Trinity Talk (Page 3)

Trinity Talk (Page 3)

Matthew 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…

Matthew 17 | What Awaits Those Who Carry The Cross

Written by Joel Silverberg The magnitude of the Transfiguration cannot be understated. Peter, James, and John find themselves in one of the most profound moments in the New Testament. Jesus is shining like the sun right before their eyes and they witness him speaking to Moses and Elijah. They then see a bright cloud surrounding them as the voice of God speaks, “This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Imagine bearing witness to…

Matthew 18 | I Have My Rights!

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” Matthew 18:6-7  This powerful scripture regarding our treatment of ‘little ones’ ( young or new believers…

Matthew 19 | What Kids Teach Us About Following Jesus

 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  And he laid his hands on them and went away. Mt. 19.13-15                                                         In the face of growing opposition and rejection, Jesus has been steadily teaching his disciples, preparing them for what was coming. In chapter 19, he…

Matthew 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…

Matthew 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…

Matthew 22 | Word And Power

“But Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God’” (Matthew 22:29). During the last week of Jesus’ life and ministry on earth, several religious experts approached Jesus and tried to catch him in something he said in order to have a basis to condemn Him. But He who was Wisdom Incarnate demonstrated that He was aware of their duplicity and could not be fooled. One such group that came during Passion…

Matthew 23 | Are You A Play Actor?

The twenty-third chapter of Matthew is unique from all the Gospels. It contains a scathing rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees, the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus day. In Matthew’s account (along with the other Synoptic writers), Jesus encounters the Pharisees’ varied attempts to catch Jesus in something he said so as to have a reason to condemn him. But He who is the fount of all wisdom sees through their hypocrisy and has an answer to each of their…

Matthew 24 | The One Thing That Jesus Doesn’t Know

At the end of Matthew 23, Jesus reveals His heart for His people and His desire for them to recognize who He is in light of their need: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate.  For I tell you,…

Matthew 25 | The Returning King

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.” Matthew 25:31  Probably no other event has been spoken or written about more than the second coming of Christ. Here in Matthew 25, actually a continuation of chapter 24, Jesus speaks to his disciples in parables to prepare them for the time between his ascension and before his second coming. Keep in mind these parables were in…