Ask Questions

Susan Hetrick

Read: Luke 2:41-52 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (v. 46) This is the only biblical passage that mentions Jesus’ childhood. However, we can learn a lot from this brief incident. Clearly Jesus was eager to learn, and got so caught up in a discussion he was having with the teachers in the temple, that he forgot to head home with his family! This was an …

Know Your Scriptures

Susan Hetrick

Read: Matthew 15:1-14 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you. (v. 7 NIV) In Jesus’ day, the written Scriptures were rare. If a town or village was fortunate, they might possess one scroll of one book from the Hebrew Bible, and it was safely kept in a niche in the synagogue. If you wanted to learn Scripture, you went to the synagogue, memorized what was read aloud on the Sabbath, and discussed the Scriptures with the rabbi …

Share Meals

Susan Hetrick

Read: Mark 2:13-17 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples . . . (v. 15 NIV) Jesus shared meals with many people. He had a very full social calendar. Between wedding feasts, dinners with Pharisees, impromptu lunches in the field, and cookouts on the beach, Jesus “broke bread” with thousands of people. Much of Jesus’ ministry and teaching occurred over meals. Whether he was having theological discussions …

Go on Retreats

Susan Hetrick

Read: Matthew 4:1-11 But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (v. 4 NIV) Jesus was a master at taking retreats. In the Gospels you will often find Jesus leaving his companions and going off alone to pray (Mark 1:35), trekking into the wilderness (Luke 4:1-2), or climbing mountains to be alone with God (Matt. 14:23; Luke 9:28; John 6:15). A retreat is an …

Pay Attention to the Little Things

Susan Hetrick

Read: Luke 8:40-56 Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” (v. 46) Jesus had a habit of paying attention to the little things. He knew that the little things are the big things. Even though he was walking through a crowd he felt a tiny, hesitant tug on his cloak. Most people would have thought nothing of it. Jesus, however, stopped and asked who touched him. Not only did Jesus feel her …

Pray

Susan Hetrick

Read: Hebrews 4:14-16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (v. 16) All four Gospels say that Jesus prayed. Typically he was alone when he prayed, so we don’t know exactly what he prayed for. However, we can surmise a lot from what is written about Jesus’ prayer practice. The Gospels say Jesus prayed before choosing his disciples. He prayed before …