Sunday: “You are the Christ”
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You are the Christ

Imagine what it must have been like for Peter, who had been with Jesus almost from the start. What must have gone through his mind as he witnessed one incredible event after another: the healings, the casting out of demons, the feeding of the multitudes, the amazing teachings, the controlling of nature, raising the dead, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Peter and the Rock
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 4:4, Heb. 7:26, Matt. 16:13-20, Eph. 2:20, Matt. 16:21-27, Matt. 17:1-9. Memory Text:“‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’” (Matthew 16:15, NIV). From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Lord of Jews and Gentiles
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People United Around the World

A Christian was speaking to students on a secular campus about the existence of God. After using all the common arguments, he took a different tack, saying: “You know, when I was about the age of most of you, and not believing in God, every now and then, when something would convict me that maybe … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Lord of the Gentiles
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Jesus feeding 4000

Read Matthew 15:29-39 and compare it with Matthew 14:13-21. What are the similarities and the differences between the two stories? Many people don’t realize that there are two feedings of the multitudes in the Gospels: the first for the Jews, the second for the Gentiles. In both instances, Jesus has “compassion” for the people. It’s … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Crumbs From the Table
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Christ and the Syrophoenician Woman

After feeding, healing, and preaching to His own Jewish people, Jesus makes a dramatic decision. He leaves the area of the Jews and enters the region of the outsiders, the Gentiles. Read Matthew 15:21-28. How are we to understand this story? In many ways, this isn’t an easy story to read, because we’re without the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Hypocrite’s Heart
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Uncommited

“Therefore the LORD said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men’” (Isa. 29:13, NKJV). Though this was the Lord speaking to ancient Israel, what message is here … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Lord of All Creation
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Peter Sinks in the Water

After the miraculous feeding, Jesus ordered His disciples into their boat (Matt. 14:22). He wanted them away from the mayhem and pressure. A good teacher will shelter his students from what they’re not yet ready to handle. “Calling His disciples,” writes Ellen G. White, “Jesus bids them take the boat and return at once to … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Feeding the Hungry
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Feeding 5000

One of the most well-known acts of Jesus is the feeding of the five thousand, “besides women and children” (Matt. 14:21). Yet, as with everything else in the New Testament, this story doesn’t occur without a context that helps us understand even more deeply the meaning of what Jesus had done. Read Matthew 14:1-21. What … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Lord of Jews and Gentiles
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 14:1-21, Exod. 3:14, Matt. 14:22-33, Isa. 29:13, Matt. 15:1-20, Matt. 15:21-28. Memory Text:“‘I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles’” (Isaiah … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Resting in Christ
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“With or without religion,” someone said, “you would have good people doing good things, and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” In the 1600s, French mystic Blaise Pascal famously warned “men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious … [Click to read more …]