The Kingdom of Heaven

This Sunday we have heard a group of parables about the kingdom of heaven. The last two Sundays we heard about the sowers of seeds, and how the word will be heard by many, and accepted by few.

This was something new to the Jews, who frankly did not know much about the heavenly realm. They were more worried about earthly realms, and the kingdom of Israel in particular.

The Jews to whom Jesus was speaking knew something about kingdoms. Since the first king Saul had united the tribes of Israel into a united Monarchy, the kingdom of Israel was a historical certainty. Along with kingdom was a constant theme of battle. Continue reading

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The One Who Endures to the End Will be Saved

Jesus said, “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name.”

Occasionally I see a tv commercial for the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. When describing their service, there is mention of great praise music and an uplifting message from the pastor.

When I read this Gospel passage, I thought to myself, “How can I preach an uplifting message with this material?” Continue reading

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The harvst is plentiful, but the laborers are few

Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

One of my favorite days occurred just recently. It was the last Friday in May. What day was it, you might ask? The last day of school!

I have different reasons for liking that day now than I had many years ago. This year, the last day of school means that our street gets very quiet, and about the only traffic is people who figure out it’s a dead end right about when they get to our house. Continue reading

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The Trinity – not just a river in Texas

If you grew up in the North Texas area, you most likely went to Six Flags over Texas a time or two. Being from Ft. Worth, I went several times a year when I was young. One of my favorite rides was LaSalle’s Riverboat Ride. That was one of the original rides of the park, which opened in 1961, and it’s last trip was in 1982.

LaSalle was a French explorer who traveled most of the major waterways of this country, and he called the Trinity River, the “River of Canoes” in 1687.

The name “Trinity” came three years later in 1690 from the New Spanish explorer Alonso de León, who called the stream the “La Santísima Trinidad” (“the Most Holy Trinity”). (Handbook of Texas) Continue reading

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Pentecost Sunday

On Pentecost Sunday, I attended service at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in order to hear Bp. Fanuel Magangani of Northern Malawi preach. He is such a Godly man, and it was a joy to listen to him. The Saturday before, the World Mission Committee member of the Malawi sub-committee met with the bishop for a day of prayer, reflection, and planning. We will be celebrating twenty years of partnership between our diocese and the Diocese of Northern Malawi at an event on June 7 at St. Anne’s church in Fort Worth. I urge you to attend if you can.

We as members of the Body of Christ are called to live the Great Commission. In the book of Acts, chapter 1, verse 8, our Lord Jesus told the disciples:

you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samar′ia and to the end of the earth.” Continue reading

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