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    Fri, Mar 30th - 11:45PM

    Matthew 11:7



    Matthew 11:7And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

    John was no weak reed shaken by the wind.  He lost his life because he preached against the sins of King Herod.  He knew the dangers of doing so but yet he didn’t back down no matter the cost.

    We need strong faithful Christian leaders with the backbone to stand for Christ no matter the cost.  We have way to many trying to please others, to be like, to be popular, or to be more socially acceptable.  The Gospel is offensive to those outside of the Kingdom of God but that doesn’t mean we tone it down to appease others.  We continue to preach the complete Gospel of Christ even those parts that are not pleasing to society.  We answer to God not society.  We will be judged by God not society.



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    Thu, Mar 29th - 10:34PM

    Matthew 11:1-5



    Matthew 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. 2Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

     

    John at this time was sitting in prison for preaching against the sins of King Herod and perhaps in his weaken state started to have doubts about Jesus but Jesus answered his inquiries with scripture.

     

    Isaiah 29: 18And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.

    19The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel

    Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

    6Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

     

     

     

     



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    Tue, Mar 27th - 9:49PM

    Matthew 10:39



    Matthew 10:39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it (NLT)

    To have eternal life in Christ we must give up our old sinful life.  The life of living for self and fulfilling our selfish sinful desires and instead live a life of serving God and doing His will instead of ours.  It is living for God instead of ourselves. 



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    Tue, Mar 27th - 12:32AM

    Matthew 10:38



    Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me

    Christ was sacrificed on the cross in a very public manner.  He was sacrificed so that all in Jerusalem could see Him.  Living the life of a disciple of Christ is a life of sacrifice.  It is sacrificing our own desires to do the will of God.  Being a disciple of Christ means being a light for Christ in the dark world around us and you can’t do that by hiding who you are.  We are to live the life of disciple of Christ in a manner that all may see Christ living in us as a witness to this world around us.   



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    Sun, Mar 25th - 11:04PM

    Matthew 10:35-37



    Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

    At first glance these verses might seem kind of of harsh but pay attention to what Jesus is saying.  If you chose to follow Him it is going to divide families and it is going to divide friends but don’t let them hold you back.  The most important decision you can make in life is to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior.



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    Sat, Mar 24th - 10:05PM

    Matthew 10:34



    Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword

    Look at the results of Christ coming to earth.  He turned the world upside so much so they wanted Him dead.  The world has never been the same since Christ.  So much so we even measure our years before Him and after Him.

    Christ wasn’t suggesting so kind of physical war here He is talking about a spiritual war.  A war that has been raging since the beginning.  A war between God and the forces of Satan.  A war between good and evil.  A war we are all involved in.  There are no neutrals in this war.  If you aint a child of God then you are a child of Satan.  And Satan aint going down without a fight.  This fight would divide families and friends.  It is a fight that will continue until the final judgment on the forces of evil.  Our job as soldiers of the Army of God is to rescue the lost from the forces of Satan so they in turn can join us in the fight as children of God.  It is a bitter war that will divide families and friends but it is a war that must be fought to the end.



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    Fri, Mar 23rd - 9:54PM

    Matthew 10:32,33



    Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

    We should never be ashamed of who we are and what we believe.  The world will mock you for your beliefs.  They will try to shame you because your beliefs are not their beliefs but that is a good thing because we serve a God they don’t know and don’t understand.  Stand faithfully in your beliefs and represent your Savior here on earth.



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    Thu, Mar 22nd - 9:47PM

    Matthew 10:26-31



    Matthew 10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows

    In the verses leading up to these verses Jesus warns His disciples of what is in stored for them.  They will be persecuted, arrested, and hated but now He is telling them not to fear because when all these happens remember God has not forgotten about them.  Fear, hatred and persecution on earth is temporary but the judgment of God is eternal. 

    These verses remind me of one of my favorites in times of stress and hard times, Romans 8:31

    31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

    With God on our side what can stand against us? 



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    Wed, Mar 21st - 9:42PM

    Matthew 10:16-25



    Jesus is telling His disciples what is in store for them.  They will be brought before rulers, they will be persecuted, they will be hated, and more but Jesus promised they will not be forsaken that when they are tried the Spirit of God will be with them.  Look at what Jesus did not promise them.  He didn’t promise them prosperity, big houses, fancy clothes, wealth, or an easy time.  He was telling them if they chose to be His disciples then to expect a tough road ahead.  And if you know early church history then you know all the disciples except Judas of course and John, who spent his later years in prison, all died for the Gospel.

    If you chose to work for God then expect a fight.  Your enemy Satan isn’t going to go down without a fight.  You will be mocked, called names, and demonized by the media.  That is in the West.  Our brave brothers and sisters in other parts of the world face true danger in proclaiming the Gospel.  Every years Christians are killed for the faith and no one takes notice.

    All believers should see themselves as disciples and Jesus warned His disciples what to expect if you take the path to follow Him.



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    Tue, Mar 20th - 9:48PM

    Matthew 10:5-15



    Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. 11And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12And when ye come into an house, salute it. 13And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

    The disciples are sent out on their own to proclaim the Gospel to the lost sheep of Israel.  They are told to preach that the kingdom of heaven is near, heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out devils.  You could say this was a training run because it would be these same disciples, beside Judas, that would bring the Gospel to the world.



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    Mon, Mar 19th - 9:54PM

    Matthew 10:1-4



    Matthew 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. 2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

     

    Who was these 12 disciples?  If they hadn’t become the 12 Disciple they probably would have been lost to history.  They were just 12 ordinary men.  They weren’t the rich and powerful of Israel.  They didn’t come from influential families.  They weren’t the educated scholars of Egypt.  They were 12 ordinary men when Jesus chose them as His disciples but these 12 ordinary men would change the world.  See to the world they looked ordinary but God knew their hearts and what they were capable of.

     

    Look throughout history, who has God chosen?  Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, and Paul.  These were ordinary men on the outside but God knew their hearts and what they were capable.  Look at our modern history some of the most influential leaders of modern time never set foot in a seminary.  Men like Billy Graham, Dwight Moody, and Billy Sunday led thousands to Christ but once again were ordinary men.

     

     The point is don’t think because you never went to seminary or you seem like an average person that God won’t use you.  He uses those who are faithful to Him and allow God to do great things through them.

     



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    Sun, Mar 18th - 10:07PM

    Matthew 9:35-38



    Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

    The harvest is the world.  It is a world full of the lost heading to hell.  They are without Christ and without hope.  The laborers are the believers, the disciples of Christ.  We the believers, the children of God, the disciples of Christ are the laborers that will bring the good news of the salvation of Christ to this lost world on its way to hell.  Christian are called many things in the Bible but nowhere are we called pew warmers.  You might not be a preacher or evangelist but everyone of us know someone personally that needs to hear the Gospel and that person may never hear the Gospel unless you tell it to them.  That person may have been put in your life for you to tell them the Gospel and lead them to Christ.



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    Sat, Mar 17th - 11:15PM

    Matthew 9:18-34



    Matthew 9:18-34

    The world doesn’t understand faith.  The world doesn’t understand our faith in a God they can’t see.  They can’t understand how we can believe the stories in the Bible.  In verse 24 it says they laughed at Jesus.  They laugh at what they don’t understand and they don’t understand because they are blind to the truth.  They are blind to the truth of God and it our job as believers to lead them to the truth of God that He sent His Son to save the world from their sins. 



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    Fri, Mar 16th - 11:47PM

    Matthew 9:14-17



    Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 16No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

    Yes Christianity has Jewish roots but it is not Judaism.  Christ didn’t come to the earth and die on the cross to convert people to Judaism.  The death of Christ established a brand new covenant.  No longer would animals be sacrificed for our sins.  Christ was our sin sacrifice on the cross.  No longer would priest be needed to intercede for the people.  Christ is our eternal high priest.  No longer do when need a physical Temple of God.  All believers are the Temple of God and His Holy Spirit dwells in all believers.  All believers are the children of God.



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    Thu, Mar 15th - 10:01PM

    Matthew 9:9-13



    Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. 10And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

    Jesus came to earth to save all sinners.  He came to earth to die for all sinners.  The Pharisees thought they were to righteous for Jesus.  In their self-righteous state they failed to recognize God in the flesh.  In their self-righteous state they thought they were too good for the very Son of God.  How arrogant.  This very arrogance would keep them from receiving true righteousness.  There is one thing that makes us righteous before God and that is the blood of Christ.  You can never do enough on your own to make yourself righteous before God.



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    Wed, Mar 14th - 10:03PM

    Matthew 9:1-8



    Matthew 9:1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. 2And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 3And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7And he arose, and departed to his house. 8But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

     

    These scribes claimed to know the scriptures but yet they were missing the mark.  The long awaited Messiah was in front of them performing miracles and they refused to recognize Him.  Jesus didn’t fit their idea of what the Messiah should be but worst of all they were jealous of the attention Jesus was getting from the people.  They saw Him as threat to the power they held over the people.  Like a lot of people the desires of the world was preventing them from seeing and recognizing God.  A lot of people today refuse to believe in God because they have a hard time accepting the God of the Bible, they want a God created in their image, or they are more interested in the desires of the world then they are to surrending their lives to God.  The things of this world are temporary.  The things of God are eternal including His judgment on those who live in rebellion to Him. 

     



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    Tue, Mar 13th - 9:55PM

    Matthew 8:28-34



    Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. 33And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. 34And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

    Yes demons are real.  They are not creatures of myth.  According to the Bible they are fallen angels that followed Satan in his rebellion against God.  According to verse 29 they must know what is in store for them and they recognized Jesus right away. 

    Now look at the reaction of the town’s people in verse 34.  Jesus had just performed a miracle and set these two men free from the bondage of Satan and what was their reaction?  They wanted Jesus and His disciples to leave.  Why?  They didn’t care about the two men freed from Satan.  They were more concerned with their lost pigs.  They were more concerned with the materialistic then the spiritual.  They were more concerned with their livestock then they were about their fellow man.  I know this is how these people provided for their selves but we can never let the cares of this world allow us to take our eyes off of the things of God.  Their concern for the materialistic kept them from receiving salvation that day.  God came to visit and they failed to recognize Him because they were concerned over the wrong things in life.  Don’t let the concerns and the distractions of the world keep you from missing God when He visits in your life

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    Mon, Mar 12th - 9:47PM

    Matthew 8:23-27



    Matthew 8:23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”26Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.27The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” (NLT)

    Who is this man?  Jesus is the Son of God.  He is God in the flesh.  He is our Savior that died on the cross for our sins.  He is the one and only way to heaven.

    He is not just some great man, or a great teacher, or some kind of guru.  He is not a myth or a legend.  He is very real and if you don’t know Him as your Savior then your destiny is hell.  That is who Jesus is.   



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    Sun, Mar 11th - 10:11PM

    Matthew 8:21,22



    Matthew 8:21And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 22But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

    This might at first seem cruel of Jesus but think about what He is saying.  Follow Jesus now.  Give yourself to Jesus now.  Don’t let anything hold you back from accepting Christ as your Savior and following Him now.  You have no idea what tomorrow may bring.  You are not promised another second of life.  Follow Jesus now and let nothing hold you back from following Him. 



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    Sun, Mar 11th - 12:37AM

    Matthew 8:18-20



    Matthew 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. 19And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 20And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

    Jesus and His disciples spent time traveling from town to town across Israel preaching the Gospel.  They left their jobs and their homes behind for the Gospel.  Jesus was making sure this scribe understood what he was promising to do.  Making a commitment to follow Jesus means leaving our old lifestyle behind and making a commitment to following the will of God no matter where it leads.  This isn’t a commitment that is always easy to follow and does require a lifestyle of faith and discipleship but the Lord is our strength to do all things. 



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    Fri, Mar 9th - 11:20AM

    Matthew 8:14-17



    Matthew 8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. 15And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. 16When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

    Once again Matthew is tying Jesus in with the prophecies of the Messiah in the Old Testament.  Verse 17 is in reference to Isaiah 53:4 which says,

    Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted



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    Thu, Mar 8th - 11:50AM

    Matthew 8:5-13



    Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

    This Roman officer who more than likely was not familiar with the Jewish beliefs of a Messiah recognized that Jesus was more than a mere man and realized He had the power to heal his servant just by saying the word while the Jews who knew of the Messiah and had seen the works of Christ still refuse to believe in Him. 

    Most Jews who had never had anything to do with this man.  First He was a Gentile and the Jews considered Gentiles as unclean and would not associate with them.  Second he was a Roman officer.  The Jews hated the Romans for occupying their control and subjected them to Roman rule.  But Christ had no part in this racial and cultural hatred and reached out to this man who came to Him.  The Jews considered themselves the people of God and everyone else was unclean but Christ came to die for the whole world.  But yet when Christ came to the earth the Jews refused to believe in Him while as we see later with Paul it was the Gentiles that accepted Him as the Messiah.  This is why He said many from the east and west will sit down in heaven while the children of the kingdom will be cast out.



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    Wed, Mar 7th - 8:57AM

    Matthew 8:1-4



    Matthew 8:1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

    At first glance you look at these verses and say He healed a leper but look deeper.  He didn’t just heal the leper He touched the leper.  The Jews considered lepers as unclean and treated them as outcasts.  Leprosy was greatly feared by the Jews because of the horrible damage it did to the body, they didn’t understand how spread and many considered it a punishment from God and they would of completely avoid anyone with leprosy.  In fact many lived in small groups usually outside the city separated from everyone else.  But in the eyes of God no one is an outcast to be ignored.  Christ didn’t just show mercy and healed him, He touched him, and He showed Him love and compassion.   



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    Tue, Mar 6th - 11:28AM

    Matthew 7:24-29



    Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

    I don’t know a lot about construction but I know the most important part of any building is the foundation.  You can have the most beautiful house but if the foundation is weak it will crumble.  And that is what Jesus is saying here.  If you don’t have a strong foundation in your life your life will fall apart.  What is the strong foundation we are need in our life?  God. 



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    Mon, Mar 5th - 11:09AM

    Matthew 7:21-23



    Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    A true Christian will have the desire to do the will of the Father.  A true Christian will have the Holy Spirit living inside of them giving them the desire to do the will of the Father.  I say this because we know there are those who are Christian in name only.  I call them Sunday morning Christians.  They go to church Sunday morning a make a show of being a Christian for a couple of hours then they return to the worldly lifestyles or there are those who if you ask they will tell you they are a Christian but yet they can’t tell you the last time they been to church or even the name of the pastor and yes you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian but wouldn’t a true Christian have a desire to worship God with other believers.  And of course we have the false preachers.  We know they are out there.  They make a big show of performing great things and drawing large crowds but in reality they are after the fame and the money.  I won’t call them out, I don’t have to, God knows who they are.  They will be the ones claiming to have done wonderful works but yet God doesn’t know them.  After all it isn’t works that gets us into heaven but having Christ as our Savior and as I said a true Christian will have the desire to do the will of the Father.



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    Sun, Mar 4th - 11:40PM

    Matthew 7:15-20



    Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them

    Anyone who claims to be a Christian should be living the life of a disciple of Christ and you should see the results in their lives.  A disciple is a person who follows the teachings of a master.  As Christians our master is Christ and we should be following His teachings and you should see the results in their lives.  Christ should be the example we follow so let’s look at a few things.

    Christ lived to fulfill the will of the Father not His own will.

    Christ lived a simple and humble life.  He did not live to pursue earthly treasures.  In fact He preached on the dangers of pursuing earthly treasures.

    Christ’s spent His time on earth preaching repentance and leading sinners back to God. Now of course we all aint preachers but we are all expected to tell others about Christ.

    These are just a few examples but the bottom line is that as Christians we should be living as true Disciples of Christ and this should be evident to those around us.  They should see the fruit of our living for Christ.  And I aint talking about earthly fruit such as possessions, I am talking about spiritual fruit.  Fruit that is a result of a holy life before God.  People should see Christ in every aspect of our lives, in our conversations, at work, at home, at church in whatever we do we should be reflecting Christ living in us. 

     



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    Sun, Mar 4th - 12:35AM

    Matthew 7:13,14



    Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

    One of the charges often thrown at Christians are that we are narrow minded.  When people tell me I am narrow minded I say they are right it is because I follow a narrow path.  It aint politically correct to say so but there is only one way to heaven and that is through Christ.  If you don’t have Christ as your Lord and Savior you are going to hell.  It is not what I say it is what God says.  No matter how un-politically correct it might be if you are not a Christian you are going to hell.  No other path or so called deity will get you there.  The path to heaven is through Christ.



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    Fri, Mar 2nd - 11:11AM

    Matthew 7:12



    Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (NIV)

    This verse is often misquoted as don’t do to others as you wouldn’t want them to do to you.  It is actually do to others as you would want them to do to you.

    If you want love than show love to others.  You want forgiveness show forgiveness to others.  You want mercy then show mercy.  But if all you show to others is hate and angry then don’t be surprised when you get the same in return. 



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    Thu, Mar 1st - 11:14AM

    Matthew 7:7-10



    Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

    As believers we can rest assure that God hears our prayers and cares about prayers.  But as true believers we pray according to the will of God not for outrageous things out of the greed of our heart.  True believers know how to pray according to the will of God.  God will ensure we have what we need but He will not honor the things we ask for out of greed.  God is not some magical genie waiting to grant our every wish but He is a loving Father that will give us what we need. 



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