Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 21, 2016: Day 18 – Matthew 18

There are quite a few extremes in these verses, but before we get to those, let’s talk about the children.  Jesus speaks about the importance of children and their upbringing in the faith from vs. 1 all the way through … Continue reading

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January 20, 2016: Day 17 – Matthew 17

If you know your Baroque art then you know the image below is not from Caravaggio, but rather from Raphael.  It is a depiction of the transfiguration which is the story that we find at the beginning of Matthew 17. … Continue reading

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January 19, 2016: Day 16 – Matthew 16

It has been a while since I included a Caravaggio painting, but this one is one of my favorites.  You find the scene of the Apostle Peter being crucified upside down, so that he would not undergo the same death … Continue reading

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January 18, 2016: Day 15 – Matthew 15

Wait, Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fish more than once?  Yes, according to Matthew.  He has the feeding of the 5,000 and the feeding of the 4,000.  We will see that Mark has the same scenario, so … Continue reading

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January 17, 2016: Day 14 – Matthew 14

There is a great book by Presbyterian Pastor John Ortberg entitled If you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat.  Here is the link if you were interested in checking it out: http://www.amazon.com/Want-Walk-Water-Youve-Boat/dp/0310340462.  Peter walking on … Continue reading

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January 16, 2016: Day 13 – Matthew 13

There are two topics that Jesus addresses more than any other in Scripture.  The first is what is addressed in chapter 13, the kingdom of God, and the second is finances.  Aren’t you glad we are going to address the … Continue reading

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January 15, 2016: Day 12 – Matthew 12

Legalism can take the joy out of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.  When I attended Philadelphia College of the Bible I was shocked by the amount of rules that we had to follow.  We were not allowed to wear … Continue reading

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January 14, 2016: Day 11 – Matthew 11

I hope you are able to keep up with the readings.  We find once again some gems in this chapter.  If you look specifically at vs. 28-30 you will hear words that are familiar.  Jesus promises us that he will … Continue reading

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January 13, 2016: Day 10 – Matthew 10

I hope your eyes didn’t start to glaze over.  This is a tough chapter.  Jesus reminds us that it isn’t easy being a disciple of Jesus.  When I visit people in the hospital inevitably at one point or another someone … Continue reading

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January 12, 2016: Day 9 – Matthew 9

I’m sitting in the sanctuary and it is 7:30. I love this time of the week. I tend to be by myself and there is a quiet and a peacefulness in this sanctuary as I lift up my praises and … Continue reading

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