Today was a sad day – and yet it may also be a good day. Depends on how one answers that question of All dogs go to Heaven, don’t they? To me – it’s yes. I feel in my heart that it has to be yes. Tonight, I’ll be doing some research to see if anything supports my faith that my friends will be waiting for me in Heaven.
Matthew’s Gospel is the first of the four Gospels we have collected in the New Testament.
Matthew tells the whole story of Jesus, from his remarkable birth in Bethlehem to his death and resurrection in Jerusalem. He includes Jesus’ baptism and temptation, his preaching and teaching in Galilee, and many of his parables about the kingdom of God.
This Gospel is a bridge between the Old and New Testaments. Matthew shows how Jesus fulfils Old Testament prophecies, and that his church is the fulfilment of the history of Israel.
Matthew writes for Jewish Christians. He tells them that Jesus had Jewish roots. He also wrestles with the problem that the Jews have rejected Jesus as their Messiah, and now persecute his followers.
Matthew’s Gospel is useful for teaching new Christians and instructing Christian leaders. It has five clear sections of teaching, including the famous Sermon on the Mount. It shows how Christians should understand the Jewish law and live out the heart of its meaning.
Finally, Matthew gives a clear call to Christian mission. Jesus, the risen Christ, sends his disciples to preach his gospel and make disciples among all the nations of the world.
Knowles, A. (2001). The Bible guide (1st Augsburg books ed., p. 404). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg.
Does church service make you feel forgiven? As Christians, we should feel forgiven. It won’t always happen. We’re human. We have ups and downs. But we should feel forgiven more often than not. If not, maybe we need to ask the Holy Spirit for comfort, guidance, strength – whatever is missing in our lives that’s preventing us from having that life to the full Jesus promised us.
This then is how you should not pray. You may or may not recognize those words. If you do, then you know it should be this then is how you should pray. But you’re much more likely to remember what comes after them. It’s The Lord’s Prayer. Or maybe you know it by the Our Father. Depends on what denomination you are. Or what you’ve heard. But I’m curious, how many of us know the part that comes before the words so many of us know? In any case, before we talk about should, let’s look into should not. It’s interesting.
How can I be angry at him? He’s dying. At one level, this is the story of me and a dog. The little guy in the picture below. At a higher level, one specific man. But at it’s core, it’s about every person on the planet. Not as a group. As individuals. And while it may sound sad, it’s a story that can have a very happy ending.
The headline in Christianity Today is shocking: Gallup: Fewer Than Half of Americans Belong to a Church. How can that be when somewhere between 70-80% of the population claims to have some religious affiliation? Ultimately, what does istsay when fewer than 50% of the people in America belong to a church?
Jesus healed a leper. But if he was healed, why did Jesus him to see a priest? The event is recorded in three of the Gospels. And they all tell it pretty much the same way. All three leave us with questions. Why did the healed man have to go see a Jewish priest? Why was that necessary? And to make it even more odd, Jesus told the man not to tell anyone how he was healed! What’s going on?
Religion. The word generates lots of different emotional reactions. They run the whole spectrum from extreme love to extreme hate. But given all those emotions, what is religion really about? Do we even know? We know what it means to us, as individuals. But we each have our own view of what religion means. So I’m asking, do we even have a sense of the dictionary or even the generally accepted meaning of this emotionally charged word – religion?