Tag: Matthew


27
Feb 2018
A Desolating What?

“But when you see the Desolating Sacrilege set up where it ought not to be…”  -Mark 13:14 Well, that is a sermon that I have not heard preached!!  As a matter of fact, I can’t remember ever hearing this term before.  It struck me pretty hard.  What does this mean?  Why haven’t I paid attention to this before? So, I did a little research and thinking. I first started by exploring the context. This seems to fall in the middle of Jesus’ instructions to his followers about preparing for the end.  He......

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19
Feb 2018
A Lent of Serving

“I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.” On Sunday, Pastor Jason challenged us to see this Lenten season as an opportunity.  During this season of self-reflection and repentance we are asking you to consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 25.  We encounter people everyday that are hungry, thirsty, homeless, and......

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05
Feb 2018
Matthew and Mark

I have just begun the book of Mark.  Whoah!!  The differences between the two gospels stand out immediately.  Have you noticed them as drastically this time, too? Here are a couple of my observations after re-reading the first chapter of Mark. Mark doesn’t have a birth narrative. Mark’s gospel assumes that we have already heard of Jesus.  He does not spend time building up Jesus’ credibility like the gospel of Matthew.   Mark doesn’t spend as much time on details…he gets straight to the point. Because Mark proclaims Jesus’ authority upfront, Jesus jumps......

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29
Jan 2018
You serve, you are great!

Technically, I am on day 19 on the reading plan (Matthew 22).  We are moving right along.  Just a few more days in the gospel of Matthew.  But today, I want to reflect on words from Matthew 20 that spoke loudly to me when I read it this time. In Matthew 20:20, Jesus is approached by the mother of James and John. She asks him to make a special spot on each side of him for her sons in his kingdom.  Jesus tells her that isn’t really his responsibility.  And then the......

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22
Jan 2018
A Rocky Relationship

All lovers of contemporary Christian artist from the 80s and 90s, Sandy Patti, this one’s for you!  As I was reading Jesus’ words to Peter in Matthew 16:17-18, I couldn’t help but start humming her song “Upon this Rock“.  I read a few more verses and then I came back to v. 17-18.  And even as I finished chapter 16, I kept coming back to Jesus’ words “You are Peter (Petros), and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Those are......

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08
Jan 2018
Matthew: Jesus Fulfills

The journey has begun.  Admittedly a few days late, but I have made it through the first three chapters of Matthew.  This year certainly hasn’t started off as I had hoped, but that’s why I have you all on the journey with me…holding me accountable. During the first three chapters, Matthew spends a lot of time building Jesus’ credibility.  Matthew almost seems like a lawyer setting up all the reasons we should believe him. He spends the first 17 verses of his Gospel detailing Jesus’ lineage so we will be reminded of......

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