Posts with the tag “matthew”
by Audrey Rogers on February 7th, 2020
Matthew 28:5Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen. What?!! Who is this strange man? White and shining as the sun? And what does he mean: ‘He is risen’? We saw his body go in. We saw the men roll the great stone against the mouth of the tomb. He is risen? Can it be? Oh, that would be just like Jesus! Wait until Peter and the rest hear a...
by Audrey Rogers on February 6th, 2020
Matthew 27:50Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. There’s a lot going on in this chapter. Jesus is bound, led away, accused by the priests, condemned by the mob, abandoned by the governor, mocked by men, forsaken by God, and swallowed by death. What a colossal chapter this is. And he submitted to it all. But it’s, perhaps, this last step that I find most remarkable – ...
by Audrey Rogers on February 5th, 2020
Matthew 26:52a, 53Put your sword back into its place… Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? During this time a Roman legion consisted of nearly 7,000 men. Can you imagine opening your front door to a legion of soldiers? It would be quite breathtaking to behold such an enormous force, let alone be attacked by one. Therefore, ...
by Audrey Rogers on February 4th, 2020
Matthew 25:40As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Jesus stands in solidarity with the down and outs. He has a special affinity with the needy. I find it interesting that he doesn’t come and personally fix the problem himself but waits for his representatives (the church) to do something about it. He wants the church to see them. He wants the church to know he s...
by Audrey Rogers on February 3rd, 2020
Matthew 24:2You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down. Getting the news of Kobe Bryant’s passing last week was a shock. Here one day and gone the next. Seems surreal. But that’s the way of the world. Nothing in this life remains forever. Kingdoms will pass, dynasties will fall, cities will topple, statues wil...
by Audrey Rogers on February 1st, 2020
Matthew 23:37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Can you feel the tug? The weighted down heart? If you are a parent, or a caring friend, you know the feeling. If your loved one is wayward or just being difficult then you know how Jesus sometimes feels regarding us. He loves us. And that love doesn’t make his life easy. But, just as you know, you don’t give up. Your love keeps you in the game. No questions ask...
by Audrey Rogers on January 31st, 2020
Matthew 22:33They were astonished at his teaching.It’s interesting that the gospels never say the crowds were astonished by his miracles, but they were by his teaching. We think of Jesus’s miracles as mind blowing, but apparently his teaching was out of this world. So, it would seem, his miracles were simply a means to an end, and that end was his Word. So isn’t it a blessing to actually have insc...
by Audrey Rogers on January 29th, 2020
Matthew 21:42The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Isn’t that just like God? He takes what others consider to be trash and makes it his treasure. Maybe you’ve never been good enough. Others don’t seem to notice you’re there. You’ve been rejected all your life. Maybe you’ve been fired? Or maybe you’ve even been divorced? But no matter what level of rejection you have suff...
by Audrey Rogers on January 28th, 2020
Matthew 20:15Do you begrudge my generosity? Grace is scandalous business. Especially when someone else gets it when you think you’re the one that deserved it. Oh, you get blessed alright, but somebody else gets blessed just as much as you. But it’s a scandal when they didn’t earn it like you. Why should they get the same treatment? If that’s our attitude, then we have yet to understand grace. We c...
by Audrey Rogers on January 27th, 2020
Matthew 19:14Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. If we’re not careful, we can become like the disciples. They got a little impatient and testy with kids. Because kids are great at ruining a serious moment, and, as you know, spiritual matters are serious business. The disciples were trying to guard the moment and remove distractions....
by Audrey Rogers on January 24th, 2020
Matthew 18:21Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?After asking the question, Peter suggested that perhaps seven times was a generous amount to forgive a brother. And I think he’s right, seven times is a lot of times to forgive somebody. But Jesus seemed to indicate that that’s only the beginning. Never can we say we’ve reached the limit. You know why? Cause his forgive...
by Audrey Rogers on January 24th, 2020
Matthew 17:17How long am I to be with you?Was Jesus being impatient here? Sure seems like it to me, and rightly so. He wanted his disciples to believe they could do the same things he was doing. I think we Christians tend to put this big difference between ourselves and Jesus. And, categorically, I think we’re right to do so. However, functionally, I think we can be wrong. It’s true, we will never...
by Audrey Rogers on January 22nd, 2020
Matthew 16:22Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.Peter was feeling good. Thought he was on a roll. He was just commended for getting Jesus’s identity correct. He nailed it when no one was even close. And then this. He takes Jesus aside and tries to adjust his thinking. Oh, sure, it was borne out of good intentions, but how easy we can slip into a certain familiar pride. We get...
by Audrey Rogers on January 21st, 2020
Matthew 15:27Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the master’s table.This has to be the greatest comeback line in all the Bible. This Canaanite woman was on her game, wasn’t she? She gets ignored, scorned, slighted, overlooked, and then downright insulted. And, yet, she still has enough pluck to fire back the cleverest response imaginable. Essentially she says, “I’m here, and...
by Audrey Rogers on January 20th, 2020
Matthew 14:27Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid.Sometimes our eyes will play a trick on us. The disciples thought they saw a ghost, but, no, it was only Jesus. I wonder how many times we peer into the scary mist, the big unknown, and come to the conclusion that the worst is about to happen. We fear the cancer treatment plan. We are uneasy about that move across the country. We are nervous about...
by Audrey Rogers on January 17th, 2020
Matthew 13:22 The cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word. Recently we were given a gift certificate to Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian Restaurant in Portland. I was told to save your appetite 'cause it’s an all-you-can-eat experience and the food is amazing. Well, that afternoon I got hungry, and so I went over to the cupboard and got myself down some canned chicken. That was...
by Audrey Rogers on January 16th, 2020
Matthew 12:25 Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. Diversity does not mean division. Diversity is a good thing. It’s good to have differences of opinion whether it be in marriage, in business, or on a team. Diversity offers balance and a well-rounded perspective. Diversity becomes a problem, though, when there’s not enough rel...
by Audrey Rogers on January 15th, 2020
Matthew 11:30 My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. The burdens of life can feel a bit crushing at times. The cares and concerns begin to weigh you down. People place unreasonable expectations on your shoulders. Sometimes you feel swamped and don’t know where to turn. That’s when Jesus says, ‘Come unto me’ (verse 28). Roll your cares onto my shoulders, because I care for you (1 Peter 5:7). Her...
by Audrey Rogers on January 14th, 2020
Matthew 10:5-6 Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Sometimes Jesus puts certain restrictions on our life for certain periods of time. He closes the door. He tells us “no.” In the moment, we think he’s just being harsh or unfair. He prohibits and he withholds. Why? Well, at least in this situation, the time wasn...
by Audrey Rogers on January 13th, 2020
Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Do you know there are over 90 churches in Gresham? That might seem like a lot, but, honestly, I think Jesus would say that’s not nearly enough. Think about it. Gresham has a population of more than 110,000 people – who, many of which, are harassed and helpless. An...
by Audrey Rogers on January 10th, 2020
Matthew 8:3 Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. Leprosy was a dangerous and filthy disease. And, as a result, lepers were driven out of society. They lived in colonies, removed from the city and by themselves. It was just best that way. So, when this leper runs up to Jesus in desperation, we should hear the gasp of the crowd, see the mothers scuttle their kids to the side, and smell the f...
by Audrey Rogers on January 9th, 2020
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Do you believe? My prayer is that our hearts will believe this promise of Jesus in the year 2020. If you ask, He will act! He will act on your behalf. It might not be the way you want him to. It might not be the timing of your choice. It might not even be the answer that you expected. But He ...
by Audrey Rogers on January 8th, 2020
Matthew 6:24 You cannot serve God and money. When I was still single and getting interested in my future wife, I knew we had to have “the talk.” You know, “the DTR” (the “define the relationship” talk). And once we did, we entered an exclusive relationship. We agreed to see no one else. We belonged to each other. Well, do you know that when you entered a relationship with God you entered an exclusi...
by Audrey Rogers on January 7th, 2020
Matthew 5:25If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. As you can see here, right relationship is one of Jesus’s highest priorities. He says don’t even finish what you’re doing. First, go and reconcile with your broth...
by Audrey Rogers on January 6th, 2020
Matthew 4:4 (The Message) Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” What a phenomenal statement: “he will save his people from their sins.” And notice, the angel doesn’t say he will save his people from the fires of hell. Sometimes I think that’s what we mean when we say “saved.” And although it’s true, his ...
by Audrey Rogers on January 3rd, 2020
Matthew 3:15 Then he consented. John the Baptist was a modest man. He would rather fade into the background, but Jesus needed him to step out of the shadows. I know many people at Generations Church who are faithful and are not looking for the limelight at all. However, that does not mean your voice is not to be heard. You have valuable things to say. You have unique contributions to make. And if ...
by Audrey Rogers on January 2nd, 2020
Matthew 2:15 This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet. Here and in verse 23, terrible things had happened, but we hear that those things happened to fulfill what the Lord had spoken. Do you know that God gets the final say on the troubles you face? That’s right. When unfair things occur in life, God can use those very things to accomplish his plan. He uses the good, the bad, and...
by Audrey Rogers on January 1st, 2020
Wednesday, January 1 Matthew 1:21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. This is a phenomenal statement: “he will save his people from their sins.” The angel doesn’t say he will save his people from hell. Sometimes I think that’s what we mean when we say “saved.” And although it’s true, his salvation reaches further than that. The angel ...
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