Usually, I don’t remember article ideas or lines in poetry that come to me during the night. If I don’t get up right then and jot them down, they’re gone forever. A few nights ago, I stayed in bed when an idea appeared. Happily, the next morning I recalled the first line and rhyme of a new poem. But does it shine as brightly in the light of day as it seemed to in the middle of the night? Continue reading

Here is one man’s proposed structure of Matthew’s Gospel, based on Matthew’s citations from Isaiah:

  1. 1:1-2:23 – ‘The virgin shall bear a son’ [Mt 1:23 = Isa 9:6]
  2. 3:1-4:11 – ‘The way of the Lord in the wilderness’ [Mt 3:3 = Isa 40:3]
  3. 4:12-7:29 – ‘A great light in Galilee’ [Mt 4:15-16 = Isa 9:1-2]
  4. 8:1-10:42 – ‘He carried away our diseases’ [Mt 8:17 = Isa 53:4]
  5. 11:1-12:45 – ‘Bruised reeds & Gentile judgement’ [Mt 12:17-21 = Isa 42:1-4]
  6. 12:46-13:58 – ‘Hearing and understanding’ [Mt 13:14-15 = Isa 6:9-10]
  7. 14:1-16:12 – ‘Teaching the traditions of men’ [Mt 15:8-9 = Isa 29:13]
  8. 16:13-21:11 – ‘The King coming to Zion, gentle’ [Mt 21:5 = Isa 62:11 & Zec 9:9]
  9. 21:12-25:46 – ‘House of prayer’ or ‘robbers’ den’ [Mt 21:13 = Isa 56:7 & Jer 7:11]
  10. 26:1-28:20 – ‘Shepherd and sheep’ (& Galilee) [Mt 26:31 = Zec 13:7 & Isa 53:4-6]

Taken from Matthew’s Gospel structure: a Messianic reflection on Isaiah. At the link are explanations of each section.

Whether or not Matthew thought about the structure (a proposal worthy of study), it would make a good outline for a Bible school study.

How good it feels to finish a task! The feeling of accomplishment motivates one with renewed vigor to tackle the next challenge. How much greater it must feel to reach the end of one’s life and be satisfied that the work God has given one to do has been done.

How is that even possible? After saying he has completed the race and kept the faith, the apostle Paul gives us a hint. Continue reading


When man thinks that he has to arrange his own salvation, the goal is distant and difficult. Many give up because of frustration at the impossible, and others live a false religiosity that proclaims human ability to penetrate the holiness of God.

In contrast with this, the message of the gospel, which consists of salvation by God’s grace, is near and easily embraced. Continue reading