Trinity Talk (Page 3)

Trinity Talk (Page 3)

Matthew 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…

Matthew 13 | What Food Do You Seek?

“Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet, “ ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.’”    Matt. 13:34-35 I will be honest; I was having a difficult time trying to figure out what to write about this chapter. It contains six parables that Jesus told the…

Matthew 14 | Life Lessons from A Day in the Life of Jesus

Matthew 14 opens with the story of the death of John the Baptist. He was Jesus’ cousin who leapt within his mother’s womb when a pregnant Mary arrived to visit Elizabeth. It was said he would be the forerunner of Jesus preparing the way of the Lord. John’s ministry only lasted for 1 year but it was power packed. His message was simple, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” He baptized people for repentance but he always…

Matthew 15 | A Rock of Offense

What happens when God does something you did not expect him to do? What if he does not do what you were sure he would? Do you shrink back from him or press into him? Most of the players in the scenes that Matthew records for us in the 15th chapter of his gospel are offended because they did not get what they expected. But this should not be a surprise to us, for Peter quotes Isaiah, telling us of…

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…