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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
What sort of man is this?
In our passage today, Matthew continues to reveal his Messiah, their Messiah, our Lord & Christ. Who else has the words of life?
As He responds to John the Baptist's disciples, a synagogue ruler rushes upon Him, seeking hope for his dead...read >>
In our last passage, the sinner/tax-collector named Matthew met the Son of Man named Jesus. Rather than reject him as so many rabbis had done before, Jesus called Matthew to follow Him: to become one of His apostles. Such grace... such Good News. Matthew couldn't...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 >>
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 >>
Matthew introduces us to the cousin of the King of kings: John the Baptist. He's a bit odd. He wears a cloak of camel's hair, eats honey & locusts, lives out in the wilderness, calling men from all over to "Repent, for the Kingdom is at hand."
How would you define...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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Some people seem to have a harder time with guilt than others.
It amazes me how some of us can simply let our wrongdoings roll off our minds like water on a duck's back, never thinking about it again, seemingly little if any consideration for collateral casualties...read >>
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We do what we love. So what do you love?
Paul warns in Philippians 3.19 that many follow the "god of their belly." Yikes! But it's true: where our appetite is, their will our heart be also.
Today we peek...read >>
We cannot help but live by what we know & understand. Therefore, how important it is to know God! We base our entire lives upon what we believe. In today's passage, Abraham is drawn closer to God through intercession, but stands to gain the most by learning of God's...read >>
The page has turned, another chapter in the life of the father of faith. My how quickly things can change!
Sarai is tired of waiting, but who can blame her? It's been a long time since God's promise, and still no child. She, like we, took matters into her own hands...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 >>
If you ever wondered how God feels about sin, look no further than today's passage. Wow!
Friday a meteorite raced through the sky over Russia. It left a surreal, translucent cloud of smoke & fire in its trail that had many out snapping photos... completely unaware...read >>
Why are we surprised by sin? What other alternative is there for a human race who has willingly rebelled from Life?
This week's school shooting in Newtown is a fresh reminder of the reality of our broken world.
Despite any of our efforts to undo, it's impossible....read >>
God's ministry is often messy. Rather than a nice and tidy salvation, when we look to Calvary, what do we see? A very bloody Son; holy, divine, yet crucified.
As His followers, we must learn not to box Him in, not to limit our understanding of what we think He can...read >>
The weight of past sins and failures can absolutely immobilize.
Are you living under the weight of your failures? Whether your sin resides in the privacy of your own heart or in the public arena for all to see, Jesus redeems.
Few knew failure like Peter. But...read >>