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Below you will find a plea for Christ’s Word to be spread in Iran. I support this action, after reading this. I supported it before, but what these people say strengthened my faith in this area. Please read the whole thing. Thank you.

A pastor in a city in the south of Iran receives a few copies of the Scriptures from some visitors and simply says, “These are like gold-dust here;” a lady comes to faith in Christ through a program on satellite TV and has to write down verses shared during the program to comile her own “Bible;” two students watch the film, “The Passion of the Christ” being shown on an inter-city bus and one is overheard saying, “The Koran says Jesus never died on the cross, but this film says did. How I wish I could have a New Testament to know what really happened.” A pastor, a new believer, and an enquirer–all want the New Testament.
These true stories highlight the urgent need for New Testaments in Iran where there is unprecedented spiritual hunger. Well over 85% of the population are deeply disillusioned with the hard-line fundamentalist regime which, in the name of Islam, has given them war, totalitarianism, and economic chaos. But though tired of the government’s religion, there is still great interest in spiritual things. And it is especially the children of the 1979 revolution, over 50% of the total 70 million population, who are seeking for answers beyond Islam.
Some are turning to Eastern religion, others to Zoroastrianism, the ancient faith of Iran, and there is tremendous openness and interest in Jesus Christ.
The Christians in Iran, both from the above-ground and under-ground church, are keen evangelists and are more than ready to share Christ with the people, despite the risks involved. Before any evangelistic effort, they will first pray and fast, sometimes for days, asking God to supernaturally guide them to people who are open. They then find that the Lord leads them in miraculous ways. After much prayer one lady felt led to visit the sick in the hospital. When she arrived in the reception area she saw a lady sitting on the stairs, covered in her traditional black robes, her body shaking with grief. The evangelist started to talk to her and found out she was crying for her sick son. The evangelist then asked if she could pray for the lady’s son in the name of Jesus. When the lady heard the name Jesus she looked shocked.
“Jesus, did you say Jesus?”
“Yes,” the evangelist replied. “Jesus loves you and can heal the sick.”
The crying lady then explained that the night before she had had a dream. She had seen Jesus and He had told her that the next day his prophet would come and visit her.
“So, you are the prophet of Jesus.”
The evangelist now knew for sure that she was exactly where she was meant to be. She prayed for this lady – and went on that day to pray for two other families. We know that at least one of the sick was definitely healed.
It is these obedient servants who are pleading with the international church to send more New Testaments to Iran. They are willing to risk their lives to share Christ with those they are sent to – but they know they must leave people with Scriptures.
These servants are particularly keen to have supplies of the pocket size New Millennium New Testament published by Elam Ministries. They like the size as it slips easily into a bag or a coat pocket; they like the quality, the print is exceptionally clean and clear and it has a beautiful soft imitation leather cover, and they like the translation. It is accurate, modern and elegant. The old version is now very difficult for young Iranians to understand. They also love the fact that at the end of this slim New Testament there is a “Help Section” which shows the reader where to find passages that will answer his or her particular questions or needs, and right at the end there is a clear explanation of the Gospel.
The urgency for these New Testaments in Iran is not just reflected in the stories coming out of the country and the pleas of the church’s brave and faithful evangelists. There is also a sense among many mission leaders that this is a very special time for the nation of Iran. Never before has this Muslim nation shown so much openness to the Gospel of Christ, and it is a fact that more Iranian Muslims have become Christian since the 1979 revolution than in the last 1,300 years. And not only in Iran are people coming to faith, but you will find that from New Zealand to New York there are new fellowships of Iranian Christians.
In our generation Iranians are open, and that lends urgency to the need to take the Gospel to these people. Nobody knows how long this openness will last, but let it not be said that the international church missed one of the most extraordinary opportunities in the history of mission to let the New Testament change the character of a nation.
For it is the Christ found in the pages of the New Testament who changes entire nations. As Tyndale gave his life so his people could have the Scriptures in their own language, so the English responded and through the Puritans and the Evangelicals an entire nation was changed. It was this same New Testament that crossed the Atlantic and has stamped its teachings on so much of the American way of life.
And this same Christ, found in the same New Testament, can change Iran.
Elam Ministries has recently printed 50,000 copies of the pocket New Testament, but such is the demand that they have to immediately send in another order to the printers. The question is – how many should be printed? At the moment the ministry is planning to print 100,000, but perhaps the international church should be thinking bigger. Iran has a population of 70 million – would it be over-ambitious of the church to want to print at least one million? That would still leave 69 million without any Scriptures.
Elam Ministries believes it is right to be at least dreaming about sending one million New Testaments to Iran as soon as possible, but ultimately this depends on funding. As it is illegal to print any Christian material in the country’s national language, Persian, in Iran, let alone New Testaments, they have to be printed in Europe and then taken in. This means that as well as the cost of printing there is also a lot of freighting and courier costs. This brings the total price of making sure an Iranian can have a New Testament to $10.
Can you help us cover that cost? Your gift of $10 can pay for putting a New Testament in the hands of an Iranian; $50 would cover five Bibles; $100 would pay for ten copies of the Scriptures; $250 would cover the cost of twenty-five New Testaments… The blessings would be enormous!
Many have been praying for mission to Iran for years – and their investment is bearing fruit beyond expectations. Iran is ready for unprecedented church growth that would have an impact across the troubled region. Now, more than ever, your partnership in reaching the Iran region matters and will make a difference.
Elam Ministries is a faith mission and is dependent on the financial support of Christians around the world. To reach more in the Iran region for Jesus, we need more people to partner with us. Every partner makes a difference, and so we thank you for prayerfully considering investing in this mission. By partnering with Elam, you will help to deliver these much-needed New Testaments to spiritually hungry Iranians.
To donate online, CLICK HERE
If you’d like to donate by check or money order, send to:
Advancing Native Missions
Farsi Bibles For Iran Project
Post Office Box 5303
Charlottesville, VA 22905
Thank you, and God bless you!

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These verses can also be known as Mistaken Identity. This is the title of Bible.org’s only service I could find for these verses. Have a blessed day!

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

My prayer is that everyone who reads these words, hears what Christ is saying. Build that foundation.

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Matthew 7:15-23 A Tree and Its Fruit

The introduction and passage message are here. The intro is to Matthew, and the service is about some of the mistakes we tend to make. It is a very good read. Here we go into another journey.

15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious worlves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the  fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

21“Not everyone who says to me; ‘Lord, ord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evidoers!’

I pray, Lord, that You know me. I also pray for our Military and our Coalition partners and the families and loved ones of these brave people. Lord, please watch over them. Keep them all harm and all evil. I also pray for the Iranian people. Please help them to know You and Your love. Help spur the revival that is happening in Iran. In Jesus precious name I pray. Amen.

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The introduction and passage message are here. The intro is to Matthew, and the service is about some of the mistakes we tend to make. It is a very good read.

13“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and ony a few find it.

This is one of the smallest passages, but it is so huge to me. I often question whether I am on the right path. I know. I am not supposed to doubt, but I do. If anyone says they do not, run away from that person! They are possessed, and it isn’t by God.

It isn’t that I doubt my Father in Heaven, it is myself I doubt. (Yes, sometimes I struggle with my faith, also. Later.) I wonder why this is? Could it be that I don’t want to miss the mark? Yes, it could be that. Could it be that I don’t believe God loves me enough? Sometimes I do. Only because I cannot forgive myself for some of my sins, not because He cannot. I know He can. What a conundrum!

If anyone else struggles with these issues, I would like to hear from you. I would appreciate understanding how you deal with it. Thank you, and have a blessed day.

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Matthew 7:7-12 Ask, Seek, Knock

You will find the introduction and passage message here. Have a bless day. 😉

7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

9“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Wow! This is very interesting. Am I the only one who noticed that people who claim not to believe in God will often use the Golden Rule as their corner stone? Hmm. Sounds as if they do not understand the basis of their arguement!

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I have found a great introduction to Matthew at Bible.org. I love to read these, because they give much background. This way, I am not wandering in the dark through the Bible. I hope you will enjoy it as well.

I have also found The Fatal Failures of Religion: #1 Secularism, (Matthew 5:1-16); The Fatal Failures of Religion: #2 Legalism, (Matthew 5:17-48); The Fatal Failures of Religion: #3 Externalism, (Matthew 6:1-18); The Fatal Failures of Religion: #4 Materialism, (Matthew 6:19-34); The Fatal Failures of Religion: #5 Misdirected Effort, (Matthew 7:1-12); and this brings us to The Fatal Failures of Religion: #6 Mistaken Identity, (Matthew 7:13-27).

We will start today with Matthew 7:1-6. Let us begin our journey.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6“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.

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Mt. 6:1-4 “Giving to the Needy”

We shall now return to the Sermon on the Mount. Bible.org also has a sermon with explainations on Matthew 6: The Practice of Righteousness. We shall look at each section as an individual lesson. Have a blessed day!

Givng to the Needy

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

This one troubles me some. These days, most things are done by check or credit card. It is very difficult not to let others know. Besides that, doesn’t the government want to know also? Hmm. I must study this one some more.

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Mt. 6:5-15 “Prayer”

This section of Mt. 6 pertains to prayer. Bible.org has a Bible study called The Fatal Failures of Religion: #3 Externalism, (Matthew 6:1-18) and Jesus on Prayer, Matthew 6:5-15.

The first one is very good. It is an admonision on those of us whom really do not understand the meaning of this chapter, while the second one is instructional. They are both very good. Have a blessed day.

Prayer
6:9-13–Lk 11:2-4

5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9This, then, is how you should pray:

*”Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed by thy name,
10Thy kingdom come,
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread, and
12forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
[For thine is Kingdom
and the Power
and the Glory
forever and ever.
Amen!]

14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

The prayer you see here is NOT the prayer in this Bible. This is the prayer I remember. How arrogant of me, right? Well, I’ve heard a lot of talk about making the Bible gender-neutral. Tell me, is that any less arrogant?! I just believe the way I learned it is beautiful. That is all.

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Mt. 6:16-18 “Fasting”

This section of Matthew discusses fasting, as you could easily discern from the title. Bible.org has an article named Grrrr. Ohhh!, Matthew 6:16-18. lol. Recommended reading, for sure.

Fasting

16“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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Mt. 6:19-24 “Treasures in Heaven”

Ah, the Treasures in Heaven! This is such a deep passage. Bible.org has a study for these vv. named “Where Is Your Treasure?” Matthew 6:19-24. Have a blessed day.

Treasures in Heaven
6:22,23–Lk 11:34-36

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

I do not understand this. I have poor eyesight, but that was due to a stroke. I cannot see from my right side out of both of my eyes. Does this mean I am full of darkness? I surely hope not. I need to ask someone who knows. Quickly!

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Mt. 6:25-34 “Do Not Worry

We have come to the end of Matthew 6! I love “Do Not Worry.” I hope you will, too. It set me free.

The Bible.org has a great sermon named Your Own Personal “Heart-Guard”. I highly recommend it, even if you are not anxious. It may come in handy if you ever become so.

Do Not Worry
6:25-33–Lk 12:22-31

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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Mt. 5:1-12 “The Beatitudes”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16
Sermon on the Mount

In the next two chapters we will encounter several sections (nine in chapter 5 alone!). I will try to cover all of them today. I would like to put each one in it’s own page, because someone may need to see a particular scripture and only remember the title of the passage. It would be easier for them to find.

I would also like to let people know where to find the Sermon on the Mount. This way they can find how much was actually in that sermon!

If the outline is too long for some of you, there is also “Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit” Matthew 5:1-13. Thank you for your patience. 😉

The Beatitudes
5:3-12–Lk 6:20-23

Now when He saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, 2and He began to teach them, saying:

3“Blessed are the poor in sprit,
for theirs is the kinggdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst,
for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for the will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted
because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kngdom of heaven.

11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Mt. 5:13-16 “Salt and Light”

Sermon on the Mount

This is second of nine sections in chapter five. The title of this lesson at Bible.org is “A Pinch of Salt in the Recipe for Persecution,” Matthew 5:13-16. If anyone would like the URL for the first section, it is The Sermon on the Mount. I do this so you have more than just me to seek help. lol. Have a blessed day.

Salt and Light

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

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Sermon on the Mount

This is section three of the Sermon on the Mount. This one pertains to The Fulfillment of the Law. Have a blessed day.

The Fulfillment of the Law

17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter thekingdom of heaven.

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Mt. 5:21-26 “Murder”

Sermon on the Mount

This is section four in The Sermon on the Mount. We will cover Murder in this section. Everyone ready? Okay, let’s go.

Murder
5:25,26–Lk 12:58,59

21“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

25“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

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Mt. 5:31-32 “Divorce”

Sermon on the Mount

This is section six of Sermon on the Mount. The name of this section is Divorce. No matter how good or bad your marriage is at this time, please pay attention to notes provided above.

I have been through this, and it is never what you were hoping it would be when it is over. That is because it is never over…

Divorce

31“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adultress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultry.

Yes. That was the reason. I would rather not discuss it, however. See? I really recommend you read notes on divorce, before you get married!

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Mt. 5:32-37 “Oaths”

Sermon on the Mount

This is the seventh section of The Sermon on the Mount. The title of this section is Oaths. If only the world lived true to their word…Have a blessed day.

Oaths

33“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven , for it is God’s throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

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Mt. 5:38-42 “An Eye for an Eye”

Sermon on the Mount

This is the eighth section of The Sermon on the Mount. The title of this section is An Eye for an Eye. I need to read this one more often. (lol) Have a blessed day.

An Eye for an Eye

38“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one wants to borrow from you.

I must be honest. I have a hard time applying this one here and now! I have been through the eye for eye, turning the other cheek, and it did not work. It only escalated the abuse. I’m sorry, but I cannot. Please forgive me, Jesus. I cannot.

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Sermon on the Mount

This is section nine (the last in chapter 5) of The Sermon on the Mount. The title of this one is I Love Him…I Love Him NOT, (Matthew 5:43-48). Oops! That is the title of the sermon I just linked to. lol. Oh well. Have a blessed day.

Love for Enemies

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Just a note: there is more of the Sermon on the Mount, but this is the end of chapter 5. The Sermon goes up to Mt. 6:24.

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

This chapter covers three main themes: Verses 12-17 Jesus withdraws to Galilee, Verses 18-22 Jesus chooses four disciples, and Verses 23-25 Jesus teaches, preaches, and heals. It is encompassed in the title, “The Commencement of Jesus’ Ministry,” Matthew 4:12-25. We will cover the first section in Jesus Begins to Preach today.

Jesus Begins to Preach

12When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He returned to Galilee. 13Leaving Nazareth, He went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali– 14to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles–
16the people living in darness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the
shadow of death
a light has dawned.”

17From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

“Verses 18-22 Jesus chooses four disciples” is section 2 of the 3 sections of The Commencement of Jesus’ Ministry, Matthew 4:12-25.

The Calling of the First Disciples
4:18-22–Mt 1:16-20; Lk 5:2-11; Jn 1:35-42

18As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20At once they left their nets and followed Him.

21Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James, son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.

Wow. Imagine if we all had that immediacy? How do you follow Jesus? When you feel like it, or because you love Him and desire to all the time? Hmm…

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

“Verses 23-25 Jesus teaches, preaches, and heals” is the final section of this service in Bible.org. Have a wonderful day!

Jesus Heals the Sick

23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24News about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and He healed them. 25Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordon followed Him.

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Mt. 4:1-11 The Temptation of Jesus

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

In this chapter we find four sections: The Temptation of Jesus, Jesus Begins to Preach, The Calling of the First Disciples, and Jesus Heals the Sick. We will be reading The Temptation of Jesus today.

In Bible.org, they have a complete discussion on this topic called, “The Temptation of Jesus, Part I,” Matthew 3:13—4:4. “The Second Temptation of Jesus, Satan’s “Leap of Faith,” Matthew 4:5-7, and “The Third Temptation of Jesus,” Matthew 4:8-10.

It may serve us very well to read it, because we are always tempted. We could learn from our Saviour.

The Temptation of Jesus
4:1-11–Mk 1:12, 13; Lk 4:1-13

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. 3The tempter came to Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ “

5Then the devil took Him to the holy city and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down. For it is written:

” ‘He will command His angels
concerning You,
and they will lift You up in their
hands,
so that You will not strike Your foot
against a stone.’ “

7Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “

8Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9“All this I will give You,” he said, “if You will bow down and worship me.”

10Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ “

11Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him.

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Mt. 3:13-17 The Baptism of Jesus

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

How exciting this is! I have found on Bible.org John the Baptist and Jesus Matthew, 3:1-17. This gives us a verse by verse insight into this Bible section.

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The Baptism of Jesus
3:13-17–Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21,22; Jn 1:31-34

13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?”

15Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”Then John consented.

16As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with Him I am well pleased.”

If only God would say those words to me! Everything I have been through, every trial, every tribulation, every sorrow, would not compare with the joy!

Dear Heavenly Father,
Whose name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty King, the Almighty; please hear my plea. I am so small and crushed. I am full of fear. My enemies, they surround me. They lay in wait for me. No one else can protect me. But You are my Rock, I shall not be shaken.

Please lead me on the narrow path You have set before me. Strengthen me, O LORD, so that I do not fall. Lift me up, O God, and hide me underneath Your wing. I love You so much.
In Jesus’ Precious name I pray. Amen.

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

John is one of my favorite people, although there are many. Bible.org has an introduction to the whole Chapter of Matthew. If you scroll down about one quarter of the way, you will come upon John the Baptist. Have a blessing filled day.

John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Mt 3:1-12–Mk 1:3-8; Lk 3:2-17

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the Desert of Judea 2and saying, “Repent, for thekingdom of heaven is near.” 3This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
Make straight paths for Him.’ “

4John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

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Mt. 2:19-23 The Return to Nazareth

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

19After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

21So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

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Mt. 2:13-18 The Escape to Egypt

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

This is the introduction to Matthew. In it is the passages we are going to read today. I am using Bible.org: Matthew: Introduction, Argument, and Outline.

13When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

14So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

16When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

18“A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”

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Mt. 2:1-12 The Visit of the Magi

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

In the Bible.org’s discussion, the story of the Magi is down a little ways. The One Year Bible Blog doesn’t seem to have a discussion on this, but they are covering Exodus 39:1-40:38 ~ Mark 1:1-28 Psalm 35:1-16 ~ Proverbs 9:11-12 today. Feel free to read ahead and comment. Have a blessed day. 😉

The Visit of the Magi

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of
Judah,
are by no means least among the
rulers of Judea;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my
people Israel.’ “

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

I love this story. From the beginning, without speaking a word, He commanded men of great wisdom to fall to their knees and worship Him. (I don’t mean ‘command’ like a commandment. Just the knowledge of who He is gave enough justification.)

I sure do wish I could have been there. Then again, sometimes I wonder…would I have known Him? Would I have been as skeptical as the rest? That bothers me so much. Maybe if I had spent time Him? I believe I might have known. At least that is what I hope.

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Mt. 1:18-25 The Birth of Jesus Christ

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

This is a four section lesson by Bible.org. The sections consist of “The Birth of Jesus Christ,” “The Visit of the Magi,” “The Escape to Egypt,” and “The Return to Nazareth.” The title of this lesson is Christmas Faith, (Matthew 1:18-2:23). You may read ahead, because they are small segments, but I cannot type that fast! lol.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary waspledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

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Mt. 1-17 The Genealogy of Jesus

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the Son of David; the Son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah
and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and
Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the the father of Boaz, whose
mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose
mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.    

David was the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah
and his brothers at the time of
the exile to Babylon.

12 Afther the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Eliud,
15 Eliud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph,
the husband of Mary,
of whom was born Jesus
who is called Christ.

17Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.

The bolded names are of my own doing so I may be able to find them easier. Today’s study lessons are Matthew: Introduction, Argument, and OutlineAn Introduction to Matthew, and The Origins of Jesus Christ: Matthew 1:1-25

The first one will take you into the actual study of the book, while the second is an outline for the book of Matthew. I find them both very helpful. 😉 

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the Word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothers. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of grat worth in God’s sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6like Sarah who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

7Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weker partner and as heirs with you of that gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Please read the study notes which are in two sets: A Word to Wives (1Peter 3:1-6) and The Obligations of Christian Husbands to Their Wives (1Peter 3:7). It is amazing that this should come up now, as we read about the distress between Leah and Rebekah. I would say this is good timing…

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:

“My son, do not make light of the
Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when He
rebukes you,
6because the Lord disciplines those He
loves,
and He punishes everyone He accepts
as a son.”

7Endure hardship as disciples; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His Holiness. 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13“Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

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