Tag: matthew

Something Old, Something New

He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” Matthew 13:52 Early last week, I made one of the silliest mistakes that preachers make. I was in Kroger, absent-mindedly running…

Get In The Boat

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake…” -from Matthew 14 We’re working through…

Unexpected Revolution

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” -from Matthew 20 When we talk about the…

Temptation

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” -from Matthew 4 On this date, two thousand and sixty years ago, Julius Caesar was assassinated.…

Living Abundantly

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. -Jesus, in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew Here’s an old sermon trick for you. Ready? Okay. It’s a series of reflective questions: If you could…

On Love

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. -Jesus, in the 5th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel Last week, we talked about murder. I opened my sermon by ruining everyone’s Sunday plans by saying that murder is…

Practical Peacemaking

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” -Jesus, in the 5th chapter of Matthew In the Ten Commandments, we read that we aren’t…

Be Prepared

If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. -Jesus, in the 12th chapter of Matthew This conflict is a bit obscure. The gist of it is that harvesting grains was a violation of Sabbath law- you can’t go out…

No Other God But Hope

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then…

Manna From Heaven

The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” -from Exodus 16 This is what the kingdom of heaven looks like: a landowner goes out early in the morning to hire laborers for…