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Matthew 6

This is a chapter that I think about often, not that it is hard to understand but because of what it is calling me to do! I find that worry is a powerful force in the lives of so many. It is sad, but there are many who are addicted to worrying. Many worry about

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Matthew 5

our reading starts with what is known as the beatitudes. These principles follow a natural progression that is involved in our growth as Jesus’ disciples. It all starts with an emptying of ourselves by becoming “poor in spirit.” For pride is often the first and greatest barrier that we to breakdown in this journey! For

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Matthew 4

The temptation of Jesus truly stands out in this text! Jesus took on Satan not by any divine help – but by using a tool we all have – God’s word! I suggest that Jesus did not have some miraculous knowledge, for what He quoted would have been know by every young man who grew

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Matthew 3

Jesus’ baptism was unique. It was not a “baptism of repentance” (as John’s was) nor was it a “Christian baptism” (as ours is today). But it was an identifying step of obedience at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus would not have been fully obedient if he had bypassed this step. He said it was

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Reflections

This is a day to reflect on our readings. Now that we are in Matthew we are reading how it all began for our Lord. Just think as He began his life there were people who wanted to kill Him, even as a baby. You can already see the enmity between the seed of Satan

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A reflection to consider

Daily obedience to Christ yields daily blessings from Christ. What we sow, we reap. If we sow disobedience, we can’t complain when our disobedience brings us an unwanted harvest of pain and sorrow. If we sow obedience—if we simply do what we know we should—we find blessing. Oh yes, there may still be pain. Life

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Matthew 2

One of the things we can see in this chapter is the character of Herod the great. Herod was known for being paranoid about those who would challenge his rule. He had two of his sons executed before his death, right about the time Jesus was born. So when the Magi showed up looking for

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Matthew 1

Matthew opens by telling us Jesus’ genealogy, a line that runs through his father. Matthew opens with this genealogy to show that Jesus had the legal right to the throne of David. A central focus of Matthew’s gospel is that Jesus is the promised one who came to rule on the throne of David and

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James 5

James reminds us how God has put a powerful tool in the hands of His children- prayer! That when we have troubles we are not powerless, we can pray. When we are sick we are not hopeless, we can pray. When sin has overcome us and we feel like there is no way back to

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James 4

There are a few words that we encounter in our reading, words that can truly change our relationship with God. Submit, resist, draw near, purfify, and humble, when we apply those words to our walk it will change everything! For if we will rise each day making these few words our goal and focus for

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James 3

James says that a person who is able to keep a tight rein on his tongue – is perfect! For if we can keep our tongue in check then it is a good indicator of how we have developed spiritually! The opposite is also true, if we continually find that we strike out with our

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. The book of James is a very practical book. James was Jesus’ brother and one of the elders of the church in Jerusalem. He is writing to his brethren who were under his care but now have been dispersed because of persecution. So this a survival

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A reflection to consider

“Jesus substantiated his claim to be the Son of God by performing the miraculous. Diseases were healed, the blind were given sight, even the dead were raised. It would have taken a first-century onlooker with a very hard and unbelieving heart to deny the source of Jesus’s miracles. That’s true today too. Skeptics discount the

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James 2

James in this text helps us understand that faith is more than believing that something is true. No! Faith is a belief that will cause one to act. The classic example that James gives is of the demons, there is no doubt in their minds that God exists but that belief does not cause them

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James 1

I like this article on this text and I thought I would share it as my post today. “William Barclay wrote, ‘In order to attain Christian maturity and holy conduct, it is essential to have a firm foundation. The Believer must be able to stand with confidence. He dare not be pushed down by trials.

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Galatians 6

Two words jumped out at me “weary” and “give up!” I have seen Christians do both over the years, they become weary and they give up and it is very sad. In classical times the word was used to describe how a bow is ‘unstrung’ when the archer was through using it. People can get

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Galatians 5

Paul in our reading reminds us that we enjoy freedom under the new covenant but that does not mean we are free to live as we please! Paul says if I live according to the flesh, some text read “sinful nature” but a better translation would be “flesh,” I will find myself in opposition to

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Galatians 4

Paul in this chapter continues to show the Galatians they were no longer under the Law. Paul takes the story of Abraham and compares Abraham’s two sons to the two covenants. What is interesting is that Paul also connects the physical city of Jerusalem to the old Law and thus the importance of the city

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings of the past week. I often think about what Paul said in chapter 2 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son

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A reflection to consider

[Jesus said,] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” (John 15: 1) “Jesus’s image of the vine illustrates the intimate connection he wants with his followers. This teaching sets Christianity apart from other religions. No other faith offers its followers a personal union with its founder. The Buddhist does not claim

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