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A Real Death For A Real Atonement -- John 19 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Which is more important, the death of Jesus, or the resurrection of Jesus?
He's Alive -- Acts 1:3 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
"He is risen!
Don't Walk By -- John 9:1-7 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
One day as Jesus is walking along, he sees a man, blind from birth. The story is found in John 9.
Dimensions For Growth -- Luke 2:51-52 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Just as the details about Mary were sparse, the details about Jesus' growing up years are also very
Waiting For Jesus -- Matthew 24 and 25 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Matthew 25 begins with Jesus telling a story about a bridegroom being delayed as he was on his way t
As You Are Going -- Matthew 28:18-20 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
The Secret Of The Kingdom -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Reading the Gospels, it would seem that telling parables was Jesus' favorite teaching method.
The Urgency Of Our Mission -- Mark 16:9-20 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
The ending of Mark has posed interesting problems for Bible scholars and students throughout the age
Things Of True Value -- Matthew 13:44-46 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Treasure. Just the word alone is enough to spark daydreams and fantasies.
We Are Witnesses -- Luke 24:44 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
As we examined the Great Commissions in Matthew and Mark, we noted how each version matches the styl
Good Guys And Bad Guys -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Gary Larson, creator of the comic strip Far Side, produced a strip in which we see God in his
That Is How I Send You -- John 20:21-23 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
In my third year at seminary, as I was doing my morning devotions and Bible reading, I came to John
Risk And Reward -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Every few years, we hear sermons during the stewardship season based on the parable of the talents.
The Greater Miracle -- Mark 2:1-12 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
When we read the stories from the early part of Jesus' ministry, we begin to understand why his life
There's No Place Like Home -- Luke 15:11-32 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Home. Home is where the heart is. Home conjures up lots of images for us, doesn't it?
You Make The Call -- Mark 5:1-20 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
The old-timers probably knew the story of the demoniac in detail. Let's call him Caliphys.
Do You See The King? -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Just to get perspective, Matthew records about fifteen parables in his Gospel.
Recognizing True Authority -- Matthew 8:5-13 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Like the account of the paralytic and his four friends, here is another miracle where the faith of a
Your Money Or Your Life -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
As with other parables of Jesus, the parable of the rich man and Lazarus is best understood in its w
Why Couldn't We Cast It Out? -- Mark 9:14-29 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Jesus, along with Peter, James, and John, are away on a trip up the mountain.
Equally Saved -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
To understand this parable, it is necessary to review the passage before this parable.
What To Do On Sunday -- Matthew 12:9-14 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there
She Said Yes -- Luke 1:46b-55 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
I wonder when Mary realized what she had gotten into by saying yes.
What Will Become Of This Child? -- Luke 1:67-80 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Four hundred years is a long time to wait, don't you think?
Excuses, Excuses -- Luke 14:15-24 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Perhaps before attending this banquet, Jesus should have read his Emily Post.

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