Tag Archives: Matthew

Victory at Sea

Growing up in Florida, I’ve experienced a number of hurricanes. From listening to predictions of the storm’s path to surveying the damage left behind, it is difficult not to be overcome with feelings of powerlessness. We sometimes label natural disasters as “acts of God”. It is true that God has on some specific occasions executed […]

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Just Say the Word…

(Matthew 8:5 – 13) What a concept: to make God Himself marvel in amazement. It’s almost unbelievable… Yet this was exactly the reaction Jesus had to the centurion who asked for the healing of his servant. By now, most of us have probably heard this story; we even studied it a couple of weeks ago […]

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Going. Bringing. Hindering.

(Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26). Imagine the following scene: Look at the Pharisees in the first row, dressed up according to their position. They had traveled from all around the country to listen to Jesus´ words, hoping to find the smallest detail that would help them accuse Jesus. Keep looking around.  You will find […]

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The story of the two demon-possessed men (Matt. 8:28 – 34) is very significant and deserves specific attention. Firstly, almost all of Jesus’ miracles were performed because someone asked him to; but in this case, it seems, Jesus decides to cross the lake specifically to perform that one miracle. He crosses the lake, performs the […]

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The Cure

Editor’s Note: The following post is from Alvaro Ordoñez, MD. He is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. We are pleased to welcome him as a contributor to the Cross Connection website.   A couple of months after the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, which killed over 316,000 people and […]

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Being on the Winning Team

For those of you who follow American sports, you know that yesterday marked the beginning of “March Madness.” For those of you who don’t know, “March Madness” is a huge college basketball tournament in which 64 schools compete for the right to be called “National Champions.” These 64 teams are split into four divisions and […]

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The Most Difficult Verse of the Sermon on the Mount

Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. – Matthew 7:6 After our study last Tuesday (watch the episode here) I thought that it would be nice to share some additional thoughts regarding the most […]

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Seek First the Kingdom of God

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  (Mat. 6:33)   Jesus encourages us to pursue the righteous and just priorities of the kingdom of God. Then our physical needs will be looked after. However, there is a problem in the understanding of this verse. Many […]

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Money, Money, Money

Money. We all need it to get by. For many of us, it’s the driving force behind most of our life decisions. Without it we cannot pay our bills, keep a roof over our heads, or provide for ourselves or our families. Yet the want of it can be divisive as well; causing couples to […]

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The Radical Message of His Name

“And you shall call His name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) When we think about the nativity story we think about the virginal conception, the manger, the shepherds, the magi, and the star. Most of the time, important messages get overlooked. We need a fresh understanding of God’s […]

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