The Persecution Primer

Acts 8:1-3 And Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul … Continue reading The Persecution Primer

The Collapsing Council’s Confirmation

Acts 4:13-22 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. But when they … Continue reading The Collapsing Council’s Confirmation

Lie of Lies

Matthew 27:62-66; 28:1-5; 12-1 Now on the next day, which is the one after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ “Therefore, give orders for the grave to … Continue reading Lie of Lies

Beyond Belief

Matthew 27:27-36 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. And they stripped Him, and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled … Continue reading Beyond Belief

Six or Seven Woes

Or; The Fallout of the Pharisees, From A-Z--Not Literally Matthew 23: 13-36 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from men; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. [Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, … Continue reading Six or Seven Woes

Sadducees and Scripture; Angels and After-life

Matthew 22:23-40 On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Him and questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘IF A MAN DIES, HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP AN OFFSPRING TO HIS BROTHER.’ “Now there were seven brothers with us; … Continue reading Sadducees and Scripture; Angels and After-life

Let No Man Separate

Mathew 19:1-12 Take a deep breath... And it came about that when Jesus had finished these words, He departed from Galilee, and came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan; and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there. And some Pharisees came to Him, testing Him, and saying, “Is it lawful for … Continue reading Let No Man Separate

The King of Controversy

Matthew 18:7-10, 11 being omitted “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! “And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better … Continue reading The King of Controversy

Faith Like a Boss

Matthew 18:1-6 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. … Continue reading Faith Like a Boss

Coming Down the Mountain; it’s Mountainous

Matthew 17:9-13 And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” And He answered and said, “Elijah is … Continue reading Coming Down the Mountain; it’s Mountainous

Hundreds Healed, Four Thousand Fed and God Glorified

  Compiling Context Matthew (1-15):29-39 And departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up to the mountain, He was sitting there. And great multitudes came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, dumb, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; … Continue reading Hundreds Healed, Four Thousand Fed and God Glorified

A Pious Potty Parable

Matthew 15:15-20 And Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.” And He said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also? “Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, … Continue reading A Pious Potty Parable