Sermon for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost - Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Sermon for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost - Matthew 16:21-28; Romans 12:9-21
No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or abandon you. – Joshua 1:5
As both a father and a pastor, there is this double-whammy coming this fall with school and church. Things were always doubled as we prepared as a family for the beginning of school, and had the work of figuring out what and how to do things as we prepared for the fall activities at church. Whether it was Sunday School, Bible studies, confirmation, men’s and women’s groups, fellowship times; there has always been an increased necessity for a futurist mindset as we got things underway. As a dad I live in a world with a senior who is trying to get her senior pictures done, apply to college, being recruited to swim, begin and finish school, find financial aid; plus an 8th grader who is trying to navigate a weird existence with a new way of doing school this year (Did I say that he is going into 8th grade??).
Reading Scripture is a fundamental part of our discipleship. It grows our ear to hear the Word of God, to tie Christ into the story of God in our midst as told through almost 4000 years of history, and to help us realize our need for such a Savior as he. The following is a lookback at a podcast from December 2019 in which I share about how I go about reading God's word each morning, plus sermons from Christmas as a nice little bonus. Enjoy!
Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost - Matthew 14:22-33
"If it is you, command me to come to you upon the waters." - Matthew 14:28
It was January 2009 and Fulham were playing West Ham United and I was trying to figure out which football club was going to be mine. (I was told once that you don't pick a team, it picks you.) Paul Konchesky raised down the left from his fullback position and scored an amazing goal. That drew me in. It helped that Konchesky is bald (so am I), and they were playing in red socks (red is my favorite color).