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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Daily Bread (Matthew 6:11), Sermon on the Mount Series, Part 7

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The past two posts we have looked at those petitions in the Lord’s Prayer that have to do with the things of God: “May your name be made holy. May your kingdom come. May your will be done.” The Lord’s Prayer now attends to personal matters. Continue reading

Your Kingdom Come (Matthew 6:10), Sermon on the Mount Series, Part 6

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In a first-world culture, such as ours, it may be difficult to produce the type of longing that “Thy kingdom come” elicits. We live in relative comfort and know little of the type of suffering experienced in third-world cultures. Yet, even Continue reading