All posts tagged Gospel of Matthew

Giving Up Sin for Lent

Giving up sin for Lent sounds like a great idea, but is it possible? No. Romans 3:23 tells why: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” All have sinned–or fallen short of the mark of what and who God created us to be in our lives. Jesus and temptation to […]

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Beware Bitterness: 4 Tips


Today always provokes bitterness in people. It doesn’t even matter what day it is, bitterness overcomes and erodes who you are. It’s got a definition:  “negative emotion or attitude, similar to being jaded, cynical or otherwise negatively affected by experience.” That person you’re furious with is imago dei–made in the image of God. S/he may […]

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How to be Blessed? Hear and Obey.


I spoke on May 21, 2016 on how to be blessed at a local luncheon of the Lutheran Women in Missions League (LWML). Here are my remarks based on Luke 11:27-28: “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you. He [Jesus] replied,’blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’” […]

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Advent: Jesus’ Childhood

Jesus' childhood

I’m finishing up this Advent series with Jesus’ childhood. It’s not really part of Advent, which means the arrival of a notable person, but we have so little information about his growing up years, we might as well put it in here! The Bible gives us just a few peeks into Jesus’ boyhood, though his life […]

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2 Josephs: Many Dreams

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God often uses dreams in the lives of Biblical characters. Two Josephs were the most famous dreamers: Joseph of Nazareth and, Joseph, the son of Jacob. (Joseph of Nazareth, by the way, also was the son of a Jacob). Dreams are what prompted the comparison, but a closer inspection showed many other similarities between the […]

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