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At the Feast: Matthew 22

In Summary:Remember, first of all, that this chapter of Matthew falls within the Passion Week, the last week of the earthly life of Christ. (Ever consider how it is to describe a time-limited event for the Eternal Son of God? It’s not really the “last week of the life of Christ, because He’s eternal, but it’s the last earthly week, except for when He come back at the end of time….)That this chapter falls into the Passion Week brings us important context for our understanding. There are no more tours of Galilee or the Decapolis. Matthew records no more miracles performed after this point. These are the closing teachings of Jesus. We read here the parable of the wedding feast, which we’ll look at more in a moment. We also see Jesus address paying taxes with the statement that even the hyper-liberal Jesus Seminar decided had to be Him, “Render to Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and to God that which is God’s.” (Matthew 22:21) We also see Jesus rebuke the Sadducees for not believing in the…

Book: StarStruck

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Yes, I do still plan to maintain the blog. And even hope to post to it from time to time :)Space. The Final Frontier. Well, those words aren’t exactly mine, but they are words I grew up with and love as a description of the skies above us. While I remember being fascinated by Jacques Cousteau and the underwater world, space was where I wanted to sea, study, and be… (still willing to pastor First Baptist Church, Lunar Rock, The Moon). Into that space-fascination comes today’s book, Star Struck, by Dr. David Bradstreet and Steve Rabey. Dr. Bradstreet has a Ph.D. in astronomy, which would support his qualification to write about space. Rabey’s background is church history, which is relevant…how?In this manner: one of the goals of Star Struck is to deal with the supposed conflict between Christian faith and scientific work. Rabey provides some good background information on the interaction between the church in history and scientific exploration. The collaboration does an excellent job ex…

Sermon Recap for November 28

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Happy beginning of Advent to you all! Here is the Sunday morning sermon from November 27 and the Thanksgiving service sermon. Sunday night didn’t film out well, so it’s not here.Tuesday night Thanksgiving ServiceSunday Morning: Isaiah 40 (audio here)
Joy--Advent 2016Isaiah 40
Joy in  Chaos
  Remember where they are
  Remember the height from which they have fallen
Joy in  Opposition
  Consider Isaiah's life
  Consider Hezekiah's life
Joy in  Sacrifice
  Not to false idols
  Not cheaply
Comfort in  the King
  The King who leads forth the stars
  The King who holds the oceans
Comfort in the  King's Message
  The Unfailing Word
  The Everlasting Word
Comfort in the  King's Arrival
  The Messiah is coming!
  Prepare Ye the Way!
What of your life is ready for the King?
What of your life is surrendered to the King?
What of your next 5 weeks would change?

Sermon Recap for November 13

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Well, it’s Thursday afternoon. And I’m just now getting this done. Partly because of insanely slow Internet service. Partly because stuff had to get done. I’m hopeful that the craziest part of the week is over.Since the bulk of the week is over, that is.Sunday Morning: The Longest War (audio here) Ephesians 6:10-17(Outline and notes are after the evening video, just scroll down.)Sunday Evening: Ephesians 6:18-20 and Q&A (Audio here)On Sunday nights, we typically take some time to do Bible questions and answers. That is in the video but not the audio. I think I repeated the questions well enough to understand what was going on.
The Longest WarThe Longest WarDoug Hibbard / GeneralEphesians 6:10–17Ephesians 6:10–17 NASB95    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
    Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the power…

Triumphs and Cleanings: Matthew 21

In Summary:
Matthew 21 opens with a familiar scene: the Triumph! Typically, when conquering kings entered cities, they came with a triumphal procession. It was a common practice in the ancient world. It remains a practice to this day—victors are given ticker tape parades in New York City, after all! The other time for the triumphal procession was when the conqueror returned home from conquest. Either image can work for Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem at this point in history. Jerusalem is the place “where God chose to place His name” (2 Chronicles 6:6) and as such is where the returning King comes to celebrate His victory. Jerusalem is also the starting point for His conquest of humanity. 
The catch is, victory parades are only moments in time. The Conquering King remains victorious, but so many of the adoring fans go back to work that the celebration ends and is quickly forgotten. This happens here—Jesus is victorious. People are forgetful.
The next thing the King does upon His return is see …

Sermon Recap for November 6

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It was the Sunday before Election Day, so naturally I kept the sermon focused on something else entirely. We spent the morning addressing loving one another and submitting to one another that God be glorified in our lives. And the evening was on spiritual gifts. The evening video, if it ever uploads, has our usual Sunday night question-and-answer festivities followed by the message.Morning Sermon: Ephesians 5:21 (audio here)Video:Notes:Ephesians 5:21 NASB95and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. This phrase links two of the most contentious subjects in church. How we act in marriage and what we sing as Christians. Submission is a touchy subject But it's worse than you think "Submit" in one translation is "be subject" in another Ὑποτασσόμενοι Our rights? Subject to the needs of others. Our desires? Subject to the needs of others. Our comforts? Subject to the needs of others. 1. Be considerate of others 2. Be worthy of other people's …

Vineyard Viewpoints: Matthew 20

In Summary:Matthew 20 records the parable of the workers in the vineyard, and then goes on to another foretelling of Jesus’ death. In light of that, the mother of James and John requests that her sons may sit at the left and right hand of Jesus in His Kingdom. The chapter wraps up with the healing of two blind men on the road out of Jericho. What do we make of this? This is the third prediction of the Cross and the Resurrection we see in Matthew, which tells us, again, that Jesus was not surprised by anything that happened in the Passion week. The second passage, requesting special treament in the Kingdom, connects with the laborers in the vineyard, so we’ll deal with those together In Focus. The last passage highlights that Jesus never overlooked people. In Focus:Let us put the opening story, Matthew 20:1-16, in focus. Jesus returns to an agrarian motif here, highlighting that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a farm with a harvest. The landowner, the one whose harvest it truly was, went…