Matthew

Jesus explains how to deal with sin in the church (help sinners reject sin, not push them aside) (Matthew 18:15 – 18:20).

Jesus told the disciples, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along so that ‘every matter may be…
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Matthew

Jesus suggests we become like little children – and woe to those who cause a little one to stumble (Matthew 18:1 – 18:11).

The disciples went to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus called a little child to him and placed the child among them. He said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of…
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Modern Day Lessons

How Christians should deal with anger (and no, anger is not a sin)

Anger as a normal, healthy human emotion Anger is a normal human emotion and, in most cases, anger itself is not a sin. In fact, many times anger erupts from righteousness. For instance, many of us “blow our tops” when we witness someone being harmed or treated badly. Anger is…
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Matthew

Under pressure from the Pharisees and accused of partnering with Beelzebub, Jesus delivers a stern warning against blasphemy (Matthew 12:22 – 12:37)

A demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus. Jesus healed the man returning his speech and eyesight. All of the people were astonished and said, “Could this really be the Son of David, the Messiah?” The Pharisees heard this and said, “It is only by Beelzebub…
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Modern Day Lessons

Fallen religious leaders – when your faith is shaken by others, remind yourself who’s really in charge.

  “Satan has asked to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.” Luke 22:31 When a religious leader or anyone else you hold in high esteem falters, it is only natural to be disappointed, saddened, and hurt. But only the weak allow their faith to be shaken by…
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Matthew

Jesus heals a paralyzed man – then scribes accuse Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 9:1 – 9:8)

After residents begged Jesus to leave their region, Jesus boarded a boat and re-crossed the sea back to his home town. Some men brought a paralyzed man, lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this,…
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Christian News

Is the Pope correct – should Christians apologize to members of the homosexual (LGBT) community?

June 26, 2016 will likely be considered a ground-breaking moment for the LGBT community after Pope Francis said Christians should apologize to gays and others who have been offended or exploited by the Church. The Pope’s comments came in response to a question asked by a journalist about a cardinal who…
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