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It’s about the Heart: Pt 2 (Mt 15:1-28)

by Wes Bridel on April 7, 2009

in Matthew

Matthew 15:1-28
Yesterday we began discussing Jesus’ concern for our hearts as seen in His three discussions in this chapter, and looked at the first of those.  Today, let’s look at the second two.
2.       Matt. 15:12-20
By focusing on Peter, if we can put ourselves in his shoes, perhaps we can see how slow we are to [...]

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It’s about the Heart: Pt1 (Mt 15:1-28)

by Wes Bridel on April 6, 2009

in Matthew

Matthew 15:1-28
Three conversations were carried out by Jesus in Ch.15.  The first was with the Pharisees and some teachers of the Law with a crowd listening in.  The second with His Disciples, Peter in particular.  The final was with a Canaanite woman.  In all three, Jesus was looking into the heart condition of those He [...]

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Walk by Faith – Pt 2 (Mt 14:13-36)

by Wes Bridel on April 3, 2009

in Matthew

Yesterday in Part 1, we introduced the topic of a life of miracles by examining the common elements often seen in Jesus’ ministry.  Today we’ll look at the two big miracles in this chapter.
In the story of the feeding of 5000, let’s look at it from different people’s perspectives. (also see John 6:1-15)
There were sick [...]

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Walk by Faith – Pt 1 (Mt 14:13-36)

by Wes Bridel on April 2, 2009

in Matthew

When we put trust in Jesus, what happens?  He will do miracles!  Yesterday, we looked at the two greatest prophets being cast out by God’s people.  Today and tomorrow we’ll look at Jesus’ two major miracles of Ch.14, and hopefully come to better understand how we can see more of the miraculous in our lives.
Let’s [...]

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Two Prophets Rejected (Mt 13:53-14:12)

by Wes Bridel on April 1, 2009

in Matthew

After teaching the parables of the Kingdom, Jesus went to His hometown to teach.
Ahh home, the place where you’re loved and respected, right?  That’s not what Jesus found.  It is not an uncommon thing for a prophet or messenger of God to be rejected by God’s own people, usually represented by the religious and/or civil [...]

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God reveals the Kingdom of Heaven directly to us through the simple.  Jesus taught in parables which we began discussing with the sower.  Today, Jesus will show us how His Kingdom spreads, what we need to do to enter it, and how God’s judgment at the end of time will look.
2. Matt. 13:31-33 The Parable of [...]

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Parable of the Weeds (Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43)

by Wes Bridel on March 30, 2009

in Matthew

Jesus used many parables to teach truths of the Kingdom.  This was a tradition of instruction used many times in the Old Testament.
“Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,” (Psalm 78:1-2)
Parables [...]

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Whose Kingdom is it anyway?

by kara bridel on March 29, 2009

in Matthew, Random Musings

I just stumbled upon an interesting quote from Margaret Sanger, the woman who started Planned Parenthood.
In her book first published in 1920, Woman and the New Race, she shared what she believed would be the outcome of legalized birth control and abortion:
“[Because of birth control], child slavery, prostitution, feeble mindedness, physical deterioration, hunger, oppression and [...]

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The Parable of the Sower (Matt. 13:1-23)

by Wes Bridel on March 27, 2009

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After Jesus was challenged in Ch 12, Pt 1 and Pt 2, He began teaching in parables.

The seed sown in good soil

Today we’ll cover the Parable of the Sower and what it takes to receive the blessings of God. There is one more interesting thing to note first from the context of chapter 12. [...]

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Jesus Challenged: Part 2 (Mt 12)

by Wes Bridel on March 26, 2009

in Matthew

Matthew 12
Yesterday, we looked at the Pharisees challenge to Jesus’ legitimacy. Today we’ll look at the challenges to His Spirit and Wisdom and to His relationship.
2. Jesus had His spirit and wisdom challenged for the Pharisees did not understand how God was bringing His Kingdom reign. The Kingdom of God has its governmental structure and [...]

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