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    365 Bible Reading

    April 28 – Matthew 17 & 18 (error on schedule)

    LOOK:  The Transfiguration happens in this chapter.  Peter, James and John are with Jesus when they experience this incredible happening.  They are astonished and not sure how to react.  How awesome this had to have been for these guys to experience the relationship between God the Father and God the Son.  Jesus then heals a man’s demon-possessed son because of the man’s faith.  I love the temple tax section because it reveals that all the disciples but Peter and Jesus were teenagers!!  In Chapter 18 shows God’s love for young people…first showing a child as the answer to “who is the greatest in heaven?” then warning about causing any child to sin.  He continues by talking about how much heaven rejoices when any “little one” comes to God.

    LISTEN:  The story of Jesus healing the man’s demon-possessed son is amazing!  The disciples were not able to help this family and I’m sure they had to be frustrated.  Jesus rebukes the crowd for their unbelief and proceeds to heal the boy.  He then uses the experience to teach His disciples about faith.  In chapter 18 Jesus talks about sin…causing others to sin, when someone sins against you and forgiving others in this sin cursed world.

    LEARN:  Do you have the faith of a mustard seed?  Any mountains move lately?  How are you making every effort to let the “little ones” know about God?  How are you handling your sin and the sins against you?

     
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    April 27 – Proverbs 17

    LOOK:  “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” 

    “Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.” 

    “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

    LISTEN:  These are a few of the great proverbs from this passage.

    LEARN:  Which are your favorites?

     
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    April 26 – Matthew 16

    LOOK:  “Red at night…sailor’s delight.  Red in the morning…sailor’s take warning.”  This famous line used by fisherman is used by Jesus to rebuke those who were asking for a sign from heaven.  Jesus warns the disciples to watch out for people like the Pharisees who were religious but lost.  Peter gets commended for answering correctly about Who Jesus was and then later is rebuked for not understanding that Jesus came to suffer and die for our sins.  Jesus is preparing His disciples for the fact that His death was coming soon.

    LISTEN:  I really like the fact that Peter gets it right one minute and the next Jesus is saying, “Get behind me, Satan”.  I can definitely relate to Peter and appreciate his experience of highs and lows in his journey with Christ.  Remember, at one point he was the only one with enough faith to get out of the boat and walk on water but the next minute he’s heading down about to drown.

    LEARN:  How’s your journey with Christ?  Are you experiencing some highs and lows?  Don’t be discouraged…it’s all part of the journey.  Keep growing!

     
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    April 25 – Matthew 15

    LOOK:  Jesus is being confronted by the religious lost again.  They were unhappy that the disciples would eat without ceremonially washing their bowls, cups and hands (religious tradition).  Jesus turns and accuses the Pharisees of breaking the law of God by not caring for their parents.  Jesus later explains to His disciples that religious tradition is man’s version of righteousness.  He challenged them to consider what was coming out of their lives as a sign of real righteousness.  Jesus has a conversation with a Canaanite woman and healed her daughter even though she was not Jewish because of her faith.  The chapter ends with the feeding of the four thousand, another example of Jesus’ power and authority.

    LISTEN:  I really like Jesus’ teaching about what really defiles a person.  We can be so caught up with doing our religious duties while our lives our lacking true righteousness.  God wants us to live our lives from the inside out…He wants us to be transformed on the inside so that the result will be a life producing the fruit of righteousness.

    LEARN:  What’s happening on the inside of you?  Are the things in your heart and mind pure before God?  You will eventually act out what you are really like on the inside.  You can only put on a religious front for so long.  Is it real in you?

     
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    April 24 – Matthew 14

    LOOK:  This passage is divided into three parts: 1) John the Baptist is beheaded – Herod hated John for his message about Jesus and how he confronted Herod’s sin.  2) Jesus feeds the five thousand – I like to point out that Jesus was showing compassion for the crowd but He was also teaching His disciples.  3) Jesus walks on water and then mentors Peter who asks Jesus if he could join Him on the water. 

    LISTEN:  Much of the book of Matthew is written to prove Jesus’ power and authority to a Jewish audience.  However, we can learn from these writings and apply appropriate principles.

    LEARN:  Are you willing to confront in love (like John the Baptist) even if it costs you something?  Are you serving Jesus with the right motives and endurance like Jesus challenged His disciples?  Do you have the faith and desire of Peter to get out of the boat and follow Jesus with a growing faith?

     
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