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Co nte nts ■■ How to Use This Book................................................................................................................... 6 ■■ Jesus Sends Out the Twelve......................................................................................................... 7 Matthew 10:5-10 Jesus calls us to be his partners in ministry. ■■ Feeding the 5,000. ......................................................................................................................... 9 Matthew 14:15-21 Only Jesus can feed our starving souls. ■■ Jesus Walks on Water................................................................................................................. 11 Matthew 14:22-33 When we give Jesus our doubts, he strengthens our faith. ■■ The Workers in the Vineyard....................................................................................................... 13 Matthew 20:1-16 God’s grace goes far beyond anything we can find in this world. ■■ Jesus Heals a Paralytic............................................................................................................... 15 Mark 2:1-12; John 20:30, 31 Jesus has the power to do what others can only promise. ■■ Jesus Calms the Storm............................................................................................................... 17 Mark 4:35-41 Even nature submits to the rule of Jesus. ■■ Jesus Restores a Girl’s Life........................................................................................................ 19 Mark 5:21-43 Even death submits to the rule of Jesus. ■■ Jesus and the Faith of a Foreigner............................................................................................. 21 Mark 7:24-30 Believe boldly! ■■ Jesus Heals a Blind Man............................................................................................................. 23 Mark 8:22-26 Jesus is always at work in our lives, changing us one step at a time. ■■ Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus ................................................................................................... 25 Mark 10:46-52 Jesus offers mercy to all who come to him. ■■ The Sower, the Seed, and the Soil.............................................................................................. 27 Luke 8:4-15 After the seed of Christ is planted, it needs to grow. ■■ Jesus Calls for Commitment....................................................................................................... 29 Luke 9:57-62 When we decide to follow Jesus, life will never be the same again.

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■■ Jesus Meets Zacchaeus.............................................................................................................. 31 Luke 19:1-10 Jesus’ church is filled with people the rest of the world rejects. ■■ Jesus and the Thief on the Cross............................................................................................... 33 Luke 23:32-43 It is never too late to seek Jesus. ■■ Ten Lepers Ask for Help.............................................................................................................. 35 Luke 17:11-19 Jesus deserves our gratitude. ■■ The Pharisee and the Tax Collector............................................................................................ 37 Luke 18:9-14 As we approach God in prayer, we need to be sure our hearts are right. ■■ Jesus Meets a Woman at the Well.............................................................................................. 39 John 4:7-42 Obedience is the only qualification for one to minister in the name of Jesus. ■■ Jesus Forgives a Woman Caught in Adultery............................................................................ 41 John 8:1-11 God’s rules are meant to make us like him, not to make others like us. ■■ Jesus Teaches about Serving Others......................................................................................... 43 John 13:3-17 A life of service is the highest of callings. ■■ The Crucifixion............................................................................................................................. 45 John 19:31-42 The New Testament account of Jesus’ crucifixion has all the marks of reliable reporting. ■■ The Church Begins...................................................................................................................... 47 Acts 1:1-5; 2:1-39 The same God who was at work in the birth of the church works in the church today. ■■ The Church’s Practices............................................................................................................... 49 Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35 Today’s church needs to copy the healthy habits seen in the early church. ■■ Stephen Is Martyred.................................................................................................................... 51 Acts 6:8-15; 7:51-8:2 We must be willing to speak out about God no matter the cost. ■■ The First Gentile Christians. ....................................................................................................... 53 Acts 10:1-48 God’s kingdom is available to all who accept him. ■■ Opportunities in Philippi. ............................................................................................................ 55 Acts 16:16-34 We need to take advantage of every opportunity to share the good news. ■■ Correcting Misunderstandings................................................................................................... 57 Acts 19:1-10 Before we give answers to others, we need to understand their questions. ■■ The Resurrection......................................................................................................................... 59 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Jesus rose from the dead, just as he said he would.

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■■ By Works or Faith? . .................................................................................................................... 61 Romans 4:1-8 Trying to earn God’s favor is futile. ■■ About Law and Sin....................................................................................................................... 63 Romans 5:12-21 We are saved by the work of Jesus and not by observing the law. ■■ From Salvation to Glorification................................................................................................... 65 Romans 8:28-39 God is not finished with us yet. ■■ Is Christianity Just Another Religion?........................................................................................ 67 Galatians 1:6-24 The good news of Jesus is superior to man-made religion. ■■ Dare I Be Honest with God?........................................................................................................ 69 Galatians 2:9-16 Pretending we are someone we are not threatens all of our relationships. ■■ Am I a Slave or a Son? ............................................................................................................... 71 Galatians 3:23–4:7 Our heavenly Father is a loving daddy. ■■ What Gives Me Direction?........................................................................................................... 73 Galatians 5:16-26 Who we are is determined by who controls us. ■■ What’s So Great About the Church?. ......................................................................................... 75 Galatians 6:1-10 No other group compares to Christ’s church! ■■ Triumph Over Temptation............................................................................................................ 77 James 1:2-18 Life brings temptation; God grants a way of escape. ■■ Fight Favoritism .......................................................................................................................... 79 James 2:1-9 No one wins when we play favorites. ■■ Zip the Lip. ................................................................................................................................... 81 James 3:1-12 Like sticks and stones, words hurt too! ■■ Get a New Boss. .......................................................................................................................... 83 James 4:1-10 Choosing whom to obey can bring freedom or slavery. ■■ Power Up...................................................................................................................................... 85 James 5:13-16 Prayer connects us to the only source of real power. ■■ Indexes......................................................................................................................................... 87

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The Hamburglar

Brendall Louis Bourque has been arrested twice for the same offense. His crime? Impersonation of a police officer.

Several years ago in his hometown of St. Martinsville, a community southwest of Baton Rouge, Bourque’s arrest for this crime was his first offense. Two years later, his second arrest in nearby Jennings for impersonation of a police officer was coupled with the additional charge of theft by fraud. His crime earned him the nickname, “the hamburglar.” For his second offense, the motive for Bourque’s impersonation seemed to be hunger. The 34-year-old Louisiana man allegedly posed as a police officer to get free food at a local Burger King®. Jeff Parish Detective Chris Meyers reported that Bourque entered the fast-food restaurant and presented himself to the manager as an officer of the Jennings Police Department. Bourque allegedly told that manager that the department had ordered food from the restaurant, and some of the food was missing from that order. The manager complied by giving Bourque two hamburgers, but then reported the incident to the police. The pseudo-cop was arrested shortly thereafter and confessed to his crime. Though Bourque may have considered his deception to be a small one, the police believe his lie to have been a real Whopper®.

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QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

■■ Why do you believe it is a crime to impersonate a police officer? Why might some people commit such a crime?

■■ What did Bourque see as a benefit of being a police officer? List some motives others may have for legitimately choosing a career in law enforcement. ■■ List some other service-oriented jobs. What motivates people to choose each of those lines of work?

■■ Brendall Louis Bourque’s motive for pretending to be a police officer was obviously shallow and selfish. Yet others choose to spend their lives serving others for deeper and purer motives.

■■ In Matthew 14:15-21 we read about a fast-food meal of another kind. Let’s examine Jesus’ motives for serving one of the most famous meals of all time.

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Jesus provided spiritual nourishment.

Why do so many miracles in Scripture deal with food? God knows that after a very short time, our bodies cease to function without it. Therefore, these kinds of miracles show how God has the power to meet our most basic and pressing needs. Jesus took people in great spiritual and emotional need and demonstrated with this remarkable miracle that God could supply every need.

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■■ How do you think followers of John the Baptist felt after his death? What are some ways Jesus dealt with this grief? Why do you think this would be effective?

BibleTruth 3

Inside story: Herod had just beheaded John the Baptist for the vilest of reasons (Matthew 14:1-12). Several of Jesus’ disciples were once followers of John the Baptist. Jesus withdrew from the crowds and took his disciples across the Sea of Galilee to an unpopulated place (v. 13). But when Jesus got to the intended place of solitude, he found great crowds who had hurried by foot around the north end of the sea to greet him when he arrived. The crowds considered John to be a prophet (v. 5) and saw John as one who might rescue them from their suffering under Roman rule and bring in the kingdom of God.

■■ There were twelve baskets of leftovers and there were twelve disciples. Why would you think this was not a coincidence?

Jesus responded by welcoming them, teaching them about the kingdom of God that they longed for, and demonstrating his authority by healing the sick among them (Matthew 14:14; Mark 6:34; Luke 9:11). When his disciples raised the practical question of feeding this group who were miles from home and the nearest inn, Jesus prepared to dramatically demonstrate that he could meet all real spiritual, emotional, and even physical needs of those in his kingdom (Matthew 14:15, 16).

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■■ Jesus provided physical sustenance. Matthew 14:17-19

■■ What Old Testament stories do you know that talk about food miracles? Why do you think God used this type of miracle on so many occasions? Inside story: God fed the Israelites in the wilderness with manna (Exodus 16:13-18). God delivered food to the prophet Elijah by using ravens (1 Kings 17:1-6). God fed a widow and her sons with a little oil that turned into gallons (2 Kings

Jesus provided a reminder of his power to his disciples. Matthew 14:20-21

Inside story: Why the twelve baskets of leftovers? The word for basket in these verses refers to a small pouch that a person would wear around his waist. Perhaps the disciples each had a lunch basket of leftovers to carry with them to remind them of this event. Jesus would later use those leftovers to contrast the power of his teaching to the empty legalism of the current religious establishment (Matthew 16:5-9). God gives reminders of his greatest miracles. The rainbow was given to remind us of his grace after the flood (Genesis 9:16). The Jews were told to tie tassels on the ends of their garments to remind them that they were literally covered by God from head to foot (Numbers 15:39, 40). Most importantly, Christians have been given the feast of the Lord’s Supper to regularly remember God’s greatest work in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25).

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Matthew 14:15, 16

4:1-7). Elisha fed a hundred men with twenty barley loaves (2 Kings 4:42-44). All of these deal with food, but how much greater in magnitude was the feeding of the five thousand!

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Sc rip tur Ind e ex Old Testament Genesis

9:16........................................................... 10 12:2, 3....................................................... 72 16:1-16..................................................... 62 18:10-15................................................... 62 19:15-17, 26............................................. 30 21:1-7....................................................... 62 22:1-14..................................................... 60 28:14......................................................... 72

Exodus

3:1-12....................................................... 12 4:21........................................................... 28 12:1-30, 46............................................... 46 15:2........................................................... 62 16:13-18................................................... 10

Leviticus

11.............................................................. 54 13:45, 46................................................... 36 14:1-8....................................................... 36 19:18......................................................... 80 20:10......................................................... 42 24:16......................................................... 16 26:12......................................................... 66

Numbers

9:11, 12..................................................... 46 15:39, 40................................................... 10

Deuteronomy

8:3............................................................. 50 8:10-14..................................................... 80 14:1-21..................................................... 54 16.............................................................. 48 16:15......................................................... 44 21:22, 23................................................... 46

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Joshua

1:6............................................................. 12 6:3-5......................................................... 24 11:20......................................................... 28

1 Samuel

25:24......................................................... 36

2 Samuel

7:18-29..................................................... 62 12:7-14..................................................... 12 12:13......................................................... 16 24:1-17..................................................... 62

1 Kings

17:1-6....................................................... 10 17:13-16................................................... 24

2 Kings

4:1-7......................................................... 10 4:42-44..................................................... 10 5:10........................................................... 24 6:15-17..................................................... 12 17:4-24..................................................... 40 20:1-11..................................................... 60

1 Chronicles

16:23......................................................... 62 21:1-17..................................................... 62

2 Chronicles

16:12......................................................... 20 33:9-13..................................................... 12 36:11-13................................................... 28

Esther

8:3............................................................. 36

Job

2:9............................................................. 20

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Psalms

4:1............................................................. 18 9:9............................................................. 86 10:1........................................................... 18 13:1........................................................... 18 24:4........................................................... 84 32:1-5....................................................... 16 37:39......................................................... 86 51:2, 10..................................................... 68 59:16......................................................... 86 119:103..................................................... 50

Proverbs

3:34........................................................... 84 10:6........................................................... 82 18:7........................................................... 82

Ecclesiastes

5:6............................................................. 82

Isaiah

6:5............................................................. 84 35:6........................................................... 16 43:25......................................................... 16 53:4-12..................................................... 60 53:5-7....................................................... 34 57:3-9....................................................... 84 61:1, 2....................................................... 26

Jeremiah

1:1-10....................................................... 12 3:6-10....................................................... 84

Ezekiel

16:32-42................................................... 84 33:31......................................................... 82

Hosea

3:1............................................................. 84

Joel

2:28-32..................................................... 48

Jonah

1:7-17....................................................... 60

Nahum

1:7............................................................. 86

Zechariah

12:10................................................... 46, 60

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New Testament Matthew

5:4............................................................. 84 5:43........................................................... 80 6:8............................................................. 26 6:20........................................................... 34 7:7-11....................................................... 26 9:9-11....................................................... 32 10:5-10................................................... 7, 8 10:34-39................................................... 30 12:34......................................................... 82 12:40......................................................... 60 14:1-14..................................................... 10 14:15-21............................................... 9, 10 14:22-33............................................. 11, 12 15:11......................................................... 82 15:22, 23................................................... 22 16:5-9....................................................... 10 20:1-16............................................... 13, 14 20:26-28................................................... 44 22:39......................................................... 80 22:41, 42................................................... 26 24:43......................................................... 34 26:26-29................................................... 50 28:18-20................................................... 48 28:20........................................................... 8

Mark

1:8............................................................. 58 1:24........................................................... 56 1:27, 28..................................................... 16 1:29-31..................................................... 26 1:44........................................................... 24 1:45........................................................... 16 2:1-12................................................. 15, 16 4:35-41............................................... 17, 18 5:7............................................................. 56 5:18-20............................................... 24, 26 5:21-43............................................... 19, 20 5:22, 23..................................................... 36 5:43........................................................... 24 6:12............................................................. 8 6:34........................................................... 10 7:24-30............................................... 21, 22 8:22-26............................................... 23, 24 10:17-31................................................... 30 10:46-52............................................. 25, 26 15:27......................................................... 34 16:15-19................................................... 48

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Luke

1:26-33..................................................... 12 4:18, 19..................................................... 26 6:20........................................................... 80 8:4-15................................................. 27, 28 8:42........................................................... 20 9:11........................................................... 10 9:57-62............................................... 29, 30 10:29......................................................... 80 11:5-8....................................................... 56 17:11-19............................................. 35, 36 18:1-5....................................................... 56 18:9-14............................................... 37, 38 18:14......................................................... 84 19:1-10............................................... 31, 32 23:32-43............................................. 33, 34 24:45-49................................................... 48 24:13-35................................................... 60

John

3:16........................................................... 56 4:7-42................................................. 39, 40 4:9............................................................. 48 6:14-19..................................................... 12 8:1-11................................................. 41, 42 8:31, 32..................................................... 68 8:48........................................................... 36 11:38-44................................................... 26 12:6........................................................... 28 12:17-19 .................................................. 26 13:3-17............................................... 43, 44 13:29......................................................... 28 13:34, 35............................................. 76, 80 15:9-13..................................................... 44 19:31-42............................................. 45, 46 20:15......................................................... 60 20:24-28................................................... 60 20:30, 31............................................. 15, 16 21:17......................................................... 44 21:25......................................................... 16

Acts

1:1-5................................................... 47, 48 1:8............................................................. 48 2:1-39................................................. 47, 48 2:21-39............................................... 34, 48 2:38........................................................... 72 2:42-47............................................... 49, 50 3:25........................................................... 72 4:23-31..................................................... 50 4:32, 22....................................................... 8 4:32-35............................................... 49, 50 5:36, 37....................................................... 8

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6:1-6......................................................... 52 6:4............................................................. 16 6:7............................................................. 68 6:8-15................................................. 51, 52 7:48-50..................................................... 52 7:51-8:2.............................................. 51, 52 8:9-13....................................................... 28 8:18, 19, 23............................................... 28 9:1-19....................................................... 60 10:1-48............................................... 53, 54 10:15......................................................... 70 11:17......................................................... 70 11:24......................................................... 70 11:27-30................................................... 50 12:18, 19................................................... 56 13:4-12..................................................... 60 13:14......................................................... 58 13:50......................................................... 54 14:1........................................................... 58 14:8-10..................................................... 60 15:1-19..................................................... 14 15:5........................................................... 32 15:5-10..................................................... 68 16:14......................................................... 54 16:16-34....................................... 55, 56, 60 17:2........................................................... 58 17:4........................................................... 54 17:10......................................................... 58 17:11......................................................... 68 17:17......................................................... 54 17:25......................................................... 38 18:4........................................................... 58 18:7........................................................... 54 18:24-26................................................... 58 19:1-20............................................... 57, 58 22:21......................................................... 70

Romans

1:20........................................................... 66 2:17-24..................................................... 68 3:10........................................................... 66 3:21-23............................................... 62, 66 3:22........................................................... 86 4................................................................ 72 4:1-8................................................... 61, 62 5:8............................................................. 62 5:8-10....................................................... 80 5:12........................................................... 66 5:12-21............................................... 63, 64 7:15........................................................... 64 8:20, 21..................................................... 66

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8:26, 27..................................................... 26 8:28-39............................................... 65, 66 10:9, 13..................................................... 34 10:14-17................................................... 66 15:5, 6....................................................... 82

1 Corinthians

1:2............................................................. 34 5:1, 2, 13................................................... 76 6:9-11....................................................... 60 9:1-12......................................................... 8 10:13......................................................... 66 11:23-29................................................... 50 11:24, 25................................................... 10 12:26......................................................... 50 15:1-6, 14................................................. 48 15:1-8................................................. 59, 60 15:5-8................................................. 14, 50 16:1, 2....................................................... 50

2 Corinthians

2:5-8......................................................... 76 2:15, 16..................................................... 64 5:14, 15, 21............................................... 34 13:14......................................................... 50

Galatians

1:6-24................................................. 67, 68 1:15, 16....................................................... 8 2:8............................................................... 8 2:9-16................................................. 69, 70 2:15........................................................... 68 3:16........................................................... 72 3:23-4:7.............................................. 71, 72 5:14........................................................... 80 5:16-26............................................... 73, 74 6:1-10................................................. 75, 76 6:6............................................................. 16

Ephesians

1:4............................................................. 66 1:17........................................................... 62 2:8............................................................. 64 2:8, 9......................................................... 68 2:11-22..................................................... 58 4:11-13....................................................... 8 4:29........................................................... 82

Philippians

1:6............................................................. 24 2:1-3, 7..................................................... 44 2:1-4......................................................... 50 3:4-8......................................................... 38 4:4-7......................................................... 26 4:14-16..................................................... 50

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Colossians

4:6............................................................. 82

1 Timothy

1:12-16..................................................... 68 1:15, 16..................................................... 14 5:17, 18................................................. 8, 76

2 Timothy

1:9............................................................. 62 3:16, 17..................................................... 78

Hebrews

2:18........................................................... 66 4:14-16..................................................... 26 6:1............................................................. 58 10:23-25................................................... 76 11:6........................................................... 26 11:17......................................................... 60 13:7........................................................... 76

James

1:2-18................................................. 77, 78 1:13-15..................................................... 84 1:14, 15..................................................... 34 2:1-9................................................... 79, 80 3:1-12................................................. 81, 82 4:1-5......................................................... 78 4:1-10................................................. 83, 84 4:2, 3......................................................... 26 4:4............................................................. 30 5:4............................................................. 80 5:13-16............................................... 85, 86

1 Peter

2:2............................................................. 76 2:2, 3......................................................... 50 2:22-25..................................................... 34 4:12........................................................... 18 5:2, 3......................................................... 44

2 Peter

1:5-8......................................................... 22 1:16........................................................... 50 1:21........................................................... 68 2:22........................................................... 64 3:9............................................................. 14 3:14........................................................... 86

1 John

1:1............................................................. 68 1:1-4......................................................... 50 1:9............................................................. 84 2:15, 16..................................................... 28 4:18........................................................... 20

Revelation

5:9............................................................. 72 22:21......................................................... 62

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Acceptance................................................ 54 Adultery .................................................... 42 Ascension.................................................. 48

B

Baptism................. 34, 46, 48, 52, 54, 56, 72 Bartimaeus................................................. 26 Blind.................................................... 24, 26 Burial......................................................... 46

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Church....................................................... 48 Commitment.............................................. 30 Communion......................................... 46, 50 Community................................................ 76 Cornelius................................................... 54 Correction.................................................. 58 Crucifixion........................................... 34, 46

D

Death......................................................... 20 Demon . .................................................... 56 Discipleship............................................... 30 Doubt......................................................... 18

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Faith... 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 50, 56, 58, 62, 70, 72, 74, 86 False teaching............................................ 68 Favoritism.................................................. 80 Fear..................................................... 12, 20 Feeding 5,000............................................ 10 Fellowship........................................... 50, 76 Fish........................................................... 10 Food.......................................................... 10 Foot washing.............................................. 44 Forgiveness.................................... 16, 32, 42 Fruit of the Spirit........................................ 74

G

Galatians............................ 68, 70, 72, 74, 76 Gentile................................................. 22, 54 Glorification............................................... 66 Grace............................................. 14, 62, 64 Gratitude.................................................... 36 Great Commission........................................ 8 Growth, spiritual......................................... 28

H

Healing.............................. 16, 20, 22, 24, 26 Holy Spirit.............. 28, 34, 48, 54, 58, 72, 74 Hypocrisy............................................. 38, 42

J

Jailer.......................................................... 56 Jairus......................................................... 20 Jericho....................................................... 26 Joseph of Arimathia.................................... 46

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Sacrifice.............................................. 30, 52 Salvation........................................ 62, 64, 66 Samaritan................................................... 40 Seeds........................................................ 28 Service...................................................... 44 Soil............................................................ 28 Sower........................................................ 28 Speech...................................................... 82 Stephen..................................................... 52 Stoning................................................ 42, 52 Storm................................................... 12, 18 Submission................................................ 84 Syrophoenicia............................................ 22

Parable........................................... 14, 28, 38 Paralytic..................................................... 16 Pentecost............................................. 48, 54 Pharisee..................................................... 38 Philippi...................................................... 56 Prayer................................ 38, 50, 54, 56, 86 Predestination............................................ 66 Prophecy.............................................. 60, 68 Protection.................................................. 18 Provision.................................................... 10

T

Tax collector......................................... 32, 38 Temptation................................................. 78 Thanksgiving.............................................. 36 Thief.......................................................... 34 Tomb......................................................... 46 Tongue....................................................... 82 Trust............................................... 12, 20, 24 Twelve disciples........................................... 8

V

Vineyard..................................................... 14

Repentance...... 14, 32, 34, 38, 48, 58, 76, 84 Resurrection......................................... 48, 60 Risk........................................................... 12

W

Walking on water........................................ 12 Woman at the well...................................... 40 Words........................................................ 82 Works.................................................. 14, 62 Works of the flesh....................................... 74 Worship................................... 50, 54, 56, 74

Z

Zacchaeus.................................................. 32

L

Last Supper................................................ 44 Legalism.................................. 10, 68, 70, 72 Leper......................................................... 36 Loaves....................................................... 10 Lord’s Supper....................................... 46, 50

M

Martyr........................................................ 52 Miracle............ 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 Mission............................................ 8, 30, 54

N

Nicodemus................................................ 46

O

Outcast...................................................... 32

P R

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Sto ry top Ind ic ex A

ACLU......................................................... 23 Acceptance speech.................................... 39 Animal....................................................... 15 Anti-Valentine’s Day................................... 29 Award.................................................. 35, 39

B

Back to school........................................... 61 Bakker, Jay................................................. 31 Barbie®...................................................... 27 Baseball..................................................... 59 Benigni, Roberto........................................ 39 Berry, Halle................................................ 39 Best-seller........................................... 13, 45 Bill of Rights.............................................. 23 Blackout..................................................... 63 Bomb scare................................................ 37 Borque, Brendan Louis.................................. 9 Boy Scout.................................................. 21 Brody, Adrien............................................. 39 Burger King®. .............................................. 9 Bush, George W........................................... 7 Byrd, Senator Robert.................................. 73

C

CBS........................................................... 69 Camping.................................................... 21 Cancer................................................. 11, 19 Cancer Genome Project.............................. 19 Cell phone................................................. 57 Change...................................................... 27 Chavez, Hugo............................................. 41 Children............................................... 61, 69 Church Music............................................. 81 Churchill, Winston...................................... 49 Classic TV.................................................. 49 Colbert Report, The.................................... 49 College application.................................... 37 Computer virus.......................................... 13 Congress................................................... 71 Constitution Day......................................... 73 Contest...................................................... 55 Counterfeit................................................. 67 Cruise, Tom................................................ 39 Cujo........................................................... 15 Currency.................................................... 67

D

DNA........................................................... 19 Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The................ 49 Dance........................................................ 11 Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement........................................ 31 Divorce...................................................... 65 Dog............................................................ 15 Drug.......................................................... 19 Duck.......................................................... 15 Dummer Academy...................................... 47

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E

Eastern Illinois University........................... 37 Ecuador..................................................... 33 Electrical power......................................... 85 End of the Spear......................................... 33

F

False memories......................................... 77 Fee............................................................ 61 Fiction....................................................... 49 Flood......................................................... 17 Florida....................................................... 85 Foley, Congressman Mark.......................... 41 Fraud......................................................... 45 Fugitive...................................................... 83

G

Gammons, Peter......................................... 59 Gibson, Mel............................................... 53 Giving back................................................ 75 Golden retriever.......................................... 15 Gooding, Cuba, Jr...................................... 39 Graduation................................................. 17 Graphic novel............................................. 35

H

Haircut....................................................... 25 Hamburglar.................................................. 9 Handball.................................................... 83 Harry Potter................................................ 13 Heraclitus.................................................. 27 Hip-hop..................................................... 81 Hollywood.................................................. 53 Hurricane................................................... 85 Hypocrisy............................................. 41, 69

I

Impersonation.............................................. 9 Iraq........................................................ 7, 71 Islam.......................................................... 65

J

“Jesus Walks” ........................................... 81 JetBlue...................................................... 43 Job............................................................ 43

K

Kentucky.................................................... 23 Kid Nation.................................................. 69 Kidnapping................................................. 25

L

Lost............................................................ 21 Love and Consequences............................. 45 Lynch, Fred................................................ 81

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M

Martyr........................................................ 51 Mattel® Incorporated.................................. 27 Mayflower Compact................................... 23 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.... 11 Memory..................................................... 27 Micro-printing............................................ 67 Mine disaster............................................. 51 Money................................................. 61, 67 Mount Hood............................................... 43 Movies....................................................... 53 My Super Sweet Sixteen............................. 75

N

NERC......................................................... 63 Name......................................................... 47 National Public Radio................................. 31 New Zealand.............................................. 57 Nun............................................................ 51

O

Olympics................................................... 83 Opportunity................................................ 55 Oscar................................................... 39, 53 Overeating.................................................. 77

P

Pardon....................................................... 65 Parents................................................. 61, 69 Passion of the Christ, The........................... 53 Personal electronics................................... 27 Petraeus, General David.............................. 71 Police.................................................... 9, 25 Power failure.............................................. 63 Prediction.................................................. 59 President of the United States....................... 7 Priest......................................................... 51 Prize.......................................................... 55 Prom.......................................................... 11 Psychology................................................ 77

Q

Qualification............................................... 39 Quinceañera............................................... 75

R

Radio Music Awards................................... 39 Reality TV................................................... 69 Reconciliation............................................ 65 Red pen..................................................... 79 Rescue . .................................................... 43 Robin Hood................................................ 49 Romeo and Juliet....................................... 25 Rowling, J. K.............................................. 13 Rudeness................................................... 41

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S

Saint, Steve................................................ 33 School closing........................................... 17 School supplies......................................... 61 Search....................................................... 21 Service...................................................... 43 Shopping................................................... 55 Smith, Anna Nicole.................................... 43 Sri Lanka.................................................... 83 “Star Spangled Banner”............................. 23 State of the Union Address .......................... 7 Stereotype.................................................. 53 Storm......................................................... 17 Suffer......................................................... 51 Suicide...................................................... 25 Supreme Court........................................... 23 Sweet sixteen............................................. 75

T

Talent......................................................... 39 Temptation................................................. 77 Ten Commandments................................... 23 Test...................................................... 57, 79 Text messaging.......................................... 57 Thompson, Saleem.................................... 75 Turning point.............................................. 29

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U

United Nations........................................... 41 United States Constitution................ 7, 23, 73

V

Valentine’s Day.......................................... 29

W

Waodani..................................................... 33 West, Kanye............................................... 81 Wildlife sanctuary....................................... 15 World Series.............................................. 59

Y

Yang, Gene Luen........................................ 35

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