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Thoughts for the Day

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

Thank You, God

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Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.   Matthew 16:11   Today I will bury a good friend and a mentor, Pastor Karl Fuhlbrigge. There is sorrow in death, but...

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Tags: grace, life, mentors

Keep Learning

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:5-6  The issue for the disciples was bread—they had forgotten to bring...

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Tags: faith, growing, spiritual matters

Read This Sign

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. Matthew 16:4  Jesus was insulted because people wanted him to prove himself to them. I wonder how I would feel if someone asked me to prove I am a pastor. Such a request is made...

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Tags: faith, god, proof

Lousy Spiritual Forecasters

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. Matthew 16:3   Jesus acknowledged that they could tell when it was going to rain, but then he said they were terrible at being able to see what God was doing among them. I am...

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Tags: listening to god

Be Careful

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. Matthew 16:1   I am all for asking God to give signs, but those signs should be to ease my weak mind about directions God would have me to take. (e.g. Show me a sign that I...

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Tags: faith, humility, respect

Miracle Workers

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  He (Jesus) took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. Matthew 15:36   Have you ever been part of a miracle? Don’t answer that one too quickly. I think most of us...

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Tags: faith, jesus, miracles

This is a Test

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

  Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” Matthew 15:32   This whole scene of thousands...

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Tags: compassion, faith

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