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By Whose Authority

A Question with a Question This week’s text is Matthew 21: 23-32.  The passage starts out with Jesus doing what is so irritating when having a discussion/disputation with someone; He answers a question with a question.  The chief priests and elders of the temple want to know by what authority is Jesus doing the things …

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Unending Forgiveness

A Brief Lesson This week’s text is Matthew 18: 21-35.  This is a famous lesson Jesus offers regarding forgiveness, specifically, how many times we should forgive.  In two short verses (21-22) Jesus lays out one of His greatest lessons.  I am profoundly indebted to my former Pastor who gave me these insights in what is …

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Be Persistent

Confronting an “Outsider” The text for this week is Matthew 15: 10-28.  This is comprised of two stories.  One is about what defiles a person, things going into our mouth, or things coming out of our mouths.  The other is about the persistent faith of a Canaanite woman.  It is this second tale that I …

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