Messages on Matthew
Today’s scripture is: Matthew 18:21-35 Unforgiveness eats as us like a cancer. It is self-imprisonment. Jesus wants to free us and helps us to forgive. Forgiving flushes the pain and toxins from us setting us free to reclaim joy. Forgiving those who have wronged us, or even ourselves, brings us healing and wholeness that frees us from being victims to the wrong. It benefits our loved ones too because our unforgiveness keeps us from being whole in our relationships. Forgivness…
We are people of the heart as well as people of the mind. Our heart is the very center of our being. It is where all our thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, and fears come together.
Jesus demonstrates his sense of humor in his interaction with the Canaanite woman as he banters with her but yet he honors her demonstration of faith.
Some say the age of miracles ended with the disciples. Some say miracles are stories that teach. Some say miracles are just coincidences we can’t explain. Some say miracles are real.
The Kingdom of God is near and it’s our job to break the news to the world. We are agents of the new kingdom! We are heralds and messengers breaking the best possible news upon a world eager to hear some good news! -We do not, and should not, hide our light under a bushel basket (Matthew 5:14-15).
Jesus sets a stage for what compassion looks like in action. He demonstrates what the word means as he cares for people who were otherwise ignored and ostracized. Compassion is a part of our call as disciples and can set us free to be fully God’s people in his image and reveals the kingdom of God.
Palm Sunday, Who is Your King Today’s Scripture – Matthew 21: 6-14; 27:17-18, 20-23 Who is Your King – When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” This week’s message is why the happy crowd on Palm Sunday gave way to the Friday crowd who called for the crucifixion of Jesus. We represent one crowd or the other. There is no middle ground for the followers of Jesus! “Alone we can do so little;…
Making disciples means we have to get off the sidelines of our faith and bear down on the work of sharing the good news and mentoring others into faith. This is the ‘stuff’ of kingdom building and is Jesus’ last command for us.
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.