Ray Bentley is the Senior Pastor at Maranatha Chapel. As a prophecy expert, he is known for combining Scripture and historical context to create a compelling picture of the Bible. Journey through the book or message you would like to study by choosing in the dropdown menu below.
Ray Bentley - July 9, 2017 - Matthew 1
The Messiah can only come from the lineage of David. Five women, all associated with scandal, reveal the heart of the King and His kingdom. All the words of the prophets were fulfilled in Jesus!
Ray Bentley - July 16, 2017 - Matthew 2:1-12
"The heavens declare the glory of God," and the Star of Bethlehem is perhaps the most visible celestial message! The magi followed the star and came to worship the child, the King of the Jews. King Herod plotted to destroy Him.
Ray Bentley - July 23, 2017 - Matthew 2:12-23
Joseph, Mary, and Jesus fled to Egypt where they stayed until the death of Herod. Herod's anger unleashed brought sorrow to Bethlehem. The divine purposes of God guide His children.
Ray Bentley - August 13, 2017 - Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist began preaching in the wilderness. John’s preaching centered on repentance and the Kingdom of Heaven. The word ‘repent’ means to change one’s mind and then change one’s behavior. We need to be ready. The Messiah will baptize us with...
Ray Bentley - August 20, 2017 - Matthew 3:13-17
The years of preparation are over. The Messianic mission begins! Jesus is baptized by John. On three special occasions the Father spoke from heaven: 1) At Christ’s baptism, 2) at the Transfiguration, 3) as Christ approached the Cross.
Ray Bentley - August 27, 2017 - Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness being tempted by Satan. The ultimate legal battle between Jesus and the devil shows us how we overcome temptation.
Ray Bentley - September 17, 2017 - Matthew 4:11-25
Jesus teaches us to see temptation for what it Is: a lie. Replace every lie with God’s truth. The ultimate message of the Bible is God’s desire to establish His Kingdom on earth.
Ray Bentley - September 24, 2017 - Matthew 5:1-7
The key to Kingdom living: To be poor in spirit is to recognize our spiritual bankruptcy before God. Those who mourn understand our Savior, the fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 3:10), and the Man of Sorrows who was acquainted with grief (I...
Ray Bentley - October 1, 2017 - Matthew 5:8-12
Jesus continued teaching the Beatitudes and the blessings of a pure heart, of being a peacemaker, and even the blessing of being persecuted for His sake. The Day of Atonement, one of the Seven Feasts of the Lord, is a picture of Jesus.
Ray Bentley - October 22, 2017 - Matthew 5:13-20
We are salt and light. Jesus didn't tell us to become salt or light. He said we are salt and light. We are either fulfilling or failing in that calling in the world at large.
Believers are like salt becasue we have value, and have a preserving infl...
Ray Bentley - November 5, 2017 - Matthew 5:21-48
Jesus takes the Law and goes deeper into our heart with eternal truth which is eternal life. Both love and murder begin in the heart. When the devil makes us mad at God, at others, and even ourselves, we are being deceived! A Kingdom heart loves o...
Ray Bentley - November 12, 2017 - Matthew 6:1-10
The Kingdom of God is the main theme of the entire Bible. Jesus teaches His disciples the importance of intimate prayer, and taught them how to pray giving us The Lord's Prayer as an example. His first petition was to ask the Father, "Your Kingdom ...
Ray Bentley - November 26, 2017 - Matthew 6:16-34
Learning to have a relationship with God: fasting and praying, lay up treasures in heaven, let your eyes be a reflection of light, you cannot serve God and riches, do not worry about your life. Seek first the kingdom of God!
Ray Bentley - January 7, 2018 - Matthew 7:1-11
What did Jesus say about judgment? "Judge not!" If we judge, we will be judged by the same measure. Instead, we must speak the truth in love and humility. Don't be a hypocritical pharisee! Seek the Lord for wisdom and discernment, asking, seeking, a...
Ray Bentley - January 14, 2018 - Matthew 7:12-29
Jesus teaches, "Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them." Known as the Golden Rule, it is a measure to live by. The path that leads to the Kingdom is narrow, yet broad is the way to destruction. Jesus sets us on a brave, new path. Know...
Ray Bentley - January 21, 2018 - Matthew 8:1-13
How can we know Jesus is the promised Messiah? Having seen the person of the King, the principles of the King, we are ready for the power of the King. The power to heal is a manifestation of God's power and authority.
Ray Bentley - January 28, 2018 - Matthew 8:14-22
Jesus is showing that He in fact the Messiah, by fulfilling prophecy and giving us an example to follow as His disciples. He healed Peter's mother-in-law and healed all who were sick. He cast out demons with a word. He demonstrated His power and...
Ray Bentley, Matthew 8:23-34, February 4, 2018
Even the wind and the seas obey Him! He allows storms in our lives but Jesus has power over nature. What does Satan try to do to us? And what do demons believe? Jesus can deliver people in bondage and pain and defeat the enemy.
Ray Bentley - February 18, 2018 - Matthew 9:1-8
Good News for the paralyzed! Jesus has the power to forgive and heal. The best thing we can do is bring our friends to Jesus, like the paralyzed man whose friends brought him to Jesus for prayer. He was healed—and his sins were forgiven. The scrib...
Matthew's testimony, and how he responded to the call Jesus —the same call Jesus offeres to each of us: "Follow Me." Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. New wine belongs in new wineskins. We are made new. A new cov...
Ray Bentley - March 4, 2018 - Matthew 9:18-26
Faith and miracles are the declaration as well as the demonstration of God's power. A leader in the local synagugue, Jairus, needed a miracle. His daughter died, yet he expressed faith that she could be resurrected if Jesus intervened. As Jesus made...
Ray Bentley, March 18, 2018, Matthew 9:27-38
Blindness was a common and distressing disease in ancient Israel. When two blind men called out to Jesus,"Have mercy on us!" He touched their eyes and healed their blindness. The Lord's heart is moved by those who are desperate. Faith is the key that...
Ray Bentley - April 8, 2018 - Matthew 10:1-4
Jesus gave His disciples power over unclean spirits,to cast them out, and to heal disease. The Word He used is "power" (exousia in Greek) and means privilege, force, capacity, and mastery, superhuman, token of control, delegated influence. We can comma...