EXHAUSTED? TIRED OF THE WAY LIFE IS GOING? I think everyone reaches this point at some time in their life. Maybe you are different but I think not. In fact maybe that is you today. Jesus knows all about people and the trials of life. He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” (Matthew 11:28-20 NIV). A little earlier in Matthew (chapter 9) Jesus noted that the crowds that followed him were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Undoubtedly there are many today who feel just like


SMALL THINGS! “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward,” (Matthew 10:42 NIV). Several things stand out in this verse that ends Matthew chapter 10. The progression from the ministry of the Apostles serving with acts of miracles and glorious healings, to relationships to Jesus, to prophets, and to righteous people ends in verse 41. People might treat each of these people nice or terrible depending on the situation. Except for the religious leaders and the governmental authorities most of these people listed would find it fairly easy to get a cup of cold water out of respect f


“THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL BUT THE WORKERS ARE FEW.” This verse is found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 9, verse 37 (NIV). The events in this chapter leading up to this statement by Jesus are astounding. Jesus heals a paralyzed man and by doing so indicates He has power to forgive the sins of mankind. He follows this with the call of Matthew the tax collector to follow him and He gathers all kinds of sinful people in Matthew’s home to share God’s grace to sinners and religious people alike. Jesus then follows this time with an announcement that something new is happening in God’s plan for the Kingdom and patches on the old religious system are being replaced with something new from God. Af


WHEN JESUS IS IN THE BOAT THINGS ARE OK! The passage begins rather quietly, “Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him,” (Matthew 8:23 NIV) It seems this was not an uncommon event. Several of his disciples were fishermen and most of them were used to being around the Lake of Galilee so in their minds this would be just another trip on the water. The trip was so common that Jesus went to sleep. This is not unlike most of us as we start our day. It will be just another day with common events. But things can change in a hurry, “Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping,”(v.24). I don’t know if you have ever been on


WHAT’S IN A WORD? A lot it seems. ASK, SEEK, KNOCK, RECEIVE, FIND, OPEN DOOR! These are all key words in Jesus exhortation for us to pray in Matthew 7:7-11, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened,” (Matthew 7:-8 NIV). In this process of prayer there seems to be a rising intensity involved in praying. As someone has said, “The phrases signify to seek with earnestness, diligence, and perseverance.” Our hearts and actions will reveal our sincerity in what we are asking of God. Is our prayer simply a habit or a wish or a desire,


JESUS ON PRAYER! There are countless books on prayer available today and I have read many of them. The internet is alive with information telling us how to pray and formulas for prayer. Seminars abound on prayer. We have prayer meetings, prayer chains, prayer conferences, prayer clothes, prayer lists, and sermons on prayer and Facebook is full of prayer promises. It appears people are sure that prayer is important but not quite clear on exactly how to pray or what form of prayer is really acceptable or fruitful. Could it be that all these things combine today to suppress prayer instead of promoting it because it sure seems like people and the church are praying less today instead of more. Je


TOWNS & LAMPS; WHAT DO YOU AND THESE THINGS HAVE IN COMMON? Well according to Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount you and I as His disciples have a lot in common with these things at least in one area. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven,” (Matthew 5:12-16). Since I grew up in East Tennessee I have seen a lot of hills which is quite unlike the flat South Florida where I live now. One of the thi


SATAN ASSAULTS JESUS! We think Jesus and His followers are under assault in our society today, and they are, but the truth is Satan has been at that work for a long time. The Bible, in Matthew 4:1-11, gives great insight into Satan’s assault on the incarnated Jesus, Jesus’ response, and a picture of the glorious Savior we serve. If Satan would assault Jesus by trying to tempt Him with all the pleasures of this earthly life then we can be assured Satan will also try to tempt us as well. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life are also around to tempt us. And Jesus by example stresses that our response to Satan’s temptations is not to rely on our own human resources


GOD USES “DIFFERENT” PEOPLE! Yes, He does! Very often society criticizes and ostracizes people who are “different” but very often in the Bible we find God often uses “different” people in great ways. That would be a great bible study for all of us. In the gospel of Matthew in chapter three we find a very “different” person marching to the forefront of Matthew’s narrative and he just happens to be a Preacher. He was called John the Baptist and he certainly didn’t wear a “Sunday Suit.” As Matthew reveals, “John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His daily diet was also a little different; “His food was locust and wild honey;” not exactly what the R


HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR IN THE MIDST OF UNCERTAIN TIMES! We certainly seem to live in “uncertain times” when the world seems ready to explode in every place and in every way. It seems just when you think things can’t get worse in this world, they do. I am sure every generation down through history has felt this way at one time or another. So where do we go to gain certainty in an uncertain world? It often appears Institutions, governments, politicians, employers, and often even families seen to offer only uncertainty and doom and gloom. We have just come through the Christmas season with its emphasis on the message of God’s great gift to the world, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is certain we see i

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