The Criticism Continues

Happy Monday! Last week we began Matthew 23, where Jesus criticizes the religious leaders. This criticism is followed by a day of questioning and attempts to trap Jesus (see Matthew 22). Today, we will continue to read on Jesus’ response. Enjoy today’s reading and your day. Be safe.

“8 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.] And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

13 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.” – Matthew 23:8-14 NLT

Brothers and sisters, let us not think of ourselves higher than we are. Let us point others to Jesus with humility and dignity, giving Him all the reverence and respect that is due. Love one another.

Father God, thank you for being our everything – Father, Teacher. Thank you for the wise instructions and guidance you give us. Lord, you never fail us. Lord, forgive us for the times when we believe and act like we know better than you. Lord, speak to us and help us to hear you over all the noise, internal doubt and chaos. Lord, when things appear to be overwhelming, strengthen us and equip us with the tools/gifts we need to serve you and your people. Lord, remove temptations and distraction that lead us away from you. Lord, be our rock and shield us against the enemies schemes today. Lord, continue to change us. In Jesus name, amen.

Keep praying, the Lord hears you! Keep seeking! Keep trusting the process!


March 2, 2019 from 9am – 1pm, is our next Refresh, Renew and Restore event.

The event is held once a year and it is designed to refresh and restore volunteers and ministry workers who serve the community and/or work at dependent living facilities/organizations (e.g., shelters, recovery centers, etc). If you are a volunteer and/or a ministry worker or have volunteered at one of the Mary E. White Ministries events (workshops, retreats, etc) and are interested in participating in a day of being refreshed, renewed and restored email us at:, by Monday, February 25, 2019. Space is limited, we have a few spots left.

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