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“But no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah” (Matthew 16:4 HCSB).

January 24, 2021

THE SIGN OF JONAH The Pharisees and the Sadducees came to Jesus asking for a sign. He told them that they could read the signs in the sky to predict weather, but were not able to read the signs of the times. In other words, they could tell when it was going to rain, but

“But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man” (Matthew 15:18 HCSB).

January 23, 2021

UNCLEAN HEART = UNCLEAN LIPS The Pharisees asked Jesus why His disciples didn’t follow the tradition of the elders by washing their hands before eating. He replied that it isn’t what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out.   The word “defile,” means to make unclean or impure. Jesus pointed

“As He stepped ashore, He saw a huge crowd, felt compassion for them, and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14 HCSB).

January 22, 2021

THE COMPASSION OF OUR SAVIOR After Jesus heard about the beheading of His relative, John the Baptist, He withdrew by boat to a remote place to be alone. However, as soon as He stepped ashore, He saw a huge crowd waiting for Him.   Can you imagine His grief? Can you understand His desire for

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!” (Matthew 13:43 HCSB).

January 20, 2021

THOSE HIDDEN WILL ONE DAY SHINE #OYB Jan20: “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!”   THOSE HIDDEN WILL ONE DAY SHINE Christ’s parable of the wheat and tares concluded with this: “The righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom.” In

“When Jesus became aware of this, He withdrew from there” (Matthew 12:15 HCSB).

January 17, 2021

IF JESUS WITHDREW, WOULD YOU NOTICE? Jesus and His disciples were preaching town to town, when they entered a certain town on the Sabbath and entered the synagogue there. The Pharisees heard that Jesus was there and in order to accuse Him, they asked whether it was lawful to heal on the Sabbath. He answered

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 HCSB).

January 16, 2021

DO YOU NEED REST? The greatest invitation in human history was offered by Jesus. Not an invitation to come to a party, but to a Person. Not an invitation to a religion, but to a relationship. Yet, this invitation is only to those who are “weary and burdened.” For only those that admit being sinners,

“Therefore, don’t be afraid of them, since there is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered and nothing hidden that won’t be made known” (Matthew 10:26 HCSB).

January 15, 2021

DON’T LET COVER-UPS AND CONSPIRACIES CAUSE YOU FEAR Jesus warned his disciples that as His followers, they would sometimes suffer persecution. Yet, He instructed them not to be afraid. For the hateful and ugly nature of their persecutors would be revealed to their shame and reproach. If not in this life, certainly in the next.

“…don’t worry about how or what you should speak. For you will be given what to say at that hour, because you are not speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:19-20 HCSB).

January 14, 2021

STOP WORRYING ABOUT HOW TO WITNESS When Jesus sent His disciples out as witnesses, He gave them detailed instructions. He even prepared them for times when they would be persecuted or questioned concerning their faith. He instructed them not to “worry” about defending their faith because God’s Spirit would give them the words to say

“Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness” (Matthew 9:35 HCSB).

January 13, 2021

CHRIST’S EARTHLY MINISTRY AND OURS The apostle Matthew described the earthly ministry of Jesus as having three important aspects. They were teaching, preaching and healing the sick. These three aspects of Christ’s earthly should also be ours as members of Christ’s body, which is the Church. Teaching. Jesus had a teaching ministry. This ministry was

“Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:13 HCSB).

January 12, 2021

GO AND LEARN The Pharisees asked why Jesus ate with sinners and He answered with a rabbinic response: “Go and learn.” For rabbis were known for sending their students back to the Scriptures to discover the answers to their own questions. Jesus quoted from the prophet Hosea where God had said, “For I desire mercy