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, 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”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 17 January 2023. Today’s topic: Testify About

This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness,‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” Matthew 3:3 Matthew testifies about John the Baptist, tying his (then) contemporary life to old testament prophecy.  The Jewish leaders (and people) of John’s day wereContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 17 January 2023. Today’s topic: Testify About”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 16 January 2023. Today’s topic: In Those Days Here and Now

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3:1-2 Now, we move ahead to the time of Jesus’ adulthood.   “In those days” was how, in another book, St. Luke begins his account of the Nativity.   In this book, it is theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 16 January 2023. Today’s topic: In Those Days Here and Now”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 13 April 2022. Today’s topic: Jesus Promotes

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 13 April 2022. Today’s topic: Jesus Promotes”