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“Don’t be a ‘Stick in the Mud’”

9/13/2020 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 18: 23-34. -o0o- This is why Heaven’s imperial rule should be compared to a secular ruler who decided to settle accounts with his slaves. When the process began, this debtor was brought to him who owed ten million dollars. Since he couldn’t pay it back, the … Continue reading

“Gathering with Jesus”

9/6/2020 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 18: 15-20. -o0o- 15 “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16 But if you are not listened to, take … Continue reading

“Get In Line!”

8/30/2020         Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost  Text is Matthew 16: 21-28. -o0o- 21  From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. … Continue reading

“Rocky”

8/23/2020  Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost  The text is Matthew 16: 13-20.   -o0o- 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of … Continue reading

 “Don’t Be Too Comfortable”

8/16/2020  Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost  The text is Matthew 15: 21-28. -o0o-   21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a … Continue reading

 “Between a ‘Faith’ and a ‘Doubt’ Place”

8/9/2020  Tenth Sunday after Pentecost  The text is Matthew 14: 22-33. -o0o- 22 [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while he dismissed the crowds.23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When … Continue reading

 “Abbondanza!”

8/2/2020  Ninth Sunday after Pentecost  The text is Matthew 14:13-21. -o0o- 13Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a … Continue reading

 “Invasive, Persistent, Bold!”

July 26, 2020  Eighth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52. -o0o- 31 [Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is … Continue reading

 “Take your time, I’ll wait”

July 19, 2020  Seventh Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43. -o0o- 24 [Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. … Continue reading

 “Let’s Get to the Root of it”

July 12, 2020 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them … Continue reading

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