What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ Truly, I say to you, among those born of women … More Greater than he
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. —Matthew 10:29-31 ESV J.C. Ryle, with a reminder on God’s sovereignty: Nothing can … More Not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38 ESV) J.C. Ryle has this admonition for us today: If we know anything of prayer, let us make it a point … More Our first duty is to pray!
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. J.C. Ryle comments on Matthew 9:9 He can take a tax collector, and make him an apostle. He can change any heart, and make … More Ryle: He can change any heart, and make all things new.
And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:25-26 ESV) J. C. Ryle comments on Matthew 8:23-27 We are … More Ryle: The prayer even of “little faith” is heard
But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, … More A rare and precious faith
A very sobering passage from Matthew today: Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out … More J.C. Ryle: Rottenness of religion exposed
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24 J.C. Ryle with a challenge: Singleness of purpose is one great secret of spiritual prosperity. If our eyes … More Two masters?
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the SALT of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the LIGHT of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. … More “Salt” and “light”- peculiarity both of heart and life, of faith and practice.
J.C. Ryle says there are eight “foundation-stones”, which Jesus lays down at the beginning of the sermon on the mount. The wise person will look at all eight and evaluate their life against this passage of Scripture. J. C. Ryle comments on Matthew 5:1-12, The Beatitudes: 1-The Lord Jesus calls those blessed, who are poor … More Foundation stones of blessing