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 >>
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 this third lesson on humility, Jesus instructs His little ones about His little ones: prefer one another rather than self-seek. By the parable of the lost sheep, He goes on to show the humility of His Father: His character of long suffering and patience toward...read >>
* CORRECTION: around 8:50, "his boss' WIFE" should have been "his boss' DAUGHTER"
How free are you? The Word says we're only as free as the sin we're free from. Are you free from the bondage of sin, the lure of pride, the suck of self, the lust of...read >>
As we would expect again this week, Matthew continues his mission of revealing to his biological, Jewish brethren that the Jesus they'd rejected to the Cross really was & is the long-awaited Promised Messiah.
Behind just a couple of short verses this morning stands...read >>
What defines you? It's really simple, and the same for all of us: the pursuit of whatever satisfies us, whatever brings us happiness and joy. So, what defines you?
In our passage today, Jesus calls His followers to their cross. A Roman cross was the most horrific...read >>
"He took our illnesses..."? Really? Then why am I still sick? What of the thousands of Christians and non-Christians who will die this year of cancer? Does He not care for them? Is there something wrong with their faith?
Join us in Matthew's testament of the Good...read >>
Ever seen the bumper sticker: "Christians aren't perfect. We're just forgiven."
Just forgiven? Really? Is that all Christ came to earth to do?
The Old Testament provided a way for man to be forgiven. But through Christ--God's once-for-all sacrificial Lamb--our...read >>
Last Sunday afternoon, after we looked at Jesus proclamation in Matthew 5.11-12 about the blessing of being persecuted for His sake, a brother testified about the persecution being endured by Christians in the middle east. Indeed, it is atrocious.
Currently there...read >>
Why are you a Christian? For many, the answer stops short of God's glory. One of the greatest things about the Gospel--God's becoming man to save men from & to God--is the forgiveness God graciously grants through Christ's substitutionary atonement on the Cross. He...read >>
When we looked at Matthew5.9 (Blessed are the peacemakers), it was suggested that Jesus wasn't talking about those the world would call nice, easy going, soft, tolerant... "Just let it be, man." But how can be sure that's not what God had in mind in Matthew 5.9?...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 >>
Ever felt like you've wrestled with God? Did you end up a victor? If you're a child of the Most High, trusting in God's redeeming grace... how could you lose?
Join us today for a real look at a real life wrestling between God and His chosen-cheat-turned-patriarch...read >>
Two thousand years ago Jesus, the Son of God, healed a lame man lowered from the ceiling by some very good friends. However, those legs have now long since turned to dust. But the healing this man received from Jesus didn't start, or stop with his legs. There was...read >>
How is your fight to stay faithful? Are you doing well, good and faithful? Feeling lethargic, unfocused and spiritually lazy? Perhaps you're at a breaking point, losing heart, almost ready to throw in the towel?
For thousands of years the Church has held to a...read >>
Exodus 3, Numbers 11, 1 Kings 19, Jeremiah 20
What do you do when life doesn't turn out like you expected?read >>
Isaiah saw what we must see. The effect of what he saw? "Woe is me for I am a man of sin..." Humility, an awareness of his sin, and, therefore, repentance: a turning to the Lord of mercy and grace... in other words: SALVATION!
So what was it that Isaiah saw? What...read >>