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Come Back to the Temple Court This Easter!

Read: Matthew 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–17; and Luke 19:45–48

Jesus gives the people an interesting perspective about the Temple. “And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers’ ” (Mark 11:17).

Come to My Place this Easter

Read: Matthew 26:17–19 and Luke 22:10–12

He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house’ ” (Matthew 26:18 NIV).

Reflect: Hospitality is known as a great Southern tradition. We enjoy opening our homes to friends and families and take great efforts to prepare our houses to entertain our guests. It is much less common to open our homes to complete strangers.  

Come Back to the Garden this Easter

Read: Matthew 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:39-46

“Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners’” (Matthew 26:45 NIV).

Reflect: My dear friends were leaving the country, and we were taking them to the airport late one night. It was a difficult time for them, and I knew it. We had served with them, and we loved them dearly.  It was one of those times when I needed to go to the airport, and yet, I was exhausted.

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