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01/16/19 – Matt 11:7-30; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 3:19-20

In Matthew Chapter 11, following His praise for John the Baptist, Jesus states: 16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John

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01/14/19 – Matt 10:1-23; Psalm 12:1-8; Proverbs 3:13-15

Psalm 12:1  Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;     those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. Do these words remind you of the experience of another of the spiritual leaders of Israel?  How about: 1 Kings 19:13  Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He replied, “I have

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01.13.19 Matt 9:18-38; Psalm 11:1-7; & Proverbs 3:11-12

Have you ever contemplated just what faith entails?  In the past several days we have read about examples that define faith and serve as models for all us us. First in Matthew 8:10 we read of Jesus’s recognition of the absolute faith of the centurion seeking healing for his servant:  Matthew 8:  9 For I myself

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01/12/19 – Matt 9:1-17; Psalm 10:16-18; & Proverbs 3:9-10

Matthew 9: 14-17     “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”  15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fastNo one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an

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01/11/19 – Matt. 8:18-34; Psalm 10:1-15; & Proverbs 3:7-8

Matthew:8  29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” As I read this passage the phrase “before the appointed time” caught my eye — what does this mean?  I read a few commentaries and feel that Coffman summarized it well. The

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01/10/19 – Matt. 8:1-17; Psalm 9:13-20 & Proverbs 3:1-6

The first three chapters we have been reading in Proverbs have dealt with wisdom.  But there is a passage in Chapter 3 that deals with “trust” and the verses provide some of the best instruction we can put into practice: Proverbs 3:5-6 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart  and lean not on your own

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1/07/19 Matthew 6:1-24; Psalm 7:1-17; & Proverbs 2:1-5

Matthew 6:   9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done,     on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts,     as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation,     but deliver

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01/05/19 Matthew 5:1-26; Psalm 5:1-12; Proverbs 1:24-26

Matthew chapter 5 begins the “Sermon on the Mount,” which will continue through chapter 7.  One of the first teachings we see are the “Beatitudes,” each beginning with the word “Blessed.”   Have you ever reflected on the word “Blessed?”  The Greek word used is makarios and the translation implies “happy – regardless of the circumstances.” A

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01/04/19: Matthew 4:12-25; Psalm 4:1-8; Proverbs 1:20-23

 We read of the miracles of Jesus and are amazed at the specific examples of individuals that are recorded in Scripture.  But do we really know the extent of the number of people he touched?  Just focus on the following verses from Matthew 4 and some of the the key words: 23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching

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01/01/19 — Matthew 1:1-2:12; Psalm 1:1-6; Proverbs 1:1-6

Hello everyone!  In 2018 we read through the entire inspired Word of God in the chronology of when the events occurred (per the developers of the reading program.)  This year we are providing several options via the handout provided at church. Four options & combinations are presented.  You can read the entire Bible; just the

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12/31/2018 — Revelations Chapters 19-22

When I visit my home town of Martinsville, VA, a former prosperous center of textile and furniture manufacturing I personally experience the following description: “It’s hard to see things grow old.  The town in which I grew up is growing old.  Some of the buildings are boarded up.  Some of my teachers are retired; some

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12/30/2018 — Revelations Chapters 12-18

In these chapters we read of the great spiritual battle that will occur before Christ’s return.  And, as I mentioned yesterday, I cannot explain all of the imagery.  But one reality that is described is a great victory! Revelation 12: 9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He

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12/29/2018 — Revelations Chapters 6-11

The next several days of reading contain imagery that no matter how much I study I cannot fully comprehend.   But there are promises and assurances in these sections that I know will be fulfilled.  The Lord always completes His promises.  And in today’s reading we see: Revelation 7: 13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These

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12/28/2018 — Revelations Chapters 1-5

What a wonderful months long study we could do on the book of Revelations.  But our reading is limited to the last four days of 2018 and what a way to end! In these first five books a concept of total completeness was referenced several times: Revelation 1: 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the

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