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Thank you for visiting this page. The pastors at Stanwich believe being in God's Word every day is an opportunity to draw closer to the wisdom, beauty, and goodness we all desire in our lives.  This devotional, even if only for 5 short minutes, is a way for you and our entire Stanwich community to draw near to our Lord and Savior. I encourage you to set a reminder on your calendar to visit this page daily or sign up to receive the daily newsletter. 


Blessings - Pastor David



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Daily Verse

Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

Mark 3:1–6


Daily Reflection

Some in the crowd questioned Jesus’ authority to heal the injured man’s hand on the Sabbath, but he quickly turned the table on them by asking a straightforward question: “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” The religious leaders had replaced principle with rules that did not promote goodness and justice. If a rule prohibits us from saving a life, then the rule prevents us from understanding God’s principle behind the rule. Rules detached from God’s principle of light, life, and love will not save life, nor will such rules bring about justice. Notice that Jesus’ anger arose from the fact that his detractors had “stubborn hearts.” Their blind adherence to man-made rules had turned them into enemies of God. This is why they decided to conspire with the Herodians to kill Jesus.


  Food For Thought



Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place. For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.

Genesis 19:12-14


Takeaway Question

Was there any time during Jesus' life that he was accepted by the ruling class of that time? Can you identify other instances where those in power were plotting to arrest Jesus?

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