Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Spectacles Of Glory "The Weeds Won't Win" Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Mateen Elass

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One might think that the community associated with Jesus would be marked by continual love, kindness, mercy, joy and so on. In reality, we discover that there is lots of evil within the church. Why is this? One answer, to be sure, is that there is a lot of evil still in those who are Christians – we are in the process of sanctification, we haven’t arrived. But in this parable, Jesus offers a further answer. The enemy of God sprinkles his own captives into the midst of the church, who early on are indistinguishable from true followers, and who integrate themselves into the church so well that to expel them would be to cause great hurt among the people. We are to endure them patiently, until Christ sifts them out on Judgment Day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

SPECTACLES OF GLORY "The Sold-Out Life" Matthew 13:44-46 Rev. Mateen Elass

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What we value most is often seen best by what we are willing to sacrifice to possess it. Jesus makes clear in these parables of the treasure in a field and pearl of great price that the Kingdom of God is the greatest prize of all. Do we believe Jesus? What would it mean to live with the Kingdom as our most cherished pursuit? Have we counted the cost of sacrifice, and found the Kingdom to be far more valuable than what we have given up?