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Tuesday of Trinity 14 – Matthew 5:17-26

ShareMatthew 5:17-26 The Sermon on the Mount, as I alluded to in my commentary on Matthew 5:1-16, is Jesus’ perfect exposition of the Law.  He who gave the Law and perfectly kept it is also its most perfect interpreter.  After establishing that God’s Law will not pass away, Jesus begins to apply it in a […]

August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 14 – Matthew 5:1-16

ShareMatthew 5:1-16               The Sermon on the Mount in general and the Beatitudes in particular are as dense as a black hole!  It’s a little intimidating trying to say something meaningful about the Beatitudes in such a small space, but here goes. The first thing that strikes me is the very name Beatitudes.  This […]

August 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 13 – Matthew 4:12-25

ShareMatthew 4:12-25 “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  Then He said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’  They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” I want […]

August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 13 – Matthew 4:1-11

ShareMatthew 4:1-11  Baptism-Fasting-Feasting. This is the pattern of the life of Christ in Matthew 4, and it is the pattern of our lives as well.  You can even see this pattern in the Church Year that the church has created and preserved.  Advent and Christmas are kinds of baptisms or new beginnings: Advent is the […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 13 – Matthew 3

ShareMatthew 3 “Repent!  For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” There, that’s what you came to hear me say, wasn’t it.  It’s what I’m most famous for. Some called me Elijah.  But they were wrong.  Others called me The Prophet.  They, too, were wrong.  Some actually thought I was the Messiah, if you can […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 13 – Matthew 2:13-23

ShareMatthew 2:13-23 I am amazed and humbled again at the obedience of Joseph.  Now it’s true that Joseph was especially privileged to have heard angels speak to him in dreams, upon several occasions.  Yet he still had to obey.  And if it’s true that Mary was perpetually virgin, which has implications for Joseph’s sex life, […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 13 – Matthew 2:1-12

ShareMatthew 2:1-12 I want to talk this morning about zombies. . . . Yes, zombies – you know, the living dead that you see in horror movies. I don’t watch a lot of movies compared to a lot of people, but in my time I’ve watched a number of strange movies.  One of them was […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 13, 2016 – Matthew 1

ShareMatthew 1 “Hello, I’m your host, Guy Smiley.  And now it’s time to play Fun with Genealogies, that wacky Bible trivia game in which our contestants try to see who can come up with the most creative way to stay awake while reading biblical genealogies.  Last week we had a woman who stapled her eyelids […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 12 – Romans 15:17-33

ShareRomans 15:17-33 What is it that we’re doing?  What are we doing with our lives?  Are we just breathing air, taking up space, occupying time, working to pay bills so we have a place to live so we can work to pay our bills . . . ? I know all of you have had […]

August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 12 – Romans 15:1-16

ShareRomans 15:1-16 I love books.  At my last count (taken several years ago), I have over 2000 books now – and counting.  Every time we move (which has been way too often in the past), Jackie and I are struck by how many boxes of books there are to move.  Usually, I have to lift […]

August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More