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Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Matthew 1:18-24 – Joseph: The Other Father of Jesus

| December 5, 2017

One of my favorite parts of the story of Jesus’s birth is very personal. It is about a parent who adopted a child who was not biologically theirs. May the world know more “Joseph’s” – the other father of Jesus.

Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48 – The Woman Who Interrupted

| June 23, 2017

There is a woman who interrupts another story. This “interruption” is real in the sense of historically accurate; but it is also symbolic (at least to me). Sometimes interruptions are annoying, and other times life-changing. Jesus is approached by a leader in the synagogue; an important man. She is not important, at least as viewed […]

Matthew 22:39 – How To Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

| February 14, 2017

Everyone knows the Second Great Command as listed by Jesus and lifted from Leviticus; but do we know how to love others as ourselves? Pragmatically, a Jewish Rabbi focused on “as yourselves”: “Just as we love ourselves despite the faults we know we have, so should we love our neighbors despite the faults we see […]

Matthew 6:34 – One Day At A Time

| December 7, 2016

Considering we are grandparents awaiting the birth of our grandchildren, with a touch of melancholy I asked Janet, “How did we get to be this old?” She wisely responded, “One day at a time.” In reality, that is the answer for every “endgame” whether positive or negative. How our marriages will look in 10 years […]

Matthew 25:31-46 – Thanksgiving

| December 7, 2016

Thanksgiving is not a time of merriment for all. Some are separated from loved-ones, whether from military service or serving time for regretted mistakes. Others have lost loved-ones, and memories today will be bittersweet. Some have lost loved-ones in a different way, and no longer feel welcomed or aren’t welcomed. Children in foster care will […]

Matthew 15:1-20 – What Would Jesus Think About Christmas Traditions?

| December 7, 2016

As Christmas is upon us many celebrate the birth of Jesus. If we do let’s check the scriptures to make sure what we are saying happened in the songs, happened in the original story. And let us worship Jesus in those songs the way scripture teaches us to sing as worship. Anything else is teaching […]

Matthew 6:34 – One Day At A Time

| October 30, 2016

Considering we are grandparents awaiting the birth of our grandchildren, with a touch of melancholy I asked my wife Janet, “How did we get to be this old?” She wisely responded, “One day at a time.” In reality, that is the answer for every “endgame” whether positive or negative. How our marriages will look in 10 […]

Matthew 11:19 – The Most Amazing Thing Jesus Ever Did

| July 23, 2016

The most amazing aspect of Jesus’ ministry is not that He loved the sinner while hating the sin; or loved those who hated Him. After all, we shouldn’t really be amazed at anything Divinity can do because God is God. When I am amazed at God I am looking at him through my sinfulness. What […]

Matthew 19 – Marriage and Divorce

| June 8, 2016

I love it when my mind gets turned upside down! Jesus’ statements about marriage being for life, with one exception, sounds very rigid – and it is. Jesus’ statement was in contrast to how Hillel and his followers interpreted Deut.24. The common interpretation made any female mistake a cause for dissolution. Basically marriage for the […]

Matthew 6:11 – Daily Bread

| January 7, 2016

There are several lessons in asking God for daily bread (Mt.6:11): 1) Dependence on God not self; 2) Childlike Trust in God’s care; 3) Contentment in basic needs versus wants and desires; 4) Contentment in what the body needs and not excess amounts; 5) Gratitude of all these lessons remembering manna and how at times […]