Category Archives: Reflections

Tempted in the Wilderness

The last time you prayed the Lord’s Prayer, what did you ask for regarding temptation? Doesn’t it seem strange to read in Matthew 4:1–11 that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted? Why was Jesus … Continue reading

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Baptism—And Heaven Opened

Have you been in a situation in which you asked, “What’s going on here?” You can appreciate the hesitancy and confusion that John the Baptist expressed when Jesus, the Messiah, came to him to be baptized in the incident recorded … Continue reading

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The Voice in the Wilderness

If you lived in Florida right now, you would likely be preparing for the approach of Dorian. How doe you prepare when it is your God who is approaching? Matthew 3:1–12 shows the preparations need for the coming of the … Continue reading

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Kingdoms in Conflict

Matthew 2:16–23 describes the nightmarish cruelty of King Herod. But behind the atrocity lies a conflict between two kingdoms–the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world in opposition to him. Recognize that you are in a life or … Continue reading

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Exodus–Part 2

Matthew describes the dangerous threat against the newborn Messiah. In pointing you to the deliverance God provided, however, he has much more in view than simply protecting a baby from a murderous king, as you see in Matthew 2:13–15. You … Continue reading

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