Preacher: Pastor Arturo Mendez 06/28/2020   St. Matthew Lutheran Church of WestfieldTheme: “Lift High you Cross”May the peace and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ abound in each one of us! Amen!Are you willing to carry your cross and follow Jesus? Are you willing to cause division, because of Jesus within your family members?  Are you even willing to lose your life for Jesus?Take a little time, and let's do a self-examination on these questions.It is very interesting what the book of Matthew tells us in the gospel reading. It tells us about the fact that Jesus has not come into the world to bring Peace, but a sword. It is interesting the words that Jesus is saying here to his disciples and to us today. Although it is true, that Jesus in the gospel of John 14: 27 speaks of the Peace that he gives us , but not the one that the world offers. Because his peace is beyond what the world gives. His peace comforts our souls. However, He urges us that our hearts should not be troubled much l…
Sermon 04-19-2020
Rev. Arturo Mendez
John 20: 19-30

Peace and grace from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be whit you always 

     Jesus Appears to His Disciples 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
I can't imagine the fear of Jesus' disciples after known that he had been crucified,  for they, too were in danger with the same fate, for they were being persecuted, the Disciples were gathered on Sunday the first day of the week, behind closed doors. They were present alone ten of the disciples of Jesus . Judas the Iscariot and Tomas were not with them, suddenly Jesus appears in their midst and imparts is Blessing of peace to…