Matthew wrote in a very Jewish way about the interest Jesus had in Gentiles. He was a servant of the Gentiles when he met Jesus, working for a foreign government, collecting taxes for them from his fellow Jews. Two times he made a point of displaying the fact that the Spirit of God was leading
“No weapon formed against you will succeed, and you will refute any accusation raised against you in court. This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants, and their righteousness is from Me.” This is the Lord’s declaration. (Isaiah 54:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible® © ) Our God has made many promises that have been recorded
In the story Matthew shared of Jesus blessing a Gentile woman in the area north of Israel one day, he quoted Jesus as saying to her that her faith was great. He didn’t comment on the object of her faith. I suggest that it was aimed at His character and His love, and not at
In the 10th chapter of Mark’s Good News, he recorded Jesus’ making a trip through Jericho. On His way out of town, Jesus heard a blind man calling out to Him for mercy. He stopped and invited the man to come to Him. When Jesus was walking on the water to the disciples’ boat in
Please read Romans 8. Verse 6 says that a mind that is set on flesh is death. A mind that is set on spirit is life. Not that those mindsets lead to those ends – they ARE those ends. I can’t spend all of my time fighting death and find the result to be that
Appeals for support of ministries are abundant around us. The range of styles stretches from attempting to make us feel guilty that we are heartless with regard to the suffering of some beneficiaries of the work of a ministry to making us fearful that we will never be blessed again by God if we don’t
Frank Bartleman was the resident intercessor in the Azusa Street Revival, which was a beginning of the Pentecostal movement in 1906. On May 1, 1904, he was present at the Lake Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in Pasadena California when a revival began to break forth there. People had been praying that God would visit Pasadena.
Just because I have been born of God, and have become capable of seeing the Kingdom, I cannot expect that I will see it if I have no desire to. This is what Yahweh said through Jeremiah: Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes human flesh his strength and turns his heart
After being delivered through the sea, Israel rejoiced with a song Moses wrote. This is a tune I have set part of the song to: Who is Like You? Who is like You, O Yahweh? Who is like You – glorious in holiness? Who is like You, O Yahweh: Fearsome and famous – doing wonders!
When Jesus was being arrested, Matthew quoted Him (26: 55,56) as saying that He had been teaching in the temple every day without being arrested. He asked why they were coming with clubs and spears in the night to conquer Him as if He was a criminal. Then He answered His question Himself: it had