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Matthew 20

We see in our reading the challenge of discipleship is we have to see things through a very different lens! The world places value and reward on terms of accomplishments, Jesus places value and reward based on relationship with Him! Just think, the reward Paul the apostle will receive will be the same as one

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Matthew 19

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Jesus made this statement when He told the rich young man that if he wanted to be perfect, he had to sell all his possessions and follow Him. The man

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Matthew 18

Forgiveness is at the heart of our reading! If a brother or sister in Christ sins against us, we make the first move to bring about restoration in the relationship! There are a couple of points we need to keep in mind with this process. First – we go to them and inform them we

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect on our readings. Jesus is getting closer to the time when He will face His fate in Jerusalem! In this progression we see how Jesus was preparing these men that He has chosen for the task that was ahead of them. One reflection worth considering is how Jesus was

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A reflection to consider

From the time we were born, the first lesson Jesus wanted us to learn was not how to lead but how to follow. The first lesson Jesus wants you to learn is not how to be over but how to be under. Isn’t it striking that Jesus could choose twelve men to follow him who

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Matthew 17

Jesus climbed the mountain with Peter, James, & John and there He was transfigured before them. This mountain encounter reminds me of Moses’ encounter with God on Mount Sinai. Jesus of course was the promised one that God was going to raise up like Moses (Deut. 18:15-19). What is taking place on this mountain is

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Matthew 16

There is a statement in our reading that just jumped out at me. “Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’” Jesus said this to Peter when he told Jesus that He

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Matthew 15

In our reading Jesus encountered a Canaanite woman. It is important to note that Matthew refers to this woman as a “Canaanite.” Of all the Gentile nationalities, those of Canaanite descent would have been among the most abhorred by the Jews. Despite the huge walls that existed between these two cultures – this women’s love

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Matthew 14

Jesus in our reading continues to put the faith of the disciples to the test. After Jesus heard about the death Of John He wanted to get away to a remote place but this young Rabbi had become too popular for that to take place. Jesus drew a crowd of 10,000+ when you count women

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Matthew 13

The parable of the sower and the parable of weeds get across a very important point – God’s kingdom is breaking into the human experience, but evil still is at work until the ultimate victory! The parable of the weeds – Jesus who came to convince the world of truth and those who accept and

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Reflections

Today is a day to review and ponder our readings this week. One question that you may ask yourself as you ponder – “what are some themes Jesus continues to focus on in our readings?”

A reflection to consider

“Sometimes we think we have nothing of value to offer the Lord. Our natural talents are meager at best. Our attempts to come alongside others in pain seem awkward. We’re aware of how very little we have to give. But then aren’t we looking at the baseball as it remains in our human hands? The

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Matthew 12

Jesus closes this reading by talking about when spirits being cast out and then return. How Jesus closes this section (“That is how it will be with this wicked generation”) tells us this illustration has more to do with the state of Israel, than demon possession. In fact from verse 18 on Jesus has been

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Matthew 11

Do you find John’s question odd? Didn’t John witness what took place at Jesus’ baptism? Didn’t the Spirit reveal to John that Jesus was the one (John 1:32-34)? What had happened that caused John to doubt? Well life happened! John was now in prison and things were not looking good for him. Sometimes when we

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Matthew 10

Thus far in the story the disciples have been only observers as Jesus’ teachings and healing. However, if they are to be “fishers of men” they too must embark on a ministry of announcing the kingdom. These men were chosen for a mission and now it was time to get their feet wet, so Jesus

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Matthew 9

A dead girl is raised to life, two blind men receive their sight, and a mute can now speak and what is the reaction of the Jewish leaders? How can they make the charge they did with the evidence staring them in the face? Spiritual blindness very often has nothing to do with evidence and

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Matthew 8

This text drives home the point that FAITH is the center of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus! The faith of the Centurion is held up as the model we are to emulate in our walk and Jesus drives home the point that it was the lack of faith that was going

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect on our readings this week. This week we read the sermon on the mount which is an excellent text to ponder and reflect upon!

A reflection to consider

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear

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Matthew 7

What struck me in today’s reading was the series of choices that our Lord set before us. He started by asking us to choose between the wide road or the narrow road. Then He asked us to choose between those who are false teachers and those who are teaching the truth. Jesus continues to place

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