Very excited to tackle this chapter this week….I struggled with calling the title of this week’s reminder blog…”Hatred and Doubt”.
Ironically enough, my church pastor gave a sermon last week on Matthew, the “hated” tax collector. You’ll be reminded as you read this week of Jesus telling his disciples, “Hey, we’re going to hang with Matthew…and, in fact, we’re going to have dinner with his cohorts and him at Matthew’s home…”
In Chapter 8 this week, “Matthew–The Tax Collector; and Thomas–The Twin” will close out this second group of four with these other lesser-known men. We meet Matthew, perhaps the most hated sinner before his conversion and “Thomas, the Pessimist.” The insights into Thomas’ desperate love for Jesus help us understand that his pessimism was a courageous pessimism, and his moniker, “Doubting Thomas”, is actually quite a bit unfair.
So we have a hated man…and we have another with serious doubts of Jesus’ teaching. Still scratching your head on how Jesus formed his band of merry men?
John Ramey leads us this week. Seriously, could I build up this Friday’s FMMF with any more excitement?
Gather at 7:30 am at the Cornwell Center. John kicks things into gear at 7:45 am.
Have a great rest of the week!