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Give the Gift of Good Listening

Each month I write a post for Bible.org for their women’s blog: Engage. I am reposting this article for my Pondered Treasures readers because I believe so much in the power of effective listening.

Themes and Takeaways From Matthew’s Gospel

This has been one of the must fulfilling studies of scripture I have ever embarked on. Through my personal study, weekly discussions with my co-teacher and women’s pastor, leading discussions with my small group of precious women, and preaching three messages to a gracious large group, four major themes emerged for me from Matthew.

Portraits of Peter: He is Every One of Us

Simon Peter, a former fisherman, is the third most mentioned person in the New Testament (behind Jesus and Paul) and appears prominently in Matthew’s gospel. He is the spokesman for the disciples, has intimate conversations with Jesus where he questions and rebukes Jesus, and fails greatly. Here are fourteen ways Peter is every one of us.

Unnecessary Burdens or Freedom to Love?

The Pharisees put rules upon rules around the Ten Commandments in an attempt to guard against breaking them. But Jesus shares our yoke and carries our loads.

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