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Sermons on “Matthew”

Have you pulled the weeds in your own “garden” lately?

Have you pulled the weeds in your own “garden” lately?

In this weekend’s Gospel Jesus once again uses a parable (story) to advance His message about the “Kingdom of God.” The story we hear is called the “Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.” Here’s the story…

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Are you willing to be a missionary for Jesus? No travel required!

Are you willing to be a missionary for Jesus? No travel required!

This weekend’s Gospel establishes an expectation for those of us who claim to be Christians. Are you ready…here it is!!! Jesus calls each of us to be a MISSIONARY!

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Do you ask Jesus to help you “carry your burdens”?

Do you ask Jesus to help you “carry your burdens”?

During our nation’s Independence Day celebrations no doubt you heard all or part of the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….

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Are You Ready to Look at Your Heart and See if it Needs “Transfiguring”?

Are You Ready to Look at Your Heart and See if it Needs “Transfiguring”?

This weekend’s Gospel passage recounting the Transfiguration is one of my favorites…for two reasons. The actual feast of the Transfiguration is August 6th.

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Are you up to “fasting, praying, and almsgiving this Lent?”

Are you up to “fasting, praying, and almsgiving this Lent?”

In this week’s Gospel passage, we are reminded of three Lenten qualities that we are encouraged to adopt if we want Lent to be a meaningful experience: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

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Deep in your heart, what worries you? Hand it  over to God!

Deep in your heart, what worries you? Hand it over to God!

As you remember, we have been hearing from the fifth chapter of Matthew for the last several weekends. In that fifth chapter, Jesus was pretty explicit about the re- quirements and the cost of being His disciple…and we recognized that it wasn’t going to be easy.

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Does Your Temper Need Work?

Does Your Temper Need Work?

Once again, Jesus lays out for us what is demanded of us if we choose to be His disciples. We’ve been listening to His “discipleship requirements” for the last three weekends and Jesus isn’t “letting up.”

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Would people describe you as a person of integrity?

Would people describe you as a person of integrity?

The Gospel passage today is once again from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5. Two weeks ago, we began to listen to the 5th Chapter of Matthew and Jesus said to us, “If you want to be a disciple, live the Beatitudes.”

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Are you up to taking on the challenge of being salt and light to the world as Jesus asks?

As we spoke of last week, the Sermon on the Mount contains words which are “beautiful,” but also very demanding. Jesus didn’t preach the “Sermon on the Mount” to highly educated people. The crowd to whom Jesus was presenting was composed of just ordinary folk…people a lot like us.

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Are you up to living the Beatitudes…or even trying to live them?

Are you up to living the Beatitudes…or even trying to live them?

This weekend’s Gospel is probably the most recognized passage in the entire Gospel. It’s often referred to as the “Sermon on the Mount” or “The Beatitudes.”

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