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Jesus, Love, and the Law

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22: 34 – 46 When Pastor Jose asked me to share the message with you this week, he sent me the reading from the liturgical schedule, and after reading it, I actually became pretty excited about what I was reading.  So I went back and reread all of chapters 21, 22, and 23,…

Jesus, Our Cornerstone!

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:33-46 In our Scripture passage today, Jesus presents a parable directed toward the chief priests and elders in Jerusalem. In so doing, Jesus gives these religious leaders a second chance to understand the depth of their hypocrisy and hard-heartedness. Without such an understanding, they cannot receive Him or His mission. The Parable of…

A Call to Build Unity

Scripture: John 17:18-26 CEB We learn from this passage, this prayer, that unity is of utmost importance to Jesus. As His followers, we are invited into the unity Jesus experiences with His Father. From within this relationship, we can then build unity with one another. Of course, this is easier said than done. Pursuing unity…

God Gives Us Second Opportunities

Scripture: Matthew 21:23-32 NIV In our passage today, we find Jesus teaching in the temple courts in Jerusalem. When the chief priests and elders question His authority to do so, Jesus perceives that they have hard hearts. They hold a grudge against Jesus, probably due to how popular He had become with the crowds. The…

Seeking Attention

Scripture :   Matthew 15:21-28 CEB In our passage today, we find a woman who did all she could to gain Jesus’ attention for the sake of her daughter. Her experience reminds me of another story about a man who also did what he had to do to be heard. In this story, a man and…

Let’s Keep our eyes on Jesus

Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33 CEB In the passage you have just heard, Peter kept his eyes on Jesus and walked on water! But, when he took his eyes off of Christ, he became frightened and began to sink. This is a strong lesson for us today as we face the storms in our lives. We must…

From Connection to Communion

Scripture: Matthew 14.13-21 08.02.2020 In our passage today, we get a glimpse into the humanity of our Savior, Jesus. The text begins with some sad news: “When Jesus heard about John.” He is referring here to the tragic death of John the Baptist at the hands of the ruler Herod. This caused Jesus to withdraw…