Aug. 27 - (Matt. 27:45-56) As death begins to engulf Him, Jesus cries out to God (vv. 45-46).  What does His cry and the overshadowing darkness reveal about His relationship to the Father during this torment? 

                As the centurion witnesses the strange events surrounding Jesus’ death, he exclaims, “surely He was the Son of God!” (v. 54).  Let’s look at the word “was” in his statement. Did the centurion think the Son of God was no more? Or did he think this God did not have all power? As I look at God’s Words (the Bible), what misconceptions keep me from the victorious kingdom He gave me? Selah

Aug. 28 – (Matt. 27:57-66) Let’s look at some background information to get a better understanding of these verses. Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the Sanhedrin who did not consent to the actions against Jesus (Luke 23:50-51).  His high standing within the Jewish community gave him access to Pilate.  He was also a disciple of Jesus (It reminds me of Christians in places of influence today.). The Jewish custom was that crucified bodies should be taken down before evening, especially before the Sabbath, which began at sundown on Friday. The use of a rich man’s tomb fulfills Isa. 53:9. 

Aug. 29 – (Matt. 28::1-10) As we read about Jesus’ resurrection, let’s think about how it changed many lives forever. What has been the most devastating life change for you?  What has been the most wonderful life change for you?  Did it take time to adjust to these changes? We need to remember what Christ did in our lives has affected our whole lives in so many ways.  We need to remember that He is still changing our lives and thank Him for it.  Selah

Aug. 30 – (Matt. 28:11-15) These verses give us a picture of how the Jewish leaders really felt about Jesus being a false prophet or deceiver. They are making a bad decision worse.  Do we do that as well?

                Did you notice that it says “some of the soldiers” went to the Jewish leaders? What did the rest of the soldiers do? We may have the answer in the last part of verse 15. “And this story has been spread among the Jews’ to this day.”  What do you think?

Aug. 31 – (Matt. 28:16-20) The disciples go to Galilee where they meet with Jesus. How is the experience of the three disciples at the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 16-28-17:9) confirmed and expanded on the Mount of Resurrection?

                Jesus gave to the disciples what we now call the Great Commission.  Describe the commission He gives to them and us (vv.16-20).  How would the entire book of Matthew be a helpful tool in fulfilling Jesus’ command to make disciples by teaching all that He commanded? As you conclude this study of Matthew, how can you be more involved in making disciples and fulfilling the Great Commission? I’d love to hear what you think!

Sept. 1 – (Ex. 1) As we begin a new series at church (Getting from here to there.) I would like to take a tour through Exodus and Joshua for the next 2 months. They speak to me of ways to get from here to there.  God took the Israelites out of Egypt, but it was a much longer process to get Egypt out of the Israelites.  I think that is our journey as well. So why not try to learn some hard-earned lessons from them?

                Why is it when we struggle the most, that is when we seek God the most.  Yet we will always choose easy times.  When we seek God, we are depending on Him and relying on Him. When we are coasting, we think we are doing pretty good and thus can do it on our own…. silly us!      

Sept. 2 – (Ex. 2) Have you ever tried to do something “good” only to realize it was going to get you in trouble? We all make mistakes.  We all sin. I pray it doesn’t cause you to flee your country or even your family, but God knows.  He will never leave you or forsake you in all your doings. And as you repent He will make all things work together for our good!  SELAH!