Jesus heals to authenticate His identity and to demonstrate His will. Why does Matthew follow Jesus' proclaiming and teaching with a chapter on healing? Why does Matthew choose these three examples of healing since the text goes on to say that Jesus healed everyone, everywhere, all the time? https://wordwithoutwalls.libsyn.com/website/bible-study-matthew-81-15-jesus-heals-3-and-then-all
This past Sunday was the third Sunday in Lent (the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, not counting Sundays). The gospel lesson for that Sunday records Jesus cleansing the temple at the beginning of John’s gospel, soon after we are told that the Word became flesh and tabernacle among us. What happens when the … Continue reading Third Sunday in Lent
Why would anyone build their house on sand? Because it is fast, easy, and most of all, because sand conforms to our plan. But does it last? Why not build on rock? Because it is hard work but most of all, your plan is determined by the Rock. Storms and floods are the consequences of … Continue reading Podcast: Matthew 7:24-29
How do we know if a person or minister or ministry is of God? Jesus said you know a tree from its fruit. Jesus warns against pretentiousness and self-deception. https://wordwithoutwalls.libsyn.com/website/bible-study-matthew-715-23-jesus-on-authenticity
Jesus said the path is narrow that leads to life and few find it. How can the path be narrow if God desires all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth? What is it that makes the path to life infinite narrow? Is there something that makes the path singularly narrow … Continue reading Podcast: Matthew 7:13-14
After “functionally atheist,” what is likely the next most critical problem for Christians? How about self-righteousness? There are three main problems, dire threats, having to do with self-righteousness. One, self-righteousness is a determination of the corruption in our human nature; pride makes us self-righteous. Two, we are greedy because we have an intense sense that … Continue reading Self-Righteousness?
Functionally atheist? Of course not; I’m a Christian. If we are Christian, why do our lives seem to be so much like the lives of non-Christians? This is the very question that is on the minds of many non-Christians. What is going on? First, our human nature has not and will not change: "That which … Continue reading Functionally Atheist?
Our world thinks in terms of give and TAKE. God's kingdom is one of give and be given to. Jesus speaks about what we have been given, how to protect that from being despised or wasted, and how to open ourselves to all that God has to give us. What does it mean that the … Continue reading Podcast: Matthew 7:6-12
How do we know if we are seeing things as they really are? Does Jesus really forbid judging one another? Why do we tend to see the worst in others but not in ourselves and what is the remedy? https://wordwithoutwalls.libsyn.com/bible-study-matthew-71-5
Jesus forbids worry based on God's economy. If God feeds the birds and clothes the flowers, how will not much more wonderfully and abundantly provide for you? Why not seek God's kingdom first and let everything else follow? https://wordwithoutwalls.libsyn.com/bible-study-matthew-625-34