Sermons for This Sunday (August
Sermons for This Sunday: Third Sunday after Shunoyo
This Week's Features
Son of God and Temple Tax
Just like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus Christ's days on earth, who were always
asking for "signs", people after Jesus' death and resurrection still had
questions. Most could not understand how a virgin can become pregnant and
deliver without losing virginity. This is an important fundamental teaching of
the church - the virgin birth. ...
Jesus Pays His and Peter's Temple Tax
The Temple tax was one that all Jews were supposed to pay once a year for
the upkeep and maintenance of the Temple in Jerusalem. It wasn't a large
tax, but it wasn't a small one either, equivalent to about two days' wages
for a working man. ...
The Sons Are Free
The other point of the miracle is that when you act in freedom and love -not
under coercion or constraint - God himself works for you in ways you would never
dream. It's like the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus says to the disciples
who have five loaves and two fish borrowed from a little boy, "You feed the five
thousand." When they set out to do that (just as when Peter sets out to pay the
temple tax), God causes the five loaves and two fish to become enough to feed
them all. And God causes a coin to be there in a fish's mouth. ...
The Miracles of Jesus Christ: The Coin in the Fish's Mouth
This account contains two principles. The first is doctrinal, teaching Jesus'
place in God's Kingdom as the rightful Son. The second is moral, showing that
greatness in the Kingdom derives from service and humility. Jesus' phrase, "lest
we offend them," should motivate us to employ meekness and wisdom. ...
The Lessons Taught by The Episode and Miracle Described in Matthew 14:24-27
His perfect obedience and stainless life discharged for Himself all the
obligations under which He came as a man, to law and righteousness; His
perfect life and His mighty death are for us the full discharge of all that
can be brought against us....
General Weekly Features
Family: Husband and Wife - A Holy Partnership
Here's the bottom line of your responsibility as a husband: You are charged with
the holy, loving leadership of your wife. There is nothing dictatorial or
selfish in this prescription! Your love is to be so strong that it mirrors
Christ's love for the church, so committed that you would unquestioningly die to
save her, and so powerful that it is indistinguishable from love of your self.
The Prescription for Happy Living
Everyone says, "Look out for yourself. Think of yourself." But the Bible says,
"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the
interests of others" (Philippians 2:4). ...
An Innocent Man
An innocent man had been willing to die to save the others! The incident had
a profound effect. The men began to treat each other like brothers and look
out for one another. ...
Self Improvement: Change Problems To Opportunities
If we approach the solution with what Deepak is suggesting, that the problem is
really an opportunity in disguise, we have gone from the burden of problem
solving to the excitement of discovery! It's easy to feel the difference, isn't
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