January 16 - Matthew 19

Read: Matthew chapter 19 (CEB, NIV, NRSV)

Reflection Questions: A young, rich man told Jesus he had been faithful in keeping the Commandments.  Would that ensure that he would have eternal life?  Jesus told him to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor.  He would then have treasure in heaven.  Sadly, the young man found this to be too great a price.  Has Jesus ever asked you to give up too much?Explain.

January 14 - Matthew 16 and 17

Read: Matthew chapters 16 and 17 (CEB, NIV, NRSV)

Reflection Question: The disciples asked Jesus why they hadn't been able to drive out a demon.  He replied, "Because you have so little faith.  I tell you this: If you had even faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and because of your faith the mountain would move. If you had just a sliver of faith, you would find nothing impossible."  What mountain stands before you?

January 13 - Matthew 15

Read: Matthew chapter 15 (CEB, NIV, NRSV)

Reflection Question: A woman approached Jesus, asking that He expel an evil spirit from her daughter.  She asked, she pleaded with Him, and she argued that she would take anything He would give.  He commented on her faith and granted her request. When you approach Him in prayer, are you willing to take anything He will give?  How do you know that is true?