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KENDRA GRAHAM’S ONLINE BIBLE STUDY — MATTHEW 1:21

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Kendra Graham notes from :  Matthew 1:21

“She will bear a Son, call His name Jesus, He will save His people from their sins.”

Step 1

THE FACTS:  She will bear a Son, call His name Jesus, He will save His people from their sins.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:  Merry Christmas!  Jesus has come!  The Gospel has been born and has been fulfilled!   I’ve been reading a great book by Timothy Keller called, Hidden Christmas, and it has captured my mind and thoughts about Christmas like never before.  The book delves into the genealogy of Jesus, and has brought things to the surface that I’ve not ever really thought about.

We always hear that Jesus is the “Son of David,” meaning, King David!  Well, Jesus–being the King of Kings, it only makes sense that He would come from a kingly line, right?  In Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, King David is mentioned but he is mentioned in a way I always kind of skimmed over, “David, the father of Solomon, by Bathsheba, who had been the wife of Uriah”  Matthew 1:6.

The one thing David probably wanted everyone to forget about him (adulterous affair which lead to the murder of Uriah), is actually in the geology page of Jesus.  King David, needs a Savior.

Who else is on the list?  Well, there is a Canaanite woman who was a prostitute…Rahab–saved in Jericho…then, there is a Moabites–Ruth, and don’t forget Tamar, who tricked her father in law into conceiving a son with her.  This is the bloodline of Jesus! The great grandmothers of Jesus, are in desperate need of a Savior.

It’s amazing that Matthew even included women in the list, because in that day and time the culture did not recognize women in their ancestry at all, it only went through the men!  What a pedigree Jesus has!  Herod the Great was known to actually blot certain people out of his genealogy because he was ashamed of them and didn’t want people to know there was any relation, yet  here, Jesus, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, claims them all, regardless of what they had done! Praise God!

Jesus was not coming to prove His worth to anyone, or pad His resume so He could advance up the ladder of power and wealth.  Jesus came for a very real and messy problem, and that problem was sin.  The Bible says, “All fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23.  This verse could not be more clear than by the very bloodlines of Jesus!  The closest relatives of Jesus, needed Him desperately to save them from their sins.

I love that the family of Jesus included both Jew and Gentile.  We are all God’s hand made creation which started in the Garden of Eden, and He loves us more than anything.  God loves us so much, that He came Himself, not trusting us to anyone else, “…. for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”  God came Himself, “… and they shall call His name Immanuel, which means, “God with us”- Matthew 1:22-23.

We need Jesus, pure and simple.  Our bloodlines and our lives are just as messy, if not messier than the ones listed here in the beginning of Matthew, but know this:  THERE IS HOPE and His name is Jesus!  Jesus was born of a virgin, Mary, and grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man.  Jesus lived a perfect life, and performed many miracles, but that is not the reason He came.  Jesus came, to die, to save us from our sins.  Jesus came to bring peace between God and man where there had been enmity.

God loves you too much to leave you to your own devices, so He came and poured out His extreme wrath on Himself since you and I were not created to carry such a burden.  Jesus died so we can live.   “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23.

In this season of gift giving, I pray that you would receive the greatest gift of all, and that gift is the very forgiveness of God.  It can be  hard to receive because we like to be the giver, we like to be in control, but this gift will always be out of reach and cannot be earned.  There’s no buying it with your Amazon Prime membership, so God has freely given it, and it is Himself.  We are created to walk with God, to know God and to need God–it’s not a design flaw.  Oh that this Christmas you would accept that gift found under the tree, the tree of life, which is the cross.

The reason for the season is that Jesus came to save us from our sins.  May this acceptance of the precious gift of God be forever in your bloodline from here on out.

Step 3

APPLY IT:  Do you know your desperate need for a Savior to save you from your sins?

When have you received the gift of God?  Have you ever asked Jesus to forgive your sins?  Did you realize that sin was the entire reason Jesus came?

Will you receive this gift today? Now?

LIVE IT OUT: Today I will stand amazed at the love God has for me!  Oh that He came Himself, not trusting me to another, to live a perfect sinless life, to die a sinners death, and then to rise from the grave!  Today may I count my blessings that I know Jesus!

Today, if you have never accepted that free gift of God, pray a simple prayer today, “I believe You came Yourself, God with us, and Your name is Jesus.  I pray you forgive me for my personal bloodline full of sin.  You lived a perfect life, died a sinners death for me and then rose from the grave!  Thank you for forgiving me!  Teach me to walk with You.  Amen.

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What Scripture are you studying now? What have you learned? How has the Lord spoke to you? Share with us in the comments section.
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If you’re in the local area and can attend our free annual Women’s Bible Study at The Cove, here in Asheville beginning in January 2017, we’d love to see you.

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Watch, as Kendra shares what you can expect from her study on the book of Esther:

Kendra’s Bible Study…Matthew 8:1-4

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Matthew 8:1-4

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

Verse 1: Jesus came down the mountain. (Coming from the Sermon on the Mount.)

Verse 2: A leper came to Him, bowed to Him and spoke, “Lord, if you are willing you can make me clean.”

Verse 3: He (Jesus) stretched out His hand, touched Him, “I am willing.”
Immediately he was clean.

Verse 4: Jesus: Tell no one, go show to priest, present offering Moses commanded for testimony to them.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?

Verse 1: Jesus comes to the needy, the unpretty, the hurting when it may have been easier to stay on the mountain top.  Jesus comes to the valley where I am.

Verse 2: The leper was very aware of his condition and was desperate to get to Jesus.

*Often times God uses those completely desperate times in my life to draw me to Him!  Jesus is there!!!!!  I NEED TO COME to Him!

It takes humility to come to Jesus.   Pride keeps me from Jesus

“Lord” the leper was very aware of the authority Jesus had over everything.  (Had he been within ear shot,  listening to the sermon on the mount??) 

The Question:  We can take any question to Jesus…. the more desperate the better.  Jesus did not scold him for asking to be healed…. ASK Jesus what is on my heart, HE IS LISTENING… even to me.  The leper was very  aware of his current status.  He knew what he needed…. so he asked.

“If You are willing” EVEN IF THE ANSWER IS NO…. the leper knew Jesus was no less God, and no less in authority over ALL things…. even his disease. 

Verse 3: Jesus reaches to the leper, touched him…. Jesus is personal. 
I am personal to Jesus, not business. Jesus does not think me so vile that He will not touch me. “I AM willing”: Jesus came to cleanse His creation.

Immediately: The leper was IMMEDIATELY clean.  When Jesus says, “All authority over heaven and earth is given to Me” it is TRUE.  Jesus did not manipulate a desperate situation, did not make this poor desperate man perform party tricks…. Jesus met the man’s need where he was because the  leper asked and Jesus had the authority to do so. Jesus changes lives immediately.

Verse 4: Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17)
Jesus works in us to testify to others…. don’t get distracted from that!
The cleansed leper was challenged to obey Jesus right off the bat.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 1: Have I been too angry and busy accusing Jesus that He has left me high and dry, left me to fend for myself, and this and that isn’t fair; that I have missed the fact that Jesus is RIGHT there?  Have I forgotten the love Jesus has for me that brought Him down from His high and exalted place to die for me and my sin?

Verse 2: Am I aware of my current situation or am I living in denial, thinking I can somehow get myself back on track?  Am I desperate enough to come to Jesus? 

Is my personal pride keeping me from bowing down before Jesus? When has my pride kept me from giving up my control in a situation & kept me from coming to Jesus?

What do I believe about Jesus?  Do I believe that He can or will do anything regarding my situation?  Will I not come to Jesus until all other avenues have been exhausted?

What is on my heart?  What do I want to say to Jesus?  Truthfully?  Do I even know what I am in need of?  Or will I sit in silence?  Love the quote by Thomas Jefferson to his nephew, “Question with boldness! Even the very existence of God, for if there be a God, He must surely rather honest questioning than blindfolded fear”.  What have I been told is taboo to request from Jesus? 

Do I believe God through Jesus will give me the strength to endure if the answer is no?  Do I tend to tell God, “Change my situation and I will believe?!” OR will I trust and believe God with my situation and see how it changes?

Verse 3: Do I KNOW in my HEART I am personal to God? Do I think Jesus will touch me? Transform me?  Or do I believe I am the exception to the rule?  Will I let Jesus touch me, or is that REALLY what I am afraid of?

Did I forget that Jesus came to cleanse me from the disease of sin? Have I forgotten Jesus came for ME not for Himself?  Will I trust Jesus & let Him cleanse my life?

Verse 4: Has God worked in my life? Is my life a living testimony of the power of Jesus? Am I obedient to what Jesus has asked me to do? Will I testify to what Jesus has done?

LIVE IT OUT!
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage. 

Is there a main theme to them?
  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Jesus is here, in the middle of my mess.  Give my mess to Him.  Come to Jesus today by getting in His Word and allow the TRUTH of His Word to begin the restoration process in my life.  Repeat daily, hourly if needed.

Homework: Do the three Questions on Ezra 10:1-5 
BONUS Challenge:
Nehemiah 1:1-3

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra Graham’s Bible Study…Matthew 6: 24-33

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Matthew 6: 24-33

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

vs 24:  No one can serve two masters.

vs 25: For THIS reason I say do not be worried about life, what you will eat, what you will put on. Is life more than food & clothing?

vs 26: Look at the birds, your heavenly Father feed them.  Are you not worth much more than they?

vs 27: Who by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

vs 28-29: Observe the lilies, they do not toil or spin, yet not even Solomon clothed himself like one of these.

vs 30: If God clothes the grass of the field, will he not much more clothe you? Oh you of little faith!

vs 31-32:  Do not worry.  Your heavenly Father KNOWS you NEED ALL these things

vs 33:  But seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness, and ALL THESE THINGS WILL be added to YOU!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?

vs 24:  Everyone serves someone or something.  Either we serve all the world has to offer (Power, prestige, position, fame, money, social status, relationship status, facebook status…) or we serve God and follow Him wherever He leads us.  It is either all about me or Him.  Two choices here.  Impossible to serve both.

vs 25:  FOR THIS reason…. Jesus is saying here, He understands the pull the world has, so much to worry about! Bills, jobs, sickness…. so many things demand our attention, but keep it all in perspective…. it can overtake our every minute if we are not careful.  Life is so much more than all the things we have to worry about.

vs 26:  YOU are my handmade creation.  Created to walk with Me, know me, need me.  The birds are my spoken creation.  If I care, if it matters that they eat, HOW MUCH MORE you matter to Me!  YOU MATTER.  Your needs are on the heart of Jesus, they have not been overlooked.

vs 27:  Worry is a time waster.  Maybe hope has been taken off the table, the walls are closing in, and there is nothing I can do to change the situation… what this does is point to my tremendous need for a Savior.  Maybe it is our need that brings us to Jesus.

vs 28-29: The lilies don’t work themselves to death to garnish the attention of the Creator… they draw the attention of the Creator not because of what they DO but because of what they are.  You draw the attention of the Savior not because of how you have done such great things, or how you have made a mess of things, you garnish the attention of your Creator because of WHO YOU ARE!!! You are HIS handmade creation!!!!!

vs 30:  We have enough faith that God will provide for everyone and everything else in the world, but we don’t believe He will do it for me!!!

vs 31-32:  God knows our NEED….  God is provider.  He is not beating us down here… in all eternity that He had to think about what words He would say to us with skin on, He says, “I know…. I know”  things are hard, you are trying desperately just to make ends meet, and I know…. I got you… it matters to Me! Your need is on my mind. Be assured of that!

vs 33:  SEEK ME FIRST… let go of the world, grab My hand, seek out who I am and who I desperately want to be to you! I PLEAD personally with you, seek ME and SEE ALL THESE things come together.  Maybe, when all is falling apart, just maybe it is really falling into place.  You were designed to need your Creator.  Seek Him today.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

vs 24:  Who or what am I serving?  Honestly….

vs 25:  Do I meditate throughout the day on God’s Word, or my overwhelming life?  What is the space in my brain taken up with throughout the day?

vs 26: When have I felt overlooked?  Do I really hear what Jesus is saying here?  And that is…that MY needs trump those of the birds?

vs 27:  Do I carry my worry around with me or do I let the need I have bring me to Jesus?

vs 28-29:  Have I thought it is what I do that garnishes God’s attention instead of the FACT of who I am?  Have I thought I needed to “clean things up” before I come to Him instead of coming just as I am?

vs 30:  Do I struggle with personal unbelief?  Do I not believe God will be faithful to me?

vs 31-32:  Did I know my need was on the mind of God?  Did I know God created me to be needy of the One who can meet my need?  Have I felt like I have fallen through the cracks of God’s mind?  Will I claim this verse for me and my family today?

vs 33:  What is causing me to seek out everyone and everything else first instead of the God who created me, loves me and died to prove it?

HOMEWORK1 Samuel 3: 1-10

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!