Crowds brought Him their sick for healing. Herod, on the other hand, was hostile toward Jesus. The religious leaders, the Pharisees & Sadducees, persecuted the Christ, they wanted Him dead. So many different reactions to Jesus.
In our passage today, we hear from...read >>
Finally, the Messiah returns to His own, back to Jewish territory. But He wouldn't be there long before the religious were back in His face again.
What sad state. The long awaited Messiah had come for His own, and, yet, they rejected Him, in preference for their...read >>
Are you someone with a disability? Do you know someone with a disability? How about someone with a deadly disease? Do you know anyone who needs healing, who needs hope? Who doesn't?!
For some, even the topic makes them nervous, finds them fleeing the scene in fear,...read >>
As we would expect again this week, Matthew continues his mission of revealing to his biological, Jewish brethren that the Jesus they'd rejected to the Cross really was & is the long-awaited Promised Messiah.
Behind just a couple of short verses this morning stands...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 >>
As we work through the Gospel according to Matthew, it is good for us to remind ourselves regularly the mission he is on, what he is seeking to accomplish: to reveal Jesus the Messiah to his biological brethren, to the Jews who had rejected their Messiah.
But, if...read >>
In our passage today, Matthew continues his mission of revealing Jesus the Messiah to his lost family and friends. Like many today, they can get caught up in their religion, but completely miss the Christ.
Today's few verses serve as almost a summary statement, a...read >>
In an effort to accuse Jesus, the religious leaders find themselves condemned again by their own self-righteousness. "Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath?" What sort of question is that?
As we saw last week, God commanded rest for His people, a day of worship &...read >>
In Matthew 10, Jesus said, "Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven."
Have you acknowledged Jesus before men? Have you...read >>
Over the last several sections of Scripture, Matthew has revealed Jesus' supreme authority over the Law, over disease, over distance, over nature.
Last week, after calming the wind & seas, the disciples were left fearful & questioning: "What sort of man is this?"...read >>
"He took our illnesses..."? Really? Then why am I still sick? What of the thousands of Christians and non-Christians who will die this year of cancer? Does He not care for them? Is there something wrong with their faith?
Join us in Matthew's testament of the Good...read >>
Solitary confinement has got to be one of the most miserable living situations. Being quarantined, isolated, alone for any length of time wears out our lives.
God designed us as social creatures, needing, benefiting and enjoying life together.
The life of a leper,...read >>
This sermon asks the question, Why is the ark of God's covenant in heaven portrayed as it is in Revelation 11.19
We will survey Old Testament passages touching on the creation of the ark of His covenant: Manna, Aaron's staff, the grumbling & rebellious chosen...read >>
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 >>
Matthew continues his proclamation of Good News, primarily to his Jewish born brothers & sisters.
This week Matthew tells of another angelic visit to father Joseph in a dream: "flee to Egypt, for Herod is about to search for the Child, to destroy Him." So how would...read >>
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What a gift God has given us in His Word. Pray fervently, as we begin this new series, for the grace to know, believe, and live accordingly. Eternal Life is knowing God & the Son whom He has sent. Do you...read >>
Crowds cheered as their Messiah entered His city. "Finally, our King has come to lead us out of Roman oppression, our own exodus."
Indeed, their Messiah had come, but the oppression of sin is what He came to lead them out of. blinded by their own desires and...read >>
Who is Jesus? As simple a question as it might sound, there have been a myriad of answers provided through the years. In the name of (false) "unity," we often over-simplify what we mean by "belief in Jesus." Jesus who? Which one? The Muslim's Jesus? The Mormon's...read >>
Almost everything we believe is based on the testimony, the authority of another.
John the Witness has written his Gospel that we might believe. He has written of his life experience with Jesus, that we might have life in Jesus' name.
Honestly, do you have life in...read >>
Isaiah saw what we must see. The effect of what he saw? "Woe is me for I am a man of sin..." Humility, an awareness of his sin, and, therefore, repentance: a turning to the Lord of mercy and grace... in other words: SALVATION!
So what was it that Isaiah saw? What...read >>
Ever looked for your glasses for twenty minutes or so only to pass by a mirror and notice them on your head? Missing the obvious is something the religious leaders struggled with in Jesus. The claims He made, the miracles, the teaching... only to fall on deaf ears...read >>