Monthly Archives: September 2012

Looks Can Be Deceiving – Matthew 21:18-32

The incident with the fig tree seems to be less about food and more of a real life parable about the people Jesus was about to be confronted by. V19 – The note in the ESV Bible says “Since the fruit of … Continue reading

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Donkey King – Matthew 21:1-17

Don’t forget, Jesus is bringing a big ol’ crowd with Him (20:29) V2-3 – Jesus makes it unquestionably clear that He is in control of all that’s happening.  Everything is going according to plan. ◊ Sometimes God’s instructions are explicitly clear … Continue reading

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From the Bottom to the Top – Matthew 20:1-34

Jesus’ explanation about how to get ahead in His upside-down kingdom is dizzying. V1-16 – Don’t forget this parable is in response to Peter’s “What do we get?” (19:27) V1 – Another analogy to help us understand a little more … Continue reading

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It’s Just Stuff – Matthew 19:19-30

There are some days more than others I’d like to sell all our stuff and give it to the poor. V16 – This fellow wants to earn his way to heaven! ◊ Do I try to earn my way to heaven?  … Continue reading

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Marriage and Divorce: Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Matthew 19:1-15

How about that?  It turns out God meant what He said the first time… V1 – Jesus is leaving His home base area and heading out for Jerusalem where He knows He will die. V2 – I think it’s worth pointing out that Matthew … Continue reading

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Family Matters: Peace Keeping and Forgiveness – Matthew 18:15-35

He’s still talking about relationships between fellow Christ-followers from where we left off yesterday.  Just because it’s the family of God, doesn’t mean we don’t need some mad conflict resolution skills. V15 – I noticed a couple of things were implied by … Continue reading

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Humble Pie – Matthew 18:1-14

Jesus has three years to mentor His disciples into men who can effectively spread His message over the entire globe.  Gah!  They’re learning painfully slowly!  Thank You Jesus for Your patience with us! V1 – The other gospels mention this … Continue reading

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Faith and Taxes – Matthew 17:14-27

This whole faith and authority in prayer thing has been gnawing at my heart a lot lately.  God is trying to teach me something… I wish I could tell you more, but I’m still trying to figure it out myself. … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Heaven – Matthew 17:1-13

I decided to keep this section pretty short because there is a lot to learn by going back and reading about Moses and Elijah and what they represented and the prophecy in Malachi.  Do some digging today and see if you … Continue reading

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Eternal Perspective – Matthew 16:1-28

My tattoo reminds me every day of the truth in this chapter.  Incidentally, this chapter has a bunch of deja vu moments.  If Jesus repeats something, it’s probably important to pay extra attention to it. V1 – Pharisees and Sadducees are … Continue reading

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