A matter of the heart

Reading: Matthew 15:1-20 “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean’.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean’”…

Leave them!

Reading: Matthew 15:13-14 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.  Leave them; they are blind guides.  If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” My friend, are you part of a supposedly godly group wherein you do not…

Unchanging

Reading: Matthew 15:1-20 “… Their teachings are but rules taught by men” (v.9). Over the years, we have seen national/international laws and policies evolve and change; even regulations in religious institutions.  But praise be to God, who has given us His Word—never changing in its instructions, always the absolute truth.

If it is You….

Reading: Matthew 14:25-33 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water” (v.28). We pray for something, search His Word, ask for signs, get confirmation, and go ahead.  And for some reason, in the thick of it all, we suddenly doubt His calling.  Why? Again, let us turn our…

Time for prayer

Reading: Matthew 14:22-24 “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray” (Matthew 14:22-23). Father, forgive me for the times I do not make time…

God’s multiplier effect

Reading: Matthew 14:13-21 Jesus told his disciples—“Give them something to eat.”  What, Lord??!!!  There’s five thousand of them, not counting the women and children—where do we get the funds??!!!  But the Lord told them to bring to him what they had—five loaves of bread and two fish.  And we know the rest of the story—bread…