Ash Wednesday

March 1, 2017 Aaron Simms

Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  This is a season of repentance, and the traditional readings from Joel 2:12-19 and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 reinforce this theme.  In both texts there is a contrast […]

Transfiguration Sunday

February 26, 2017 Aaron Simms

After the Israelites were led out of their bondage in Egypt, the Lord had them go to Mount Sinai to receive the Law to show them how they were to live as His people.  Then, in Exodus 24, Moses took […]

The Feast Day of St. Polycarp

February 22, 2017 Aaron Simms

February 23rd is the Feast Day of St. Polycarp where his life and martyrdom is remembered. Polycarp was a friend of the Apostle John and of the early Church Father Ignatius.  In fact, Polycarp was appointed as the Bishop of Smyrna […]

Perfection – The Sermon on the Mount

February 19, 2017 Aaron Simms

In Matthew 5:38-48, which is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we find ourselves again talking about perfection.  This text culminates in Jesus’ statement, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  For how can we approach our […]

Suffering and Comfort

February 15, 2017 Aaron Simms

The following is a chapter from my book To the End of the Age.  There are three “guiding passages” from the Bible, followed by a discussion about how the theme of “suffering and comfort” relates to them. Guiding Passages Job 38:1-11 […]

Rely on Christ

February 12, 2017 Aaron Simms

We continue today with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:21-37).  Last Sunday we talked about perfection as we examined Matthew 5:13-20.  God’s Law demands perfection in all things.  It demands that we be holy as He is holy.  Jesus […]

Salt and Light

February 5, 2017 Aaron Simms

Matthew’s Gospel, beginning in chapter five, contains Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus begins with the Beatitudes where he says that blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, those who hunger and thirst for […]

My First Novel

February 1, 2017 Aaron Simms

My first novel is now available (Amazon print edition link, Kindle edition link).  By the way, if you have “Kindle Unlimited” from Amazon, then it should be free as part of that service. In the past, I’ve enjoyed reading novels […]

The Beatitudes

January 29, 2017 Aaron Simms

The beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 is called the Beatitudes. Jesus sat down to teach the crowds which were following him and said: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of […]

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