[November 30, 2014] Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the church year, and with this change we switch horses. From riding the Gospel according to Matthew we now mount the Gospel according to Mark. With that change, we have a shift in focus. Next year we will ride Luke’s . . . → Read More: Mark 13:24-37, Wake Up! Be Alert! Watch!
[December 1, 2013] Today is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the church year. Advent means “coming,” referring to the coming of the Lord. It is a season, lasting from now until Christmas (Christmas begins another season). During Advent there are four Sundays, each with a different emphasis. On . . . → Read More: Matthew 24:36-44, The Lord Is Coming!
[December 18, 2011] We come to the last of the parables of the Lord’s judgment when He comes, the well-known parable of separating the sheep from the goats. I cannot think of a more commonly misunderstood parable. In 24:29-31 Jesus speaks of the turning and gathering of the tribes of Israel from the . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:31-46, The Judgment of the Gentiles
[December 11, 2011] Last Sunday we picked up on Jesus’ teaching after He pronounced judgment on the City of David that refused Him, the Temple and the Judaism of the Second Temple. In chapter 24 He spoke to “these things” and the sign of His coming and the consummation of the age. After . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:1-30, The Believer’s Accountability and the Coming Again of Our Lord Jesus
[December 4, 2011] The Second Sunday of Advent. Last Sunday began another year according to the calendar of the church. The calendar is a convention that has grown over the centuries. The early church celebrated Easter. We know this because they disagreed over when to celebrate it. That does not mean, however, that . . . → Read More: Introduction to the Gospel according to Matthew