Matthew

Under pressure from Herodias, King Herod takes the head of John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1 – 14:12)

During the time Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, Herod the tetrarch received reports about Jesus activities. Herod told his attendants, “This is John the Baptist, he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” Herod had arrested John the Baptist and bound him…
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Matthew

Despite great success teaching in Capernaum, Jesus’ home town take offense at his message and rejects him (Matthew 13:53 – 13:58)

After teaching the people using parables, Jesus left Capernaum and returned to his hometown. He began teaching people in their synagogue. The people were amazed. They asked, “Where did this man get his wisdom and miraculous powers? Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother Mary? Aren’t his brothers James,…
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Revelation

The world mourns the fall of the woman riding the scarlet beast (aka the Great City by the Sea or Babylon the Great) (Revelation 18:1 – 18:24)

After witnessing the Great Prostitute by the waters, John saw another angel come from heaven. The angel had great authority and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. The angel shouted, “Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit,…
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Modern Day Lessons

How do we know there is a God? Because logic tells us God is real (and atheist arguments are illogical).

There are a multitude or arguments seeking to prove there is a god. The complexity of our great planet, the complicated laws of nature, the intricate DNA encoding in living animals, and the miracles Jesus presented on earth are all offered as proof that God is real. But logically, could…
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Matthew

The parables of weeds, the mustard seed, the yeast, and the treasure (Matthew 13:24 – 13:52)

After Jesus explained why he used parables to present his New Testament message, he presented another parable to the disciples. “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. When the…
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Christian News

Anti-abortion movie, Unplanned, blows past projections, finishing 4th at the box office – here’s why you may have never heard of it.

Unplanned hit theaters on March 29, 2019. Projected to gross $3-5 million in its opening weekend, the movie made that by the end of its first day. By the weekend, the movie had debuted to a $ million dollar opening, far exceeding box office projections. In its second week, the…
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Exodus

Israel grows in Egypt and becomes a threat to Pharaoh (Exodus 1:1 – 1:22)

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher entered Egypt with Jacob. Seventy descendants of Jacob accompanied him (Joseph was already in Egypt). Over time, Joseph, his brothers, and many of their generations died. The Israelites, however, were fruitful in Egypt. They greatly multiplied their numbers…
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Christian News

Wolves in the sheep’s clothing – to avoid following a false prophet or heretical minister, do your research first.

The quickest way for Satan to take down a Christian is through the pulpit. Sadly, evil has worked its way into churches for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. Christians must be aware of ministers who may not have their best interests at heart. Types of false prophets Here are the…
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Christian News

Looking for something to pray about? Here are the countries most dangerous for Christians and Christianity (in 2019).

Open Doors creates an annual listing of the top 50 countries most dangerous to Christians. These are countries where Christianity is illegal, forbidden, or punished – countries that exhibit extreme in intolerance and outright persecution of Christians in every area Open Doors monitors. Most of the countries in the list…
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Genesis

Joseph mourns his father’s death, reassures his brothers they are safe, then passes from earth (Genesis 50:1 – 50:26)

Genesis concludes with a narrative describing the burials of Jacob and Joseph and one last interaction between Joseph and his brothers. After Jacob died, Joseph hugged his father and wept over him. At Joseph’s direction, his physicians embalmed Jacob. This took forty days. Then the Egyptians mourned Jacob for seventy…
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