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Matthew 12 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.  I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.” – Matthew 12:18 Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he received harsh criticism from the religious leaders.  They wanted to get Jesus to slip up so that they could discredit his authority. As they were walking through the grainfields, the Pharisees quickly confronted Jesus’ disciples when they[…]

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Matthew 11 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” – Matthew 11:27 Have you ever suspected something about someone but have just been waiting for them to say something to confirm your suspicion?  John had heard of the works of Jesus and had wondered if[…]

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Matthew 10 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” – Matthew 10:38 Matthew 10 is Jesus’ second discourse that he gives to his disciples.  As you recall, Matthew ended chapter 9 with Jesus’ call for harvest workers to go into the fields.  Now Jesus sends his own disciples on their first mission as harvest workers.  Having been trained to be disciples, they are now ready to put their knowledge[…]

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Matthew 9 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” – Matthew 9:35 Matthew 9 presents the contrast between faith and doubt.  We see Jesus interact with people of great faith as well as people who doubted Jesus’ ministry and authority. In , we see two men healed and put back on their feet.  The first man was[…]

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Matthew 8 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“And the men marveled, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?’” – Matthew 8:27 In , Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  In Matthew 8, we see some of the areas in which Jesus has authority.  In the first 17 verses, we see three examples of Jesus’ authority over illness. The first man that Jesus heals is a leprous man[…]

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Matthew 7 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21 We make judgments every single day.  We judge situations to determine how we will react or proceed.  We judge what we will eat or drink and whether we like it or not.  These are not the judgments that Jesus is teaching about in .[…]

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Matthew 6 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10 Spiritual disciplines are actions that help us produce a specific character or pattern of behavior.  The term itself sounds awful because we naturally think negatively of anything that involves discipline.  While spiritual disciplines may not necessarily be the most fun things, they cultivate in us the pattern of a disciple and bring us closer in relationship with the[…]

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Matthew 5 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 Chapter 5 begins the first of five discourses that Jesus gives in the Gospel of Matthew.  These sermons comprise the bulk of Jesus’ teaching in the gospel.  The first discourse we will observe is called the Sermon on the Mount and took place on a mountain near Capernaum.[…]

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Matthew 4 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” – Matthew 4:16 There are plenty of voices to listen to today.  Each one begs your attention and seeks to persuade you a certain way.  In our media-rich society, we can hear a variety of voices with just a few clicks: blogs, YouTube videos, tweets, and more!  With[…]

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Matthew 3 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” – Matthew 3:11 (ESV) Matthew fast-forwards about 30 years after Jesus’ birth to his relative, John the Baptist, preaching in the desert and calling for repentance.  John’s call for repentance was not simply for people to be apologetic for[…]

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