We pass on knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next through a tradition process. When it comes to teaching our children and others to understand the Bible, that process requires using our own words to explain God's words. Jesus warns religious teachers to avoid the sin of replacing God's words with our words. We must be sure our hearts are always loyal only to God, to worship him in our teaching.
Many forces in the world today conspire against Christian faithfulness. Daily news cycles and Facebook posts seem to beg us to become discouraged in our resistance to a culture more ungodly by the year. In Matthew's account of a perilous sea crossing by Jesus' first disciples encourages us to stay faithful to Jesus against these forces that tempt us to give up.
Whatever we are hungry for, if we bring that to Jesus, it will be multiplied. We must be careful, though, to hunger for that which will bring blessing rather than a curse.
Thomas needed to see the evidence of Jesus' death to believe that the living Jesus was the same man who died on the cross. In a similar way, Christians live in a world that needs to see the marks of our own death in Christ before they will believe what we preach about Jesus.