Matthew

The faith of a centurion amazes Jesus (Matthew 8:5 – 8:13)

When Jesus was at Capernaum, a centurion came to him asking for help. He said, “Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you under my roof. But just say…
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Revelation

The letters to the seven early Christian churches (Revelation 2:1 – 3:22)

Jesus told John to “write what you have seen, what is now, and what will take place later”. John began by penning seven letters to seven early Christian churches. To the church at Ephesus, he wrote: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right…
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Ignoring social constructs, Jesus touches and heals a leper (Matthew 8:1 – 8:4)

After Jesus completed his Sermon on the Mount, he came down from the mountainside. Large crowds of people followed him (recall that prior verses tell us the people were “astonished” at his teachings). A man with leprosy approached Jesus and knelt before him. He said, “Lord, if you are willing,…
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Revelation

John sees Jesus in a vision – the seven golden lampstands (Revelation 1:9 – 1:20)

John was on the island of Patmos because of his testaments about Jesus. On the Lord’s Day, John was “in the Spirit” when he heard a loud voice behind him. The voice said, “Write on a scroll what you are about to see and send it to the seven churches:…
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The wise and foolish builders – the wise man builds his house on a rock (Matthew 7:24 – 7:29)

Concluding his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his listeners: “Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on a rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house yet it…
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Matthew

Beware of false prophets and false disciples – the wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15 – 7:23)

During Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, after telling his followers they must decide which road they choose to follow, he said: “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ferocious wolves. By their fruit, you will be able to recognize them.” "Do you pick…
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The narrow and wide gates – what the Bible tells us about bad behavior and the higher standard applied to Christians (Matthew 7:13 – 7:14)

Nearing the close of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Enter through the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction with many entering through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to…
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Ask, seek, knock – Jesus tells us to pray persistently because God wants to bless us (Matthew 7:7 – 7:12)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you, for anyone who asks will receive, the one who seeks finds, and the door will be opened to…
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Matthew

Do not judge or you will too be judged (Matthew 7:1 – 7:6)- what Jesus tells us about “playing God”

As Jesus was reaching the end of his Sermon on the Mount lessons, he told his followers: “Do not judge others or you too will be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged using the same measure. Why do you point out a speck of…
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Matthew

Jesus teaches his followers to not worry (Matthew 6:25 – 6:34) and what the Bible says about worry

After instructing his followers to “store treasures in heaven”, Jesus told his disciples, “Do not worry about what you will eat and drink or about what you will wear. Life is more than food and water and your body is more than just clothes. Look at the birds in the…
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