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The Kingdom of Heaven is like….

| Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 31Jesus put before the crowd another parable: “The dominion of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in a field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of…

Weeds and Wheat

| Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 24Jesus put before the crowd another parable: “The dominion of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds…

Sowing Seeds of Grace

| Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear. 1That same day Jesus went out of…

Yoked to Christ

| Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom and intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer. [Jesus said:] 16“To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and…

People bound by Grace

| Matthew 10:40-42 [Jesus said:] 40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives…

Words Matter

| Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39 Jesus warns his disciples that their ministry in his name will meet with opposition. However, he assures them that they need not fear for the truth will come to light. Life is found in Christ. [Jesus said:] 24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough…

Disciples are sent out

| Matthew 9:35–10:8 [9-23] 35Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the dominion of heaven, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said…

God of Relationship: Father, Son and Spirit

| Matthew 28:16-20 16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw Jesus, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…

The Spirit Intercedes for Us

| John 20:19-23 19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Judeans, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and…

When Christ Rises, We Rise

| Luke 24:44-53 44[Jesus said,] “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”45Then Jesus opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is…

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