Prophecy Fulfilled

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 8:14-17 The gospels are full of stories about Jesus healing people from every sort of disease and affliction. But have you ever wondered why he did that? If so, listen to what Matthew says today. Here is a brief vignette from Jesus' public ministry recorded in Matthew 8:14-17. And when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began …

Amazing Faith

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 8:5-13 One of the most remarkable examples of faith in Jesus anywhere in the gospels is found in a most unlikely person — a Roman centurion. His story shows us the kind of faith that amazes even Jesus. As the 8th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew opens, Jesus has just completed his Sermon on the Mount. When he descends from the mountain where he has been teaching, Jesus encounters a leper, whom he promptly heals. Jesus …

Touched by Jesus

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 8:1-4 The first miracle described in the gospel of Matthew is an amazing demonstration, not just of Jesus’ power, but of his compassionate love. One of the most appealing of all Jesus’ many attractive qualities was his sympathy for suffering people. Most of us feel bad when we hear about someone who is experiencing great pain or trouble. Some of us might even try to do something to help. But very few of us are willing to …

Hearing, Talking, Doing

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 7:13-29 Jesus’ teaching is most fully expressed in his Sermon on the Mount, an appealing message that ends on an ominous note. Matthew offers us a snapshot of Jesus’ public ministry in a passage from the fourth chapter of his Gospel. And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching . . . and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread . . . And great …

Be Not Afraid

Rev. David Bast

READ : Luke 24:36-49 With the holidays passed and winter stretching ahead, it’s easy to feel a letdown, or maybe you’re anxious about what the coming year might bring. If that’s the case, God has a word for you today. Do you know what the most frequently repeated command in the Bible is? It’s “Don’t be afraid.” That’s not to say this is the most important command; it doesn’t quite match “Love the Lord your God” or “Love your neighbor …

The Song of Simeon

Rev. David Bast

READ : Luke 2:25-35 The Song that the aged Simeon sang as he held baby Jesus in his arms has served as a parting blessing for believers of all ages ever since. Christmas may be over, but I’m not ready to leave it just yet. I’d like to listen to one last Christmas song. It’s recorded in the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke. Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was …