Thomas . . . Doubt

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 20:19-29 Does doubt make you an unbeliever? Not if Thomas is any kind of disciple. In this brief series of programs during the season of Easter, we’re looking at the encounters between the risen Lord Jesus Christ and several of his followers. These happened during the forty-day period between Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and his ascension …

Mary Magdalene . . . Recognition

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 20:1, 11-18 How do you know Jesus is really alive? You can recognize his voice when he calls your name. Do you have any great ambition in life, some goal that drives you forward and keeps you striving to achieve it? For many that ambition would be making money. For others it’s athletic success, or political power, …

Jesus Glorified

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 12:23, 27-33 Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! As we celebrate the resurrection on this Easter Sunday, let’s think together about the full meaning of Jesus’ glory. I can still remember a conversation about faith that I had in junior high school with a classmate who claimed to be an agnostic. As I shared what …

The Triumphal Entry

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 21:1-11 What can we learn from the story of Palm Sunday? It would have been great to be part of the crowd that welcomed Jesus at his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But then, maybe not. Crowds are notoriously fickle. Listen to the story of Palm Sunday from Matthew’s gospel: Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and …

True Greatness

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 20:20-28 Be honest: would you like to be truly great? There is a price to pay for achieving greatness; everyone knows that. But unless we listen to Jesus, we might not know what that price really is. Here is a scene that unfolds in Matthew 20 as Jesus and his disciples are on the road to Jerusalem …