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 >>
As we worked through last week's passage, discovering God's deign & intent for permanence in our marriages, all kinds of questions arose in the minds of many. Even as Jesus' disciples heard the truth, they too came away with a weighty question & conclusion: "If such...read >>
Has anyone ever wronged you, felt bad about it after a while, sought your forgiveness, reconciled the friendship, only to turn right around and wrong you again? Well, you're not alone. Truth be told, how else should we really expect things to operate in this very...read >>
In today's passage the attacks on Jesus, His men and His ministry are taken to a new level. But Jesus doesn't mince words in His response to His accusers. He exposes their hypocrisy with simplicity and potency.
What has the Lord's opponents up in arms? Have one of...read >>
Today we begin a five week study of the heart cry of the reformation. The fathers of the protestant reformation did not set out to define the 'five solas'. These pillars of our faith were more like embers taken from the ashes that were there all along; they set fire...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 >>
Today we continue our series on the Gospel according to Matthew. On a mission to convince his biological brethren than Jesus truly is the Messiah, Matthew attests to yet another prophecy fulfilled by Jesus. This time, however, it isn't met with a lot of joy &...read >>
Ever feel like you're on a religious roller coaster? Sometimes up, sometimes down. If so, could it be that you're on the wrong ride?
In today's passage, the Lord Jesus depicts a frightful state: demonic repossession worse than before. Perhaps you or someone you...read >>
Having denounced cities and "this generation" for their unbelief, Jesus proclaims peace & rest to those who turn from sin, trusting in Him. Are you one of those? If so, why have you come to Christ? Perhaps you were raised in the church, were baptized as an infant,...read >>
To be salvaged from sin we must see our Savior. May God grant the grace required to do so, that we may have Centurion-like eyes & heart, confident of Christ's identity, submitting everything to His authority & care.
Join us today in Matthew's testimony of the Good...read >>
How's your prayer life? Could it stand some improvement? Whose couldn't?!
Are your prayers being answered? Why not?
Ever wondered what might be wrong with your prayer life? Through Christ, His disciples have been given a direct line to the Most High! So why don't...read >>
"I know we're supposed to forgive everyone their sin against us, but..."
Ever heard or said that before? If we only realized what it reveals about the heart that holds tighter to sin that to its Savior.
So, is Jesus teaching a salvation by works here? That God's...read >>
If you were asked, "What's the purpose of God's grace?" what would your answer be? Do you know why God looks upon the Church with His undeserved favor? The answer from today's text might surprise you.read >>
Are you merciful?
Unless the Lord has graciously walked you through each of the preceding Beatitudes... unless you've seen the depravity of your spirit, your inability to measure up to God's standard or even uphold your own... unless you've mourned the reality of...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?
Are you honest about your past? Jesus is. He knows it all: past, present & future.
Matthew is on a similar mission of exposing the reality of your sinful past, present & future. Well, not just yours, but mine, and even his own, and lots of other people's too!
So now what? That's pretty much what the crowds asked Peter after his sermon on Pentecost. Convicted by the Gospel--remember, that means they were convicted by Good News--crowds came under conviction of sin and couldn't help but ask, "What should we do?" "Repent,...read >>
In the last three weeks of our Gospel Doctrine series we have:
1) met the I Am who is sovereign & supremely good above all, who has always been & ever will be;
2) learned that the I Am created us to behold Him, and, in beholding Him, to find our joy in Him, and,...read >>
Why does anything exist? Chances are, most of you know the reason. Don't discount that knowledge, my friend. Knowing all exists for the glory of God provides a view of the world that answers so many questions. Perhaps as you survey the canvas of human sin, the...read >>