Posts from December 2017

Posts from December 2017

Fear Not!

 “So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” Matthew 28:8-10 Most of us know the story of Mary Magdalene and Mary going to the tomb and finding the stone…

Matt. 25 | The Returning King

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.” Matthew 25:31  Probably no other event has been spoken or written about more than the second coming of Christ. Here in Matthew 25, actually a continuation of chapter 24, Jesus speaks to his disciples in parables to prepare them for the time between his ascension and before his second coming. Keep in mind these parables were in…
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Matt. 23 | Are You A Play Actor?

The twenty-third chapter of Matthew is unique from all the Gospels. It contains a scathing rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees, the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus day. In Matthew’s account (along with the other Synoptic writers), Jesus encounters the Pharisees’ varied attempts to catch Jesus in something he said so as to have a reason to condemn him. But He who is the fount of all wisdom sees through their hypocrisy and has an answer to each of their…

What About Me?

.It’s a rampant thought. We compare ourselves to others. We see what others are doing, achieving, receiving,  buying, or…! You name it. We are always looking at others and want things to be fair. The end of the Gospel of John shows this emotion when Peter is talking to Jesus. Jesus is so tender and loving to Peter. What a scene. And then what does our friend Peter ask? He asks about that other guy- John. Jesus essentially says, “What’s…

Matt. 18 | I Have My Rights!

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” Matthew 18:6-7  This powerful scripture regarding our treatment of ‘little ones’ ( young or new believers…

Matt. 15 | A Rock of Offense

What happens when God does something you did not expect him to do? What if he does not do what you were sure he would? Do you shrink back from him or press into him? Most of the players in the scenes that Matthew records for us in the 15th chapter of his gospel are offended because they did not get what they expected. But this should not be a surprise to us, for Peter quotes Isaiah, telling us of…

Matt. 13 | What Food Do You Seek?

“Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet, “ ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.’”    Matt. 13: 34-35 I will be honest; I was having a difficult time trying to figure out what to write about this chapter. It contains six parables that Jesus told…

Matthew 10 | Sent Ones

By: Patty King Matthew 10 is a familiar passage for us as we witness Jesus giving instructions to the disciples prior to sending them on a journey to share the Gospel. There is much to be gleaned from this passage, but I will focus on the first implication of the Lord’s instructions. As they evangelize, the Lord desires the disciples to rely on faith and discernment fully. One gift, not commonly discussed, is discernment. Discernment plays a vital role in…

Matt. 8 | Authority and Faith

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”                                                                                                                                                                 Romans 13:1-2 I think we can all relate to how it feels to have a loved one severely ill and in need of healing by the chief physician. I think back to when both my daughter…