The Bread of Life

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 14:13-21 Do you know what it means to eat the bread of life? Jesus’ most popular miracle – the only one recorded in all four gospels – was the feeding of the 5,000. Why did he do that? Bread is one of the most important inventions in human race. I don’t know if you’ve ever thought of …

A Prophet Without Honor

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 13:53-58 Is it possible to be too familiar with Jesus? Matthew tells about an incident where Jesus went home again, only to find that his old friends and neighbors were unimpressed with him. In their case, familiarity bred contempt. Don’t let that happen to you. Had he done nothing else in all his public life but speak, …

The Pearl of Great Price

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 13:44-46 What does it profit you if you gain the whole world and forfeit your life? Is there anything in the world that’s worth the price of your soul? Jesus’ parable of the Pearl of Great Price urges us to take a much wiser approach to the way we invest our lives, and the return we expect …

The Mustard Seed

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 13:31-33 How does the church grow; how does God’s kingdom come? Jesus’ parable of the Mustard Seed offers us a clue about the way God’s work advances in the world. Hint: it doesn’t happen the way most people expect it would. Just once I would like to hear an introduction for a Christian speaker that went something …

Wheat and Weeds

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Where does evil come from? The problem of evil is age-old, and one of the biggest struggles for faith. Why is so much wrong in God’s good world? What should we do about it? Jesus answers both those questions by means of a parable – but his answers may provoke more questions for you. If …