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The Day of the Lord and the Kingdom of Heaven

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 / Matthew 25:14-30 How long has it been since you’ve heard or said these words: “You just wait ‘til your father gets home! He’ll make you pay for the way you’ve been acting!”? We hear the same … Continue reading

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Asking For Help

       Do you have as much trouble asking for help as I do? I’m far happier about responding to requests from others for help than I am to ask for another’s kindness. I’m not sure what that’s all about. … Continue reading

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Ready or Not — Here I Come!

Matthew 25:1-13      My first title for this piece was “Good Works are the Ticket into the Kingdom of Heaven.” That’s a title/statement that would make the average Lutheran theologian react in defense of what he/she was taught in confirmation … Continue reading

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Promote Love, Not Religion

Matthew 23:1-12 Aramaic scholar, Neil Douglas Klotz says that the word “woe” from a Semitic language viewpoint is a cry of alarm or warning in the context of being cut off from the sacred flow of life. Jesus wasn’t warning … Continue reading

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Faith that Makes You Whole

Luke 17:11-19 Most of Jesus’s story about healing the ten lepers is easy to understand. But it’s the last line of the story that has always been confusing for me. Jesus said to the foreigner, “Your faith has made you … Continue reading

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Dress for Success in the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 22:1-14     I explained many of Jesus’s parables about the kingdom of heaven in my recent book, but this parable didn’t make it into any chapter. It could have fit into the chapter about “who won’t get into heaven” (Chp. … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God is Being Taken Away

  Matthew 21:33-46      Here’s another group of people (to add to the list in my last post) that Jesus says will not participate in the kingdom of heaven (also called the kingdom of God). In my ebook about the … Continue reading

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Everyone Eats at the End of the Day

  Matthew 20:1-16      Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like some people who worked all day in a field and received the reward that they were promised for their work. No problem with that. Then the landowner … Continue reading

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Authority to Bind and Loose

     Jewish scribes were the authorized teachers of the Scriptures. They wore a belt and on that belt hung some keys. These keys were symbolic of the knowledge, experience, and training of that scribe. Having these recognizable symbols gave you … Continue reading

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Parables about the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52      There’s enough material in these five parables that you could write ten sermons. It took me four chapters to explain different ways you might interpret them in my newest ebook, In Living Color: Heaven. Here are … Continue reading

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