Category Archives: Following Jesus

GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – Temptation

READ: Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12,13; Luke 4:1-13 Jesus has just been baptized and declared to be the beloved Son of God. He is full of the Holy Spirit and that same Spirit drives Him into the Judean wilderness to be … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – To Fulfill All Righteousness

READ: Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22 In today’s passage Jesus is baptized by John. Both Matthew and Mark’s accounts of the baptism make it clear that Jesus very deliberately came to John to be baptized. There is much uncertainty … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – To Speak the Truth

READ: Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-20 Today I’m recalling this prophecy spoken by the angel Gabriel to Zechariah and recorded in Luke 1:14-17, “He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – Obedience

READ: Luke 2:40-52 I’m a bit surprised at everything today’s reading raises up in me. I so relate to Mary in this passage. I can feel the terror of being a full day away from Jerusalem only to realize my … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – Refugees

READ: Matthew 2:1-12; Matthew 2:13-23; Luke 2:39 God provides for His son. Sometime after Jesus was born in Bethlehem Magi come to visit Him. The time is set as during the time King Herod is alive, so this would be … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – The Devout Life

READ: Luke 2:21-39 The passage today takes us into Joseph and Mary’s life with their firstborn son. It begins as a step back into a routine and devoted life. On the eighth day Jesus is circumcised and given his name, … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – Do Not Be Afraid

  READ: Luke 2:1-20 This story weaves through the years of my life read and re-read, told and re-told. And yet, even in this reading a new understanding captures me. The first sentences actually drew me in. The history of … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – Prequel #4

READ: Luke 1:39-86 Can you feel it? The story is rapidly approaching a climax. I love it that the story unfolds from the point of view of pregnancy. “After his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – Prequel #3

READ: Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25 Yesterday the story of a couple ‘well along in years’ spoke to me. Today it is the story of a young couple, just starting life together. This story is different, yet there is a very … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS from Claudia: Following Jesus – Prequel #2

READ: Luke 1:5-25 Today I got stopped in the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. In so many ways this is the story of an ordinary man and woman. Likely the story touches me so much because scripture says “…they were … Continue reading

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