Pioneer Devotionals

Pioneer devos for MNU students and friends

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The Word Became Flesh
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The Witness of John the Baptist
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The Eternal Word
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The Ascension of Jesus
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Jesus Final Appearance & Commission
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Jesus Meets a Couple Going to Emmaus
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Jesus Has Risen
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The Burial
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Jesus’ Death
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The Crucifixion

The Word Became Flesh

John 1:14 By Ron Jackson 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John could not have written these words without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. These are God inspired and God breathed words. God’s eternal “Word” becomes a human and lives among other humans. Only God himself could make something like that happen, much less dream something like that up. Eugene Peterson in The Message translates the verse this way “The Word became[…]

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The Witness of John the Baptist

John 1:6-13 By Ron Jackson 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. John was not the light; he was a witness of the light and reflection of the light. Jesus was the light, the true light. John takes a backseat and steps out of the light so Jesus will shine that much brighter. Luke tells us in his gospel that John the Baptist was[…]

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The Eternal Word

John 1:1-5 By Ron Jackson 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John opens his gospel with these words “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 NIV) If the phrase “in the beginning” sounds familiar, it is because those same words are used in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1 NIV) John uses this well-known phrase to remind his readers who[…]

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The Ascension of Jesus

Luke 24:50-53 By Kelvin St. John 50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. Between the Resurrection and the Ascension to heaven, Christ lived on our earth for 40 days. During this time he was seen by 500 followers. We only have record of him performing one miracle. There is no record of people being healed. No turning water into wine or crowds being feed from a few loaves of bread and a few fish. The one miracle[…]

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Jesus Final Appearance & Commission

Luke 24:36-49 By Kelvin St. John 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Imagine you were one of the 12 apostles. In one day, one of your close friends, Judas Iscariot, betrays Christ, realizes his mistake and hangs himself the same day Jesus, your teacher, your rabbi, is crucified. The Bible does not tell us if any of the remaining apostles helped prepare Judas’ body for burial. I’d like to think they did. At the same time, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took Jesus’ body from the[…]

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Jesus Meets a Couple Going to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35 By Kelvin St. John 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. The crucifixion destroyed all hope Jesus’ disciples had for him to overthrow the Roman tyrants. It was time to go home and get back to the “old normal.” Cleopas and his traveling companion, very possibly his wife, Mary (John 19:25), were headed home to Emmaus, about a two-hour walk. A fellow Jew overtakes them and asks what[…]

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Jesus Has Risen

Luke 24:1-12 By Kelvin St. John 4 …suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Imagine the women’s surprise when they found no body in the open tomb. Yesterday’s passage carefully explained the women were not at the wrong tomb. Surprise gave way to pure terror when “suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.” No[…]

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The Burial

Luke 23:50-58 By Kelvin St. John 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. Luke began his Gospel telling u he interviewed eyewitnesses of Christ’s life (Luke 1:1-4). He wrote an orderly account so we may know with certainty the Gospel is true. In today’s passage, Luke tells us Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the Jewish top governing body, the Sanhedrin. They condemned Jesus to death. However, Joseph did not agree with them. Amazingly,[…]

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Jesus’ Death

Luke 23:44-49 By Ron Jackson 46 “…, When he had said this, he breathed his last.” In all our writing, thinking, singing, praying to and preaching about Jesus we often miss one important fact. The fact we most often miss and even sometimes ignore is though we believe Jesus was God, 100% God, we also affirm he was human, 100 % human. We affirm both those truths by faith. However, if the truth be told, we stress and emphasis his divinity usually at the exclusion of his humanity. We often see Jesus as some kind of hybrid super hero God-Man creature.[…]

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The Crucifixion

Luke 23:26 -43 By Ron Jackson 33 “When they came to the place called the SKULL, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left.” … there they crucified him. I don’t believe we grasp the full impact of what Luke and those who heard and those early believers really understood when they heard the word “crucified.” Crucifixion was a common occurrence in those days. The Romans and others used it to punish political or religious agitators. It was a particularly gruesome form of capital punishment (as if there are forms of[…]

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