Entries by Bryan McKenzie

Abide Together: Reflections on Matthew 7

In Matthew 7, Jesus teaches on judging others rightly, persistent prayer, the wide and narrow gate, the necessity of a change in nature to produce godly fruit and building your life on doing the Word of God.  The thing that sticks out to me is Jesus’ warning about those who profess to know Him, but […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Matthew 6

In Matthew 6 Jesus teaches on giving, prayer, fasting and money/possessions.  He makes a big emphasis on not doing these things to be noticed by others.  These are things that are to be done unto the Lord, for His glory. Jesus also says the way a person looks at their possessions, says a lot about […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Matthew 5

Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount to his disciples right after they were chosen to follow him. I’m struck today by the ideas that must have been swirling around in their heads. These guys were working their trades and then dropped it all to follow Jesus. The fact that they were working means that […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Matthew 3-4

In Matthew 3-4, John the Baptist and his ministry are introduced, Jesus is baptized, Jesus is tempted in the wilderness by Satan, Jesus defeats Satan’s temptation by using the Word of God, Jesus begins His public ministry and calls some of His first disciples.  The thing that stood out to me this morning was the fact […]

Abide “Memory Verse” – Week 1 – GENESIS 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The first verse in the Bible answers the question of the origin of the universe. The “beginning” spoken of here is the beginning of the universe.  God is eternal and was before the “beginning” of the universe. It was “God” who “created the heavens and […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Matthew 1-2

In Matthew 1, Matthew gives us Jesus genealogy through his legal father, Joseph. It linked Jesus to both Abraham and David showing HE indeed was the Messiah.  Matthew also lists 5 women in Jesus genealogy, which was uncommon. All of these women would have been considered unworthy to be part of the Messiah’s family tree.  […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Psalm 132

In Psalm 132 the Psalmist points to a time when David desired and vowed to bring the tabernacle and ark to Jerusalem.  The Psalm also points to God’s promise that David’s descendants would continue to reign forever.  The ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise to David is found in the Messiah, Jesus.  Jesus’ reign as Messiah […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Psalm 118

Psalm 118 is a Psalm of Thanksgiving for the Lord’s goodness.  It is also the most quoted Psalm in the New Testament.  One of the verses quoted a few times in the New Testament is verse  22, “The stone which the builders rejected, Has become the chief cornerstone.”  The New Testament identifies Jesus as the […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Psalm 110

Psalm 110 is one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament concerning Jesus as the Messiah.  Jesus refers to verse 1 when to dealer that He is God in Matthew 22:44.  This Psalm depicts the Messiah as both the holy King and the High Priest.  This is something that no other King of […]

Abide Together: Reflections on Psalm 109

In Psalm 109 David asks the LORD to bring judgment on his enemies who persecute and speak evil against him.  This psalm is considered a Messianic Psalm, because Acts 1:20 quotes verse 8 in reference to Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.  The verse that stands out to me this morning is verse 27 where David writes, […]

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