Tag Archive: Matthew

Jul 01

Who is Jesus?

Jesus is the Creator How do you begin a story with no beginning? Matthew and Luke begin with the supernatural birth. Mark begins with the preaching of John the Baptist. John’s Gospel begins at the ultimate beginning. His first words “In the beginning” jolt us to Genesis.  Jesus was the uncreated Creator God.  When time …

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Feb 10

When doubts get in the way

Great Commission The Great Commission which closes the Gospel of Matthew has been powerful marching orders for the Church.  It is often preached and has motivated countless Christians to lives of sacrificial outreach. (Matthew 29:16-20) The risen Jesus appeared to the remaining eleven disciples and gave them the plan for their future and the future …

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Feb 05

Judge not and you shall not be judged. What does this mean? Is it possible?

Judge not and you shall not be judged A verse that many people quote but fewer can find in the Bible is “judge not and you shall not be judged.”  The usual reasoning behind their quotation is that we should never criticize anyone and no one should criticize us. If we keep this ethic, when …

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Dec 21

A Post From Christmas Past- Announcing the Birth of Messiah.

God does things differently than we do. He announced the birth of Messiah to two groups. First, He hid the unveiling of the Savior of the world in obscurity. Then He invited both the lowly and the important to see His miracle. God sent angels from heaven that very night to the dirty smelly shepherds …

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Dec 18

A Post From Christmas Past- Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and the Savior of the world.

In his Gospel, Matthew argued that Jesus was the expected Jewish Messiah: He was a son of Abraham (1:1) He was the Son of David and the Messianic King (1:1; 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30-31; 21:9; 22:41-45) Matthew also used the Jewish Scriptures to present the case that Jesus= life and death fulfilled the prophetic expectations. …

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Dec 17

A Post From Christmas Past- The hard obedience of Mary and Joseph. What can we learn?

In the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph were called to model the godly life in different ways. What can we learn from each of them? Joseph becomes a model of faithful obedience to God’s commands. Mary becomes a model of faithful acceptance of God’s will. God made a choice. He chose …

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Nov 07

People of faith are united with Jesus in his mission

People of faith are united with Jesus in his mission Vines and grapes In ancient Israel food was grown in different ways.  Some food came from plants that were planted each year.  Wheat and barley were an important part of the diet.  Other food came from trees and vines. These were planted, nurtured, and gave …

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Oct 17

In the middle of our life choices there are defining events

In the middle of our life choices there are defining events Mary anointing Jesus and Judas betrayed Jesus. (John 6:71; 12:1-8; 13:2; 26; 29; 18:1-11; Matthew 26:14-16; 27:3-10; Luke 10:38-42; 22:3) Mary was the disciple who caught the vision, gave a great gift, and is remembered as a part of the Gospel story When there …

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Oct 14

Two fires that changed Peter’s life

Two fires that changed Peter’s life People on a journey of faith have doubts and failure. They do not lead perfect lives. Peter’s pilgrimage before the fires Peter was the leader of the Twelve. He was a confident man. Jesus said that the disciples would abandon him and he would be left alone. Peter assured …

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Oct 07

Two ways we might be baptized as a Christian that we usually don’t think about

James and John’s Request Jesus prepared the disciples for their future by teaching them about his suffering and death.  After one of these times James and John asked him if they could sit at his side in the eternal kingdom. (Mark 10:32-34; Matthew 20:17-19; Luke 18:31-33) Jesus’ question Jesus responded with a question.  He asked …

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