Messages on Matthew
Matthew 25:31-46 The Sheep and the Goats “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come,…
Christmas challenges us to accept Jesus as a surprising and transformative gift. We expect liberation from earthly powers, just as the Jews expected a revolutionary leader to free them from Roman oppression. Yet, what we get is more, better, greater because it is both a transformation and freedom now but it is also eternal.
Through the simple act of sharing bread and juice, we connect – commune with Christians around the world and across time. Often through the time of sharing we experience God’s presence because of the holiness, the quiet, the fellowship, or simply because God is there.
This is Western Sunday and as we have fun doing something, a bit different than normal we can draw attention from the lyrics of Country Western songs and their authentic perspective of life and hope in the human condition. Then, we can see the authenticity of a God incarnated in Jesus who comes from humble beginnings to deal with the reality of our lives.
Matthew 5:43-45a; 6:5-8 Having a passion for praying for others one of God’s key desires for us as disciples. Not only being aware of other’s needs, praying for others helps us to focus beyond our own wants and desires. The more we focus on others, the more we see them as a part of God’s creation and understand the beautiful ways they are shaped in God’s image. Praying for others helps us to remain humble. Links to the videos; Bruce…
God plans for our welfare on earth and for a home in heaven, but we can choose to follow our own way and suffer eternally.