God forgives you

Someone needs an encouraging word.  Or comfort.  Or cheering up.  What do you say?  It might sound rather strange to say, “You’re forgiven,” especially if a particular sin isn’t the issue.  But “you’re forgiven” leads right into, “God’s for you,” which leads right into “God’s working out everything for your...

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Jesus’ State of the Union Address

The other night we heard our President’s State of the Union Address.  There were some very encouraging parts.  Like every President’s address, it left some questions unanswered.  It offered no guarantees for grave concerns.   That’s where Jesus’ “state of the union address” differs.  It guarantees that our “disciples’ union” with...

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Struggling for the Right Words

We often struggle for the right words. God’s prophets and apostles never did. They had the Holy Spirit “put God’s very words into their mouth.” And it wasn’t lost. The Lord preserved the words we’re often searching for, in the Bible. That’s God speaking and putting his words into our...

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Special Worship, Special Gifts

This is the time of year for Christmas families: when individuals or organizations select needy families and surround their empty Christmas trees with gifts. You can be such a gift giver, and even a recipient, at St. Matthew this year. Over the next 4 weeks, and finally at Christmas, we...

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Superiority in a Staff, and a Cross

Pretty amazing. A world leader and his Egyptian empire brought to its knees with a shepherd’s staff. Before the Lord at the burning bush, Moses threw down his staff and it became a snake. Then before a sneering pharaoh, God’s staff-snake gobbled up the army of serpents conjured up by...

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Life’s Choices

There are countless choices we make in life. Many of them very important. What if we make some bad ones – sinful choices? They can make life miserable, even painful and unbearable. Maybe you know what I mean. Jesus guarantees a way of making the right choices most of the...

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Christ Completes Us

Something missing from your life today? At times it seems like there is. Really though, when you consider God’s love for you and what it has done for you and is doing in you, it’s so incredibly satisfying. Read on. Christ Completes Us Jerry (Tom Cruise) finally reaches the top...

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