In this text, we see Jesus experiencing the second and third temptations from the devil in the wilderness. The devil tries to use God's Word, but out of context and for the opposite of its purpose. That worked with Adam and Eve; why didn't it work with Jesus? We also see the devil take Jesus … Continue reading Podcast: Matthew 4:5-11
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In this passage, Jesus experiences the first of three temptations in the wilderness. The first—turning stones to bread—is the temptation to become selfish and succumb to intense longings for food. Yet, that is not the most important thing in life. What is the one thing that man can’t live without? https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=17306765
Why was Jesus tempted in the wilderness? Why did the Holy Spirit lead him there? Learn about this, and how Jesus retraced the steps of Israel (but perfectly) in His early life. https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=17275409
John the Baptist is confused about why he should baptize the Lord. But what does Jesus’ baptism reveal? We also see the Holy Trinity in this passage—the public witness about the identity of Jesus as He begins His public ministry. https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=17257283
Functionally atheist? What? No! I absolutely believe in God. Why then all the worry, fear, stress, and anxiety? How has God failed us so that we insist on making sure we make things happen that please us? How has God failed us so that we are constantly pressed from fear of one thing to worry … Continue reading Are we acting like atheists?
What could be worse than a stay-at-home order just as the Holy Day season begins? How about an imperial order to register for taxes? For Joseph and Mary, that meant a young lady in her final month of pregnancy must travel on foot and/or donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Wait a minute; it gets worse. … Continue reading In the most difficult of circumstances–considering the first Christmas
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When you are afraid, anxious, worried, or depressed, do you ever think about Good Friday? Jesus had been arrested, condemned, and crucified. Darkness was over the land and the hope of Jesus’ disciples was crushed. Has your hope ever been crushed? If so, you can identify with how the disciples felt. What’s good about a … Continue reading When you are afraid or worried, think about Good Friday
Why was Jesus baptized? We'll discuss that, and also look into John the Baptist's confrontation with the Pharisees and Sadducees. How does Matthew use these groups to contrast the human ego with Jesus' life-giving ministry? https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=17032388