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July 11, 2020
Jesus’ metaphor in our reading from Matthew 12 teaches us about the importance of a positive religion.
July 10, 2020
In our reading today from 1 Samuel 23, we're in the middle of Saul chasing after David, something that started back in chapter 19 and continues until the death of Saul in chapter 31. One thing you may notice as you read through the account is that certain events repeat themselves.
July 9, 2020
The second half of Isaiah contains a lot of warning about idolatry, and in today's reading in Isaiah 65, we read about how the Israelites worshiped false gods. They're named in verse 11 – "But you who forsake the Lord, who forget my holy mountain...
July 8, 2020
I am always intrigued by how Jesus taught. For instance, in today’s reading in Matthew 9, in reaction to the Pharisees judging him for eating with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus tells them to, “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’” (v13).
July 7, 2020
Why is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit the unforgivable sin? Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be...
July 6, 2020
The words of our Lord in the Sermon on the Mount dig very deeply into our souls. In Matthew 7 are perhaps some of the most difficult for us to obey, even though the concepts themselves are straightforward to understand. Let’s look at the example of choosing the narrow gate. Jesus tells us,
July 4, 2020
In Matthew 23:12, Jesus says, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." Being humbled is an uncomfortable, but necessary part of growing in Christ. If we stubbornly resist God will make sure we encounter situations in our lives that do humble us.
July 3, 2020
The three temptations Jesus endured in the wilderness were more than just examples of how to deal with natural desires. They were specific temptations applicable to what Jesus was to face throughout his ministry. God had just declared Jesus to be His Son at his baptism when the voice from heaven said...
July 3, 2020
We are living in politically polarizing times. A critical time, for the world, and for our community. The media has become politically polarizing, and agenda driven. The world is bombarded with...
July 2, 2020
My favorite gospel record is the one recorded by Matthew, and one of the intriguing things about it is the way Matthew uses the Old Testament. There’s one such example in our reading today from chapter 2, where the apostle records Jesus going down into Egypt with Mary and Joseph after Herod’s command to...
July 1, 2020
The vision in Revelation 21 is something we all look forward to, the time when there will be “a new heaven and a new earth” (v1) and when God “will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (v4).
June 30, 2020
In our reading today from Revelation 19, there's a triumphant response to what has just happened in the previous chapter, where God has finally dealt with the corrupt religious system of Rome. The people in chapter 19 keep saying, "Hallelujah."
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