Category Archives: Gospel of Matthew

Matthew’s Explanation of the “Messianic Secret”

One of the big topics in the Gospel of Mark is what is known as the “Messianic Secret”. Over and over again in Mark, Jesus tells people not to tell others about who he is. This happens up until Mark 8 when Jesus asks his disciples who they think he is and Peter says he isContinue Reading

Seeking Simplicty

When we lived in Memphis we used to knock doors on Saturday mornings for the bus ministry at an apartment complex in Millington called Flag Manor. One door we knocked on a regular basis was the apartment of an older couple who had an adult son who was mentally challenged. His name was Ricky. RickyContinue Reading

Frankincense and Myrrh

Tomorrow we are teaching some kids about the Magi story. In order to do that we realized we needed to do our homework, gather props, etc. I assumed I knew what frankincense and myrrh were but I was a little off. Frankincense is a resin scrapped from trees in North Africa and made into aContinue Reading

When Our Kids Teach Us About God

Today Jonah, our two year old, shed some light on why God doesn’t always give us the things we really want. Missy had baked some cupcakes and he really wanted one. He threw a fit trying to get one so we didn’t let him have one until he calmed down and asked nicely. Then heContinue Reading

Sermon on the Mount Curriculum Now Online

I have finally finished writing our curriculum for the Sermon on the Mount series we have been teaching in our men’s and women’s Wednesday night classes. I am adding it to the Bible class archive and posting a link here. It is 12 sessions in 51 pages. I think there is a good balance inContinue Reading

Does Matthew’s Structure Parallel the Torah?

Over the last few months I have been writing curriculum on the Sermon on the Mount for our men’s and women’s classes. I have heard several other people begin to study this as well in recent weeks and months and everyone who I have talked to keeps saying they are doing so because it isContinue Reading

Don’t Throw Your Pearls to Pigs – Matthew 7:6

What did Jesus mean when he said, ““Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”? In Matthew 7:1 Jesus starts talking about how we judge. On the surface it seems thatContinue Reading

Eye For An Eye and Jesus’ Savvy

I never competed in a spelling bee but it was news to me that savvy had two v’s. Anyway, Matthew 5:38-42 is so chocked full of savvy that it isn’t even funny. 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resistContinue Reading

More Free Bible Studies

I try to make it a habit to post the studies I write here on the blog from time to time. I haven’t done that in a while and it is time to add some more material. The first is a series that we are wrapping up called “Growing God’s Family.” This series talks aboutContinue Reading

Grace in the Parables – Two Debtors

In Matthew 18:21 Peter asks Jesus how many times he has to forgive his brother, seven times? It seems to me Peter is asking Jesus what the limits of grace really are? Just how far does God expect his people to extend grace to others? So Jesus tells them a story about a man whoContinue Reading

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