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Author: Thomas Frank

  • Day 265 – Sins of Omission

    Day 265 – Sins of Omission

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read two parables. The parable of the wise virgins teaches us the importance of being prepared. Oil is a symbol of the virtues that we should be developing in our lives. The next parable of talents tells us that we must use what we have been given and not return […]

  • Day 264 – Preaching Without Practice

    Day 264 – Preaching Without Practice

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read the Pharisees and scribes are not happy with the way everyone is supporting Jesus. They are concerned about his teachings and their political ramifications of them. In the parable of the wedding feast, a king invites certain people to the feast for his son, but some make excuses for […]

  • Day 263 – The Father’s Generosity

    Day 263 – The Father’s Generosity

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about temptation. Jesus does not want us to mame ourselves but he wants us to remove what is tempting us or making us sin. That could be a computer or smartphone. The parable of the lost sheep rejoices over the repentance of a sinner and then the righteousness of […]

  • Day 262 – Miracle Worker

    Day 262 – Miracle Worker

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about more miracles from Jesus. He fed five thousand and four thousand people with leftovers. Just as the prophets Elijah and Elisha did, Jesus is feeding the hungry with food. Simon Peter shows great faith by believing that he can do what Jesus is doing. That is not humanly […]

  • The Sad State of Portland

    The Sad State of Portland

    Portland. City of Roses. City of Protests. City of Empty Streets, empty sidewalks, empty storefronts. Here are my images from walking around a couple of blocks in the downtown central business district. This was the premier place to be. Full of shops, culture, unique stores, and people. Take a look at it today. Boarded up. […]

  • Day 261 – Ornate Souls

    Day 261 – Ornate Souls

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read from Matthew that those who have been baptized have been brought into the kingdom of heaven. This brings us to be the sons and daughters of the Father. Baptism gives us the Holy Spirit and we can call out to God as our Father and know that we are […]

  • Day 260 – Carrying the Cross

    Day 260 – Carrying the Cross

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read that Jesus heals the paralytic by telling him that his sins were forgiven. Another woman is healed by touching Jesus’ garment. This shows his healing power and divinity. He heals the physical and mental illnesses. He is able to set people free from their demonic possession. He forgives people […]

  • Day 259 – The Sermon on the Mount

    Day 259 – The Sermon on the Mount

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about Jesus going up mountain to preach the Law. He is also planning a new pilgrimage from slavery to freedom. He tells the people he did not come to abolish the Law or Prophets but he came to fulfill them. Sinful actions are sinful and a sign of a […]

  • Exile Recap

    Exile Recap

    The time of Exile is the lowest part of Judah’s history. Three waves of deportations took people to Babylon. The king of Babylon is selective about who he deports. He only wants the young, educated, and strong. Those that will be useful to him. Daniel is a talented man who knows the voice of God […]

  • Day 258 – The Kingdom is Here

    Day 258 – The Kingdom is Here

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we start the book of Matthew. We start off with the genealogy of Jesus. This is a bit different as it includes four women. In those days they were not mentioned. This genealogy firmly links Jesus to the line of David from the old testament. The people of Israel have been […]