Shortly after an amazing Feeding of Five Thousand, in today's passage Jesus has to make His men get in a boat and get out of town while He deals with the dismissal of the crowd. To the disciples, things were going swimmingly! Why would Jesus want to leave His voters...read >>
* CORRECTION: around 8:50, "his boss' WIFE" should have been "his boss' DAUGHTER"
How free are you? The Word says we're only as free as the sin we're free from. Are you free from the bondage of sin, the lure of pride, the suck of self, the lust of...read >>
Ever questioned God's call upon your life? Our doubt can be a bit embarrassing. After all, "faith" has to do with confidence in Christ and in His Word. But doubt is just the opposite. Why do we doubt? And what can be done about it?
Join us today's sermon on the...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 >>
In today's passage, Matthew continues his mission of revealing for his Jewish brethren that Jesus really is their Messiah.
So far, Matthew has shown how Jesus has lived up to all the old prophecies about their coming Messiah: His genealogy; His virgin birth; His...read >>
Completely surprised. That seems to be the reaction of those who hear Jesus declaration in Matthew 7.23: "Depart from Me, I never knew you."
Why? How can we make sure we won't? What are the main causes of self-deception? How do we ensure we aren't self-deceived?...read >>
How long have you lingered under the crushing weight of guilt?
Does there remain any unconfessed failures or grievances against others that our enemy clouds out Christ with?
If God loves you—and you know He does—He will lovingly, but often painfully, surface...read >>
As a young man, Joseph dreamed God would put him in a place of authority over and above his siblings, and even his parents. And this would be for their good, no matter how much the news irritated his family when he told them.
At 17, his brothers had had enough of...read >>
Sometimes the ugliness of sin is nearly unbearable. But the reality of its presence in any one of us is so persistent, so real, ever lurking and knocking at our doors that we had better pay close attention.
It is amazing how quickly we can turn from saints to...read >>
After 20 years of separation from his death-threatening brother, Jacob panics like it was yesterday when he hears that Esau and a few hundred of his closest friends are heading his way to meet him in the wilderness.
Jacob rightly turns to his Deliverer, schooling...read >>
It was another hot, dry day under the oaks of Mamre when three strangers visit Abraham's tent. 99 can move pretty quick when divine visitors show up! At Abe's request--but clearly the Lord's intent--Abraham provides a communion meal of cakes, curds, and a young calf...read >>
What is your hope to stand before the all-knowing, all-righteous, all-powerful God? That's heavy!
Abram stands before Him in today's passage... but rather than running from God because of his doubts & concerns, Abe runs to God, confessing them and requesting help....read >>
Unity is a great thing. According to John 17.21, it can make all the difference in whether or not the world believes in Jesus.
Yet, unity isn't everything. We can be united in all kinds of godless fronts. God is supreme, not man; therefore what unites us is more...read >>
Let's face it, we all hate sin. It's embarrassing, shameful and humiliating. Whether sinner or saint, no one likes to be made a fool, or, more likely, reveal their own foolishness.
Sin heightens our awareness to God's power & wrath, and, therefore, we all run from...read >>
How powerful is guilt in and over your life? regret? betrayal? denial of your Lord?
Our fears and failures deeply impact our faith (or lack thereof).
Join us today as Jesus meets His disciples in the middle of their fear, denial, and failures. What would the King...read >>
The sorrow of His death is swallowed up by joy in His resurrection; therefore, pray for His praise!read >>
A bit of a transition passage in store today. We start in Bethany, move to Ephraim, and back to Bethany... just when the fire is hottest and Jesus is in the middle of it!
At first glance, it look as though King Jesus may be on the run from fear of losing His life....read >>
Can you think of a reason to celebrate? I don't know... turning 40? 15th anniversary? "Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win!"?
No doubt there are lots of reasons to party, but few as noteworthy as the Sabbath day celebration that should have been...
"Should have been"?...read >>
When are you most tempted to sin? most tempted to act as if God was no where to be found?
Maybe it's in the dark,or when you are completely alone, or afraid.
For others of us, the strongest temptation can come just after a ministry high... after having served...read >>
Ever just needed to know that God really is there? really involved in your life? that He really is aware of what you're going through, of what your needs are? that He is near and not hiding from you?
In today's sermon from John 1.35-51 we see a very interesting...read >>