by Marvin D. Patterson

Can you see clearly?
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 16:1-12

The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mic, and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mic cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again.
After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered,"If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"

Six-year old Angie and her four-year old brother, Joel, were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang and talked out loud.
Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."
"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.
Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers."
A Sunday School class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was.
Susie raised her hand, stood tall and quoted, "Thou shalt not take the covers off thy neighbor's wife."


We are looking on Sunday Mornings at the life of Christ! We have traveled with Jesus back and forth across the Sea of Galilee, and now we see that Jesus has the spiritual leaders of Israel following Him to criticize and obstruct His ministry. Jesus has already said that they are blind leaders spiritually! They have eyes to see, but they do not have understanding to realize or to receive Jesus as Lord and Messiah! Now we are going to see the blindness of these religious leaders as they try to entrap Jesus again. If you will remember that Jesus has already proved many times that He is the Messiah. He has fed 5,000 men, and last week we saw that He fed 4,000 men. Only God could multiply the bread and fish and feed such a great multitude! Friends, I am glad that God is with us this morning, and regardless of how bad things get in our world, we know that Jesus is by our side to help ...

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