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Matthew 18:21-35

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09122020 – Matthew 18. 21-35   Jesus was on a ROLL.  This is POWERFUL stuff.  It has to do with “forgiveness” and “forgiving others.”   Last week, WHEN we gathered together for prayer we talked about WHEN someone hurts you, or sins against you.  WHAT is the Christian supposed TO DO?  Just HOW, are you […]

Matthew 18:15-20

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09062020 – Matthew 18. 15-20   Disputes are probably the most UNCOMFORTABLE of all social situations.   Whether private or public, disputes can define a person’s style:  CONFRONTATION or AVOIDANCE?  BLUNT HONESTY or FACE-SAVING LIES?  “Fight for the right?” Or “Peace, at all costs?”   Grace under this “kind of fire” can be impossible at […]

Matthew 21-28

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08292020 – Matthew 16. 21-28   How ADAPTABLE are you?  How flexible are you? These are not bad questions to ask, ANYTIME, but perhaps especially TODAY. In today’s culture, it is “a key question” NOT just for individuals, BUT for businesses too! Are you able to ADAPT to our culture’s changing landscape? To CALAMITIES that […]

Matthew 16:13-20

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08222020 – Matthew 16. 13-20   Jesus and His disciples are “out” on the road, trudging their way to Caesarea Philippi, a bustling port city.  Picture a group of dusty travelers on a Middle Eastern Road, robes, sandals, walking sticks, talking -loudly as they travel. These guys AND WOMEN are filled with hope.  They have […]

Matthew 15:21-28

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08192020 – Matthew 15. 21-28   Civility…Good manners…Chivalry… Gallantry…Respect…Consideration… Couth…Pleasantness…Gentitlity… Using our filters…as best as we are able…   Compassion and mercy need to rule… Empathy, understanding, concern, pity, tender-heartedness, gentleness…are certainly all “good things.”  No one will deny this.  For SURE “our world” needs MORE civility, not LESS.   It should be WHAT we […]

Matthew 15:21-28

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08162020 – Matthew 15. 21-28   The scriptures are ambiguous at this point.  Therefore, the ACTUAL geographic location is UNCERTAIN-UNKNOWN.   Where was Jesus exactly?  We do not know FOR SURE.   It would MAKE SENSE if Jesus were IN GENTILE lands…because the Scribes and the Pharisees would never follow him THERE.  They would have […]

Mary, Mother of Our Lord

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08152020 – Mary, Mother of Our Lord   Mary is far more of a “Biblical character” than most of us realize.   Mary is REPEATEDLY MENTIONED in the canonical gospels and in the Book of Acts.   There are like a dozen of mentions “of SPECIFIC INCIDENTS in her life” that were actually recorded and […]

Matthew 14:22-33

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08082020 – Matthew 14. 22-33        So, Jesus has had a BIG DAY of preaching and healing and “needed SOME refreshment.” That’s our starting place.  That’s where we begin.  That’s our jumping off place, if you will. Now by refreshment…we are not talking about…liquid beverages, nor are we talking about… A quick Trip thru State […]

08/05/2020 Matthew 14:13-21

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08052020 – Matthew 14. 13-21 As you well know, I FREQUENTLY say that the CONTEXT is everything. It is “THAT” important. So, we begin with the CONTEXT of the First Century – Palestine. The first thing of note is that in the World of the Roman Empire (during the first century of the common era) […]

Matthew 14:13-21

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Matthew 14. 13-21  The feeding of the 5,000   The truth of the matter is:  John was executed as “a TERRORIST.”  The authorities saw THE SIZE of the crowds that came out to see him.  And THEY became CONCERNED. They LISTENED to his rhetoric. They were WORRIED. They SAW the reaction of the crowds.  They […]