Calling Not Just Super Christians (Matthew 28:16-20)

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Upon hearing the words, “go make disciples of all nations (see Matthew 28:16-20),” you may conjure up in your mind a person like Hudson Taylor. At the age of 21, Taylor left his comfortable lifestyle in Yorkshire, England and traveled to China to share the good news. In the mid 1800’s, he weathered the five-and-a-half-month journey by sea. Continue reading

A Warning Worth Taking Serious (Matthew 13:47-50), Parables on the Kingdom, Part 5

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It seems wherever you go, companies are warning you about their products. Grab a cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts or Café 1905, and, on the lid, you’ll see, “Caution: Contents Hot.” The gas cap of a recreational vehicle says: “Never use a lit match or an open flame to check fuel level.” Continue reading

More than Any Earthly Treasure (Matthew 13:45-46), Parables on the Kingdom, Part 4

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Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains lies hidden treasure. Former Vietnam fighter pilot, self-taught archeologist, art dealer, and millionaire, Forest Fenn hid it there during the Great Recession to cheer people up and get them outdoors. Continue reading

Majestic Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32), Parables on the Kingdom, Part 3

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How many mustard seeds does it take to make an eight-ounce jar of mustard? Continue reading

The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10)

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Jordan Monge found herself climbing through a thicket, trying to get to the ocean she knew was below. Through the bramble and through the mud, she couldn’t quit. She had to keep going. This was no ordinary journey; it was a metaphor of what her life had been over the past months. Continue reading

All the Right Things for the Wrong Reason: Palm Sunday Revisited (Matthew 21:1-11)

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Who are we worshipping, when we gather on Sunday? When we sing the songs, hear the word of God read and ponder its meaning, when we say our prayers, make our offering, and say “Amen!” who are we worshipping? It is a question not only for our worship services, but for every facet of our lives. Continue reading

Talk of the Devil (Matthew 6:13), Sermon on the Mount Series, Part 9

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An eighteen-year-old Dutch student planned a trip to Sydney, Australia. Delighted to find a plane ticket online that was cheaper than all the rest, he booked his flight. He arrived at the airport, boarded his plane, and all seemed well. But then he saw his connecting flight, a small Air Canada plane coming out of Toronto. He wondered if the plane could make it to Australia. The plane landed unexpectedly too soon. When he disembarked, he found himself in near blizzard conditions, with nothing but a light jacket on. This was not the warm Australian air expected. Apparently, he booked a flight to Sydney, Canada! Continue reading

Forgiving Debt (Matthew 6:12), Sermon on the Mount Series, Part 8

In 2005, Jameel McGee was arrest for dealing drugs by Officer Andrew Collins. McGee insisted he was innocent, but was convicted and sentenced to several years in prison. Four years later, it was discovered that Officer Collins had falsified several police reports, including McGee’s. McGee was exonerated. Yet, nothing could give him back those years in prison. McGee told himself he would hurt Collins, when he got his chance. And that chance came five years later. Both Officer Collins and McGee found themselves working at the same café. If faced with the person who stole four precious years of your life, what would you do?

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