Who gets God’s mercy? Not them! Jesus certainly seems to have a knack for upsetting the orthodox, religiously impeccable Jewish authorities. Their carefully defined practices for maintaining ritual purity have been debated by the wisest of rabbis over time and serve as their assurance that they will be received into the presence of the Most […]
Matthew 18:15-20 • “HOW TO HANDLE CONFLICT” Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. By a show of hands, how many of us here this morning have ever been involved, in one way or another, in a conflict? Good. This message is for […]
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.