The Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-11

May 13

Are you familiar with “The Beatitudes” in the Bible? The Beatitudes are a series of brief blessing statements Jesus gave at the beginning of His Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes show us what it is like to live a Kingdom life. Jesus elevated things that would typically be considered lowly and gave them new purpose and meaning to elevate them. For...

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The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

May 12

Jesus told a parable or story of an unmerciful servant. This servant refused to forgive, even after being forgiven much. It’s a good reminder to all of us. After all Jesus has forgiven us, we can surely forgive the offenses of others.   Read this parable and then watch the fun video below.   Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my...

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The Calling of Matthew

May 08

Many in Israel looked upon tax collectors with disdain because of their dishonesty and greed. By the shores of the sea of Galilee, a man named Matthew sat at his tax booth, perhaps observing the ministry of Jesus and hearing His teaching. However, in one unexpected, breathtaking moment, Jesus beckoned this despised tax collector into formal discipleship. This...

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Kingdom of Heaven Parables (Matthew 13)

May 07

“Kingdom Parables” are stories Jesus told to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. In Matthew 13, Jesus made several comparisons between things we understand and the Kingdom of Heaven. Take a look at this short video. In particular, note the summary statements at the end to see if those help you understand the ways the parables describe the qualities of the...

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Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”: Visit the Mount of the Beatitudes

May 06

Take a virtual road trip to the Mount of Blessings or the Mount of the Beatitudes next to the Sea of Galilee. This is the most likely place where Jesus delivered His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), including the famous Beatitudes for which this location is named. As you watch the video, imagine Jesus delivering His sermon there and imagine what it might have been...

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The Gospel of Matthew (Chapters 14-28) Explained with Illustrations by The Bible Project

May 05

In the first half of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus announced the arrival of God’s Kingdom and He began to bring the Kingdom into people’s lives as He interacted with individuals. The second half of the Gospel of Matthew shows the opposing expectations about what the Messiah would be and the conflict escalates into a clash of kingdoms leading to the death...

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