Posts from 2018

Posts from 2018

Matt. 27 | Born To Die

You may have heard or sung it this week – the familiar Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. The third verse of the song concludes with three crucial lines that hint at the central theme from our Scripture reading today – Born that man no more may die:  Born to raise the sons of earth,  Born to give them second birth.  While in this season, we celebrate the wonderful and beautiful truth that Jesus entered human history as a…

Matt. 21 | Will You Respond to the Truth?

From the time I was little, I grew up with a thirst for knowledge and truth. Nothing has changed; I still enjoy learning new things. I went to college in pursuit of knowledge and earned a degree and then spent most of my life working in commercial construction. I liked learning new skills, but working with an ever changing group of guys that were not believers had a drawback. Sometimes my coworkers would tell me about things that once I…

Matt. 20 | Grace isn’t fair

Matthew 20 records one of the most powerful parables the Lord ever spoke. It is known as the parable of the Vineyard Workers. A landowner went out early to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay the normal daily wage which we learn later was a full day’s wage. Later, at 9am he went to the marketplace and saw some other men standing around doing nothing, so he hired them as well. He agreed to pay them whatever…

Matt. 18 | God Of The ONE

One of the difficulties that Christians may have as they struggle to understand their relationship with God is the personal aspect of God’s salvation. I have had conversations with people struggling to believe in God’s plan of salvation for mankind where their hang-up was not that God wouldn’t go to great lengths for the majority of mankind, but rather that they were included in that group. They did not understand the personal nature of God. Jesus opens our minds to…

Matt. 16 | Upon This Rock

 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16 I recall from my college marketing class, our professor taught about obtaining marketing data. Marketing, much like political polling, can be difficult to obtain factual answers from those people targeted for the survey. I remember him talking about a marketing surveying company working for one of the large automobile companies. They posed a…

Matt. 12 | Looks Like An Orange; Tastes Like A Lemon

“Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”   Matthew 12:33 In February of 1988, my younger brother and I set out from East Texas for South Florida. Some friends we had grown up with invited us to come to Florida because there was a fair bit of construction work available. We intended to come to Florida to work…

Matt. 11 | Pride – The Curse of Godless Intellectualism

 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Matthew 11:25 If we are honest with ourselves, each of us struggles in some way with pride. Pride comes in many different forms, far too many to even summarize in a short blog post. However, in this passage, Jesus chose to call out a specific group of people about…

Matthew 7 | You Better Be Scared Witless!

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”   “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did…

Matt. 6 | Believe Me, You Have Nothing To Worry About

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Mt. 6.34 In Matthew 6.25-34, Jesus teaches us that it never pays to worry. Instead, we must learn to trust God to meet our every need. It’s true that we all have things in life that can distress us and cause us to be anxious so that we often dwell on our difficulties and troubles. Jesus’ word on…

Matt. 1 | Jesus: A Man With A Story

When my older brother heard the Gospel and believed, he was instantaneously delivered from drug addiction and began praying for my salvation. Due to the fact that my own drug use caused heightened tension with my parents, I decided to run away from home in Miami and return to Philadelphia. The night before I left home my brother called, and I told him of my plan to run away. He again told me that he was praying for me and…