Monthly Archives: July 2014

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 16:1-23 and Acts 26:1-32

1 Samuel 16:1-23
Acts 26:1-32
The things that keep us in chains, letting go of our desires and desiring the things God does

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 15:10-35 and Acts 25:13-27

1 Samuel 15:10-35
Acts 25:13-27
The weakness of Saul, seek first the Kingdom of God, Paul/Jesus Parallel with Agrippa:Festus::Herod:Pilate

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 14:47-15:9 and Acts 24:24-25:15

1 Samuel 14:47-15:9
Acts 24:24-25:15
Saul’s lack of mercy, Mercy vs Usefulness, Paul’s appeal to Caesar – Was this a false step?

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 13:1-18 and Acts 23:12-35

1 Samuel 13:1-18
Acts 23:12-35
Christ & The Apostles – no wedge allowed, God’s time vs. our time

Who is the Treasure? – Parables of Deliverance

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Biblical Text: Matthew 13:44-52
Full Sermon Text

This sermon attempts to tie together the study of the parables in Matthew 13. The parable of the sower (two weeks ago) serves as the key to understanding. It brings up the problem – the kingdom of Heaven meets opposition – and answers why – our great enemies of the devil, the world and our flesh. The middle three parables (last week) point out what the Kingdom of Heaven will look like from Jesus to the end of the age as it engages those three. Compared to our expectations, this is often troublesome as the wheat and weeds forms the paradigm. The trouble is not wished away but we struggle against it. These things might look insurmountable. But that is the where the final three parables, today’s text enter. A man finds a treasure and sells all he has so that he might have it. That man is the Son of Man, Jesus, and the treasure is His peculiar treasure – you. Christ has defeated our great enemies and will surely deliver us.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 9:1-27 and Acts 21:37-22:16

1 Samuel 9:1-27
Acts 21:37-22:16
Saul’s self conception vs. reality vs. David,, Cultural blinders, Our Shared consciousness of Christ

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 8:1-22 and Acts 21:15-36

1 Samuel 8:1-22
Acts 21:15-36
The desire for a King, The King we get vs. the King we desire

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 6:19-7:17 and Acts 19:1-22

1 Samuel 6:19-7:17
Acts 19:1-22
Word vs. miracle, being conformed to Christ, repentance and leaving the old gods

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 5:1-6:16 and Acts 18:1-11, 23-28

1 Samuel5:1-6:16
Acts 18:1-11, 23-28
The jealousy of God, gods vs. GOD, ministers working together, mutual benefit vs. schism

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 4:1-22 and Acts 16:23-40

1 Samuel 4:1-22
Acts 16:23-40
God – Fast & Slow, The God vs. powers and principalities, a personal relationship with The God and that “oh crap” moment