Always.. A House of Prayer

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 21:12-14 It was bedlam outside the Temple. So holy was the Temple that its center could only be entered by the high priest. Other courtyards were of varying degrees of exclusiveness, from the Courtyard of the Gentiles which non-Jews might visit to the Courtyards of the Israelites and the Priests where only some were welcome. An amazing building, it was a magnet to both the pious and impious alike. So the “American Express Agency” of that era …

Surprise!

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 25:31-46 With the exception of earthquakes, natural catastrophes can generally be forecast today. But not the Day of Judgment. Not only will the event surprise us. For many the verdicts rendered will be shocking! Note the startled reaction of two groups. The first is made up of those for whom daily acts of love have become so much a second nature that they never dreamed they were performing personal services to the King of Kings! “When did …

How Are Your Investments Doing?

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 25:14-30 In our retirement we are blessed with a larger income than we had anticipated. What shall we do with the surplus? I have wryly remarked that debts are easier to keep track of than assets! This parable which deals with investing centers not on the departing master, nor on his agents who were so richly endowed and successful. No. We are to focus on the one-talent man. Most of us identify with him! His type is …

Have You Checked Your Oil?

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 25:1-13 I’m old enough to remember when motor oil had to be changed every 1,000 miles. And you might expect an expensive overhaul after only 30,000! Today we don’t worry about oil levels much. Some manufacturers suggest changing every 7,500 miles and I have a car with 126,000 miles on it to which I don’t add a drop between changes! But we do need to be concerned about our “spiritual oil supply”! That’s what Jesus meant by …

He Will Return

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 24:3-8, 42-44 Others may debate the theories and details of Christ’s eventual return. We can only emphasize anew that He is coming back! What a comfort this was to Jesus’ first followers. They had been shaken by the response of the religious leaders to their Master’s revolutionary teachings. Those whom they had always trusted were rejecting Him. But He assures them that together they will be victorious. Despite periods of tribulation, He will come back to judge …

"Woe!"

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 23:1-8, 23-26 I don’t remember spankings from my childhood. But tongue-lashings I do! We dread the chastising tongue more than we do the rod! Jesus’ righteous anger surges forth in a series of “woes” directed at the religious leaders of His time. Why? First, their actions did not match their words. Do ours? We must practice what we preach. Second, they demanded precise keeping of the law. But they did not help their followers to do it. …