“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before … More Sheep in the midst of wolves
January 25 Matthew 10:1-20 (ESV) The Twelve Apostles 10:1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son … More January 25 Matthew 10:1-20
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!
January 24 Matthew 9:27-38 (ESV) Jesus Heals Two Blind Men 27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They … More January 24 Matthew 9:27-38
Matthew 9:14-15 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they … More The Lamb’s Wife … the Bride of Jesus
January 23 Matthew 9:14-26 (ESV) A Question About Fasting 14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast,  but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken … More January 23 Matthew 9:14-26
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
January 21 Matthew 8:23-34(ESV) Jesus Calms a Storm 23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he … More January 21 Matthew 8:23-34
A few comments on Matthew 8:18-20 “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go”: After witnessing the miracles of Jesus, many folks thought following Him might be more “glamorous” than it really was. I imagine that Jesus may have received many spontaneous offers like this. We, too, tend to buy in to the prosperity gospel … More Piper: Why I Abominate the Prosperity Gospel