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For the first few months of this school year, we are studying the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  The following notes are from our morning Bible study.

Author: Matthew, formely known as Levi before he was chosen by Jesus to be His follower. The name Matthew means “God’s fully grown man”

Date: AD 50-58 (approx)

Subject: birth, life, teaching, miracles, death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ

Setting: the Holy Land- Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth, the Judean wilderness, Galilee and Jerusalem

Key People: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the wise men, John the Baptist, the disciples, the religious leaders of Jerusalem, Pilate and Mary Magdalene

The book of Matthew contains 28 chapters.
He wrote this book to convince Jews everywhere that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the promised Messiah and that He was the fulfillment of the OT prophecies about a coming Redeemer. He references fulfilled prophecy 17 times.

Matthew was a tax collector and despised by his fellow countrymen. He used his experience with money to share parables in this book. Money is mentioned more often than in any other Gospel. This book helps us understand that the Holy Spirit worked through ordinary men to put together an inspired record of the brief time that God’s son was on this earth.

For 3 years, Matthew was a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and learned from His life and teachings. He was sent out as an apostle with the other chosen disciples to all the people of Israel. As an apostle, he freely gave of himself to preach, to heal the sick, to cleanse the lepers, to raise the dead and to cast out demons. We can imagine that the people of that day were utterly amazed to see a former publican doing all those things. After Christ’s resurrection, Matthew was among the 120 who were baptized by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost; and he continued to minister through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Beatitudes- Ch 5
The Lord’s Prayer- Ch 6
The Great Commission- Ch 28

Favorite verses: 1:21, 4:17, 5:14-16, 44, 6:21, 24, 33, 7:12, 9:37, 11:28, 15:18, 16:26, 18:5, 11, 20, 19:14, 30, 20:28, 21:22, 22:37-39, 25: 33-40, 28:6


Sources: Alpha Omega Publications
Read Your Bible One Book at a Time, Woodrow Kroll


Mini pumpkin cinnamon rolls

Quick and yummy breakfast treat that is perfect for fall.  You just can’t go wrong with pumpkin butter!

These mini rolls are super easy to make.  The hard part may be finding pumpkin butter at your local stores.  I recently checked Walmart and Kroger with no luck.  It might just be too early in the season because last year Kroger carried this item.  I finally checked a small store (Shop n Save)  that carries Walnut Creek items and sure enough…there were several jars on the shelf.  Serve with a side of strawberries or other fresh fruit.  

Bistro Chicken Pasta Salad

I’m always looking for new lunch ideas that don’t need reheated.  Especially in the summer, it’s refreshing to enjoy a chilled delicious lunch.  My husband has recently started traveling daily for work and his office (his car) doesn’t have a microwave and it’s not always convenient for him to go to one of his stores to use their break area.  So, for this reason I’ve been constantly searching for healthy, delicious cold lunches….something other than boring cold sandwiches.  

We recently tried this chicken pasta salad and it’s a keeper!  So simple and fresh, it’s quick and easy to put together the night before.
Instead of feta, I used fresh mozz balls.  We added a few crackers on the side and a cup of cold applesauce.

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad

I’m always anxious to try new salad ideas and new dressings, especially if it’s a chicken salad!  

I’m not sure if I messed up this buffalo sauce or if it’s meant to be super spicy but Wow!!  It’s delicious but hot, even mixed with all the veggies.  If I make it again, I think I will add extra honey to cut the heat a little.  I like spicy foods but this one was too much on a salad.  Add a few crackers and applesauce for a filling and healthy meal.