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February 10, 2019 – The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany – Filters

Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29 Speck in the eye, narrow gate, wise man builds house on rock (Psalm 37:16-18) Lots of stuff going on here. Almost too much, to be honest. Judge not, logs and specks, pearls before swine, holy to the dogs. Ask, seek, find, Good gifts. Golden Rule. Narrow gate, wide road to destruction. I think we can find one or two…

February 3, 2019 The Fourth Sunday After Epiphany – Not like That!

Matthew 6:7-21 [25-34] Lord’s prayer, treasure in heaven and/or Matt 6:25-34, Lilies of the field (Psalm 20:7) The Lord’s prayer is something that many of us have burned into our memories. Church schools have it on their list of things to be memorized by the end of first grade. And so, we know the prayer itself. What we don’t quite seem to…

January 13, 2019 – Baptism of the Lord – Why are You Coming?

Matthew 3:1-17  John the Baptist asks a key question that we don’t always ask. We should, but we don’t. Why are you coming to be baptized?Who warned us to flee the wrath that is coming? Are we being baptized just to flee wrath, or do we repent? And what brings Jesus to be baptized? John has it right when he essentially asks…

January 6, 2019 – Epiphany – Coming and Going

Matthew 2:1-23             You may know about the Magi. You may know the trivia (were there 3?) or you may know the jokes (it took 2 years and they brought impractical gifts because they were wise men). They come to see the child, they visit the palace, and are warned in a dream to go home by another way. Nevertheless, Herod is…

December 23, 2018 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent – Hype and Promise

Isaiah 42:1-9,Matthew 1:18-25 Isaiah is perhaps the ancient version of the 5 pounds of ads that show up in the paper on Thanksgiving, or the wave of advertising emails that show up the week of Thanksgiving. They are all there telling us to get ready for what is coming. They hype us up, they build up the anticipation. Imagine, if you will,…