Matthew Chapter 4

Matthew 1 -11 is Jesus being tempted in the Wilderness.  During this passage, there is an uncanny resemblance to the parallels of the Book of Genesis. In the Beginning there was Adam and Eve, alone in the wilderness (A great garden with everything they might need and no worries and then the serpent comes and tempts them to take part of the apple). In this temptation, there is a wilderness, disorder and ruin, and the serpent (the devil himself) that returns to tempt Christ to change the rock into bread.  The difference is that Christ in this passage symbolizes a change in the tide.  This time, He will not fall into… Read More

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Matthew Chapter 3

Matthew Chapter 3 is quite a voyage in itself.   John the Baptist emerges out of the wilderness drawing large crowds.  He preaches of a baptism never before heard of, a baptism of turning away from evil thoughts and actions.  John insults the Pharisees and preaches about not even being worthy to be a slave of the one who will come next. Then John baptizes Jesus and God proclaims exactly who Jesus is and confirms His mission. John the Baptist John the Baptist: dressed in camel hair clothes, a leather belt, and living off the land.  All four Gospels mention the wilderness and in that time, the Bible and teachings… Read More

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Matthew Chapter 2

Chapter two in Matthew reads of the Magi heading to find the Babe lying in the manager.  A story read or touched on every  Christmas season, the birth of the Babe lying in a manger. This story is filled with action and adventure. A story of life, a story of hope, and a story of refugees. Chapter two shows Herod in fury, it shows God touching the lives of others protecting Jesus as he grows, and it shows Jesus growing and developing into a new being. King Herod King Herod had a long history of being a blood thirsty killer on the loose.  When his brother-in-law began to become popular,… Read More

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“Open Our Minds to the Scriptures”

The congregation met in worship this morning considering the theme “Open Our Minds to the Scriptures.” “Open Our Minds to the Scriptures.” By: Michael “Mike” Weathers, Indiana, USA Mike Weathers brought a message of challenge as he shared his own journey of seeking and learning to find guidance in the scriptures. He reminded us that God gives us many gifts and blessings, chief among them is the gift of the scriptures and the Holy Spirit. Luke 24:44-53 New International Version (NIV) 44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law… Read More

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Matthew Chapter 1

Join me in a weekly examination of the Book of Matthew! (Every Monday)!  This week I take a look at Chapter 1 (the Genealogy of Jesus) – and then dig deeper into Joseph and Mary and their reaction to finding out about being pregnant.  If you were Joseph or Mary; how do you think you would respond with finding out you were pregnant with the Child of God? Mary pledged to wed Joseph, she found out she was pregnant – and Joseph doesn’t make a huge deal out of it but decided a divorce is in order.  An Angel came to Joseph – they were to remain married, and call the… Read More

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“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”

Terry Meloan from Fort Wayne brought the message to us.  He reminded us that Jesus is our guide on the path to show us how to follow God’s way. John 14:1-14 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Comforts His Disciples 14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me.2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know… Read More

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Perspective: An Interpretation of Communion

Imagine the best wedding you’ve ever been to; there’s a beautifully dressed bride, a bride-groom dressed to impress in his stylish, probably rented,  tuxedo, a wedding party styling wedding regalia, an audience comprised of friends,  family,  acquaintances, and persons who have snuck in to have a piece of cake after the ceremony. The flowers are wonderfully assorted, smell fresh, and look beautiful.  The decorations add to the significance of the wedding and magnify the beauty of the service.  The ceremony is immaculate; no flaws, no errors, no mispronunciations, and no unexpected surprises.  Once the sacrament concludes, the newlywed husband and wife briskly depart to the reception.   The reception is… Read More

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