Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 31, 2016: Day 28 – Matthew 28

You made it!  You are done with your first Gospel, and you made it.  I’ll never forget when I was a kid and every single Easter after church my father would read the first 10 verses of Matthew 28 as … Continue reading

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January 30, 2016: Day 27 – Matthew 27

I remember vividly when Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ came out.  The violence and the blood and the gore was almost overwhelming for me.  I really didn’t feel that I needed to see that, although since it came out … Continue reading

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January 29, 2016: Day 26 – Matthew 26

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Have you heard that phrase before?  Did you know that it comes from Matthew 26:41?  You do now.  It seems that all of a sudden things have become so much more … Continue reading

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January 28, 2016: Day 25 – Matthew 25

The kingdom of heaven is Jesus’ favorite theme upon which to teach.  He addresses the issue of when he is going to be coming back again and what we need to do in order to be prepared when he comes … Continue reading

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January 27, 2016: Day 24 – Matthew 24

This is probably the most difficult chapter of Matthew to understand.  So stay with me, as we plod our way through it.  I actually hope you don’t feel that it is plodding, but rather discovering truths that before had remained … Continue reading

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January 26, 2016: Day 23 – Matthew 23

The verse which really defines what Jesus says in this entire chapter is vs. 3.  The religious leaders did not practice what they preached.  As a pastor looking outside of my office window at the 3 feet of snow, I … Continue reading

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January 25, 2016: Day 22 – Matthew 22

In yesterday’s reading we found included the very important passage of Jesus opening up salvation not just to the people of Israel, but to all who would call him Lord and Savior.  The first parable for today continues that theme. … Continue reading

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January 24, 2016: Day 21 – Matthew 21

You have made it through all the way until the last week of Jesus’ life.  Didn’t that just fly by?  It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the first Gospel on our challenge.  The triumphal … Continue reading

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January 23, 2016: Matthew 20 – Day 20

This parable ranks in the top three of my favorite parables.  It is such a great teaching tool.  I use it to show that God is not fair.  That’s right, God is not fair.  If God were fair none of … Continue reading

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January 22, 2016: Day 19 – Matthew 19

The teaching on divorce is one that many would rather stay away from.  Interestingly enough, Matthew 19 begins more on a theme about marriage than he does about divorce.  Jesus states very clearly his understanding of what marriage is supposed … Continue reading

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