Have you ever found yourself thinking, "I have nothing left to give." Burnout is real. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age or profession. This week's story, the miracle of the feeding of the multitude, appears in every gospel. (Twice in two of the gospels!) Even if you know this story well, you may not have considered the disciples' perspective in this passage. In Matthew's gospel, when the disciples are asked to get food for the crowd, their first words are: "We have
How big can a small seed grow? In Matthew 13, Jesus tells a short parable about a mustard seed, the smallest of seeds, which grows into a large bush or tree, big enough for birds to nest in its branches. From the tiniest of seeds grows something remarkable. Could the same be true with the small seeds we sow? What is the power of a quick hug, or a kind word, or a gentle and forgiving spirit? In other words, how big can a small seed grow? Hope you'll take a listen to this week'
Can you snap? You probably can. Most people can snap. What about snap judgments? Unfortunately, most of us are pretty good at that too. In fact, we may be making more snap judgments than ever before. The text for this week's sermon comes from the end of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus says, "Do not judge." But what does he mean? And is that even possible? Snap Judgments are so easy to make, and they seem to cost us nothing. But is that really true? How do snap judgements impac
It all started with a simple prayer almost 30 years ago now..."Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat." That little prayer gave birth to a big idea: "Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy?" (souperbowl.org) At Tyger River Presbyterian, we celebrate the Soupe