Pray the Lord of the Harvest

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 9:37-38 Biblical Christians realize that Christ has commissioned us to do something about a world of lost people. But we don’t always remember that the first thing he told us to do is pray. When I first visited New Delhi a number of years ago, I noticed a large electronic display next to a major road intersection. Each day as I traveled to the meeting place I passed by the All-India Medical Institute, where a large clock …

The Compassion of Jesus

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 9:35-36 Your response to the world’s suffering depends on what you force yourself to notice. Thankfully when Jesus looks at a lost world, feels compassion, and then does something. In the ancient world, compassion was in short supply. It was rare enough in the everyday world of people, but it was virtually unknown as a divine attribute. As a rule the gods of Greece and Rome were heartless, cold, and indifferent to human suffering. And people followed …

The Blind and the Mute

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 9:27-34 When Jesus walked the earth the lame walked, the deaf heard, the blind saw and the mute sang for joy. Miracles were signs and clues to Jesus’ true identity. And for us, they are previews of the future. One of the most beautiful poems in the Bible is found in the 35th chapter of the book of Isaiah. Isaiah sings of the miraculous beauty that will blossom in dry and empty places when God comes to …

Life for the Dead

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 9:18-26 What Jesus did one day for a little girl who had died, he will do on a grander, more permanent and glorious scale on the last day for all who belong to him. During the first century A.D., when the Christian faith was being introduced into the world, a number of different belief systems were vying for people’s allegiance. One of the philosophies that appealed to many people in the ancient world was known as Stoicism. …

A Question of Fasting

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 9:14-17 What should be a Christian’s attitude toward the religious rule and spiritual practices that some say we ought to observe? Jesus’ teaching helps us consider that. Is Christianity a religion? That may sound like a question with a rather obvious answer, but the fact is that people often assert that Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship. In fact, I’ve said that very thing myself. It’s a way of stressing an important truth, namely, that authentic …

In the Garden

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 20:1-16 Today all over the globe Christians by the hundreds of millions are gathering for worship and greeting one another with the words, “Christ is risen!” This is our witness to the world. Somewhere in the western Pacific, a group of believers gathered and watched the sun peak over the rim of the eastern horizon and held the first Easter sunrise service of 2008. Hour by hour as the world has rolled onward into each successive time …