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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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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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