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Wednesday of Trinity 15 – Matthew 8:1-13

ShareMatthew 8:1-13             Have you ever met someone who had a commanding sense of authority?  An authority so great that everyone around silently took notice and responded to the mere physical presence of this person? When I first began my career as a teacher my senior year in college as a student teacher, it became […]

September 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 15 – Matthew 7:13-29

ShareMatthew 7:13-29 When I lived in England with my family for 10 months several years ago (to begin my Ph.D. work at Lancaster University), we lived in student housing.  We had a family flat, which wasn’t too bad – except that it was on the fourth floor.  One of the most memorable experiences, and not […]

September 5, 2016 | 2 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 15 – Matthew 7:1-14

ShareMatthew 7:1-14 God.  What does this word mean to you?  When you think of God, what are the first images, thoughts, and feelings you experience?  What stands out as His most important characteristic? I’ll give you my answers – but no cheating!  When I think of “God,” sometimes He is a concept I’ve been taught […]

September 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 14 – Matthew 6:19-34

ShareMatthew 6:19-34              “You cannot serve two masters.” You cannot serve both God and wealth, and you cannot serve both God and self. You’ve heard the saying, from old Westerns, “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.”  Well, your life ain’t big enough for 2 opposing masters. So who’s your master?  Who […]

September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 14 – Matthew 6:1-18

ShareMatthew 6:1-18 Jesus spoke at length about 3 spiritual disciplines that He assumes His disciples are practicing.  These 3 disciplines Jesus preaches on are 3 that have for centuries been a part of Lent, as well as a fundamental part of the Christian life as a whole until the time of the Reformation. Can you […]

September 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 14 – Matthew 5:38-48

ShareMatthew 5:38-48 I told you some time ago that love is the strongest thing known to man.  This only makes sense when you remember that we were wrought in love and formed from the substance of God’s love.  How could we not be made for love? However, I find that there are a lot of […]

August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 14 – Matthew 5:27-37

ShareMatthew 5:27-37 In the previous passage in the Sermon on the Mount we talked about how Jesus’ teaching is an intensification of the Law: to not get angry is much more difficult than to not murder.  Likewise, today, to not lust is much, much more difficult than to not commit adultery.  It’s not so much […]

August 30, 2016 | 0 Comments More

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