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There were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile in Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah. - Matthew 1:17 (NIV)

When I open up the first chapter of Matthew and read seventeen verses of names, my first question is, Why?

I think Matthew put the genealogy in for several reasons: First, Jesus was human. We focus on Jesus as God quite often, but it’s important to remember that he was...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, help us to see how you are working through the people around us. Open our hearts to serve you each day. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Matthew 1:1-17

Thought for the Day

How is God working through me?

Prayer Focus

Those who feel worthless


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