Steven Long
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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Living Care-Free about the Future
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Published October 29th, 2017
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General Observations
Main point summary
Worry about the basic necessities in life seems like a natural thing. But Jesus assures us that the Father will provide our "daily bread." Therefore, we have no cause to have anxieties about our day-to-day needs.
Matthew 6:25-34
e “Therefore I tell you, f do not be anxious about your life , what you will eat or what you will drink,
nor about your body , what you will put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (don't worry because life is more than food & clothing.)
g Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
h ( yet ) Are you not of more value than they?
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his i span of life? 1
And why are you anxious about clothing?
( If something as simple as flowers are taken care of by God ) Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, j even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, (then) will he not much more clothe you, k O you of little faith?
Therefore do not be anxious , saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For l the Gentiles seek after all these things, and m your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Bu t n seek first o the kingdom of God and his righteousness, p and all these things will be added to you.
q “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Arc Notes
Notes 25a & 34a are synonymous. I considered an Idea/Explanation relationship but felt that the inference was a better choice. 28a-30 are labeled as a conditional. If the passage had been broken into separate verbal ideas there would have been two conditional. I chose a conditional for the this section, tied together by a concessive. 34a can be considered as the main proposition, but the entire inference from v. 31 down is the main point.
General Observations
The passage begins and ends with the bookends of the command, "Do not be anxious." With this phrase occurring three times and the word itself appearing five times it is easily spotted as the the theme of these nine verses. The word 'anxious' means to brood or apprehension because of fear of misfortune (Louw-Nida). The command is about the basic needs of life, which are summed up with food & drink and clothing. Indeed, these were the care of every person then, as well as now. Yet Jesus commands us not to worry about even these basic things. The passage fits neatly together with Jesus using two examples from nature: 1. Birds – the first example is taken from the creatures who are solely dependent upon God for their sustenance. This comes out in the example as Jesus points to the fact that they do no sow seed for food nor harvest seed at the harvest time. They do not store their food up as was customary in that time. Then comes the concessive statement, "yet your Heavenly Father feeds them." The thrust of the illustration is not here, however, but in the following statement in 26b. Jesus tells them that they are much more valuable than mere birds. It seems to be the typical Jewish teaching of arguing from the least to the greatest. It can be illustrated by the following syllogism: (A) Men are more valuable than birds (B) God feeds the birds Therefore (C) God will feed me The conclusion cannot be mistaken. And this is precisely the point that Jesus was trying to make. 2. Flowers – Clothing was just as essential as food. Without the proper clothing one would be exposed tot the elements, become ill, and possibly die. There were was no modern medicine for cure. The flowers that Jesus speaks of in this second illustration are those that are the wild flowers. Typically, women would use them as fuel for their ovens to bake bread or other goods. This fits well with the context as Jesus demonstrates this very thing with clothing. To be sure, wild flowers were beautiful and Jesus states that not even Solomon, Israels' richest and wisest king, never had clothes as adorned as these flowers. And if the flowers are so temporary, here today, gone tomorrow, and to be used for something as fuel for the oven, then He will also shield the body from nakedness. His final statement before giving the application is a rebuke to those who would worry. "O, you of little faith." It is not certain if Jesus was talking to His disciples or simply speaking in general. Commentaries are split on it. I lean towards the position that Jesus' statement is directed at those who would worry about these simple things. Jesus' final thought is an inference drawn from the two illustration from nature: birds do not worry about what they will eat and fields do not worry about how they will be covered. Each day brings its new challenges and other things will need our attention rather than something that is basic. Jesus' Application He beings with an inference and following it up with a ground statement. God's people are not to worry because these are the things that Gentiles (unregenerate) people worry about. This statement is supported by the fact that God already knows that the basics in life are needed. God's people are to be chiefly concerned about righteousness and the things of God first. The word 'first' does not necessarily mean ordinal (i.e., "I will have my devotions, then I will worry about food and clothing") but seems to indicate priority ; that is, "the things of God are more important than even food and clothing and God will provide for me my basic things. I must be more concerned about my standing with God."
Eric Judd
I really like your use of colors, they make your observations pop. I would be curious to see your paraphrase with the colors, only because it's nice to compare the straight biblical text with how you're logic is flowing.

A couple observations (if you don't mind me doing so):
I think I would flop the concessive in v. 26 - the emphasis should be on 26b but the current arrangement has it on 26a.
I think many of the propositions could be broken down further, which would clear up some of the relationships. Some of the logic is a little tough to follow for me, and I think that's partly because some vital connections are missing because they haven't been broken up.
I would say 25-30 should be one arc, and 31-34 the inference of that arc. I say this because v. 31 refers to eating, drinking, and clothing, which are parallels of 25-27 and 28-30.
Steven Long
Thank you for the encouragement Eric! One of the things I learned from arcing was macro arcing, where you don't break every individual proposition. This is mainly in narrative/gospels & history. That's why their not broken all the way down. 

 I think you may right about the concessive. I think I originally had it broken down but put it back together and never changed it :) 
Eric Judd
Macro arcing is used for narratives, but in this instance Jesus isn't narrating - he's teaching directly. This is one place where it makes sense to break it all down.

I'm hoping the course on macro arcing comes out soon, as I find it to be more challenging than regular arcing. That, and being able to macro arc well really helps with the rest of the Bible.
Steven Long
Gotcha! Maybe I'll rework it and when I'm done add it to this :). Thanks again. This is why I love sharing my  arcs/phrases. Feedback is extremely important.
Steven Long
Perhaps I should have explained the logic a little further in my notes. Maybe I will edit it if time permits
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