Surpassing Righteousness

February 12, 2017 Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:17-37 Jesus talks in his sermon about the authority of Scripture as he calls us to live lives of surpassing righteousness. Surpassing righteousness is like a seed that germinates and become fully grown, a plant that flowers and bears fruit. The plant looks completely different than the seed from…

You are the salt of the earth

February 5, 2017 Scripture Reading “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.” Jesus intentionally gives us two parables. He is not repeating himself. He tells two parables. We need to hear both. We need to hear them in the order in which he gives them, first the salt of…

Leaving Everything to Follow Jesus

January 22, 2017 Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:12-25 A few weeks ago, I read this text as part of my morning devotions. As I read it, one word jumped out at me – LEFT. It stood out as if someone had written it in LARGE, BOLD letters. It was impossible to miss. It was as if…

This Jesus

January 8, 2017 – Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 – John the Baptist was in his usual spot beside the Jordan River. His popularity did not seem to diminish even though at times he was brazenly critical. There was a hunger in the air, a hunger for a fresh word of the Lord, for…

Risking Everything

December 25, 2016 Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18-25 Thomas Merton writes, “Sooner or later if we follow Christ we have to risk everything in order to gain everything. We have to gamble on the invisible and risk all that we see and taste and feel. But we know the risk is worth it, because there is…