It's all connected... like one long tapestry. From his first verse through to today's passage, Matthew and the Holy Spirit continue their mission of revealing Jesus of Nazareth as the long-awaited Messiah.
On the heals of explaining how 'the last become first, and...read >>
Today we will wrap up our mini-series on this short section of Matthew 18, beginning with verse 18, which is one of the most misunderstood passages in all of Scripture. Many who barely know God are yet very familiar with these words from Jesus. And, if we're not...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 >>
As far as the Scripture is concerned, not much is made known of the men who Jesus called His 12 apostles. Especially in Matthew, the focus on them is exceptionally little. Clearly Matthew means for our attention to be on Jesus the Messiah.
What is the apostolic...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 >>
Are you stricken with sin? When you look upon your life, your past, your present... do you feel stuck in your situation?
Well, friend, there is hope... real hope. Though you & others may have labeled you irreparable, Jesus has not. He has the authority & power to...read >>
Matthew has been working through several Old Testament prophecies & promises that describe the character & attributes of the coming Messiah. Matthew recorded one experience after the next of how Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled them. He was sovereign over the Law, over...read >>
Over the last several sections of Scripture, Matthew has revealed Jesus' supreme authority over the Law, over disease, over distance, over nature.
Last week, after calming the wind & seas, the disciples were left fearful & questioning: "What sort of man is this?"...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 >>
These are some of the most frightening verses in the Scripture.
Yet should they be? Does our Lord mean to threaten, or to love, to warn, to redeem, to protect? If ignorantly headed down the pathway to hell, wouldn't you wan to know? He certainly wants us to...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 >>
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 >>
So much comes to completion through this thirty-fifth chapter of Genesis.
Two weeks ago we learned to bury idols of our PAST. Then last week, in verses 9-15, God gave Jacob a PRESENT new identity. And with his new position & new power, we learn this week to trust...read >>
We left a lot unanswered last week. So this week we're gonna take another peek into the first 8 verses of chapter 35 again, as well as the next 7.
Our goal is to keep it simple this week: three smaller sections of Scripture with one main point made for each. Can...read >>
Ever heard the expression "power corrupts"? It's not that power corrupts, rather power reveals our corruption. Power in the hands of a sin-bent self is dangerous. But that same power in the hands of a righteous man is a blessing to all.
Last week we saw the...read >>
How much time do you spend thinking about the second coming of Christ? Probably not enough!
Think of all the time we spend preparing for what excites and thrills us most. Whether it's a wedding around the corner or a big game at the end of the week, we pour hours...read >>
A dear friend once said, "We live in a microwave culture with a crock-pot God."
It's so right & good for us to search for the Lord, to hunger & thirst for greater nearness. But, what when if don't find it? Or worse, what if the concert-high wears off in a few...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 >>
Church Planter, Matt Melton, from High Peak Fellowship in Kerrville leads the South Church Fredericksburg family through Acts 5, denoting the fears & frustrations as well as the power & proclamation of the Good News that transforms lives from death.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 >>
Where did evil come from? Whose got the power and authority over this earth? Why not just destroy satan now, or right after the fall? Oh, and by the way: Merry Christmas! :)
Tackling big questions on Christmas? Well, maybe it wasn't the smartest of ideas, but how...read >>