What would you expect a "house of prayer" to be like? Quiet? Calm? Perhaps some soft choruses in the background? Some Scripture being read? Prayers being prayed of course, right?
Well, that's not even close to what Jesus found in His "house of...read >>
With His face set like flint for Jerusalem, the days of concealing His identity are behind Jesus. Large crowds had gathered about Him and His disciples. The time for His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem had come. Arrangements for this day had been made before the...read >>
The way of the world versus the Way of the Word.
In last week's passage, the mother of James and John requested that her boys sit at King Jesus' right and left in His Kingdom. In our passage today, the Lord handles the indignant response of the other 10 jealous...read >>
Having just declared God's sacred intent for marital permanence, the subject now shifts naturally on to the product of such sacred unions: children. "Jesus," indeed, "loves the little children." "Let the children come to Me."
Ever seen...read >>
Today we continue our mini-series on the fourth lesson in humility wherein our Good Shepherd instructs us on how--practically speaking--He leaves the 99 to seek the one wandering lost sheep in His fold.
Have you ever been in sin and sought by the Savior?
Have you...read >>
In this third lesson on humility, Jesus instructs His little ones about His little ones: prefer one another rather than self-seek. By the parable of the lost sheep, He goes on to show the humility of His Father: His character of long suffering and patience toward...read >>
In our passage two weeks ago, our Lord began instructing His men on one of the main, base characteristics His followers ought to have: humility. He began with our humility as aliens in living in a dark, lost world. What should our perspective and attitude be like...read >>
Christian, do you know how to act and live as an alien-citizen in this world? Our Lord answered that question in last week's passage.
This week He turns His attention onto how we are to act and live as siblings in the family of God.
In both cases, humility is...read >>
Peter had just come down the Mount of Transfiguration where Jesus’ whole body shown like the sun, where Moses the Law and Elijah the Prophet met with Him face to face, where the heavenly Father Himself declared ‘This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well...read >>
In our passage today, Jesus forces the question: "Am I worthy of Jesus?" Well, how would you answer that? Are you worthy of Jesus? What a weighty question! Is there any more important question you'll be asked today? No!
Last week we covered Matthew...read >>
"What sort of man is this?" That was the question that was asked of Jesus not long ago, and it's the very same question Matthew has been providing an answer for throughout his testament of God's Gospel.
On the heals of revealing to the Pharisees that God...read >>
Having spent more than a year in The Sermon On The Mount, what is our state of union? Has the Son's faithful, clarifying exposition of His Father's Law stoked our spiritual pride: "We know more than them." Or, has the Righteous Words of the Son of Man...read >>
Are you a "do-gooder"? Well, though culture likes to poke fun at those who are, the Scripture commands that we be, that we follow in the footsteps of our Leader who did and is doing the most good!
But, as we all know, there is a way of doing...read >>
After three painful beatitudes of diagnosis, causing us to look in and behold our brokenness, now the King of kings turns our attention forward. The first steps of healing were realizing our desperate condition and need for it, but with this fourth beatitude, our...read >>
Phil Heath. Ever heard of him? That would be Mr. Olympia 2014: big, strong, tall, muscular, the recipient of Earth's crown. Now consider Jesus' words in Matthew 5.5. Who does He say will inherit the earth? The meek.
As with the other beatitudes, meekness is one the...read >>
Are you humble, poor in spirit? How do you think of yourself standing in the presence of the Almighty? It's coming soon, you know.
In any other trip we take, the first thing we do is pack. But when beginning the trip into God's Kingdom, Jesus first points out the...read >>
His ways are not our ways. Just ask yourself, "Would I have written the Script like He did? God becomes man to save man from God... spends the majority of His life in a small hick-town, then the last three years being despised & rejected, ultimately to...read >>
How long have you lingered under the crushing weight of guilt?
Does there remain any unconfessed failures or grievances against others that our enemy clouds out Christ with?
If God loves youâ€”and you know He doesâ€”He will lovingly, but often painfully,...read >>
There are so many pointers to Jesus in today's passage on the life of Joseph.
Joseph proves to be an amazing man of faith & godliness, one we should most certainly "follow as I follow Christ." The Lord exalts him to a position of authority in Egypt,...read >>
The first couple of sections of this chapter read like Abraham's obituary. God's plan to continue His covenant faithfulness is shifting from Abraham to his son, Isaac.
Various other details about Abraham's life are introduced here, including the addition of another...read >>