Category Archives: Matthew

Blessed Persecution

When I have been persecuted, many times it was not because of Jesus, but probably because I didn’t look enough like Jesus to those around me. Nothing worse than a follower of Christ who doesn’t look like Jesus or love … Continue reading

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Inside Job

Look in the mirror. What do you see? Here’s the truth: you see what other people don’t. You see the reality of what is on the inside of the cup, and God sees it too. So what will you do? … Continue reading

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Show-Boating

Don’t distract your attention or the attention of those around you to see you and exalt you. Point them to One who is above all of us. Today Jesus teaches us a building block of greatness: be a servant. Humble … Continue reading

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Following Perseverance

We have looked at self-denial and taking up our crosses. Finally, we complete the call of Jesus with follow me… I’m a follower. You’re a follower. The Christian community gives a resounding YES. We follow Jesus. Well, let’s dig in … Continue reading

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Taking Up Your Cross

When Jesus speaks of being willing to lose our lives, remember that Jesus gave up his life for us. When we think of taking up our crosses, we usually think about the ‘cross we have to bear.’ If our circumstances … Continue reading

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Self-Denial

When we struggle with self-denial we typically struggle with full surrender. When we refuse to surrender, we are trying to save our lives the way we have them or the way we want them. Self-denial is the idea of willingly … Continue reading

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Lighter Yoke

If you are feeling worked, the good news is that your burden can be lifted. But you must be willing to give up some independence of thought and will and heart to find the gentle, humble, restful yoke that Jesus … Continue reading

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