Matthew 3-4 and Acts 4-6

(from The Message paraphrase)

Observations from Matthew 3-4:

  • Jesus is baptized by John and then he gets tested by Satan.   Prior to being tested Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days.   He was very hungry but he told Satan “It takes more than bread to stay alive.   It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”
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Matthew 1 – 2 and Acts 1 – 3

I decided to read from The Message paraphrase of the New Testament because I’m very familiar already with the NIV.

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New Testament Challenge

Today at E3 many of us decided to enter the New Testament challenge.   During the next 63 days we will read through the entire New Testament.   The purpose of this is not to win favor with God or check off something on the list.   Rather, it’s for spiritual growth and renewal.   I have read through the entire New Testament many times in the past.   This time however I want something more.   God’s Word is alive and I want to be

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