Tag: Matthew

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Matthew 23:1-39; Luke 20:1-21:38 (June 5)

The scribes and the Pharisees were poster children for legalism. They had lots of rules, but their burdens were not from God. They wanted everything they did to be seen by men.  But before we get too self-righteous, while we are under grace, our human nature causes us also to lean toward legalism. We too do things to be noticed by others.  Jesus said, … Read More Matthew 23:1-39; Luke 20:1-21:38 (June 5)

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Matthew 22:1-46; Mark 12:1-44 (June 4)

Jesus stepped often into verbal minefields. As he spoke of the kingdom, the Herodians, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes take aim. Yet with each answer the multitude is atonsished as his doctrine. So profound were his answers, No man after that dared ask him any question. God’s word is not superficial.  It is as deep as it is wide.  Marvel at his words today. Read … Read More Matthew 22:1-46; Mark 12:1-44 (June 4)

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Matthew 20:1 – 21:46 (June 1)

King David predicted what would happen when Messiah came, “The stone which the builders refused Is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:22-23 Even so, the religious leaders did not believe.  Who did believe? Tax collectors, harlots, the blind, and children.  That is not much of a following.  Today, a pastor … Read More Matthew 20:1 – 21:46 (June 1)

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Matthew 19:1-30 and Mark 10:1-52 (May 31)

The encounter of Jesus with the Rich Young Ruler portrays the truth that only when man abandons his confidence in riches and other things, can he receive the supernatural gift of everlasting life. Because, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Confidence in anything but Christ alone is futile. Often, people believe riches are equated with God’s approval, yet man’s … Read More Matthew 19:1-30 and Mark 10:1-52 (May 31)

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Matthew 18:1-35 (May 22)

Writing today from Twin Falls, ID Children are most receptive to the gospel.  They have an uncanny ability to believe it at a young age. Therefore it is paramount that parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and Christian friends teach the Word of God to children. Some criticize this as brainwashing. The question is, do you want the world (their public school teachers, etc) to brainwash … Read More Matthew 18:1-35 (May 22)

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Matthew 17:1-27; Mark 9:1-50; Luke 9:28-62 (May 21)

Writing today from Gardiner, MT As the offer was made by Jesus to the nation of Israel to repent, believe in Him and receive the Kingdom, few listened to or understood His words. The disciples themselves struggled to grasp the meaning and timing of the Kingdom. At the Transfiguration, Jesus showed His glory and what it would be like in the Kingdom, but the … Read More Matthew 17:1-27; Mark 9:1-50; Luke 9:28-62 (May 21)

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Matthew 16:1-28; Mark 8:1-38; Luke 9:18-27 (May 20)

Writing today from Gardiner, MT “Who say the people that I am?” Some wonder, even today; Who is Jesus?  Many cults claim the name of Jesus, but who do they say He is? He is the Messiah of Israel (Matthew 16:16), and the Son of the Living God.  He is Jesus of Nazareth.  The historical Jesus who lived, died a sinner’s death, rose on … Read More Matthew 16:1-28; Mark 8:1-38; Luke 9:18-27 (May 20)

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Matthew 15:1-39 and Mark 7:1-37 (May 19)

Writing today from Sheridan, WY We must always guard against legalism. Becoming a Law-lover is a natural tendancy and a trap many fall into.  For some reason we like to tag rules onto everything, including our faith.  This was the problem with the scribes and Pharisees. “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophecy about you saying: These people draw near to me with their mouth, and … Read More Matthew 15:1-39 and Mark 7:1-37 (May 19)

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Matthew 14:1-36; Mark 6:1-56; Luke 9:1-17 (May 17)

Writing today from Grand Junction, CO “Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.” Yet pride and sexuality got in his way of believing the truth John the Baptist taught; Repent.  Herod did the opposite, gave in to his emotions, and had John … Read More Matthew 14:1-36; Mark 6:1-56; Luke 9:1-17 (May 17)

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Matthew 9:1 – 10:42 (May 16)

[From Taos, New Mexico] Jesus came for the lost sheep of Israel.  They are not only lost, but sick–yet most of them don’t know it. At least the Pharisees don’t: They are blind to their own sickness. Therefore, Jesus ministered by healing people of their physcial sickness as an illustration of how He could minister to their soul. The offer of bringing in the … Read More Matthew 9:1 – 10:42 (May 16)

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Matthew 13:1-57 and Luke 8:1-56 (May 14)

[From Taos, New Mexico] Matthew 13 contains seven parables called “mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” by Jesus our Lord. These mysteries refer to Christendom, “Taken together, [the mysteries], describe the result of the presence of the Gospel in the world during the present age, that it, the time of seed-sowing which began with our Lord’s personal ministry, and ends with the “harvest” (vs. … Read More Matthew 13:1-57 and Luke 8:1-56 (May 14)

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Matthew 12:22-50 and Luke 11:1-54 (May 13)

[From Taos, New Mexico] The offer of the kingdom continues to be rejected by the religious men. Jesus is accused again of being used and controlled by “Beelzebub the chief of the devils.”  They continued asking for a sign and yet He had been showing them signs througout His ministry. Therefore, no more signs…except the “sign of (Jonas) Jonah the prophet.” Instead of a sign, … Read More Matthew 12:22-50 and Luke 11:1-54 (May 13)