Monthly Archives: May 2020

Little faith, great faith (Matthew 14-16)

A I read Jesus’ praise of the Canaanite woman, “Woman, your faith is great!” I wonder how the disciples felt. Not just because they had asked Jesus to send her away, but because Jesus had said of them numerous times, … Continue reading

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Closing our eyes and ears to God’s truth (Matthew 13)

Let’s be honest. God’s truth is sometimes hard to hear. Sometimes it stings. The question is: what do we do with it? Some people, as in today’s passage, close their eyes and ears to the truth. The result? Calloused hearts … Continue reading

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True Sabbath worship (Matthew 12)

Here in Japan and in the States, it looks like we’re all going to start returning to church soon. But it would be well for us to remember what true Sabbath worship is. It’s not just going to church. It’s … Continue reading

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Kicked out of our comfort zones (Matthew 9)

Today I read a passage very familiar to me. When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, … Continue reading

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Following Jesus (Matthew 8)

If there’s one word you see in this passage, it’s “follow.” You see it five times in this chapter, but not all are used in the same sense. The crowds literally followed Jesus, but not all of their hearts belonged … Continue reading

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If the church is ever to change the world (Matthew 5:3-16)

I have often read the beatitudes as things applying to individual Christians. As I read it today, though, I thought about the church? Can we say these things of the church today? Are we a church of the poor in … Continue reading

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Because of the cross (Matthew 3)

According to Matthew, when Jesus was baptized, “The heavens suddenly opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And a voice from heaven said: ‘This is my beloved Son, … Continue reading

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A heart of worship (Matthew 2)

“How passionate am I to come worship Jesus?” That was my thought as I read this passage. The wise men were definitely passionate about coming to worship Jesus. They left their country and left no stone unturned in order to … Continue reading

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The God who accomplishes his will (Matthew 1)

In these difficult times, we often hear from pastors, “God is still in control.” But do we believe it? One thing I think we see from this passage is that God is in control, even when we can’t always see … Continue reading

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Facing troubled times (2) (I Peter 5)

I wrote last week about facing troubled times. In this passage, Peter concludes his thoughts on facing such times. What do we do? First, humble yourself before God. In troubled times, what does that mean we should do? It means … Continue reading

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