Matthew 15: (10-20) 21-28 Her daughter was trapped by a demon, enslaved in a way that left her alienated from normal life. Why else would her pagan mother cry out to Jesus the Jewish teacher? In fact, there are demonic forces everywhere in the world. Given the story we’ve just heard, I cannot help but think of the ongoing tragedy of the Middle East, particularly of the conflict between Israel and Gaza.
Matthew 14:22-33 It was January 2nd, 1997. A Border Collie was keeping watch over the Thompsons’ 80 head of cattle when around 8:30 p.m. the rains that had soaked and flooded Northern California for a week ruptured a levee, sending a 20-foot wall of water surging toward his owner’s three-story home. As the water rose through the night, the dog climbed the roof keeping just ahead of it.
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Before I say anything else, I just have to say this: Since I’ve been here with you, we’ve experienced death after death of long-time significant members of this congregation. We’ve bid farewell and Godspeed to other long-time members, most recently Peter and Emmy Johnson. All those losses were and are difficult for […]
Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30 To what shall I compare this generation? Our youngest son, his wife being out of town, devoted the entire weekend to a round of fun things with our seven year old grandson, who is a good kid, but of course, totally human. Consider this. Father took son over to swim at […]
John 20:19-23 I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. What does this mean? I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but […]