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When You Pray

When You Pray

Once again, Jesus uses the word hypocrite to describe people who pray openly in the streets
 “to be seen by men.” This is some strong language…

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Looking for Recognition

Looking for Recognition

In verses two through four, Jesus attacks the pride of the religious leaders. When the Pharisees wanted to give something to the poor, it was…

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Check Your Motives

Check Your Motives

As we move into chapter six of Matthew, Jesus speaks concerning the inner motives that control external acts of righteousness, such as giving…

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From the Inside Out

From the Inside Out

This is an interesting story from the Old Testament that has a surprise ending. The Arameans were constantly at war with Israel. In this battle…

Be Perfect

Be Perfect

Jesus wraps up this instruction on these values, that go way beyond the good ways the people had been taught, by saying this: “Be perfect, there…

The Mark of a Disciple

The Mark of a Disciple

Now we come to some difficult teaching by Jesus. Jesus is telling us that not only should we show self-control when it comes to retaliation, but…

The Extra Mile

The Extra Mile

Jesus continues to teach about kingdom living and our attitude toward those who would offend us. In verse forty, He describes those who would…

The Ultimate Judge

The Ultimate Judge

Jesus continues teaching about kingdom living and the principles necessary to abide in God’s kingdom. You will note that these principles come…

To Tell You the Truth

To Tell You the Truth

Now we come to the final passage for this week. Here Jesus speaks to the subject of making and keeping oaths. An oath is “a solemn promise, often…

God’s Desire for Marriage

God’s Desire for Marriage

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus addresses a very touchy subject that evokes a lot of emotion in our current culture. Over the last century…

In Your Heart

In Your Heart

Jesus now uses the sin of adultery to further emphasize His point concerning the Law. Once again, He raises the standard by which the Law must…

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