An Example to Follow

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : John 13:1-17 The story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in the Upper Room on the night before he died is more than just an interesting incident. It is both highly instructive and greatly challenging to those of us who claim to be his followers. This is the story of one of Jesus' last acts on earth. It's told in the 13th chapter of the Gospel of John. During supper, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all …

Good News for the World

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Acts 10:34-43 The gospel means “Good News.” By listening to the content of the apostle’s preaching as reported in the book of Acts, we can understand why the early Christians chose this word to describe their message. The story of how the gospel reached a Roman soldier named Cornelius is a good example.       There is an interesting character named Cornelius whom we meet in the pages of the New Testament book of Acts. Cornelius was …

Waste Management

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Matthew 26:6-13 There’s a story in Bible about a woman who just a couple of days before Jesus’ death did a beautiful thing for him. Would you be interested in learning how you might be able to do the same sort of thing? Picture this scene. Jesus has been teaching each day in the temple courtyard, which is thronged with crowds of pilgrims who are in Jerusalem for the annual celebration of the Feast of Passover. But Jesus …

The Coming Judgment

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Matthew 25:31-46 Few of the themes of New Testament teaching are less popular today than the idea of a coming judgment, but if we are interested in the teaching of Jesus, then we had better listen to what he says on this subject too. Samuel Johnson once observed, I remember that my Maker has said that he will place the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on his left. That is a solemn truth which this …

The Great Reversal

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Matthew 19:30 Every day we are bombarded with messages about what to buy, what to think about, whom to admire, but the message of Jesus is that the world’s ideas about winners and losers, success and failure, are not the same as God’s ideas. Jesus often said things that are not obvious to understand or easy to accept. We call these the hard sayings. There is one hard saying that Jesus stated over and over again. In fact, …

Turning from Jesus

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : John 6:53-69 You probably know that during the course of his ministry on earth Jesus Christ attracted many followers who were drawn by his wonderful teaching and also by the miraculous signs that he performed, but those same things also drove many away. What will they do for you? Some years ago I picked up a book entitled The Hard Sayings of Jesus. As you may know, there are quite a few. Jesus said some of the most …