On the Spiritual Trail: Teach Me (Manuscript)

11 Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”2 Jesus told them, “When you pray, say:‘Father, uphold the holiness of your name.Bring in your kingdom.3 Give us the bread we need for today.4 Forgive us our sins,    for we also forgive everyone whoContinue reading “On the Spiritual Trail: Teach Me (Manuscript)”

The Declaration: Who Do They Say You Are? (Manuscript)

Today’s Scripture – Matthew 16:13-20 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 SimonContinue reading “The Declaration: Who Do They Say You Are? (Manuscript)”

Smart and Not Afraid: Using All Your Smarts

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these wordsContinue reading “Smart and Not Afraid: Using All Your Smarts”

My House, My Rules!

15 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable:  11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father,Continue reading “My House, My Rules!”

Seven Essential Questions: Who is God?

11 Finally, brothers and sisters, good-bye. Put things in order, respond to my encouragement, be in harmony with each other, and live in peace—and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Say hello to each other with a holy kiss.[a] All of God’s people say hello to you. 13 The grace of the Lord JesusContinue reading “Seven Essential Questions: Who is God?”

Seven Essential Questions – What Matters Most?

28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with allContinue reading “Seven Essential Questions – What Matters Most?”

Mission Possible

17 As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” 18 Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. 19 You know the commandments: Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t giveContinue reading “Mission Possible”

Sell Your Stuff… Give to the Poor (Sunday Sermon)

17 As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” 18 Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. 19 You know the commandments: Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t giveContinue reading “Sell Your Stuff… Give to the Poor (Sunday Sermon)”

The Well is Deep

               5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her,Continue reading “The Well is Deep”