Monthly ArchivesMarch 2021

Authority to Clean | Sunday, March 21 standard

Matthew 8:1–4 8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”   One thought: We all have spiritual leprosy, but Jesus can cleanse us from even this   Three questions: How does the physical realm reflect the spiritual in this passage? ...

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True Authority | Saturday, March 20 standard

Matthew 7:27–29 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.   One thought: Humans have a tendency to talk about things they have no authority on and if they sound confident we believe them – Jesus speaks with and from true authority, how much more should we believe Him. Three questions: What gives Jesus the authority to speak this way? Do you see Jesus as the authority in your life? Can you ...

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Sand or Stone | Friday, March 19 standard

Matthew 7:24–26 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.   One thought: Life is like a house, but it isn’t about how good your house is, how good it looks on the outside or how many features it came with – it’s about what ...

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Not Everyone | Thursday, March 18 standard

Matthew 7:21–23 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’   One thought: The danger with this verse is that we think it is attacking us/everyone rather than just a particular (and probably small) group of people.   Three questions: Who do you think Jesus is speaking to? Why do ...

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Hard Realities | Wednesday, March 17 standard

Matthew 7:18–20 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.   One thought: When things do the opposite of what they were created for, destruction is the natural response   Three questions: Why is it so bad that trees bear bad fruit? Do you care about how God’s sees your life? Reflect on your own fruit, how have you become more like Christ?   Prayer: Praise God that He made us to bear good fruit and not evil. Give thanks that in Christ, we have been ...

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Bad Fruit | Tuesday, March 16 standard

Matthew 7:15–17 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.   One thought: False teaching smells like fruit gone bad   Three questions: Why is false teaching such a big deal?   Do you hate false teaching?   Watch American Gospel if you haven’t already   Prayer: Praise God that He provides the truth about who He is and what He has done in Christ. Give thanks that we have the Scriptures to teach us the ...

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Highway to Hell | Monday, March 15 standard

Matthew 7:13–14 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.   One thought: There is only one way to God. There are many ways to destruction.   Three questions: Why do you think God made it this way?   Do you trust God in this?   Give thanks today that you were shown the narrow path.   Prayer: Praise God that He made a way through Jesus Christ to return to good relationship with Him. Give thanks for those who proclaimed the gospel ...

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A Good Dad | Sunday, March 14 standard

Matthew 7:7–12   7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have ...

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Pearls to Pigs | Saturday, March 13 standard

Matthew 7:6 6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.   One thought: Some people aren’t interested in knowing about God’s grace   Three questions: Have you ever encountered a situation where you have tried to talk to someone about Jesus but they have been rude or dismissive? How do you feel when people disregard God’s grace?   Pray for someone who has rejected God’s grace in the past   Prayer: Praise God that the gospel is the greatest news in the world, regardless of whether people believe it. Give thanks that Jesus is a wonderful, ...

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See Clearly | Friday, March 12 standard

Matthew 7:1–5   7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. One thought: ...

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