Monthly Archives: December 2015

Christmas Blessings

My wish this Christmas is that you and yours will find and secure all of the blessings of our Lord.  I hope that you will grow in your walk with Christ in the coming year, that your loved ones will … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: December 23, 2015

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Christmas is almost upon us…

…and like most of you, I will be involved in the festivities of the occasion. Thus, since we have arrived at the end of one section of Matthew, but haven’t yet begun the next, I’ll be away from my computer … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:18-19; a closer look, part 2

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19 Peter was to be given “the keys of the … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:18-19; a closer look, part 1

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the … Continue reading

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“Who do you say that I am?”

Matthew 16:13-20 Jesus and the disciples came to the region of Caesarea Philippi where Jesus asked them who people were saying that He was. They responded with several things He was being called. Then Jesus asked them a fateful question: … Continue reading

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Pharisees, Sadducees and… yeast?

Matthew 16:5-12 After the scene in which the Pharisees and Sadducees set aside their contempt for one another to attempt to trick Jesus into offering a sign, Jesus and His disciples once again head off across the lake. This time, … Continue reading

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What Really Happened so Long Ago?

Our story took place a very long time ago, in a faraway place. Things were a lot different in the days of old when the Messiah came into this world; there were no cars, no highways, no buses, trains or … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it … Continue reading

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Feeding the Four Thousand

Matthew 15:29-39 After the incident with the Canaanite woman, Jesus moves back the shore, and the crowd follows. He has just come back from Gentile territory, and the crowd from there is still following; this is important for us to … Continue reading

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