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01/21/20: Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14

In the passage from Matthew I think we see two episodes related to faith: Matthew 14:  16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. As we have discussed in our Sunday Bible Class when the disciples saw the needs

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01/20/19: Exodus 1-3; Matt 13:24-58

In our recent Sunday Bible Study on “Fear-less” one of the fears we discussed is the fear of trapping the Lord  in a”box” and not recognizing Him for who He is and all that he can do.  Can you see that fear in the people of His hometown? Matthew 13:  54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching

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01/19/20: Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13:1-23

Genesis 49: 8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;  your father’s sons will bow down to you. 9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah;  you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his

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01/18/20: Genesis 46-48; Matt 12:22-50

Today’s passages from Matthew contain a warning from Jesus that is often questioned — what is “Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Matthew 12: 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will

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01/17/20: Genesis 43-45; Matt 12:1-21

A few days ago I wrote of how God’s will “threads,” sometimes imperceptibly,  through our lives.  As we read Joseph’s words to his brothers today we can see that Joseph had the same realization — the Lord is always working through our lives: Genesis 45:   4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When

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01/15/20: Genesis 40-42; Matthew 11

I always find the story of Joseph’s faithfulness to the Lord throughout all of the “changes” in his life inspiring.  And today we see several examples of his recognition of God’s power (and not his own:) Genesis 40:  8 “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”Then Joseph said to them,

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01/14/20: Genesis 37-39; Matt 10:26-42

In reading today’s passages from Genesis regarding Joseph I was reminded that while it may not always be obvious the hand of God threads throughout the lives of all mankind.  For example, were it not for God’s intervention through Joseph’s brothers Reuben and Judah Joseph may very well have been killed. Genesis 37:  21 When Reuben heard this,

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01/13/20: Genesis 34-36; Matt 10:1-25

Exousia — the Greek word for “authority or power” used in Matthew 10:1. Matthew 10: 1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. I find that the “Strong’s Concordance” explanation of this word opens my mind to further understanding this

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01/12/20: Genesis 31-33; Matthew 9

When you read in Genesis today did you think, “Wow, Jacob certainly had some family problems — his father-in-law and his brother!”  And I found Esau’s reaction to seeing Jacob very familiar to a New Testament relationship: Genesis 33:  4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed

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01/11/20: Genesis 28-30; Matthew 8

Matthew 8:8  8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say

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01/10/20: Genesis 25-27; Matthew 7

Matthew 7 concludes Jesus “sermon on the mount” and one instruction emphasizes the importance of being an “active” and not “lazy” believer. Matthew 7: 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the

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01/08/20: Genesis 22-24; Matthew 6:19-34

When you consider all of the wealth Abraham had been blessed to possess what do you think his greatest possession may have been?  How about his son, Isaac, through whom the Lord would fulfill His promise of making a “great nation” through Abraham? Now consider two passages, one in the Old Testament and one in

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01/07/20: Genesis 19-21; Matthew 6:1-18

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 us

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01/06/20: Genesis 16-18; Matthew 5:27-48

As you read through the verses from Matthew today did one phrase stand out?   One did to me — “you have heard that it was said” or “it has been said.” To me this expressions refers to the “traditional” teaching of that time.  Kinda like in the 1400-1500’s when scientist would state that “the world is

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01/05/20: Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5:1-26

  I can think of few scriptures that are as well know and as quoted as often as the following — known as the “beatitudes.”   As you read keep in mind that the Greek word used her for “Blessed” means “happy, regardless of the circumstances.”  And when you look at the circumstances described in these

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01/04/20: Genesis Genesis 10-12; Matthew 4

As I read today I saw a critical parallel trait of faithful men in both the Old and New Testaments.  Take a look: Genesis 12:  4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. Matthew 4:  18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he

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01/03/20: Genesis 7-9; Matthew 3

Genesis 7: 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the

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01/02/20: Genesis 4-6; Matthew 2

In today’s New Testament reading I saw several verses that reminded me of why, as believers, we need to read the entire Word of God and not just a single “testament” to help us understand His great plan of redemption.  For in Matthew 2 there are three references to Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming

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