Practicing Piety in Front of People

(MatthewThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » 6:1-6, 16-21)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

Eagle Rock Lutheran ChurchThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »

Los AngelesCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... », Ca“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »

Ash Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Introduction

booker-t-washington-quotes-2The renowned black educator, ProfessorWhat is Life?. Read more ... » Booker T. Washington, shortly after he took over the presidency of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, was walkingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » in an exclusive section of townJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » when he was approached by a womanJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». Not knowing the famous Professor Washington by sight, she asked if he would like to earn a few dollars by chopping wood for her.

Because he had no pressing business at that timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », Washington smiled and agreed. He rolled up his long sleeves, and proceeded to do the humbleThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » chore she had requested.

When he was finished“It is Finished!”. Read more ... », he carried the logs into the houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » and stacked them by the fireplace. A girl in the house recognized him, and later revealed his identity to the ladyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ».

The next morning the embarrassed woman went to see Professor Washington in his office at the Institute, and apologized profusely.

It’s perfectly all right, Madam,” he replied. “Occasionally I enjoy a little manual labor. Besides, it’s always a delight to do something for a friend.”

She shook his hand warmly and assured him that his meekThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » and gracious attitude had endeared him, and his work to her heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ».

Not long afterward she showed her admiration by persuading some wealthy acquaintances to join her in donating thousands of dollars to the Tuskegee Institute (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Professor Washington did not brag his position as presidentThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... », but he remained humble even in time like that.

JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » reminded his disciplesThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... », “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” (v.1).

There are three teaching that Jesus taught his disciples: teaching on alms, prayerThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... », and fastingProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ».

1. Teaching on Alms (vv. 2-4).

Alms is eleemosune in Greek“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », and it means compassionateness as exercised towards the poorLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... », or beneficence, or concretely a benefaction, or deeds. So when we are helping the poor, when we are feedingPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » the hungryThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » and the homeless, when we are giving donations, make sure that we are doing them for the sake of compassionPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » or loveThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... ».

The ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » Paul was right when he wrote to CorinthiansThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... », “Even if I give away everything that I have and sacrifice myself, but have no love, I gain nothing” (I Cor.13:3).

2. Teaching on Prayer (vv. 5-6).

Jesus taught his disciples to prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » with honesty and humilityThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... ». Let me cite two samples of prayers based on Jesus’ storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » in LukeGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » 18:11-14,

“The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, ‘O God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—thieves, dishonest people, adulterers, or even this tax collector.

“I fast twice a week, and I give a tenth of my entire income.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even look up to heaven. Instead, he continued to beat his chest and said, ‘O God, be merciful to me, the sinner that I am!’

“I tell you, this man, rather than the other one, went down to his home justified, because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Rightful prayer must be with humility and honesty. It means we are not bragging our achievements, our honors and rewards, but we are lifting to GodIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » our weaknesses and our needs since God knows our heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... ».

3. Teaching on Fasting (vv. 16-18).

Nesteuo means abstaining from eating food for religious“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » reason. You may skip a meal or meals, but it may not be fasting, it may be purely abstinence or hunger strike like what our activists are doing when they want to forceHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » their motive and will to authorities. We also do abstinence for medical reasons. Our audience in fasting is our God while in hunger strike is other human beings. The motive of fasting is to make ourselves weak physically in the sight of God, so that we might become stronger in spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ».

Conclusion

In the last three verses of our passage, Jesus says, “Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But keep on storing up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal, because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt. 6:19-21).

These passages seem to say that in order to store treasureA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » in heavenThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » we need to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » alms, prayer and fasting, but we must not show them off to the people around us but instead show them to our God.Samuel_Morse_1

The telegraphs was developed in the 1830s and 1840s by SamuelGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » Morse (1791-1872), and other inventors. It revolutionized long distance communication. It worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations.

Samuel Morse also developed a code (bearing his nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », Morse Code) that assigned a set of dots and dashes to each letter of the English alphabet, and allowed for the simple transmission of complex messages across telegraph lines.

In 1844, Morse sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » his first telegraph messageDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... », from Washington, D.C., to BaltimoreThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », Maryland. The content of the first telegraph is the following: “What hath God wrought” which comes from NumbersJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » 23:23 and in the new version it says “What has God accomplished.” By 1866, a telegraph line had been laid across the Atlantic Ocean from the U.S. to Europe.

Samuel Morse once asked if he ever encountered situations where he didn’t knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » what to do.

Morse responded, “More than once, and whenever I could not see my way clearly, I knelt down and prayed to God for light and understanding.”

Morse received many honors from his invention of the telegraph but felt undeserving: “I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone, and He was pleased to reveal it to me” (historyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... ».com; sermonillustrations.com).

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Today is Ash Wednesday. We comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to the altar to put signThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » of the crossThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » on our foreheads. This will symbolize our humility before God and we confess that we can do nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » without his inspiration, illumination, blessingWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » and powerThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... ». This also reminds us that “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Gen.3:19).

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