Sunday, February 19, 2023

Posted on Feb 15 2023
DIGGING DEEPER INTO MATTHEW 16:23–17:8 Bible Background: Jesus has just told his disciples that he will suffer and die and be raised. Peter resists that kind of talk. Then Jesus speaks these hard words about taking up the cross and following. The Transfiguration scene on the mountaintop
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Sunday, February 12, 2023

Posted on Feb 11 2023
What’s up with these Parables in Matthew 13? Bible Background: Matthew 13 is a chapter with parables about the kingdom of God. The “Sower and the Seed” one is not so hard to relate to. Several of the others make us scratch our heads-and maybe that is what a parable is meant to
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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Posted on Feb 04 2023
Matthew 7 = Sermon on the Mount = Hearing + Doing Bible Background: The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew is a collection of Jesus’ teachings (not likely a single sermon!) that shows Jesus as a “new Moses” and more! Today’s reading is like a collection of proverbs-wise
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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Posted on Jan 27 2023
Reflections on Matthew 6:7-21 Bible Background: This is at the center of Jesus “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew. Note that Jesus is not condemning almsgiving, prayer, or fasting. He wants his followers to do those things from the heart and not for ‘show’. Praying
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