New Testament Blog (Page 2)

New Testament Blog (Page 2)

Matthew 7 | You Better Be Scared Witless!

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”   “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did…

Matthew 6 | Believe Me, You Have Nothing To Worry About

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Mt. 6.34 In Matthew 6.25-34, Jesus teaches us that it never pays to worry. Instead, we must learn to trust God to meet our every need. It’s true that we all have things in life that can distress us and cause us to be anxious so that we often dwell on our difficulties and troubles. Jesus’ word on…

Matthew 5 | Choosing to Walk The Hard Path

What is the meaning of life? We humans seem to be hard-wired to ask questions like this. What is the best possible kind of life? What is right and wrong? What is the best moral system? For thousands of years, thinking men and women have had these kinds of nagging thoughts, and for good reason: they draw us to something beyond ourselves, and they profoundly affect the way we live our lives. In the fifth chapter of the gospel of…

Matthew 4 | Who You Really Are!

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Matthew 4:1-3  How would you respond if someone walked up to you and asked: “Who are you?”. On a surface level, it’s an obvious question having a wide range of meanings and could be answered…

Matthew 3 | Prepare the Way

“A Voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him” (Matt. 3:3). The Old Testament begins with the beautiful account of the creation and then very quickly turns sad as we read that sin entered the world by the 3rd chapter of Genesis. Along with the curse, God also gives us a promise that one day he would break the curse: “…he will crush your head and you will strike his heel”…

Matthew 2 | Thanksgiving is All About Worship

Matthew 2 tells the spectacular story of the wise men who came from the east following a star which would lead them to the King of the Jews. These men were Gentile astrologists who had seen signs in the heavens that made them curious enough to make the long journey to Israel for the singular purpose of worshipping this precious child born to be king. They stopped in Jerusalem to ask those who should have known about this event which…

Matthew 1 | Jesus: A Man With A Story

When my older brother heard the Gospel and believed, he was instantaneously delivered from drug addiction and began praying for my salvation. Due to the fact that my own drug use caused heightened tension with my parents, I decided to run away from home in Miami and return to Philadelphia. The night before I left home my brother called, and I told him of my plan to run away. He again told me that he was praying for me and…

Jude | Fight for the Faith

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.                …

James 5 | Help Us Help You

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a…

James 4 | A Portrait of the Redeemed Life

The epistle of James has often been referred to as the “Proverbs of the New Testament”. It’s a fair description because this epistle contains a wealth of wisdom and thought about godly living. It is easy to misinterpret the book of James because, on the surface, he seems to be advocating justification by works. If this book is approached from the perspective of law keeping, then it is simply a list of “do’s and don’ts”. If, however, it is approached from…