Storms, Demons, and Healing
on January 11th, 2023
The disciples needed to learn the importance of complete confidence in Jesus. While the centurion trusted the ability of an absent Christ, the disciples could not trust the power of a present Christ. The miracle was a means of showing them his dominion over all of nature. It also served as a confirmation of their weak faith. These disciples are left to ask what kind of man Jesus is, and the answer is that he is the God-man.
on January 10th, 2023
Those that belong to the kingdom must build on the proper foundation so that our standing proves the strength of our foundation when the test comes. When one obeys Jesus, even storms cannot destroy them. However, the storm will destroy the house for the hypocrite or religious counterfeit, and the fall will be great. The distinction here is not between those who hear Jesus and those who do not but between those who hear and obey and those who hear but do not obey. As Jesus' sermon concludes, the people are amazed at his teaching. He did not teach like the scribes and referred to other Rabbis and their practices. Instead, he taught with authority because he is the word of God, and he has the authority to speak for God because he is God.
Treasure, Anxiety, and Judgment
on January 9th, 2023
Jesus shows us that earthly treasures won't last forever, and they could even be taken away from us. He emphasizes that real abundant life is found when our hearts are set on heavenly riches instead of what the world can offer. There is a choice to be made: to serve God or our desire for wealth. The pursuit of money can become so all-consuming unhealthy devotion to possessions. Materialism creates divided loyalty; it's not possible to serve both God and money at once! If God is the one we serve, then it's time to leave behind any worries over material needs.
Leaving, Lying, Limits, Love, Largesse, and The Lord's Prayer
on January 6th, 2023
Jesus is showing people that we cannot do what the law commands, and the longer his sermon goes on, the more demanding it gets. Jesus’ last words in chapter five demonstrate our inability: “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (5:48). The standards found in The Sermon On The Mount are impossible for us. We are incapable of achieving Jesus' expectations through our own power. We strive to suppress anger, passion, and dishonesty - yet sin is like kudzu; its roots are too deep for us to eradicate alone. Therefore, we need the Lord's grace to follow His standards and be guided toward the gospel.
on January 5th, 2023
In this inaugural address of his kingdom, the King presents how his kingdom is identified and how his rule is administered. It also prescribes how those who belong to the King are to live. Jesus explains the just demands of the law but dismisses the legalism of the Pharisees. He is outlining the rule of God for this new community. The requirements of the law were much more than the people understood because the demands of the law were humanly impossible to observe and left us with no hope outside of grace.
Temptation And Ministry
on January 4th, 2023
MATTHEW 4 | After his baptism, the Holy Spirit, who anointed Jesus, led him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Before his confrontation with the adversary, he fasted for forty days and nights. At the point where Jesus is weak, the enemy begins his attack. Jesus shares the experiences of God's people as he tastes their forty years of wandering in the wilderness. They had doubted God’s calling and ...
My Beloved Son
on January 3rd, 2023
MATTHEW 2-3 | Jesus, the eternal Son, has become flesh. The Father expresses his delight in the Son, and the Spirit of God descends like a dove to rest on Jesus. The Holy Spirit marks both the commencement of his public ministry and anoints Jesus for that ministry (Isa. 61:1–2; Acts 10:38). Condescension, love, and grace combine at this moment as Jesus, the God-man with clothes dripping while standing in Jordan, receives the blessing from on high.
He Will Save His People From Their Sins
on January 2nd, 2023
MATTHEW 1 | Jesus entered the world he created as a baby, fulfilling his promise. Jesus came to save his people from their sins. God came to be with us in the flesh. Joseph was more than just the quiet carpenter; he was the adoptive father with royal blood in his veins who conferred the status necessary for Jesus' mission as the Son of David. Joseph is an example of receiving God's word by faith and obeying without question.
Happy New Year!
on January 1st, 2023
As we ring in the New Year, it is the perfect time to think about how we can make and keep God's word a priority. The Bible is an incredible source of grace God has given us for our spiritual growth and development. This year, let's commit to reading through the New Testament together by 2023. It's easy to follow, with a passage for each weekday and opportunities to catch up on weekends if needed....
The Breath Of God
on December 29th, 2022
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness," (2 Timothy 3:16, ESV) The Bible is the very breath of God, communicating the words of God. This living book is full of wisdom, guidance, and instructions for how we should live as Christians. It speaks to us about God's character, our purpose in life, and how living a...
The Mind Set On Things Above
on December 29th, 2022
We are instructed to renew our minds, but in today's busy world, finding stillness and focusing on the things of God can seem like a near-impossible task. Constant noise—notifications, conversations, commotion—surrounds us and can sometimes be overwhelming. However, with just a little effort, we can still find peaceful solitude amid all the noise. Making time for stillness is essential to cultivating peace in our lives, whether it's a five-minute stroll with God outdoors or just sitting indoors and meditating on scripture. Though life can be chaotic at times, don't forget about seeking things above wherever possible; these moments of solitude and quiet are incredibly powerful.
7 Things From Hebrews 4:12
on December 28th, 2022
As Christians, one of the greatest gifts that we have is access to the Word of God. When we open the Bible and read it, we are not just reading a book—we are encountering God Himself. His word is alive; when you read it, you can hear His voice speaking to your heart. It can bring self-awareness, judgment, and transformation. Here are seven reasons to invite the blade of scripture into your life for surgery on the heart:
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