Matthew 17

God promises that nothing is impossible for us as long as we have faith.

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21] [a]

Matthew 17:14-21

There’s a deep satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something that you have worked very hard at. However there can also be great disappointment when you are trying to accomplish something you fail at it time and time again.

Today we can be encouraged because Jesus said Nothing is impossible for you. We can move mountains as long as we have faith. Borrowing a statement from my pastor….”What is your mountain?”

Is your mountain sickness and you need healing?

Is your mountain financial stress and you need relief?

Is your mountain discouragement and you need hope?

Is you mountain too much work and you need rest?

God promises that nothing is impossible for those who have faith. So let’s move the mountain that we are facing…. let’s believe that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Even if we only have faith as small a mustard seed we can move the mountains that are looming over us. God is with us, He will not forsake us. Let’s believe in Him!

Father, You are forever faithful to your word. You give us strength in your word and encourage us with your message.You are graceful and merciful to us. Thank you for loving us enough to show us that all we have to do is believe in you and anything is possible with your help.Today Lord, grant us the ability to move our mountains, the wisdom to see what we need to do in order to move the mountains that are overpowering us, and the courage to turn away from our doubt and leap into our faith. Help us trust you today, even when it seems hard. In Jesus’ name amen.

Just a note: I have been missing in action for some time now, some of you may know that my life has been completely disrupted and what use to be normal is now very, very different. Tonight was the first chance in months that I have had a chance to even look at my blog. I was trying to decide if I should write a new blog or just post the one that I had written a few months ago after reading this one I was greatly encouraged. Because as I am traveling through some of my own personal obstacles. I am reminded that God is real and any mountain we are facing can be moved, with God’s help. Hang in there! God bless you all. Have a great night.

 

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Major Minute Matthew 16

John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Thought is :

  • an idea or opinion produced by thinking or occurring suddenly in the mind.

 

Peace is:

  • freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility:

Evil is:

  • profoundly immoral and malevolent:

Expected end is:

  • regard (something) as likely to happen:

God has ideas for us that involves freedom from disturbance, and not profoundly immoral plans, He regards something as likely to happen for us that will be good not bad. We need to reflect on God and listen to Him. The plans He has for us is good we just need to follow them.

 

Think about it if you are reflecting on God, you will hear, and see his Will for your life.Reflecting depends on us being in God’s word, having conversation with Him and Listening for His direction.

In the book of Matthew and John and Jeremiah, we find that we will be blessed when we allow God to speak to us, we can’t come to God except through Christ, and that God only wants the best for us.

John 10:27

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Romans 10:17

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Jeremiah 33:3

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

John 8:47

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 16

 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Matthew 16:17

From time to time I reflect on what exactly God is revealing to me. Have you ever done that?

Jesus blessed Simon because he had an understanding of who Jesus was. He understood that Jesus was the Son of God. Others were saying that Jesus was John the Baptist, Elijah or Jeremiah. Yet Simon knew that Jesus was really God come to earth for a purpose.

Why did Simon have this understanding while all the other people of the day seemed to be questioning and looking for the answers?

The answer is simple God revealed it to Simon Peter. In order for God to reveal this to him though Simon had to be open to hearing God’s voice. Simon needed to be in a close relationship with God in order to understand what God wanted to reveal to him.

BE STILL AND LISTEN TO GOD

I encourage you to take time today to be still and listen to God….Take time to reflect on what exactly God may be revealing to you.

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
Prayer Prompt: ♥ Ask God to help you hear His voice as He speaks to you today.

 

 

 

 

Ryan’s May School Plans

May 10-P.E.- register for black belt camp

Study Korean

Algebra-one step addition and subtraction equations, one step addition and subtraction equations fractions and decimals, one step multiplication and division equations, one step multiplication and division fractions and decimals

Biology-discuss reading assignment and review questions, set up investigation 22c observe it when possible, assign investigation 22e. (day 1) Give quiz over energy exchange between organisms, do ideas 22c (day 2) review chapter 22, study for chapter 22 test(day 3)

History-Read section 2 in chapter over World War II and answer review questions, steps to war worksheet (day 1) Personal responsibility in WWII (day 2)

 

Amber’s May School plans

May 2:

Language Arts: Finish essay

Pre-Algebra: Discount tax and tip word problems

Bible:

  1. Read Hebrews 8. This about the Old Testament vs. the New Testament.
  2. Why did we need a New Testament, a new covenant? (answer: The new covenant was based on better promises. The old covenant was just a shadow of things to come. The Israelites were not faithful to the old covenant.)

 

French: day 153

Zoology: Jane Goodall

History:

  1. Read the Emancipation Proclamation. (It’s only a few pages. Read to where he signed it.)
  2. Watch the Emancipation Proclamation.
  3. Write a paragraph about the Emancipation Proclamation.

May 3:

Language Arts: Computer Research of Historically Significant Information

Pre-Algebra: Markup and commission word problems, round decimals 1, significant figures

Bible:

  1. Read Hebrews 9.
  2. according to verse 26?  (answer: si
  3. What is this chapter talking ab
  4. What do He come to do away with
  5. out?  (answer: This is talking again about the old and the new. The old pointed to the new. Christ sacrifice was once and for all.)
  6. n)
  7. When we become Christians, we don’t instantly become perfect people. We are forgiven our past sins and made clean and holy. We receive the righteousness of Christ. Then we “work out” our salvation and reach to “take hold” of what we already have. We get transformed, day by day, into the image of Christ if we follow Him. Read your Bible and determine that you are going to obey everything Christ commands. Then ask Him to help you do it.

 French: Day 154

Science: Comparison of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey’s lives

History:

  1. Watch the Second Inaugural Address.
  2. Watch African American Soldiers.
  3. Watch the Gettysburg Address.
  4. Write a paragraph about Abraham Lincoln as war president. What were his goals? Was he successful?

 May 4

Language Arts: Computer Research of Historically Significant Information

Pre-Algebra-rewrite fractions as decimals

Bible-Hebrews 10

May 5-

French-day 157

Science- Jane Goodall

History-Read pages 340-342

English- Pre-teaching relevant historical background

Pre-Algebra- understanding moving the decimal

Bible-

  1. Read Hebrews 12:1-15.
  2. God knows that we will still mess up and sin. What is one way that He helps us turn from sin to become more like Jesus? (answer: He disciplines us.)
  3. How should we feel about God’s discipline?  (answer: It is unpleasant and can be painful, but we should be thankful that it produces holiness in us.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Minute Matthew 15

One of the phrases that stuck out in my reading today was that they are honoring me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. This is something I don’t want to do. I want to honor Jesus with my lips, my heart, my soul my all. I want to worship Jesus but not in vain. I want to make sure that my heart is right with God. So that when He looks at my life He will see that I am not just merely following human teachings but I am living my life in such a way that I am pleasing God.

1 John 3:22

And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

Hebrews 13:16

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Matthew 15

 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? Matthew 15:2-3

“And why do you break the command”….. The Pharisee’s were at it again, trying their hardest to find fault with Jesus and His followers, more concerned about traditions than following God’s commands. Today’s passage, like other passages in Matthew , invites us to look again at how following traditions is not as important as following God’s commands.

The Pharisee’s had a tradition that they needed to wash their hands before they eat, this is actually a very good practice, nothing wrong with it at all. In fact washing your hands as often as possible is a great way to promote health and stop the spreading of germs. One would think that this tradition is an excellent idea and a great rule to follow, and as I agree with this practice I don’t agree with the idea that if you miss your chance to wash your hands that you should be condemned for this act.

But Jesus saw through the question that the Pharisee’s were posing to Jesus about his disciples. They were actually trying to trap Jesus and the disciples proving once and for all that these followers of Jesus were truly ungodly men that shouldn’t be trusted. This attitude of the Pharisee’s that they were so much better than everyone else because they follow ever single tradition that they have set before the community without fail was hypocritical and pious at best.

By following these traditions, they were so wrapped up in doing the “right” thing that they forgot again that rules and traditions are not more important than people. Jesus than quoted Isaiah by showing the Pharisee’s the dangerous place they were in…

You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’[c]

Do you ever feel like you are like the Pharisee’s spending more time caring about all the rules and regulations, making sure that you don’t miss any of your traditions? When was the last time you found yourself judging someone for doing something that didn’t follow your traditions, caring more about the potential sin of another and not noticing how you are breaking laws that God has set for you to follow? Can you choose a better attribute of Jesus Character where you can see the people for who they are and not judge them for the “sin” that they may or may not be committing. We don’t need to stand in judgement of others that is not our place. When we feel that others may be doing something wrong instead of standing in judgement of them we can help them grow when we respond in obedience to what God would want us to do. We can lead by example, and when given the opportunity we can reflect about the situation in a way that isn’t condemning but instead loving. We need to also make sure that if we are going to take a stand against something that we are not failing to love the person. We can hate the sin but we still need to love the sinner. Christ cared more about the person than the rules.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I’m so grateful for your word that can show me the example of how you want me to live. Help me not just follow your rules, but to truly love the people you have placed in my life. I want to practice loving people over traditions and remembering that I too make mistakes and am not perfect, so that I will not condemn others for the things they are doing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

What story either from God’s word or your personal journey reminds you that it is wrong to stand in judgement of others?

 

Major Minute Matthew 14

May God lift your head, open your eyes, and awaken your heart to all that you have to offer. May you refuse to let your lack define you.Instead may you stand on that desolate land and forsee a great intake. May you be rejuvenated in your faith, knowing that God can multiply even the littlest offering that you have. Instead of restating the obvious may you rehearse His vows to you, because they are truthful and our outlook is flawed. Today is a good day to grasp hold of the hope we have in Him, to give thanksgiving and stand in awe of the One who created us! Jesus loves you and is faithful in all He says and does. May His love describe you and set the margins for your life. You have everything you need in Him. Have a blessed day.

Matthew 14

Giving from the little you have may seem like a big sacrifice, but God multiplies your gift over and over again.

John 14:20  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

The disciples were responsible to feed the crowd that had come to hear Jesus speak. Realizing how great a responsibility this would be they went to Jesus and said we need to send the people away so that they can get some nourishment. Our human tendency is to see the problem ahead of us and quickly work out a solution that would be satisfactory to all those involved. God however sees a bigger potential. He knows that if we are willing to sacrifice all that we have even if it doesn’t seem like much to us that He has the ability to do so much more. God will multiply our gift over and over again.Let’s examine the story in Matthew where God took the small offering of 5 loaves and 2 fish and made it into so much more.

Matthew 14:3-21

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Are you willing to sacrifice what little you have so God can multiply it over and over again?

Major Minute Matthew 13

Prayer for Witnessing

Lord, we want to witness for you. We mess up though and sometimes we feel like we have to have all the answers in order to be able to speak out for you. Help us to remember to just be real, and to be ourselves, that the best way to reach others is to just stay on their level. Help us to realize that we don’t have to be perfect to teach people about you. You alone are perfect and you alone are worthy for us to follow. It is by your example that we can see the best example of how to reach the lost. You have the greatest desire for all of us. We don’t want to settle for being blind and not hearing when we have the opportunity to see and understand. Grant us fullness of peace in our endeavors to reach out to the lost. Forgive us if we have ever taken lightly our mission to reach others for you. The world needs you so please help us do our best to reach out to the world in a way that they can relate to and understand. Amen.