Modern Day Lessons

Faith tested – What if Jesus’ spectacular walking on water miracle was a trick?

The scriptures tell us, after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus instructed the disciples to get into a boat and cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus then dismissed the crowd of five thousand and went to a mountainside to pray by himself. Shortly before…
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Modern Day Lessons

What does it mean, “Jesus died for our sins”?

Christians will be familiar with the idioms: “God sacrificed his only son” and “Jesus died for our sins.” For many Christians, the meaning of the phrases is confusing at best and horrifically sad at worst. How could God “sacrifice” his only son? And what does Jesus’ death have to do…
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Matthew

Fulfilling Old Testament prophecy, Jesus heals multitudes of people (Matthew 8:14 – 8:17)

Jesus went into Peter’s house and saw his mother-in-law laying on a bed with fever. Jesus touched her hand and the fever left her. She got up from the bed and began waiting on Jesus. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Jesus and he drove out…
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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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Matthew

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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Matthew

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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