Contributed on May 1, 2022
Matthew is highly regarded these days by Christians because of how powerful his gospel is. But he wasn't always loved. He had a label "tax collector" that made him hated. Why would Jesus a man like him to be a disciple?
OPEN: Back in 2002, a newspaper in Massachusetts had this classified ad: “Unknown item for sale. We know it’s valuable; we just don’t know what it is. If you can identify it, we’ll sell it for $250.” (Reader’s Digest 9/02 p. 145) The Bible is a collection of stories where God knew why people ...read more
Contributed on May 8, 2022
Ordinarily a zealot like Simon would have killed a tax collector like Matthew - but he didn't. Why not?
OPEN: This morning I want to talk to you about the periodic table (we showed a periodic table on the screen). On this periodic table are two elements that I find intriguing. One of these is Sodium. Sodium is the 6th most abundant element in the Earth's crust (did you know that?) As a solid, ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2022
Who gave James and John the "label" "Sons of Thunder"... and what can that mean to us as Christians?
Four men were playing golf one afternoon, and were approaching the 4th hole when suddenly the sky turned ominously dark, and it began thunder and rain. The men rushed to a gazebo for shelter. But just then, a bolt of lightning hit the long, nearby chain-link fence and lit it up like a neon ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2022
Thomas wasn't the only disciple to doubt Jesus' resurrection. They all doubted it. So why was Thomas branded the "doubter"... and what difference can that make to us?
INTRO: Years ago, there were two friends who went for a drive in the country. Walter was sharing a dream with his friend, Art, as they drove off the main road thru a grove of trees into a large expanse of land. Walter said he had a dream for what he could do with this land and that he planned ...read more
Contributed on May 29, 2022
"Christ" was not Jesus' last name. It was a description of WHO He was. So what does it mean that Jesus is the Christ, and what difference can that make in our lives?
OPEN: St. John’s University is a private religious college in the state of New York, and sometime back someone apparently wrote some graffiti on one of the walls which said this: “Jesus said unto them: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ And they replied: ‘You are the eschatological manifestation of the ...read more