Category Archives: Matthew

May 21 – Trip to the Holy Land – Machaerus

DAY 9 – MACHAERUS Theme: Suffering Read Matthew 14:1-12 About 100 years before the birth of Christ, a mountaintop fortress known as Machaerus, was constructed over-looking the barren landscape of the eastern shore of the Dead Sea.  It stands alone, … Continue reading

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May 11 – Me & My Big Mouth – Matthew 12

Read Matthew 12:33-37 “Hurt people hurt people,” a wise youth pastor once told me. Upon hearing those words, a lot of the hurtful words that were said to and about me were under a different light. Instead of internalizing them … Continue reading

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April 21- Passion Week Report – Sunday Resurrection

Jesus’ Tomb is Empty! Read Matthew 28:18-20 JERUSALEM, Sunday, spring ca. 30 a.d. – The tomb of Jesus of Nazareth was found empty today! After His controversial execution by crucifixion on Friday, two men took the body of Jesus. Just … Continue reading

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April 18 – Passion Week Report – Thursday Arrest

Jesus Arrested Read Matthew 26:36-56 JERUSALEM, late Thursday, spring ca. 30 a.d. –Jesus of Nazareth was taken into custody late this evening. Jewish officials report that he was apprehended somewhat peacefully in the Garden of Gethsemane. The arrest comes on … Continue reading

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April 16 – Passion Week Report – Tuesday Denunciation of Scribes and Pharisees

Standoff in Temple Read Matthew 21:23-23:39 JERUSALEM, Tuesday, spring ca. 30 a.d. – Antagonism between Jesus of Nazareth and local Pharisees increased in a standoff in the temple today. After yesterday’s controversial cleansing of the temple, Jesus returned today to … Continue reading

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April 10 – Life from Death

Read Matthew 27:45-54 I love spring.  I walk around the yard looking for the delicate white flowers that bloom even while the harsh winds and cold temperatures seem unrelenting.   I shouldn’t be surprised, but I always am, and I marvel … Continue reading

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April 4 – Mountaintops – Mount of Olives Part 2

Read Matthew 24:1-25:46 Along with the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and the Upper Room Discourse (John 14-16), the passage you read today is one of the longest “sermons” or “instructions” that Jesus gave.  Spoken to His disciples while on … Continue reading

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