Category Archives: Matthew

July 9 – United: Country – Matthew 5

Read Matthew 5:13-16 Salt is a mineral present in seawater, where it is the main mineral constituent with a salinity of 3.5%. The percentage of salt in human blood is about .9 percent by weight. Salt is essential for life … Continue reading

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July 4 – United – Matthew 5 and James 5

Read Matthew 5:33-37 and James 5:12 “To be clear is to be kind. To be unclear is to be unkind”. I first heard this phrase while studying interpersonal communication as a junior in college and was fascinated by the concept … Continue reading

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June 23 – Father’s Day 2020 – Matthew 7

Read Matthew 7:7-11 Good dads give good gifts! I suppose that we should qualify that last statement. If your dad did/does not give you all that you ever asked for, that doesn’t necessarily make him a bad dad. Good dads … Continue reading

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June 15 – Parables – Two Sons

Read Matthew 21:28-32 You’ve probably heard someone say, “Actions speak louder than words.” That’s true. At first glance, the “Parable of the Two Sons” seems to stress that principle. But there’s much more in this parable taught by Jesus during … Continue reading

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June 11 – Parables – 10 Virgins

Read Matthew 25:1-13 It may come as a surprise to many of you but I love heavy music. Some people love country music or worship or maybe jazz or classical. Me? I love rapid waves of drums that careen into … Continue reading

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June 8 – Parables – Treasure and Pearl

Read Matthew 13:44-46 Is there something that you would give anything to have or make happen? Recently there was a very close friend of mine who was struggling with a drug addiction. Thankfully, they got to the point where they … Continue reading

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June 7 – Parables – Wheat and Weeds

Read Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Growing up, our family had a huge garden…at least it seemed huge to me at the time. My brothers and I felt like slave laborers pressed, against our will, into service as “weeders.” We spent hours … Continue reading

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June 4 – Parables – The Unmerciful Servant

Read Matthew 18:23-35 “But she did that to me. How could I ever forgive her?” “You have no idea how much he hurt me. Forgiveness is out of the question.” These are phrases we probably think when confronted with the … Continue reading

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June 3 – Parables – Mustard Seed

Read Matthew 13:31-32 As a gardener, the miracle of seeing the first seedlings sprout never ceases to amaze me. This spring as I planted my garden and carefully covered the seeds with the rich soil, I had to trust that … Continue reading

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June 2 – Parables – Soil

Read Matthew 13:3-8 Years ago I planted a vegetable garden and then replanted it for several years. Before I started, I sought the advice of local agricultural experts… my farmer friends. They talked about insect control, seed selection, gardening tools … Continue reading

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