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Long long ago, in a place far far away...The world was broken, so God used Abraham to put it back together again.Yes, Abraham.Listen to this episode of the TSA-Napa podcast to understand why that was and how it matters to you right now, today.
Jesus and his followers were defeated, right?Jesus was arrested and had been abandoned by even his closest disciples.Peter, his second in command, had dropped the teaching of Jesus like a hot rock and then run and now was about to make that worse by cursing his former master and insisting that there had never been anything between themJudas, realizing what he had done, tried to find a way to make things better, but ends up lost in the darkness of his own soul instead.Can there be any victory from such a defeated group of people?Of course there can.--- Comments or questions? Post them here or email roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgWant to make a gift to help us help people in need? Need to make a donation before the end of the year? You can give here:  https://bit.ly/donateGVInterested in the podcast archiving our weekly messages? It's available at all your favorite podcast sites or directly from our host, here: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you!
When Matthew tells his story of the betrayal of Jesus it is Peter that he focuses on. Peter, not Judas. Oh, Judas gets his mention, but Peter's betrayal seem to have loomed larger in Matthew's reckoning. Perhaps because Peter's betrayal was so much closer to Matthew's own. At the time Jesus was arrested, they all failed him. Thank God for his grace and his love for us! Now, will we learn from what happened, or will we treat it like a nice story and assume that what Jesus said and did in this instance couldn't possibly mean we can or should do the same?Comments and questions are welcome, either by posting them here or by emailing roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.org.Donations to help us help the people of Nevada County, California are always appreciated! Gifts can be given here:  https://bit.ly/donateGVWant to hear more? Check out our archive of past messages and subscribe to get any new ones through your favorite podcast app or by visiting our host site. Look for The Shield Online here: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you.
Remember

Remember

2022-11-0634:57

The Passover meal was shared by family and tied people together in a sacred bond of unity and peace as they remembered the promises of God. Jesus and his followers celebrated this meal together on one particularly fateful night where they all pledged to remember the promises of God together.And then every one of them betrayed him.What happened at the last meal they would share together? The one that should have been a joyful celebration of the love of God for each of them? Join us today and hear the story for yourself. Because you want to remember this...Questions? Comments? Post them here or email roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgHelp us help others! Donate here:  https://bit.ly/donateGVListen to past episodes on our podcast: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineOr you can follow us on YouTube or through our Facebook Videos page!Grace and peace to you.
The Living Dead

The Living Dead

2022-10-3034:41

The great thing about the Bible is that there is so much in there. While many of the stories are inspiring and joyful, others are dark and horrifying. Some fill you with the excitement of the best action thriller movies you've ever seen while others are quieter, more introspective. But they all should help us fill in a picture of who God is and what he can do.Today we take a break from our journey through Matthew's story about Jesus to spend a few minutes in a filed filled with death and hopelessness until the breath of God turns death into new life.Comments or questions? Post them here or email roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgGot a dollar? How about five? Want to help feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and otherwise care for those who cannot care for themselves? You can help by making a donation to The Salvation Army. https://bit.ly/donateGVOur podcast archive is here: http://bit.ly/shieldonline but you can find The Shield Online through your favorite podcast app and we're on YouTube as well.Grace and peace to each of you.
That well-known 80's philosopher Blondie once described the Rapture by saying about a man from Mars: Now he's gone back up to spaceWhere he won't have a hassle with the human raceWhen Jesus teaches about the time when God's Kingdom will be fully realized, he uses some terms and ideas that some of his followers have taken to mean something VERY different than what had originally been intended. At no point does Jesus ever say that we're going to fly off to space to a special box seat where we'll get to watch the end of the world. But what he DID say is the sort of thing which should change our expectations and our actions. Questions or comments? Post them here or email roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.org or visit our in-person services (Sundays at 11:00 am in Grass Valley, CA)!Can you help us help others? https://bit.ly/donateGVCheck out our weekly teaching podcast! http://bit.ly/shieldonline or look for The Shield Online in your favorite podcast app!Grace and peace to each of you.
Q and A with Jesus

Q and A with Jesus

2022-09-1823:56

It's time to play everyone's favorite game: Q&A with Jesus!Today we will see three challengers take on the champion, trying to stump him with their questions and so avoid having to respond to his. Will they be successful, or will Jesus complete the challenge to win at the game's highest level?And what does any of that have to do with Four Children?Find out in today's exciting episode of Matthew's Gospel!This edition of Matthew's Gospel is brought to you by The Salvation Army's Grass Valley Corps, Captain Roger McCort presenting. If you have questions or comments, you can post them in the comments or email roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.org. If you can help support the work we do, please do! One way you can do so is by using this link to donate: https://bit.ly/donateGVPast episodes of our investigation into Matthew's book about Jesus, plus many other volumes from the Christian Bible, can be heard by subscribing to our podcast, The Shield Online, through your favorite app or by visiting our host site here: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you all this week!
Jesus Warning

Jesus Warning

2022-09-1134:21

There's something weird about the confrontation between Jesus and the chief priests in the Temple.The stories he tells are an indictment of the way they have been leading, but when you read them all as one piece, rather than picking them apart and teaching them one at a time, it doesn't sound so much like condemnation as it does like a plea for repentance. He's giving them a warning, not a reprimand. He's reaching out to them, not turning his back on them.He's not telling them they've missed their opportunity to enter the Kingdom of God. He's warning them that they could.Or at least, that's how I read it. I think it's how Matthew intended us to read it. What do you think? Join our conversation today!Questions or comments? Post them here or email roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgCan you help support our ministry to people in need? Give here: https://bit.ly/donateGVWant to hear more? Check out podcasts about the Gospel of Matthew or any of our previous series: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineWant to know more about being a part of the Kingdom of God? Reach out to me and we can talk about it.Grace and peace to you this week.
In his first three days in Jerusalem, Jesus acted out three living parables - three prophetic actions which point to the reign of God overcoming the rebellion of the world.Here's the thing: In spite of the very public and dramatic nature of these events, the people witnessing them may not have even noticed they occurred.Even though Jesus was declared king, initiated his reign, investigated and condemned corruption, showed the right way, and indicated that judgment was coming to bring justice and a new way of relating to God. For most, it all seemed kind of ordinary. We're going to pull back the curtain to catch a glimpse of what was really going on.Questions? Ask here or email roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.org.Can you help support us? https://bit.ly/donateGVWant to hear more? http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you this week!
Ignorance seeks leadership, power, and glory, says a modern commentator. A couple centuries back, Matthew Henry wrote that we are idiots when we ask for the glory of wearing a crown instead of for grace to bear a cross. Jesus said we need to forget about trying to be in charge and focus on being servants or, better, slaves, to others instead.What do you think you rule over? Should you rethink that?Questions, comments, and wild sputtering about the way I'm obviously misreading how Jesus said we should backstab our friends to get ahead in this life can be posted here or emailed to roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgDonations to support the work of The Salvation Army as we strive to meet human need without discrimination here in Nevada County, CA, can be made here: https://bit.ly/donateGVPodcasts of our messages can be found as The Shield Online at any major podcast archive or app, or by visiting our host site here: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you all.
Kingdom Keys

Kingdom Keys

2022-08-2132:06

Divorce and its aftermath? The place of children? What's in it for you? How do we measure our value?Sometimes we talk about our "worldview" and how that determines our actions.Sometimes Jesus told people things they didn't want to hear about God's view and how they needed to change their thinking.Isn't it great that God trusts you to make your own decisions?---What questions does this passage leave you with? Ask them here or email Captain Roger at roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgWorldly wealth won't buy your way into heaven, but it can be used to help those in need. If you want to help those in need, here's one way to give: https://bit.ly/donateGVWant to listen to or share our messages? We podcast them all through all the major hosting sites and through our home link: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you today, this week, and all through your life!
When NOT to Forgive

When NOT to Forgive

2022-08-1429:36

At what point is it okay to just tell someone to go to hell? You know, that point at which we decide that the things they have done or are doing are unforgivable. When we are ready to let them be cast into the burning pit?Good news! Jesus covered that with his disciples! He's given us clear guidance on exactly when it's okay to turn our backs on another person. The answer might surprise you. Does that sound click-baity? It probably is, but you'll have to listen to this week's message to find out for sure! Comments or questions? Post them here or email Captain Roger directly at roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgCan you help The Salvation Army help people in need? You can make a gift here: https://bit.ly/donateGVCurious about past messages or future ones? Find The Shield Online through your favorite podcast app or by visiting our podcast site: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you this week!
A Waste of Skin

A Waste of Skin

2022-08-0725:10

Who is the most valuable and who can we discount as unimportant? Who is loved by God and who is it okay for us to hate?That guy over there has always been a jerk to me, so it's okay for me to look down on him, right?This woman has caused a lot of evil to be done over the years. It's okay for me to distain her actions and consign her to the pits of hell, isn't it?This week we start to look at Matthew chapter 18, which tells us exactly how Jesus would answer all of these questions.Questions and comments are always welcomed. You can post them here or email Captain Roger for a more private exchange. roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgThe Salvation Army of Grass Valley helps dozens of people each week, but we can only do that with your help. If you are able to make a donation towards our ministry in Nevada County, CA, this link is one way you can do so: https://bit.ly/donateGVCurious about our other teaching times? Want to listen to our messages in a convenient podcast format? You can find The Shield Online through Apple, Spotify, Google, or your favorite podcast app, or directly through our Buzzfeed site here: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to each of you this week!
Faith in a Fish

Faith in a Fish

2022-07-3126:29

Once upon a time there was a man who was interested in taxes. Then Jesus did this thing that resonated with him and he realized that he never needed to pay taxes again and that he could choose to pay anyway.A thing like that is so crazy someone had to write it down so it wouldn't be forgotten. So he did.Comments or questions about today's message? Come see us in person at our Grass Valley service - 11:00 am every Sunday! Or drop your thoughts in the comments box here or email Captain Roger at roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.org for a more personal response.Can you help support the work of The Salvation Army? Maybe you're the fish who brings the coin we need. You can give online here: https://bit.ly/donateGVWant to hear more about how these ancient stories can change the way we do life for the better? Check out the podcast archive of our messages here: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you all!
Faithless Followers

Faithless Followers

2022-07-2431:28

Jesus left for a night and his disciples fell apart.We've all been there, right? Someone leaves you in charge of something and suddenly you feel lost, cast adrift, unable to remember or trust the things that you really DO know to be true and you just utterly lose faith that you can do anything at all.That happened to these guys.Then Jesus came back...Questions or comments can be posted here or emailed to Captain Roger at roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgDonations can be made online at https://bit.ly/donateGVInterested in other stories about Jesus or the Bible? Check out the messages we've posted in the past and make sure you get any we do in the future by subscribing at our podcast site or through your favorite podcast app. More information here: http://bit.ly/shieldonline
Get in Line!

Get in Line!

2022-07-1732:11

Remember that time when Jesus told Peter that he needed to get in line or get out? You don't? Perhaps you missed the real story of what was happening in Matthew 16 and 17. Don't feel too bad. You know who else missed it, at least at first? Peter. But you need to hear it now and understand it, because you're either going to follow Jesus into the Kingdom or you're going to act as if you're Satan and there is no other option.Comments and questions are always welcome! Post them here or email Captain Roger at roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgCan you help support the work of The Salvation Army in Nevada County, CA? Every dollar given here stays here and helps bring people from hungry and homeless to healthy and housed. You can give by traditional means or by using this link to our online donation site: https://bit.ly/donateGVCurious about other messages from TSA-GV? Looking for a good podcast to keep you entertained while you travel, jog, work out, or whatever? Or perhaps just a soothing voice to help you fall asleep at night? Check out our podcasts of all our previous messages! They're available from Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google, or any of your other favorite podcast sites or apps. Or use this link: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you all this week!
In today's passage, Jesus takes his followers into the very mouth of Hell to show them that there is no power which can keep chained those who God sets free. It's both a lesson and a command.You don't remember hearing this story? Your probably have, but without a little context to help us understand what was going on we all tend to skim over sections of Scripture or even forget them. This week we are focusing on the context of this story from Matthew 16.Got comments or questions? You can post them here or email Captain Roger at roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgWant to help support The Salvation Army? You can give here:https://bit.ly/donateGVInterested in other messages from our ministries? You can find current and previous messages on your favorite podcasting service or at http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you this week!
Gentile Dogs

Gentile Dogs

2022-07-0334:00

Who is in your tribe?Who is it right to feed and who should you turn away?Who do you wish would just go away because they are annoying you?I hope the answer to that last one isn't me! But even if it is, you should take a few minutes to watch this worship in study video about something Jesus did and who he did it for and what that did (and should still) mean for the rest of us who want to think we are trying to follow him.Questions or comments? Drop them below or email Captain Roger at roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgCan you help us meet the needs of the community we are planted in? All gifts go to help the people of Nevada County, CA, through the work of The Salvation Army here. Here's a link to our donation site: https://bit.ly/donateGVCurious about other messages about Jesus and what we can or should make of his teachings? You can find more in our video archive on YouTube or on Facebook or follow this link to our podcast site: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineGrace and peace to you all.
Offending Pharisees

Offending Pharisees

2022-06-260-1:0-1:0-1

We don't give Pharisees enough credit. The hearts of most of them were really in the right place as they tried to bring people closer to God through holy living. BUT...When your focus gets locked on one thing, you often forget or miss other things that are equally or even MORE important.Or so Jesus said to this group who came to question him.Questions or comments? We'd love to see them! Post them here or email Captain Roger at roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgSupport given through these links goes entirely to the work of The Salvation Army in Nevada County, CA. If you can help us as we help others, it is appreciated. Give here: https://bit.ly/donateGVMiss a teaching? Want to listen to a podcast instead of watching a video? You can find a collection of our messages recorded here: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineThanks for joining us today! Grace and peace to each of you.
Jesus Says You Can

Jesus Says You Can

2022-06-1933:02

You've heard this story a thousand times, but the way you've heard it is wrong. What you need to understand is that you can be everything God says you can - which is so much more than you are willing to believe, at least at first.Today we look at the story of Jesus walking on water and how Peter did this crazy thing where he got out of the boat when Jesus told him he could and then he was able to walk on the water too. And we're going to figure out if that means anything to us today or if it's just a nice story.Comments or questions are always welcome. Post them in the comments or email roger.mccort@usw.salvationarmy.orgWe help people in need throughout Nevada County, CA, with everything from food boxes to clothing to utility assistance to community service to just hanging out and sharing life together. Come and be a part with us or, if you can, make a donation to the cause. You can give here: https://bit.ly/donateGV or you can find more information here: https://grassvalley.salvationarmy.org/Want to hear more of our study messages? Need to catch up on one you missed? Check our podcast on any major podcast site or app (Search for The Shield Online) or by visiting our Buzzsprout site: http://bit.ly/shieldonlineThanks for joining us! Grace and peace to you this week.
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