Post by Pastor Stephen The beatitudes look to the future when God will put everything right. Jesus knows when that will happen and the outcome of God’s work to put everything right. He also knows that he is the one who will be the judge sorting the sheep and goats, or as we say in… Continue reading Are We There Yet?
Post by Pastor Dave How many times have you heard it said that America is the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Wonderful words from “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Freedom. Cherished freedom. Where would we be without it! It is one of the greatest gifts this country gives us. Freedom. All kinds… Continue reading Freedom From and For
Post by Pastor Stephen Matthew 22:15-22 is quite a trap the Pharisees and Herodians laid for Jesus, eh? If he says you should pay the tax to the emperor, then all of the revolutionaries are going to cry foul that Jesus is a heretic and betraying God’s reign for the rule of Cesar. If he says… Continue reading Tapping a Super Hero
Post by Pastor Dave The invitation has gone out for God’s great final banquet feast. Place: The Throne Room of the Mighty God Time: Whenever you can get there Meal: The finest food and the best wine Guest List: Anyone who is reading this!! The party that God is planning will blow your mind. And… Continue reading The Wedding Garment
Post by Pastor Stephen In the Friedrich house we love grapes. We don’t know anything about growing grapes, but we sure do love to eat them! As I write and enjoy some grapes, know that I’m partial to these bible stories about vineyards and grapes. That said, this story doesn’t help the digestion of my… Continue reading We Love Grapes
Post by Pastor Dave Matthew 21: 23-32 Two sons – one vineyard. The owner of the vineyard asked both sons to go and work in the vineyard. Till the soil. Bear fruit. Plant trees. Do the work that any vineyard needs doing. One son said “No thanks” but ended up going. The other son… Continue reading Bearing Fruit for the Kingdom
The Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew’s Gospel is how he talks about the place and time where God is in charge. Often that place where God is in charge is imagined as a vineyard throughout scripture. Jesus builds on that in this parable imagining the Kingdom as a vineyard, God as the landowner, and the… Continue reading My Place in the Kingdom