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Christians & Taxes

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

“What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. However, not to give offense . . . Matthew 17:25-27  I don't like to pay...

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Tags: citizenship, god, taxes

Terrible/Wonderful

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed. Matthew 17:22-23  The disciples were distressed because they could only think of how...

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Tags: love, sacrifice

What is faith

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Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and...

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Tags: faith, power, pride

God's Pride and Joy

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5 The Father claimed Jesus because that is who Jesus is—and has always been. We are blessed that God...

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Tags: child of god, cross, sacrifice

Why?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Matthew 17:1-2 This reading, on this day, forces one to...

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Tags: faith, trials

I am Rich

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

    What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matthew 16:26   Jesus spoke to his disciples about what it takes to follow him. It may involve suffering. Then he offers the alternative...

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Tags: jesus, life, money

Stay on Course

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24  Many people shy away from this passage because who wants to deny themselves anything and who wants to have to deal with their own personal...

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Tags: discipleship, priorities, trust

Answer the Question

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21  Every time I...

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Tags: faith, vision, visión

Be a Good Student

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

   Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 16:16-17  Today is the first day of...

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Tags: confession, learning

Answer the Question

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15       I know today is a holiday, but you need to answer this question. It is not academic; it is very personal. Yet, having the correct answer is a matter of life or death...

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Tags: confidence, faith, jesus

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