.org/lords-prayer-pt1/

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on May 12, 2015

In Matthew's version of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches His disciples to pray. Though what is often known as "The Lord's Prayer" was actually spoken to the disciples at a much later point in Jesus' ministry, Matthew includes it in his compilation of Jesus' teachings in Matthew 5-7. This episode examines the first few petitions of the Lord's Prayer.

A deeper teaching on the Lord's prayer: http://danieltrainingnetwork.org/lords-prayer-pt1/

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Posted on September 17, 2013

Who wrote Matthew and when was it written? What are some of the key themes of Matthew's Gospel? In this episode of Opening Up the Gospels, I give a very brief overview of some of the important points we should understand as we seek to construct a chronological narrative of Jesus' life from the Gospels. The most important point to know about Matthew's Gospel is that it is arranged thematically and topically, not chronologically.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on October 22, 2012

Call it "devotions", "secret place", or "quiet time", our hearts always seem to struggle to maintain time alone with God. If our weak heart and the devil's distraction is not enough, our modern society and culture is also geared to pull us away from solitude. As I wrote about last month, there's enough trinkets, toys, new models, new movies, and new things coming out to numb us to our boredom. Sometimes we find it almost impossible to find that "alone" time with the Lord because there's always one more person to network with, one more email to send, one more phone call to make, or one...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on February 16, 2012

Since the Renaissance and the Enlightenment when numerous scientific discoveries and social advancements were made, Western culture has increasingly been marked by progress, convenience, and abundance. According to the UNU-WIDER study on The World Distribution of Household Wealth from December 2006, America and Europe comprise only 15% of the world's total population yet possess 66% of the world's wealth. Information is accessible at our fingertips or just down the road in a library. We ate breakfast this morning and don't have to worry about where...

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Posted on January 30, 2012

Sin, Satan, culture, and even a well-meaning church have all challenged the biblical understanding of God as a tender Father, sovereign King, passionate Bridegroom, and jealous Judge. We’ve believed lies to one extent or another, which has caused us to approach prayer like we would approach a vending machine. Our quantity of prayer and zeal in prayer become two sides of the coin we insert into the vending machine called “God”. Almost automatically, we believe when we press the right combination of buttons by praying with the right scriptures and fasting a large number of days, God is...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on April 27, 2011

Scripture’s hush regarding the first 30 years of Jesus’ life can speak volumes to us if we have ears to listen (see my earlier article here). There is a great feast of the knowledge of God at the table of Christ’s early years as a growing man. Various facets of His family life, the customs of Galilee, the geography of Nazareth, and the religious culture of the Jewish people collectively paint for us an informative picture of what Jesus’ days might have been like. The loud silence heard in these...

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