Matthew 12:1-21    Controversy
Devotional

Matthew 12:1-21    Controversy

Jesus’ words and actions soon brought him into conflict with the religious authorities.  Here the first problem concerns the observance of the Sabbath, about which the Jews had very strict rules.  It was agreed that the obligations of the temple service might make it necessary for the priests to break […]

Matthew 5:1-12    The Be-Atitudes
Devotional

Matthew 5:1-12    The Be-Atitudes

These must be some of the best known verses in the Bible, but that should not blind us to the depth of thought, which together with the simple way it is expressed, has attracted so many generations of people.  The “beatitudes” (as these verses are known) emphasize eight principal marks […]