Podcast Episodes, Articles, Messages: Matthew

Chapter 1

  • When Your Story Takes Twists and Turns
    Topics: God   Scripture: Matthew 1:1-16

    Nancy will help you anticipate life's ups and downs by keeping your eyes on the author and finisher of our faith. Read More

  • Everybody Needs to Be Rescued
    Topics: Salvation & My New Identity, Women of the Bible   Scripture: Matthew 1:4

    Find out why a repentant prostitute is better off before God than an unrepentant churchgoer. It’s a look at the life of Rahab. Read More

  • Mary Is a Trusting Woman
    Topics: Holidays, Women of the Bible   Scripture: Matthew 1:18-21

    Nancy says a wife can encourage her husband to be a spiritual leader even if the wife appears to be more qualified for that role. Read More

Chapter 2

  • The Star
    Topics: Holidays   Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

    As mysterious as the wise men, they knew He was born because God showed them a very special light. A star. Read More

  • The Sorrow
    Topics: Holidays   Scripture: Matthew 2:1-23

    The story of the wise men coming to visit Jesus has a murderous, heart-wrenching ending. Well, it’s almost the end. Hear why we can have hope. Read More

  • Who Were the Magi?
    Topics: Holidays   Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

    Nancy will explain about Epiphany and the visit of the wise men to Baby Jesus. And she’ll share what that has to do with you and me. Read More

Chapter 3

  • The Baptism of Christ
    Topics: God   Scripture: Matthew 3:2-17

    Jesus was perfect and didn't need to show any repentance. So why did He need to be baptized? Nancy will explore the baptism of Jesus and show it's importance. Read More

Chapter 4

  • The Temptation of Christ
    Topics: God, The Enemy   Scripture: Matthew 4:1-13

    You’re alone in a barren wilderness surrounded by wild animals. You haven’t eaten in forty days. Do you think you’d be vulnerable to temptation? Read More

Chapter 5

  • Share What Jesus Is Doing in Your Life
    Topics: Missional Living, Salvation & My New Identity   Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16

    Every follower of Jesus feels pressure to become better at witnessing. Nancy shares practical ways to explain the gospel to others. Read More

Chapter 6

  • Partial Disclosure
    Topics: Modesty, Purity & Beauty   Scripture: Matthew 6:26-33

    Can you cover all your skin and still be immodest? Yes, according to Nancy. She'll give some wise and practical counsel. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 39
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Amen. You probably use that word every time you pray out loud. But what does it really mean? Nancy provides an explanation on today’s program. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 38
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Can your child recite the Lord’s Prayer? At what age should you teach it to a child? Nancy shares why this prayer is valuable to children. Read More

  • The Lord’s Prayer, Day 37
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    If you think about the concept of "forever" for very long, your brain will start to hurt. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 36
    Topics: God, Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Pride is subtle and destructive. The most respectable-looking person may be racked with it. But what exactly is pride? Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 35
    Topics: God, Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Pay your gas or electric bill and you’ll understand how valuable power is. Nancy tells about someone who has all the power He needs. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 34
    Topics: Prayer, Surrender   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    In control. Does that describe you? Nancy explains the dangers of trying to be in control when that’s really someone else’s job. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 33
    Topics: Prayer, The Enemy   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    When you repeat the Lord's Prayer, you say the words "deliver us from the evil one." Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 32
    Topics: Prayer, The Enemy   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    You have an enemy. This enemy is more dangerous than any terrorist or criminal. You don’t have to be afraid, but you do need to pray. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 31
    Topics: Prayer, Sin & Repentance   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    The Lord’s Prayer includes the line, "Lead us not into temptation." If you are tempted, does that mean God let you down? Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 30
    Topics: Prayer, Sin & Repentance   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Does God ever tempt you? If not, why would Jesus bother to include the line "Lead us not into temptation" in the Lord’s Prayer? Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 29
    Topics: Forgiveness & Bitterness, Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Every believer in Christ has been forgiven. That's amazing news! It’s so amazing, in fact, that a lot of people have trouble believing it. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 28
    Topics: Forgiveness & Bitterness, Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    If you don’t forgive other people, you may have trouble accepting God’s forgiveness for your sin. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 27
    Topics: Prayer, Salvation & My New Identity   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Debt is serious. When you can’t pay it back, drastic measures can be taken, such as a home foreclosure. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 26
    Topics: Prayer, Salvation & My New Identity   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Condemnation will make you feel separated from God. So what do you do when you sin over and over and feel far away from the One you love? Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 25
    Topics: Forgiveness & Bitterness, Prayer, Sin & Repentance   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Most people avoid guilt at all costs. Adults go to counseling to get rid of it. Parents try to keep their kids from it. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 24
    Topics: Forgiveness & Bitterness, Prayer, Sin & Repentance   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    How many people have prayed, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors"? You could no doubt count the number in the millions. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 23
    Topics: Fear & Anxiety, Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Everybody has to learn to trust God to provide. But for moms, that can be especially important. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 22
    Topics: Money, Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    The Bible tells about a woman who was scraping the bottom of her flour container. She was in the middle of a famine and had very little to eat. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 21
    Topics: Fear & Anxiety, Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    God fed the prophet Elijah in the wilderness, using birds to carry bread and meat. Could He do that today? Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 20
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    One of the writers of Proverbs asked God to give him neither poverty nor riches. That’s hard for us to comprehend in a free market economy. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 19
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    "God is great. God is good. Let us thank Him for our food." If you learned this mealtime prayer as a child, you still know how to finish it. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 18
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Everybody knows what it’s like to wait on hold to talk to someone. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 17
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Many women struggle with figuring out God’s will. Nancy gives some ideas about this struggle from wise women. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 16
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    When you share Christ with someone and that person is saved, it’s more than just a one-time decision. It’s the entrance into a lifestyle. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 15
    Topics: God, Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    When you start the Lord’s Prayer by saying, "Our Father," it sets the stage for one of the most difficult phrases to pray: "Your will be done." Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 14
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Jesus talks about getting away to an inner room to pray. What should a busy mom do when she never seems to be able to be alone? Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 13
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    "Your kingdom come." This is more than just a phrase from a famous prayer. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 12
    Topics: Prayer, The Enemy   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    How do you fight evil? Do you band together with other believers or perhaps organize petition drives? Nancy presents a much different approach. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 11
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    If you’re interested in building your own kingdom, you’re in for a difficult future. Read More

  • The Lord’s Prayer, Day 10
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    This November, voters will choose our next president. But for you, an issue even more important than that is determining who will be your King. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 9
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    What does "Hallowed be Your name" mean? Nancy explains that the more important question is whether you’re showing the people around you what God is like. Read More

  • The Lord’s Prayer, Day 8
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    "Hallowed be Your name." You probably never say that except when praying. So the question is, do you know what it means? Read More

  • The Lord’s Prayer, Day 7
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    God is in heaven. That’s a basic idea, so why don't we always act like we believe it? Learn how the concept of God ruling in heaven changes our life on earth. Read More

  • The Lord’s Prayer, Day 6
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    When helping women who have been abused by their fathers, some ministries encourage praying to God as "Mother." Is this wise? Is it biblical? Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 5
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Could you call the White House and set up a meeting with the President? Probably not. Few people have access to the President. But you can have access to God. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 4
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    In school you probably learned that every letter you write should have a greeting ("Dear So-and-so"). Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 3
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    When you pray, where is your focus? Is it on you and your needs? Nancy shares why prayers are often "me centered." Read More

  • The Lord’s Prayer, Day 2
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    Do you ever feel that your prayers are inadequate? Nancy offers encouragement and helps you find out why prayer is more about the heart. Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer, Day 1
    Topics: Prayer   Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15

    "Our Father, who art in heaven." This is one of the best-known prayers. You might even have memorized it. Read More

  • Treasure in Heaven
    Topics: Christian Growth, Money   Scripture: Matthew 6:20

    Listen to a bestselling author who chooses to make minimum wage. He’ll help you think about some ways you can invest in eternity. Read More

Chapter 8

  • Assurance in Obedience
    Topics: Revival, Surrender   Scripture: Matthew 8:5-10

    Sometimes you think your child might have broken a rule, but you're not quite sure. Read More

Chapter 17

  • Just Another Prophet?
    Topics: God   Scripture: Matthew 17:1-13

    It’s popular to think of Jesus as a good teacher and a moral prophet. But He was so much more. Nancy explains why in a series on the transfiguration. Read More

  • The Transfiguration of Christ
    Topics: God   Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9

    The gospels tell of an incident on a mountain. The clothing of Jesus began to shine and His glory was revealed. Why was that moment so significant? Read More

  • Mountains and Valleys
    Topics: God   Scripture: Matthew 17:1-13

    As you walk with the Lord, you’ll go through seasons of great excitement and joy and seasons of suffering. Jesus went through both. Read More

  • Why You Should Expect Suffering
    Topics: God, Suffering & Trials   Scripture: Matthew 17:1-13

    It’s natural to avoid suffering, but Nancy says we should expect suffering in the future. She’ll help you develop godly approaches to suffering. Read More

Chapter 18

  • Freedom From Prison
    Topics: Forgiveness & Bitterness   Scripture: Matthew 18:21-30

    What happens when we refuse to forgive? Today we hear one woman's story and Nancy reminds us of the words of Jesus concerning forgiveness. Read More

Chapter 20

  • An Encounter with Humility
    Topics: Women of the Bible   Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28

    Erin Davis will weave the strands of Solome’s biblical story together to show us a powerful picture of pride and humility. Read More

Chapter 23

  • Ready for Scrutiny
    Topics: Christian Growth   Scripture: Matthew 23:23-38

    The Pharisees of Jesus’ day appeared to be very holy, but Jesus saved His harshest words for them. Does that mean that holiness doesn’t matter? Read More

  • Ready for Scrutiny
    Topics: Sin & Repentance   Scripture: Matthew 23:23-28

    The Pharisees of Jesus’ day appeared to be very holy, but Jesus saved His harshest words for them. Does that mean that holiness doesn’t matter? Read More

  • How to Minister to the Self-Righteous Counselee
    Topics: Brokenness & Pride   Scripture: Matthew 23:1-7

    How do you disciple someone else when they don't think they need any help? Dr. Venessa Ellen shows how to invest in the lives of self-righteous women. Read More

Chapter 26

  • The Soul-Anguish of Christ
    Topics: God, Salvation & My New Identity   Scripture: Matthew 26:36-46

    In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus agonized in prayer. Why did He approach His upcoming trial with such anguish? Read More

  • The Trial of Christ
    Topics: God, Salvation & My New Identity   Scripture: Matthew 26:59-27:1

    What was the greatest miscarriage of justice in the history of the world? You’ve probably read about the incident. Read More

Chapter 27

  • The Calvary Miracles
    Topics: God   Scripture: Matthew 27:45-53

    When Jesus died on the cross, many graves opened and saints came back to life. What do you make of this miracle? Why did it happen? Read More

  • The Word of Dereliction
    Topics: God, Salvation & My New Identity   Scripture: Matthew 27:45-46

    Thousands of people were crucified each year in Rome during the time of Jesus, so the physical suffering He went through wasn’t unheard of. Read More

Chapter 28

  • The Resurrection of Christ
    Topics: God   Scripture: Matthew 28:5-6

    We know Jesus died so we can be forgiven from sin. But why was He raised from the dead? What significance does the life of Jesus have for you? Read More