And When You Pray

And When You Pray

Matthew 6:5-15 March 18, 2018 The Gospel of Matthew was written about 30 years after Jesus preached to a large group of people on hillside in Galilee.  It’s not likely Matthew remembered the exact sequence of Jesus’ teachings.  It’s not likely Jesus left him a copy of...
Are  You Just Acting?

Are You Just Acting?

March 11, 2018 Matthew 6:1-8 Last Monday night, the Oscars were handed out.  Hollywood gave its top awards to those people who did the best job in movies for pretending to be someone else. A very odd thing happened afterward at the Governor’s Ball.  A man named...
Love My Enemies? Are You Crazy?

Love My Enemies? Are You Crazy?

Matthew 5:43-48 March 4, 2018 What if some of what you have heard about God isn’t true?  What if some of the ways you are living, which you thought were based on God’s teachings, are not what God wants you to be doing? That was the case for the people Jesus was...
Revenge is Not in the Christian Lexicon

Revenge is Not in the Christian Lexicon

Matthew 5:38-42 Feb. 25, 2018 Welcome to some of the most misunderstood and most controversial words of Jesus. An uncareful reading of this passage makes it sound as if a disciple of Jesus should let evil rule the day, that we have no right to protect ourselves from...
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

February 19, 2018 Matthew 5:33-36 Am I the only one that thinks this or do you agree that there is there a lot of lying going on these days? Every week, it seems that journalists are trying to determine who is telling the truth as they report the news. Of course, a...
Christ’s Way to Love: Denying Self

Christ’s Way to Love: Denying Self

Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day February 14, 2018 So today is the day that we celebrate L-O-V-E. My first memory of Valentine’s Day goes back to my first-grade class.  Our assignment was to bring a valentine for our classmates.  All the valentines were put into a...