Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 2 February 2023. Today’s topic: Don’t Happen Every Day

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  Matthew 3:16-17 It’s not every day youContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 2 February 2023. Today’s topic: Don’t Happen Every Day”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 1 February 2023. Today’s topic: But Wait! There’s More!

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.  Matthew 3:13-15 JesusContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 1 February 2023. Today’s topic: But Wait! There’s More!”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 31 January 2023. Today’s topic: Stuck

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  Matthew 3:13-14 I love this about John the Baptist.   He’s like you and me.   Me, I’m stuck on myself.  Sometimes, I just can’tContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 31 January 2023. Today’s topic: Stuck”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 30 January 2023. Today’s topic: He Chose To

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  Matthew 3:13 This is one of the most understated, profound sentences ever written.   Jesus.   The Son of God.   One of the Trinity.   Immanuel, which means “God with us.”   Fully man and fully God.   He was a human being while willingly putting asideContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 30 January 2023. Today’s topic: He Chose To”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 26 January 2023. Today’s topic: Winnowing

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:11 John the Baptist uses another metaphor to tell the Pharisees and Sadducees to get their act together. These days, farmers harvest wheat with giant threshingContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 26 January 2023. Today’s topic: Winnowing”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 25 January 2023. Today’s topic: Pruning Filthy Rags

The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.   Matthew 3:10. There’s a verse in Isaiah that is a stark reminder of what John was inferring here.  The prophet says that even the best things weContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 25 January 2023. Today’s topic: Pruning Filthy Rags”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 24 November 2023. Today’s topic: Stones in the Road

And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.  Matthew 3:9 John the Baptist continued to lay it on the Pharisees and Sadducees who showed up to watch him.   One of their most reliable defensesContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 24 November 2023. Today’s topic: Stones in the Road”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 23 January 2023. Today’s topic: Sugar-Coating and the Dallas Cowboys

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.  Matthew 3:7-8 Don’t you love people who refuse to sugar-coat the truth?  If you play a mediocre footballContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 23 January 2023. Today’s topic: Sugar-Coating and the Dallas Cowboys”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 19 January 2023. Today’s topic: 105 Miles

People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.  Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  Matthew 3:5-6 It wasn’t an easy thing to travel in antiquity.  Some rode horses, or donkeys, or in carts.   Some rode in chariots, or were carried inContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 19 January 2023. Today’s topic: 105 Miles”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 18 January 2023. Today’s topic: Back Then

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.  Matthew 3:4 When I was a kid, there was a craze for all things natural, wholesome, and pioneering.   Grizzly Adams, Ewell Gibbons, Across the Great Divide and The Wilderness Family, Jeremiah Johnson, The Waltons, LittleContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 18 January 2023. Today’s topic: Back Then”