In order to better follow Jewish culture and show respect for God’s name, Matthew, the author of the book Matthew, chose to use heaven instead of God in his message. He understood Jewish reverence for the name God, for this reason Jews avoided mentioning His sacred name.
The Apostle Matthew was himself Jewish, and a former tax collector by trade. Tax collectors were despised for being cheats. Sitting in their tax booths while working for Rome, they extorted monies from the locals. Any money they collected over and above what Roman government required, they kept for themselves. Continue reading
Jesus Christ is the Master of instruction to live a positive life. His Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew, chapters 5 ,6, and 7, eloquently reveals what is important in life, and how we can grow in the kingdom of heaven.
Two thousand years ago, enormous crowds gathered together on a hillside near Capernaum, as Jesus preached for several days what has become one of His most famous messages. Continue reading
Scripture offers us many examples of Jesus loving on the poor, the sick, the lame, the outcasts, and also those in mourning.
Nothing Jesus did was done in secret. All of his acts of loving kindness were witnessed by others. Often, the groups of witnesses included people who hated Jesus, such as the:
12 Famous People who state the Bible makes a difference in their lives.
From scientists to presidents, artists to celebrities, all believers in Christ accept the importance of God’s Truth:
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Continue reading
1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Biblical history reveals the Apostle John wrote 1 John somewhere between A.D. 85 and 90. Because John was an eyewitness to the life, death and resurrection of Christ, John wrote with authority all that he saw and heard. In the book he specifies five truths all Christians believe. Continue reading
Do you ever feel empty? I don’t mean are you hungry or is your mind blank? I’m asking if you ever wonder what you do in life is enough? No one lives a perfect life, though certain friend’s Facebook pages often advertise they live in perpetual perfectness.
Don’t buy into their staged posts. Continue reading
God loves you! He loves every part of you! God loves your indecisiveness, your ability to smell coffee two floors up and your quick smile. He loves you grow herbs from seed and your left eye brow is slightly higher than your right. He also loves you help your mother find her favorite lost purse without ever complaining, because you know dementia is setting in.
But do you really understand the depth of His love? Continue reading
After Jesus Christ resurrected, the new church was quick to expand. His new followers called Christians, had the mission of spreading the Good News: Jesus has authority over death! Their greeting to each other reflected this truth.
When two Christians would meet, one would say: “He is risen.” The other would respond with: “He is risen, indeed!” Today, that exchange is often repeated by pastor and congregation in church services throughout the world. What a beautiful public acknowledgment demonstrating we believe in the hope Jesus promises. Continue reading
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In six days, God created the world and all that is in it. Human understanding of six days may be different than six days for our Lord, but time clocks are not the issue.
The first chapter of Genesis states- “And God said,”, nine times. Each time “God said,”, something new was created. By faith this information concludes God to be the most awe-inspiring painter, architect and sculptor ever to design and produce structure. But how does “God said,” generate life? Continue reading
God is a multi-tasker. At all times He is present everywhere. And because nothing is ever hidden from God, He knows everything there is to know. Hebrews 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Yet through His monumental daily process of creating and sustaining life, God continually devotes time to loving each and everyone of us. “How?,” you may ask. Read these 10 ways God daily shows His love for you: Continue reading