2019 Day 12 – Matthew 8-10

2019 Day 12 – Matthew 8-10

When Jesus was seen eating with sinners, the Pharisees questioned why He would associate with this type of people. His answer points to why we all need Him. “But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” (Matthew 9:12 KJV) We will never be sinless and perfect, but we have One who is and who died for us! “For all have sinned, and come short of the…

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2019 Day 11 – Matthew 5-7

2019 Day 11 – Matthew 5-7

It has been said that you can look at a man’s checkbook and tell where his heart is. It seems those words probably originated from part of what was spoken by Jesus in His sermon on the mount. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in…

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2019 Day 10 – Matthew 3-4

2019 Day 10 – Matthew 3-4

When the devil tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread, even though he hadn’t eaten for forty days Christ responded that physical nourishment was not everything. “But he answered, ‘It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4 ESV) It is up to us to feed our souls a complete supply of God’s Word through daily spiritual nourishment. Today’s reading: Matthew 3-4

2019 Day 9 – Matthew 1-2

2019 Day 9 – Matthew 1-2

In this section of scripture we read of Jesus’ birth. As you read it do you notice any details that don’t agree with the nativity scenes that we normally see around Christmas time? How many wise men are spoken of in chapter 2? We are never told. It is just assumed that there were three because that is how many gifts were brought to Him. Did the wise men come to see Jesus while he was a newborn in the…

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2019 Day 8 – Mark 15-16

2019 Day 8 – Mark 15-16

When Jesus was brought before Pilate, the people in the crowd were the one’s who had the most influence on the decision. “So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.” (Mark 15:15 ESV) As we often see happen, the opinions of the majority decide the outcome, even when wrong. Another more important point to be made from this verse is the agony put on our Savior. The…

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2019 Day 7 – Mark 13-14

2019 Day 7 – Mark 13-14

The importance of prayer is emphasized by the fact that even the Son of God had a strong prayer life.  One of those times of prayer we read about was before His crucifixion.  “And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you…

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2019 Day 6 – Mark 11-12

2019 Day 6 – Mark 11-12

We all can have forgiveness of sins through one source. “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:28 KJV) To obtain that forgiveness, we must fully follow the Word of God. One of those things that is required of us can be found in today’s reading. “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may…

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2019 Day 5 – Mark 10

2019 Day 5 – Mark 10

When James and John the sons of Zebedee asked Jesus for a favor, they did not truly understand what they were asking. (Mark 10:35) They wanted to be seated on each side of Jesus and have great honor. Jesus let them know that in His kingdom the standards were much different that the standards of the world. “And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it…

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2019 Day 4 – Mark 7-9

2019 Day 4 – Mark 7-9

When questioned by the scribes and Pharisees about His disciples eating their food with defiled hands, Jesus gave them a straightforward answer. He reminded them that these ceremonial hand washing rules were man’s tradition not a commandment from God. “And he said to them, ‘Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments…

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2019 Day 3 – Mark 5-6

2019 Day 3 – Mark 5-6

In these two chapters we see several of Jesus’ miracles. Casting out demons, healing sick, raising the dead to life, feeding thousands of people, and walking on water are just a few of the miraculous things that Christ did in His short time here on earth. What was the purpose of miracles during the time of Jesus and His Apostles? It was not for notoriety because at times Jesus told those involved to not tell anyone what He had done….

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