Just what did Jesus mean last week at the close of Matthew 19: "The last shall be first, and the first last"? Well, that's where we pick things up this week. How is it that the last are first, and the first last?
Our Lord employs a parable to make His point clear....read >>
It's only natural think that those who seem to have it made, those who seem to have everything they want & need... It's only natural to think they are the ones who are most "blessed" by God. But the Supernatural Son of Man says just the opposite. It's the wealthy...read >>
The first word of Jesus' Great Commission is "go". Go where? To all nations, of course. Isn't that what the rest of the passage says: "Go make disciples of all nations..."
When many Christians read those words they tend to think that such a command and commission...read >>
Well, what do you think about Matthew chapter thirteen? We've been walking through it now for eleven weeks together. Think you've go it? Think you understand it? Think you could teach it to others?
This is the sort of question Jesus poses to His disciples in our...read >>
"The Kingdom of Heaven is like..." How would you complete that sentence?
In today's passage, Jesus completes it for us: twice! The two parables have similarities, but also some key differences. Understanding those difference can help us understand His Kingdom & how...read >>
Have you had enough yet? Are you weary, tired, sick of sin & all of it's causes & causers? Are you ready for God to rid the world of evil, to crush all the wicked of the earth? If so, my friend, today's passage is just for you.
If you are able, grab a copy of God's...read >>
Matthew continues his mission in our passage today of revealing that Jesus really is Israel's long-awaited Messiah.
But try to imagine how hard that message may have been to receive for Jesus' original audience of onlookers & listeners. They'd grown up hearing...read >>
When you turn on the world news and see so much evil, darkness & sin seemingly running rampant, it's no wonder many wonder, "If there truly was an all-powerful, good God, would there really be so much evil in the world?" Christian, do you have an answer to their...read >>
Does your Christian "walk" feel more like a desperate dash for hope & peace?
According to Christ, John the Baptist was the greatest man ever born of woman. And yet even John had his doubts and misunderstandings as Jesus' Kingdom was beginning to come through his...read >>
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." -Hebrews 11.1
Do you have faith? Are you sure?
There are certain things that are easy to talk about, things we've seen, enjoyed or experienced. Witnesses are called on in court...read >>
It's a family affair. Our Father in heaven means to make followers of Jesus Christ: sinners, saved by grace, lives that are being transformed into the glorious likeness of His Son, the sinless Savior.
Are you all in? Are you all in His family? What role do you...read >>
This week we take another, more practical look at Jesus' Sermon On The Mount. What would He have us do with all of this information, and how?
He love us enough to get practical, to expose to us the Way, Truth & Life, to command us to Him, and to show & enable our...read >>
How's your prayer life?
It is so hard to pray when we're confused about the One we're praying to.
If He is God, and in control of all things, then what's the point in praying? Whatever He wants is going to happen anyway, right?
Wrong! ...and right.
Join us today...read >>
In today's sermon we will review the first section of Jesus' Sermon On The Mount.
We begin with a question: "Where does Life in God's Kingdom begin?" If we aren't aligned with King Jesus at the start, by the time He is through with His first section, we should be....read >>
We'll never convince the world of their need for Jesus without knowing & living the reality of our need for Him ourselves.
There are so many, many promises in Jesus' sermon on the hillside. However, few Christians today actually experience them? Why not?
Jesus said that a tree is known by its fruit. Most certainly He could say the same of Himself!
In this week's section of chapter four, Matthew continues his ministry & mission of making Christ known, revealing His identity as the King, showing how--just as Isaiah...read >>
Isn't it nice to be in control of God? You know, only letting Him into the areas of our lives that we're inclined to share with Him. "I mean, come on... Surely we've got to keep some things to ourselves, right? How else can I maintain my identity? I've got to be Me,...read >>
Ever swung a sword? For most of us these days, probably not! But, in our passage this week, Jesus certainly does, and fully intends for us to take His Sword and swing away, too!
If you've been in the family of the Lord for any length of time, you know that we have...read >>
Why is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence?
"If I were a real Christian, wouldn't waters part for me like they do for everyone else?"
"Wait a minute, that guy's not even a Christian, yet look at how well his life is going?"
The Lord's Prayer. You've probably got it memorized, have said it hundreds of time, but do you have any idea what it means? what you're asking?
As we continue considering the core aspects of walking faithfully with Christ, of our sanctification, being set apart...read >>
Are you living on mission with the Lord? Do you even know what His mission is? It's a battle, that's for sure... chalked full of kingdoms, barricade walls, city gates, occupied territory and one strong enemy. But, there's hope for followers of Jesus: He who is in...read >>