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MDB 1: Matthew 4

"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil" (Matt. 4:1) Jesus' encounter with the devil was an appointment he had to keep. It was established within the terms of the covenant...
Posted December 31, 2009 @ 10:49 AM by Derek Thomas

MDB 2: Matthew 5

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Matt. 5:17). It is unwise to attempt to pin down what "fulfill" means in this...
Posted January 5, 2010 @ 3:55 PM by Derek Thomas

MDB 3: Genesis 6

"But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD" (Gen. 6:8) An important word occurs in the story of Noah, one reverberates throughout the pages of Scripture: grace or as the ESV translates it, "favor" (Gen. 6:8). In a...
Posted January 7, 2010 @ 9:59 AM by Derek Thomas

MDB 4: Matthew 7

"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him" (Matt.7:11) Several things emerge from these words...
Posted January 7, 2010 @ 10:00 AM by Derek Thomas

MDB 5: Matthew 8

"Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" (Matt 8:26). On more than one occasion, Jesus rebuked the disciples for having "little faith" (cf. Matt. 6:30; 8:26; 14:31; 16:8; 17:20; Lk. 12:28). The disciples were in a boat on...
Posted January 8, 2010 @ 12:17 PM by Derek Thomas

MDB 11: Matthew 18

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones."--Matthew 18:10 The parable of the lost sheep and the verse above arise from a question posed by the disciples at the beginning of this great chapter, "Who is the...
Posted January 18, 2010 @ 3:29 PM by Nathan Shurden

MDB 12: Genesis 20

"There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife."--Genesis 20:11  Sometimes we find ourselves in the middle of a royal mess without even being aware of it. Such was...
Posted January 19, 2010 @ 12:25 PM by Nathan Shurden

MDB 13: Acts 20

"I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God"--Acts 20:27 When Paul charges young Timothy to "Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort" (II Tim. 4:2), he knew...
Posted January 20, 2010 @ 11:35 AM by Nathan Shurden

MDB 14: Genesis 22

"Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."--Genesis 22:2 Abraham and Sarai...
Posted January 22, 2010 @ 9:48 AM by Nathan Shurden

MDB 15: Nehemiah 12

"...and they purified the people."--Nehemiah 12:30 Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon and Elijah are names that would show up on any "who's who" list of important biblical characters. Whole books and sermon series have been devoted to each of these...
Posted January 22, 2010 @ 12:06 PM by Nathan Shurden

MDB 16: Esther 2

Esther 2Esther is one of the most intriguing books in the Bible - not least because it never mentions God's name. Despite the questions and suspicions raised by this, the obvious reason why this is so is quite simply that...
Posted January 25, 2010 @ 10:57 AM by Mark Johnston

MDB 17: Esther 3

Chapter divisions in Bible are sometimes less helpful than they might be, and that is certainly the case as we come to today's reading. In order to make sense of all that's going on in this passage, we need to...
Posted January 26, 2010 @ 3:49 PM by Mark Johnston

MDB 18: Esther 4

In our journey through Esther we have been wrestling with the question, 'Where is God in all of this?' - not least because he is not mentioned overtly name. But that does not mean he is not there, or that...
Posted January 27, 2010 @ 9:45 AM by Mark Johnston

MDB 19: Esther 5

This fifth chapter in the story of Esther becomes a study in contrasts: between a humble and thoughtful queen on the one hand and on the other, a proud and reckless official. The life and conduct of each in their...
Posted January 28, 2010 @ 2:37 PM by Mark Johnston

MDB 20: Esther 6

If ever there was a series of extraordinary coincidences in life, then this chapter records it! An event that had been forgotten, a king who couldn't sleep, a record of the forgotten event being read, an official who comes to...
Posted January 29, 2010 @ 9:20 AM by Mark Johnston

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