In our passage today, Jesus forces the question: "Am I worthy of Jesus?" Well, how would you answer that? Are you worthy of Jesus? What a weighty question! Is there any more important question you'll be asked today? No!
Last week we covered Matthew 10.33-39. But...read >>
"What sort of man is this?" That was the question that was asked of Jesus not long ago, and it's the very same question Matthew has been providing an answer for throughout his testament of God's Gospel.
On the heals of revealing to the Pharisees that God "desires...read >>
Having spent more than a year in The Sermon On The Mount, what is our state of union? Has the Son's faithful, clarifying exposition of His Father's Law stoked our spiritual pride: "We know more than them." Or, has the Righteous Words of the Son of Man humbled sons...read >>
Are you a "do-gooder"? Well, though culture likes to poke fun at those who are, the Scripture commands that we be, that we follow in the footsteps of our Leader who did and is doing the most good!
But, as we all know, there is a way of doing "good" that isn't good...read >>
After three painful beatitudes of diagnosis, causing us to look in and behold our brokenness, now the King of kings turns our attention forward. The first steps of healing were realizing our desperate condition and need for it, but with this fourth beatitude, our...read >>
Phil Heath. Ever heard of him? That would be Mr. Olympia 2014: big, strong, tall, muscular, the recipient of Earth's crown. Now consider Jesus' words in Matthew 5.5. Who does He say will inherit the earth? The meek.
As with the other beatitudes, meekness is one the...read >>
Are you humble, poor in spirit? How do you think of yourself standing in the presence of the Almighty? It's coming soon, you know.
In any other trip we take, the first thing we do is pack. But when beginning the trip into God's Kingdom, Jesus first points out the...read >>
His ways are not our ways. Just ask yourself, "Would I have written the Script like He did? God becomes man to save man from God... spends the majority of His life in a small hick-town, then the last three years being despised & rejected, ultimately to Roman...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 youâ€”and you know He doesâ€”He will lovingly, but often painfully,...read >>
There are so many pointers to Jesus in today's passage on the life of Joseph.
Joseph proves to be an amazing man of faith & godliness, one we should most certainly "follow as I follow Christ." The Lord exalts him to a position of authority in Egypt, and all nations...read >>
The first couple of sections of this chapter read like Abraham's obituary. God's plan to continue His covenant faithfulness is shifting from Abraham to his son, Isaac.
Various other details about Abraham's life are introduced here, including the addition of another...read >>
Are you married? Why?
Ironically, it isn't a question we think to much about before or after our marriages. "I mean, isn't the answer obvious?"
In today's passage we can see God's divine perspective on marriage: why He instituted it, what its main function is. It...read >>
Ever had God's plans not line up with your own? Perhaps it was a life-altering event, like the loss of a family member as happens to Abraham in today's passage. It certainly isn't without its tension. God made promises, but now the patriarch's family members are...read >>
Has the Lord ever faithfully yanked back on your chain? Perhaps He sovereignly let it out just far enough to remind you of your great need of Him, of your sin, bringing you to repentance again.
If that sounds familiar, you're in good company with father...read >>
All our pre-Christ lives are spent learning how to live by flesh, not by faith. But then Light breaks into our darkness: death must be unlearned, and Life must be learned!
So, in the process, what happens when flesh meets impossibility, worry and fear? Naturally,...read >>
Last week was tough for many of us. Realizing the reality of God's sovereign control over wind and waves, over death and life, over sickness and health can be humbling and discouraging when you're in the thick of it. But, truth be told, there is no better backdrop...read >>
When stuck in the mud with a bleak prognosis, O how tempting it is to say "Why me?" and compare ours to "greener grass".
Peter was tempted too, but his Good Shepherd wouldn't have it. Peter needed to learn to trust the Lord.
Jesus had a different plan for Peter...read >>
The older we get, the more important it becomes to "relearn" how to follow Jesus from a childs perspective.read >>
"Overcomer" Isn't that just what the Jews wanted in their Messiah? That's exactly how Jesus describes Himself: "I have overcome the world."
The prosperity gospel has never been more popular. "Pray this prayer and you'll get your dream job." "Send money to this...read >>
GRACE: Unmerited Favor
Sounds easy enough. But is it? Is God's grace easy to receive?
Truth be told, undeserved favor is taboo for most of us... especially when it comes from God. Something for nothing? Better (or harder) still, something good in exchange for...read >>