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...read >>
Are you faithful saint who loves the Lord? What a marvel! Perhaps for some, God grants faith apart from great pain, but for the majority, He forges it! And, so often, it hurts. But it is so good, for He is so good!
This week we meet up with eleven home-bound...read >>
The Lord's Prayer. You've probably got it memorized, have said it hundreds of time, but do you have any idea what it means? what you're asking?
As we continue considering the core aspects of walking faithfully with Christ, of our sanctification, being set apart...read >>
Crowds cheered as their Messiah entered His city. "Finally, our King has come to lead us out of Roman oppression, our own exodus."
Indeed, their Messiah had come, but the oppression of sin is what He came to lead them out of. blinded by their own desires...read >>
Who is God? Our lives attest to our answer everyday, all day long through the way that we live and love... or don't. There can be no more important question to answer. So rightly this is where we will begin our series on The Doctrines.
Do you know God? What could...read >>
If you're a follower of Jesus Christ, one thing you surely know by now is how gracious His call was & is upon your life. We are saved by God's grace: undeserved favor. Today's passage in Genesis depicts this perfectly.
En route from his death-threatening...read >>
For 24+ chapters now, we have seen God do things in most unexpected ways. In today's passage, that comes to such a head that we've got to take some time to ensure we see what God has been pointing out in His Word.
Two sons from an empty womb are called and created...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 >>
There's so much more to the genealogy of Genesis 10 than simply a list of names.
Abba informs & assures His children of His presence & power working through all things... even dissenting neighbors & nations. They would be reminded that, despite the...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 >>
How do God's commandments strike you? Do they elicit frustration or faithfulness? gritted teeth or grateful obedience?
The way we hear & feel about God's instruction tells a lot of our perception about Him, our confidence in Him, and our worship of Him.
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 >>
Nothing brings a prodigal home like Sovereign storms. Going through any? Perhaps the Lord has called up His winds or seas to bash against the bows of your boat? What are we to do through thick and thin but turn to the Lord who "works all things together for...read >>
Jesus has gone before us, showing us how to live as a child of His kingdom. Then, last week, we saw in verses 11-17 that He calls and indwells us to continue His work He began. And now, this week, He gives us just the boost of sovereign care and courage we need to...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 >>
We were designed to run on glory! Glory is fuel for life. We love power, beauty, knowledge, mercy, grace.
Nowhere else is God's glory manifested before our eyes as in the Son of God at Calvary. Come see and proclaim John 12.31-33.read >>
The hour has come? What does that mean?
Not just any hour, but the hour for Him to be glorified! But isn't this a strange way to glorify the Son?
Riding in on a donkey, squashing Jewish hopes of their kind of Messiah, being rejected by His own people... even to...read >>
A bit of a transition passage in store today. We start in Bethany, move to Ephraim, and back to Bethany... just when the fire is hottest and Jesus is in the middle of it!
At first glance, it look as though King Jesus may be on the run from fear of losing His life....read >>
God is glorious. He is so good. He alone can take our most regretful words, accidents, and sin and, in His marvelous ways, use them for our Good.
This week the Jewish leaders think of the perfect plan to finally secure their pride, position, place, and status......read >>
We're in no position to think we know all that Jesus is up to. Having said that, it sure seems as though He is intent on offending His onlooking, grumbling, confounded Jewish audience.
Why? What's the purpose? What don't they understand or see rightly that would...read >>
The Father offers His Son to an uninterested world. Could it be the Father's plans are thwarted?
The first seven verses in our passage today might lead us to think so, but hold on! "All the Father gives to the Son will come! And herein lies our confidence and...read >>