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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Matthew 13

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” Matthew 13:10

I have been asked in the past few months at least 3 times what do you teach in Children’s Church.  Which is a strange question to me because my first reaction is the Bible of course…What would you expect me to be teaching. However as I read today’s verse I can see a similarity. When people are asking me these questions what they really wanted to know is not what Bible stories was I teaching but what is the method that I use to teach the Bible stories which is kind of what the disciples were asking Jesus.

“Why are telling stories to the people in order to explain the kingdom of God to them. Why not just tell them in plain language.”

Similar question What are you doing to teach the children of our church? Why do you do different activities? Why not just read the Bible stories to the children? What do you do to engage the children?

My answer is this…. while teaching children I have to get down on their level. They have short attention spans and I need to reach the children where they are at. They need to move, be active, and use their different skills and talents in order to fully grasp and understand what the Bible is telling them.

For example a few weeks ago the children were learning that we have to feed our Spiritual bodies as well as our physical bodies, we taught this in several different ways over the week (both on Sunday and Wednesday night): 1. They played Freeze For All this is a game that they would listen to praise music while dancing, jumping, swaying and doing any move they could think of until the music stops and then they have to freeze. After several rounds of this game they discussed how praising God is an excellent source of power food for our spirits. 2. They made “power bars” They each got to choose 4 Bible verses that we have been learning over the past several weeks and cut those verses out and then they created a cover that looked like a candy bar that said Power Bar on it. The point is that the Bible is an excellent source of power for our Spiritual lives. 3. They had a worksheet that reviews the Bible verse,Bible story, gives a prayer challenge for the week and activity challenge for the week that encourages feeding our Spiritual bodies. 4. They drew pictures of things that was healthy for their bodies then discussed what is healthy for our spiritual bodies. 5. They read out of the Bible two different bible stories and even met two Bible characters that came dressed in costume so that we could ask them questions about their lives. They met the Rich man from the Bible story found in Luke 16:19-31 and John the Baptist from the Bible story found in Mark 1:4-8. One was an example of a person following God and living a very different lifestyle than the world around them, the other was an example of someone not feeding their spiritual life and how that ended up with eternal suffering in Hell.

So let’s get back to the disciples question….Why Jesus do you teach in parables? His answer was this:

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

Even Jesus used stories to reach the people of his day….everyday stories that would grasp their attention. Stories of a farmer planting seeds, stories of weeds, stories of mustard seeds and yeast, stories of hidden treasure and a pearl, and even stories of a net.

Jesus met the needs of the people. He saw where they were and reached out to them in a way that they could understand. That is what we all need to be doing.

It doesn’t matter if we are teaching children, friends, co-workers, neighbors or family members the best way to teach is by reaching them where they are at. Understand the person you are witnessing to. What do they enjoy doing? What is their occupation? What are their talents and skills. Reach the people by being real to them and helping them see God’s Kingdom in way that is real to them.