Thriving Spiritually

A significant number of men and women whom I have met over the years from different parts of the world have been deeply hurt while associated with various religious movements. For some, their experiences have been of a nature that seems to have robbed them of every vestige of faith they once may have had. Others, within these movements or presently no longer associated with them, find themselves in a state of emotional and mental upheaval. Among those undergoing distress are exemplary men and women who sincerely want to live lives that reflect favorably on God and on his Son, the one whom they recognize as having died for them. At times, they feel very much alone, fearful, and helpless. God and his Son do know how many such men and women there are in the world and their need for a compassionate response.

The information in this section, A New Start in the Spiritual Journey, A Look at Revelation, and Jesus Christ, God’s Unique Son (based on Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), is being provided in the hope that it may serve to comfort and reassure persons who are no strangers to suffering but who desire to grow and flourish spiritually.

A New Start in the Spiritual Journey

A Look at Revelation

Messages to the Seven Congregations (2:1-3:22)

Beyond the Open Door (4:1-11)

The Sealed Scroll and the Lamb (5:1-14)

The Opening of the Six Seals (6:1-17)

Who Is Able to Stand? (7:1-17)

The Opening of the Seventh Seal (8:1-9:21)

The Angel With the Small Scroll (10:1-11)

Two Witnesses (11:1-14)

Sounding of the Seventh Trumpet (11:15-19)

The Woman Gives Birth (12:1-17)

Two Beasts (12:18-13:18)

The Lamb and the 144,000 (14:1-5)

Three Angelic Proclamations (14:6-12)

The Dead in the Lord (14:13)

A Harvest Under Christ’s Direction (14:14-16)

Harvesting the Vine of the Earth (14:17-20)

Seven Angels With the Seven Last Plagues (15:1-8)

The Seven Bowls (16:1-21)

The Harlot, Babylon the Great (17:1-18)

Widespread Effects From the Fall of Babylon the Great (18:1-24)

Heaven Resounds With Praise (19:1-10)

The “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” Wages War (19:11-21)

The “Old Serpent” Is Abyssed (20:1-3)

The Participants in the First Resurrection (20:4-6)

The Release of Satan and Its Outcome (20:7-10)

The Resurrection and Judgment of the Dead (20:11-15)

A New Heaven and a New Earth (21:1-27)

The River of Water of Life and Christ’s Assurance (22:1-21)

Jesus Christ, God’s Unique Son

Before John’s Ministry Started

Gabriel’s Announcement of John’s Birth (Luke 1:5-25)

Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary (Luke 1:26-38)

Mary Visits Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56)

John’s Birth and His Father’s Prophetic Words (Luke 1:57-79)

Joseph’s Response to Mary’s Pregnancy (Matthew 1:18-25)

Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-20)

Genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38)

Joseph and Mary Fulfill the Requirements of the Law (Luke 2:21-38)

Arrival of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12)

The Flight to Egypt and Herod’s Rage (Matthew 2:13, 14, 16-18)

Departure From Egypt and Residence in Nazareth (Matthew 2:15, 19-23; Luke 2:39-52)

John’s Preparatory Activity

The “Light” Is About to Appear (John 1:6-13; Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-18)

The Baptism of Jesus and His Time in the Wilderness (Matthew 3:13-4:11; Mark 1:9-13; Luke 3:21-23; 4:1-13)

John Focuses Attention on Jesus (John 1:19-37)

Jesus’ Activity Begins

Jesus’ First Disciples (John 1:14-18; 38-51)

The First “Sign” (John 2:1-11)

Stopover in Capernaum and Passover in Jerusalem (John 2:12-25)

The Visit of Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)

Jesus’ Disciples Do Baptizing and John “Decreases” (John 3:22-36; 4:1-3)

In Samaria (John 4)

Return to Galilee and Jesus’ Activity There

The Second “Sign” in Galilee (John 4:43-54)

Return to Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30)

Jesus Invites Peter, Andrew, James and John to Be Fishers of Men (Luke 5:1-11)

In the Synagogue of Capernaum (Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37)

Healing Peter’s Mother-in-Law and Other Afflicted Ones (Matthew 8:14-17; Mark 1:29-39; Luke 4:38-44)

Healing a Leper (Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16)

Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26)

Jesus Calls Matthew to Follow Him (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17; Luke 5:27-32)

In Jerusalem (John 5)

Back in Galilee

Jesus’ Disciples Pick Ears of Grain on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5)

Jesus Heals a Man’s Hand on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11)

Jesus Cures Many by the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 12:15-21; Mark 3:7-11)

Choosing the Twelve (Matthew 10:1-4; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16)

Jesus’ Activity With His Disciples in Galilee (Matthew 4:23-25; Luke 6:17-19)

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29; Luke 6:20-49)

Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12; Luke 6:20-26)

“Salt of the Earth” (Matthew 5:13)

“Light of the World” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Jesus Came to Fulfill the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17-20)

Murder and Anger (Matthew 5:21, 22)

Peace With God and One’s Brother (Matthew 5:23, 24)

Settling Disputes (Matthew 5:25, 26)

Adultery and Divorce (Matthew 5:27-32)

Oaths (Matthew 5:33-37)

Retaliation and Liberality (Matthew 5:38-42; Luke 6:29, 30)

Love (Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27, 28, 32-36)

Rightly Motivated Giving (Matthew 6:1-4)

Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)

Fasting (Matthew 6:16-18)

Treasure (Matthew 6:19-21)

The Eye (Matthew 6:22, 23)

Two Masters (Matthew 6:24)

Worry (Matthew 6:25-34)

Judging (Matthew 7:1-6; Luke 6:37-42)

God’s Answering of Prayer (Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:9-13)

The “Golden Rule” (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31)

Two Roads (Matthew 7:13, 14)

Identifying Fruit (Matthew 7:15-23; Luke 6:43-46)

The Right Foundation (Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49)

Miracles and Continued Activity in Galilee

Healing the Centurion’s Servant (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10)

Resurrection of a Widow’s Only Son (Luke 7:11-17)

John’s Inquiry and Jesus’ Reply (Matthew 11:2-19; Luke 7:18-35)

Jesus’ Response to Unbelief (Matthew 11:20-30; Luke 10:13-15, 21, 22)

In the Home of Simon, a Pharisee (Luke 7:36-50)

Women Who Accompanied Jesus and His Apostles (Luke 8:1-3)

Misrepresented as Being in League with the Demons (Matthew 12:22-50; Mark 3:20-35)

Jesus’ Use of Parables (Matthew 13:1-52; Mark 4:1-34; Luke 8:4-18)

Sower (Matthew 13:3-23; Mark 4:3-20; Luke 8:5-15)

Wheat and Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43)

A Lighted Lamp (Mark 4:21-25; Luke 8:16-18)

The Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29)

Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31, 32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18, 19)

Leaven (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20, 21)

The Extent Jesus Used Parables (Matthew 13:34, 35; Mark 4:33, 34)

Treasure Hidden in the Field (Matthew 13:44)

Pearl (Matthew 13:45, 46)

Dragnet (Matthew 13:47-50)

Things New and Old (Matthew 13:51, 52)

Ending a Storm and Healing Demoniacs (Matthew 8:18, 23-34; Mark 4:35-41; 5:1-20; Luke 8:22-39)

Hemorrhaging Woman, Jairus’s Daughter, Two Blind Men, and a Mute Man (Matthew 9:18-34; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56)

Return to Nazareth (Matthew 13:54-58; Mark 6:1-6)

The Twelve Sent Forth (Matthew 9:35-11:1; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6)

Death of John (Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9)

Jesus Meets Apostles (Matthew 14:13; Mark 6:30, 31; Luke 9:10; John 6:1-4)

Jesus Provides Food for Thousands (Matthew 14:14-21; Mark 6:34-46; Luke 9:11-17; John 6:3-15)

Jesus Walks on Water (Matthew 14:23-33; Mark 6:46-52; John 6:16-21)

Many Are Healed (Matthew 14:34-36; Mark 6:53-56)

Many Take Offense at Jesus’ Teaching (John 6:22-71)

Pharisees and Scribes Challenge Jesus About Tradition (Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23)

Response to a Syrophoenician Woman (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30)

Many Healed and Thousands Fed (Matthew 15:29-39; Mark 7:31-37; 8:1-10)

Demand for a Sign (Matthew 16:1-4; Mark 8:11-13)

Disciples Misunderstand Jesus’ Words About Leaven (Matthew 16:5-12; Mark 8:14-21)

Progressively Restoring a Blind Man’s Sight (Mark 8:22-26)

In the Vicinity of Caesarea Philippi

Peter’s Confession and Christ’s Response (Matthew 16:13-19; Mark 8:27-29; Luke 9:18-20)

Jesus’ Future Suffering and Transfiguration (Matthew 16:20-28; 17:1-13; Mark 8:30-38; 9:1-13; Luke 9:20-36)

Curing an Epileptic Boy (Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43)

Jesus Returns to Galilee and Teaches His Disciples (Matthew 17:22, 23; Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:43-45)

The Temple Tax (Matthew 17:24-27)

Jesus’ Teaching About Greatness (Matthew 18:1-5; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48)

Warning About Stumbling (Matthew 18:6-9; Mark 9:38-50; Luke 9:49, 50)

The Preciousness of “Little” or Insignificant Ones (Matthew 18:10-20)

Forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-35)

To Jerusalem (John 7:1-10; Matthew 8:19-22; Luke 9:51-62) and Then at the Temple

At the Festival of Tabernacles (John 7:11-52 [also 7:53-8:11])

“The Light of the World” and the One Who Sets Free (John 8:12-59)

The Blind Man (John 9:1-41)

The Caring Shepherd (John 10:1-21)

Continued Activity in and Near Jerusalem and Other Areas of Judea

The 70 (or 72) Sent Out (Luke 10:1-24)

Parable of the Compassionate Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

In Bethany at the Home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42)

Prayer (Luke 11:1-13)

Jesus’ Response to Misrepresentation and Unbelief (Luke 11:14-36)

In the Home of a Pharisee (Luke 11:37-54)

Leaven of the Pharisees and Proper Fear (Luke 12:1-12)

Warning About Coveting (Luke 12:13-21)

Anxiety and Fear (Luke 12:22-34)

Watchful, Faithful, and Disloyal Slaves (Luke 12:35-48)

Divisions (Luke 12:49-53)

Discerning the Time and Taking Action (Luke 12:54-59)

The Urgency of Repentance (Luke 13:1-9)

Healing a Crippled Woman and Teaching with Parables (Luke 13:10-22)

Festival of Dedication (John 10:22-39)

Jesus’ Activity After Leaving Jerusalem (Luke 13:23-17:10; John 10:40-42)

Jesus’ Answer to a Question About Salvation (Luke 13:23-30)

Certain Pharisees Warn Jesus (Luke 13:31-35)

As a Guest in a Pharisee’s Home (Luke 14:1-24)

Considering the Cost of Discipleship (Luke 14:25-35)

Joy Over Repentant Sinners (Luke 15:1-32)

Parable of the Dishonest Steward (Luke 16:1-13)

Reaction of Pharisees and Jesus’ Response (Luke 16:14-18)

The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)