Devotions for May 3, 2016

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Matthew 13:53-58

When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. 54 He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” 55 Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56 All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” 57 And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” 58 And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: How did the people react to Jesus’ teaching? Is their attitude similar to those who say that God can’t or doesn’t want to do miraculous acts today?

Q: What affect did the people’s lack of faith have on the ministry of Jesus there? Do you have a heart that questions’ Jesus healing in your life?

Q: In what ways can you encourage yourself and the people in your life to believe in the God of Possible rather than impossible?

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