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We love this Bible App
- It gives you many translations to read from – we suggest to start with the New Living Translation which is fairly easy to read.
- It gives you Bible reading plans so you can read a bit each day.
- Start with a Gospel – Matthew, Mark, Luke or John – who tell us about the life of Jesus.
- You don’t have to read, you can listen!
Our “Thoughts for the Week” are below:
This passage begins with the religious people challenging Jesus because his disciples are not following the religious tradition of hand-washing. Jesus points out that their emphasis on tradition causes them to act against what the Bible teaches. He calls them...read more
This account in Matthew is another popular bible story with children. The disciples head across the Lake of Galilee and a storm comes on. During the storm, Jesus comes to them on the water and the disciples freak out thinking they see a ghost. Jesus confirms who he is...read more
Jesus wanted some space alone to mourn the beheading of John, his second cousin and partner in the gospel (see last time). Just as he got to his “space”, the crowds found him (v13). What is Jesus to do? He chose to “have compassion on them and heal their sick” rather...read more
Last week, at the end of chapter 13, we saw how the people at Nazareth were offended by Jesus’ miracles. Today, we find that Herod is offended by John the Baptist’s statement of truth. 1) Positively, Herod recognises and believes in miracles and even resurrection...read more
After Jesus’ parables about the kingdom which we have looked at these last weeks, Jesus moves to his hometown (Matthew 13v53-58). Their first response is inquisitive, “Where did he get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?”, but the story’s conclusion is an...read more
Jesus told yet another two parables in Matthew 13v47-52 concerning the “kingdom of heaven” which is best understood as the reign of God. In the first, a net is let down and catches many fish. While the net is in the water, it is impossible to separate the good from...read more
Jesus told another two parables in Matthew 13v44-45 concerning the “kingdom of heaven” which is best understood as the reign of God. In the first, when a man finds treasure hidden in a field, he hides it again and goes with joy to sell all he has to buy that...read more
Jesus told another two parables in Matthew 13v31-33 concerning the “kingdom of heaven” which is best understood as the reign of God. In the first, a man plants a tiny mustard seed and it grows into a tree in which the birds can perch. Jesus says the kingdom of...read more
Jesus told another parable in Matthew 13v24-30. In it, a farmer sows wheat seed in his field, but also and enemy comes and sows weeds in the field. There is some consternation about the growth of the weeds, but the farmer tells his servants to leave them as he is...read more
Jesus told a parable in Matthew 13v1-23 about a sower sowing seed on the soil. Jesus explained that he was comparing the soil with our heart, and the seed with the Word of God. In doing so he was showing 4 types of response we make to God’s word when we receive it:...read more