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Matthew 17 | What Awaits Those Who Carry The Cross

Written by Joel Silverberg The magnitude of the Transfiguration cannot be understated. Peter, James, and John find themselves in one of the most profound moments in the New Testament. Jesus is shining like the sun right before their eyes and they witness him speaking to Moses and Elijah. They then see a bright cloud surrounding them as the voice of God speaks, “This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Imagine bearing witness to…

Matthew 16 | Upon This Rock

 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16 I recall from my college marketing class, our professor taught about obtaining marketing data. Marketing, much like political polling, can be difficult to obtain factual answers from those people targeted for the survey. I remember him talking about a marketing surveying company working for one of the large automobile companies. They posed a…

Matthew 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…

Matthew 14 | Life Lessons from A Day in the Life of Jesus

Matthew 14 opens with the story of the death of John the Baptist. He was Jesus’ cousin who leapt within his mother’s womb when a pregnant Mary arrived to visit Elizabeth. It was said he would be the forerunner of Jesus preparing the way of the Lord. John’s ministry only lasted for 1 year but it was power packed. His message was simple, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” He baptized people for repentance but he always…

Matthew 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 the…

Matthew 12 | Looks Like An Orange; Tastes Like A Lemon

“Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”   Matthew 12:33 In February of 1988, my younger brother and I set out from East Texas for South Florida. Some friends we had grown up with invited us to come to Florida because there was a fair bit of construction work available. We intended to come to Florida to work…

Matthew 11 | Pride – The Curse of Godless Intellectualism

 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Matthew 11:25 If we are honest with ourselves, each of us struggles in some way with pride. Pride comes in many different forms, far too many to even summarize in a short blog post. However, in this passage, Jesus chose to call out a specific group of people about…

Matthew 10 | Sent Ones

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 our daily walk…

Matthew 9 | Bring It To Jesus

Sometimes we wait patiently on the Lord. And then, sometimes we are called to take bold action, to move forward in our faith, to have courageous confidence in Jesus’ desire to change our situation. It is easy to fall into a pit of passivity, wallowing in the weakness or oppression in which we find ourselves. Matthew chapter nine shows us five instances where people actively bring their problems to Jesus in faith. And, importantly, Jesus was impressed by that faith…

Matthew 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…