Back in Matthew chapter ten, Jesus had given His disciples authority to heal the sick, to exorcise demons. In our passage today we meet a desperate man whose son is stricken with epilepsy caused by demon possession. He had sought out the disciples for help, but they...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 >>
How is your hope in the Lord? How is your prayer life?
These things are inseparable from our faith, and our faith is based upon what we believe. So, what do you believe about God? Is He real? Does He hear your prayers? Does He respond?
What constitutes "great...read >>
In our passage today we have one of Jesus' most popular miracles: The Feeding of Five Thousand. This is one of the few miracles that gets traction in all four Gospel accounts: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. Most people even today like the Jesus they see in today's...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 >>
Have you ever overlooked the obvious? Maybe it was a speed limit sign? Maybe an item on the grocery list you could've sworn wasn't there before.
Who hasn't overlooked the obvious? But the question is, how do we respond when we do?
When it comes to Jesus, God's...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 >>
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 >>
When you truly love someone, you want their absolute best.
Father (and in this case, Son) knows best! But in today's passage, there is the potential to mis-read Jesus as being a hard-hearted, careless, stoic rather than the Good Shepherd. So what is best? Our...read >>
Ever wonder what causes us to do and say the things we do? Ever had one of those "out of spirit" experiences... "did i just say that?" Where do these things come from? "The outside reveals the inside." "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." "You will...read >>
This is the second of two sermons based on John's account of the feeding of five thousand.
If a candidate were to offer a healing health care option like Jesus, or freely fed thousands as He did on more than one account, it's a pretty safe bet that they'd get...read >>
This week we wrap up the narrative wherein the 38 year-old invalid is healed by Jesus. This week we pick up the story just after Jesus has pursued the man in the temple, told him he was well, and instructed Him to sin no more.
But don't forget... it was the...read >>
Once again, Jesus navigates to a place we'd normally avoid: a colonnade with a multitude of invalids.
Aren't you glad Jesus is willing to perform miracles in dark, unclean places? Interestingly, today, the recipient wasn't really looking for healing at all... i...read >>
Think of a place where your friends are... folks that love, accept, appreciate, and enjoy you. Got it? Great.
Now think of a place where you aren't honored at all... a place where you are misunderstood, where folks think you are about something or some cause, when,...read >>
No matter what your history, no matter what kind of family you are from (or wish you weren't from), you're never beyond the pale of God's gracious fire-light in Christ
In today's passage we see the glory of Jesus on display in His first miracle of turning water...read >>