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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 – …