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Finer Grounds: Matthew 6:19-25

Matthew 6 Lesson 4: Matthew 6:19-25 As we finish up the last section of Matthew 6 don’t forget the main theme of Jesus’ sermon (cf. Matthew 5:20). It is important to remember the main point as we get into the next passage because Jesus is going to switch gears a little. Think back to Lesson 1 when I asked “What areas of righteousness Jesus contrasts in chapter 6?” We have already discussed 3 of them; doing charity (vv. 1-4), praying (vv. 5-15) and fasting (vv. 16-18). Also, remember what the point of chapter 6 is about. Jesus is demonstrating … [Read More...]

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Pride—a Bible-Marking Topic

I don’t know why it took me so long to Bible-mark this topic. I sure need it. When I open the door of my heart just a crack, pride pushes its way in and takes up residence. Consider some effects of this sneaky sin: -Pride keeps me from forgiving others. -Pride causes my service to be motivated by recognition instead of love. -Pride seeks … [Read More...]

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Peace In Our Hearts, Peace In Our Homes

  “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Colossians 3:15 I would like to share with you some thoughts on the subject of Christian women having a peaceful countenance. The word countenance can mean your appearance; especially the expressions of the face; a look of … [Read More...]

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Finer Grounds: Mark 7-8

Mark Lesson 6 The Pharisees Provoked   In our last lesson we saw Jesus’ power doubted by many of those closest to him. Read Mark 7:1-13 This is the beginning of the conflict between the Jews and the Gentiles regarding food. We will see this conflict continue all the way through the New Testament as the Old and New law are put at … [Read More...]

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Mary Rose and Me: Receiving The Word

"…in humility receive the Word implanted, which is able to save your souls." James 1:21b (NASB) Grasshoppers, ants, worms, tufts of softness at the top of weeds, little yellow flowers, stones, rocks, a few animal tracks, grassy patches and more all at her feet. Mary Rose and her family were taking a hike. (One of her favorite things to do.) … [Read More...]

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The Good Samaritan

The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37 is a parable that is often taught to us as children. We use this parable to teach our children to be kind to those who have a need, that any one, no matter their social status, can help and about going the “second mile”. But as we get older The Good Samaritan has changed. It is now the name of a … [Read More...]

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