Sermons on Matthew

“Checkmate”

Matthew 22:15-22             {Prayer}             I want to admit right up front, I’m not much of a chess player. And even though I’m not like those professional players who win in no time flat, I have won a few games in my time. Now granted, it was usually against someone like my kids who really…

“Overwhelming Forgiveness”

Matthew 18:21-35             {Prayer}             How do you treat a sinner? How do you treat one who has sinned against you, who has done something so grievous toward you or someone you love?                 On September 6, 2018, Police Officer Amber Guyger was coming home from her overnight shift. She was tired. As she…

“What Kind of Question is That?”

Matthew 18:1-20             {Prayer}             Have you ever wondered, if someone is bald, what hair color do they list on their driver’s license? If you woke up to be the only person left on earth, what will do? Why do banks have branches, if money doesn’t grow on trees? Since tomatoes are considered a fruit,…

“Lord, Help Me!”

Matthew 15:21-28             {Prayer}             A rope being pulled in opposite directions hard enough and for an extended period of time will eventually start to fray. More times than you and I are probably willing to admit … we feel like this rope. Tugged this way, pulled that way. Stretched out between two, three, or…

“If You Are …”

Matthew14:22-33             {Prayer}             My grandpa on my mom’s side of the family got drafted and was part of The Pacific Theater in World War II. He was assigned to the Seabees or the Naval Construction Battalion of the US Navy. He was stationed in Okinawa in southern Japan, to help make the island a…

“A Desolate Feast”

Matthew 14:13-21             {Prayer}             Never stop dating your spouse. That is one of the many things I talk about with couples in our pre-martial sessions. Never stop dating your spouse because you need that time together away from the kids, you need that time to grow in your relationship together, you need that time…

“God’s Special Love”

 Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-52 In today’s Epistle lesson Paul writes to the Romans, you, and me – about the “LOVE of GOD”.  It reads: 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day…

“Discipleship for Losers”

Matthew 10:34-42             {Prayer}             Charlie Brown from the Peanuts cartoon can never catch a break. He is the stereotypical American loser. Whenever he tries to kick the football that Lucy is holding, just as he is about to kick it, she pulls it away at the last second. Charlie Brown misses it and goes…

“What Disciples Expect”

Matthew 10:5a, 21-33             {Prayer}             Expectations … we all have them. Any new endeavor comes with a whole host of expectations. A high school graduate going off to college prepares to leave with a mash-up of hope and excitement but also a sense of nervousness. Some people change jobs mid-career because they are eager…

“A Community of Disciples”

Matthew 9:35-10:8             {Prayer}             If the Covid-19 pandemic taught us anything, it was that we are not meant to be separated from one another. We are not meant to be put into isolation. We are meant to be with other people, we are meant to be within a community. And not only is that…