Watch Your Motive
 (Matthew 20:1-16)

Teasing, alluring and tantalizing is how I would describe our text, Matthew 20:1-16. “Many who are last will be first . . . last ones hired . . .  So the last will be first and the first will be last” (19:30, 20:8 and 20:16 respectively).  Three times we get this last first, first last … Continue reading Watch Your Motive
 (Matthew 20:1-16)

The Best for Last (Matthew 11:4-6
)

Guest editorial by Brian Stewart, Action U.S.A Director You are familiar with the phrase "save the best for last." In any sort of persuasive writing or speech, such as a legal argument, debate, or essay, the best practice is to start with your weakest argument and gradually escalate until you finish with your strongest point … Continue reading The Best for Last (Matthew 11:4-6
)

Some Went Along (Acts 10:23)

Therese was praying, “Lord should I go to Cuba with the team from our church?  Please give me something from the Bible to show whether I should go or not .”   Short Term Missions are popular. People can take a week or two from their vacation time, go to a foreign country, make a … Continue reading Some Went Along (Acts 10:23)

The Man With No Arms

It is not polite to stare.  But I could not help myself.  Where were that man’s arms?  Does he have no arms?  I looked away, uncomfortable with what I thought I saw. I looked back a few seconds later.   No, I was correct. He had no arms!  How does a person navigate life with … Continue reading The Man With No Arms

Embarrassing Details

Imagine the Apostle Peter saying to Mark, the writer of the Gospel, “Mark, do you have to put that in your book?   Why include that?  It makes me look so bad.”  Hang on to that thought – we will come back to it.  How do we know the New Testament writers wrote the truth?  … Continue reading Embarrassing Details

Understanding the Fears of Others
 (Job 16)

Looking at Job 16 again today, we observe that understanding had broken down. Consider an example of this from my youth.  I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s when the Communists of the Soviet Union caused fear in American minds and hearts. Communism was the boogy man of the world, much worse than the … Continue reading Understanding the Fears of Others
 (Job 16)