The Good Shepherd

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 18:12-14 Do you ever feel lost? It isn’t unbelievers who feel lost; in fact, they scoff at the notion. Feeling lost is actually the first step in coming – or coming back – to faith. “Lost” is a word people don’t use much today, at least in its spiritual sense. It even sounds almost crude and embarrassing today to refer to people as “lost sinners,” doesn’t it? Even in the church we don’t talk as much as …

The Power of Influence

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 18:6-9 Have you ever thought about the power of your influence? Jesus said some pretty sobering things about the way we can influence others, especially if we influence them toward bad things rather than good. We would do well to listen to him. I want to think with you today about the power of influence. Not everyone has power, but everyone does have influence. You may not have much money or fame or authority, but you do …

Like a Little Child

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 18:1-4 When is the last time you were converted? The Christian life begins with conversion – turning to Christ in repentance and faith. But when it comes to being converted, once is not enough. When is the last time you were converted? The Christian life begins with conversion – turning to Christ in repentance and faith. But when it comes to being converted, once is not enough. I was once in a group meeting where I was …

St. Peter’s Fish

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 17:22-27 Has Jesus Christ set you free? What from? What for? Christians have been set free from keeping the law as a means of earning salvation. But the crucial question is whether we use our freedom for self indulgence, or to help and serve others. In his 1520 treatise on The Freedom of the Christian, Martin Luther wrote these famous words: “A Christian is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian is …

A Little Faith

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 17:14-20 Have you ever thought that God could feel frustrated? With God, it doesn’t take a lot of faith to do great things for God. But our unbelief makes him impatient! Jesus, together with his three closest disciples, Peter, James, and John, has just been up on the Mount of Transfiguration. It was a shining moment – literally. Jesus’ entire appearance was transformed, and he radiated dazzling light as the inner reality of his divine nature was …

The Transfiguration

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 17:1-8 Who is Jesus Christ, and what should we do about him? For one brief, shining moment during Jesus’ earthly life, the glory of his divine nature was clearly seen by his followers. It was a mountaintop experience. Listen to one of the most mysterious and awe-inspiring episodes in the whole gospel: After six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he …