A daily dose of spiritual exercise for men in various stages of their Christian walk

– Pray – Read Matthew 17:24-27 “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Matthew 17:27 – Observe […]

“Now John answered Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For […]

– Pray – Read Matthew 17:1-13 “After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.” Matthew 17:1 – Observe In Caeserea Philippi, Jesus does not seem to be surrounded by crowds, just His disciples. After six days with His disciples, […]

– Pray – Read Matthew 16:21-28 “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This will never happen to you!’ ” Matthew 16:21 – Observe Having been declared to be the foundation of the future church, I think Peter had become a little conceited. How else could he even consider […]

– Pray – Read Matthew 16:13-20 “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ ” Matthew 16:16 – Observe Declaring that Jesus was the Messiah, the long awaited deliverer promised by the prophets, showed Peter’s faith in Jesus. But, then declaring Jesus to be the Son of God – that […]

– Pray – Read Matthew 16:1-12 “Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, ‘You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?’ ” Matthew 16:8 – Observe A focus on meeting our own physical needs reveals an unbelief in God’s promise to provide. That rebellious unbelief, in turn, leaves us wide […]

“And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Matthew 14:28 This whole scene makes my head swim. I’m trying to imagine how I would react if I were to see this Man that had become my mentor and leader walking on the water […]

– Pray – Read Matthew 14:22-36 “After he dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” Matthew 14:23 – Observe The crowed He dismissed numbered at least 5,000. He had sent His disciples ahead so that He could finally be alone and deal with […]

– Pray – Read Matthew 14:13-21 “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14 – Observe Jesus was trying to get away to a private place to grieve His cousin’s beheading, and maybe talk to God about what He should do about it. When […]

– Pray – Read Matthew 14:1-12 “John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.” Matthew 14:12 – Observe This is one of the sorrows with which Jesus is acquainted: the unjust murder of His cousin by an evil ruler. How will Jesus respond? Will He decide the […]

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