Shortly after an amazing Feeding of Five Thousand, in today's passage Jesus has to make His men get in a boat and get out of town while He deals with the dismissal of the crowd. To the disciples, things were going swimmingly! Why would Jesus want to leave His voters...read >>
As we work through the Gospel according to Matthew, it is good for us to remind ourselves regularly the mission he is on, what he is seeking to accomplish: to reveal Jesus the Messiah to his biological brethren, to the Jews who had rejected their Messiah.
But, if...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 >>
This sermon asks the question, Why is the ark of God’s covenant in heaven portrayed as it is in Revelation 11.19?”
We will survey Old Testament passages touching on the creation of the ark of His covenant: Manna, Aaron’s staff, the grumbling &...read >>
The story of the Resurrection may have culminated on the third day after Jesus' crucifixion, but it certainly didn't originate there. His death for our sin wasn't just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The glorious Trinity planned the...read >>
Why does anything exist? Chances are, most of you know the reason. Don't discount that knowledge, my friend. Knowing all exists for the glory of God provides a view of the world that answers so many questions. Perhaps as you survey the canvas of human sin, the...read >>
If we have learned anything of God's character through our study of Genesis it is that He has authority over all things! And secondly, He has been proclaiming the Good News of His Son from before the beginning of time.
Now that we have reached the end of our study...read >>
It's a bitter sweet day. We've arrived at the end of our study in Genesis. Today we bury a couple of patriarchs. These men were tools in the hands of God to work His will, bless His people, and glorify His name. It is the end of Genesis, the end of The...read >>
It's a familiar request, one recited quite often by Christians around the world. But do we know what it means? Have we considered what we're asking of God:
<i>"Forgive us as our sins AS we forgive others."</i>
"Forgive us, Lord, the way...read >>
We have beheld such wisdom, patience & love in these last chapters of Genesis. But one final test would prove necessary in determining whether or not Joseph's brothers were fit to faithfully lead the 12 tribes of Israel.
Jacob had granted permission to take...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,...read >>
As a young man, Joseph dreamed God would put him in a place of authority over and above his siblings, and even his parents. And this would be for their good, no matter how much the news irritated his family when he told them.
At 17, his brothers had had enough of...read >>
How's your fight for faith? Are you enjoying the pleasures of some conquered sin? Or perhaps you're feeling a little battered in the battle? Take your pick... but in Christ: both!
A couple of weeks ago, Joseph's brothers sold their little dreamer. From there he...read >>
Have you ever regretted your vote in a past election?
Despite eldest brother Reuben's counsel, Joseph's brothers foolishly opted to follow Judah's plan to exchange their younger brother Joseph for a little jingle.
Judah had attempted to establish himself as a...read >>
Don't you love getting overlooked for an overdue promotion at work?
Or how about that really peaceful, soothing feeling of failing to make the team though the far-less-talented coach's son wins your spot on the roster.
Are you in God's family of faith? Then tell...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 >>
When things are going our way it's pretty easy to keep the "God is good" perspective. But what when things don't? Isn't God just as good? Hasn't He promised to cause all things for our good, for those that love Him?
Today, Jacob gets a taste of his own...read >>
Using Linda Colie's drawings, we recapped the first 28 chapters of Genesis in preparation for getting back to chapter 29 next time. Please see the attached PDF to view her artwork that was used during the service.read >>
What's so new about the New Covenant, and what role does it play in creating, establishing and uniting the Church?
Having seen us through 10 weeks of doctrine, we will now turn back to Paul's words to the church of Corinth in order to help us consider His Word to...read >>
If God promised you the world, how far would you go to get it? Most likely, too far!
In today's passage we get another peek into the patriarchal family. What we find there may not be anything all that different than what we might find in our own: sin &...read >>
Are you married? Why?
Ironically, it isn't a question we think to much about before or after our marriages. "I mean, isn't the answer obvious?"
In today's passage we can see God's divine perspective on marriage: why He instituted it, what its main...read >>