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09
Oct

Matthew 18-19

Daily Reading Matthew 18-19 Daily Thought “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20). Has anyone who quotes this verse ever asked, where is Jesus when you are by yourself? He’s with you, of course, so let’s stop pulling this verse out in small groups, saying […]

08
Oct

Matthew 15-17

Daily Reading Matthew 15-17 Daily Thought The disciples have travelled close behind Jesus since he called them to “follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:22; see also 8:22; 9:9). It was time to find out why. “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13), Jesus asked the twelve men […]

07
Oct

Matthew 13-14

Daily Reading Matthew 13-14 Daily Thought Jesus began to speak in parables to the hard of heart, because though “seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand” (Matthew 13:13). They are capable, but they are not willing, and so they do not try to understand and are blind […]

06
Oct

Matthew 11-12

Daily Reading Matthew 11-12 Daily Thought John the Baptist is the one prophesied to announce the coming of Messiah, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you” (Matthew 11:10; cf Malachi 3:1). Now in prison, he asks of Jesus, “Are you the one?” (Matthew 11:3). Jesus says just […]

05
Oct

Matthew 9-10

Daily Reading Matthew 9-10 Daily Thought “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32). The rancher wanted the farmers to pay for his drowned cattle. “Judge, you know we’ve been having a drought. The farmers had a prayer meeting and asked God to […]

04
Oct

Matthew 7-8

Daily Reading Matthew 7-8 Daily Thought If John 3:16 is the best-known verse in the Bible, one of the most quoted is Matthew 7:1–”Judge not, that you be not judged”–often employed to provide biblical cover to an “I can do whatever I want” lifestyle. The rub comes a few verses later, however, when Jesus says, […]

03
Oct

Matthew 5-6

Daily Reading Matthew 5-6 Daily Thought Jesus said, “I have not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, not an iota, not a dot” (Matthew 5:17-18); then elaborated on the iotas and the dots. Anger is murder; lust is adultery, and so is divorce; don’t swear to tell the truth, simply tell the truth; […]

02
Oct

Matthew 1-4

Daily Reading Matthew 1-4 Daily Thought Matthew begins with what is important to a Jew, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). The Hebrew people want to know where you come from;  specifically who was your father and your father’s father. It was a […]

01
Oct

Malachi 1-4

Daily Reading Malachi 1-4 Daily Thought It is a shaming question: the gifts you present to God, would you give to the king? “When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he […]

30
Sep

Zechariah 8-14

Daily Reading Zechariah 8-14 Daily Thought Much of the work of God’s prophets is in the proclamation of judgments and the promise of redemption, but sometimes they foretell the future, and Zechariah more than many. It is a future of God’s glory reflected in his people, “On that day the Lord their God will save […]

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