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SOTM: Matthew 6:22-23 (The eye is the lamp of the body)

The next couple of verses routinely show in lists of difficult passages. (Mat 6:22-23 ESV) “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if … Continue reading

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SOTM: Matthew 6:19-21 (Treasures in heaven)

(Mat 6:19-21 ESV) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and … Continue reading

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SOTM: Matthew 6:9-13 (The Lord’s Prayer: Part 3)

So what would happen if adults acted out Jesus’ Parable of the Unmerciful Servant as told by children? Thanks to reader Orion.

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SOTM: Matthew 6:9-13 (The Lord’s Prayer, Part 2)

(Mat 6:12 ESV)  12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Another tough one. “Debts” is a Jewish euphemism for sins. And Jesus explicitly makes our forgiveness conditional on our forgiving others. In fact, in … Continue reading

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SOTM: Matthew 6:9-13 (The Lord’s Prayer, Part 1)

You may safely skip to 0:55 — For some reason, we in the Churches of Christ are reluctant to recite the Lord’s Prayer in church. Really. I mean, just as soon as I say the words, the absurdity of it … Continue reading

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SOTM: Matthew 6:7-8 (On Short Prayers and Why Bother to Pray)

(Mat 6:7-8 ESV)  “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what … Continue reading

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SOTM: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 (Hypocrisy)

I have some questions about this passage — (Mat 6:1-6 ESV) “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. … Continue reading

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SOTM: Matthew 5 (Summary)

So, to return to an outline of the SOTM I suggested several posts ago — When is it? It’s the dawn of the Kingdom promised by the Law and the Prophets. Therefore, it’s time to turn back toward God (to … Continue reading

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SOTM: Matthew 5 (Hermeneutics)

Let’s talk a little hermeneutics. I’ve disagreed with McKnight’s interpretation of several of these passages because I disagree with his hermeneutics. He sees Jesus as legislating new laws because Jesus disagrees with Moses on various points. I disagree. After all, … Continue reading

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SOTM: Matthew 5:43-48 (Love Your Enemy)

(Mat 5:43-48 ESV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  45 so that you may … Continue reading

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