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Jun 25th 2017

I Never Knew You
Matthew 7.21-23

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... more >>

Jun 18th 2017

Recognize By Their Fruit
Matthew 7.15-20

Last week we took a look at some of the things False Prophets will or won't teach, on other words, what they believe.

This week we take a look at the fruit of that teaching: what they be-live, the false-life of false teachers.

Are you a false prophet, a false... more >>

Jun 11th 2017

Beware of False Prophets
Matthew 7.15-20

"Wolves in sheep's clothing." We hear that phrase a lot, but I wonder how many know its origin? Jesus Christ! On the heals of inviting His disciples into His Kingdom, He immediately warned them of the many there would be who would rather they do anything... more >>

Jun 4th 2017

Decide, Seek & Preach
Matthew 7.13-14

This week we take another, more practical look at Jesus' Sermon On The Mount. What would He have us do with all of this information, and how?

He love us enough to get practical, to expose to us the Way, Truth & Life, to command us to Him, and to show &... more >>

Jun 4th 2017

Crowds or Christ
Matthew 7.13-14

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... more >>

May 28th 2017

Golden Love
Matthew 7.12

The Golden Rule: one of the most well-known sayings in religion. It's so simple, easy enough for a child to understand.

But, as we've been learning from Jesus, seeing is one thing, understanding more challenging still. But doing? truly living according to what... more >>

May 21st 2017

Ask, Seek, Knock
Matthew 7.7-11

How's your prayer life? Could it stand some improvement? Whose couldn't?!

Are your prayers being answered? Why not?

Ever wondered what might be wrong with your prayer life? Through Christ, His disciples have been given a direct line to the Most High! So why don't... more >>

May 14th 2017

Rude or Shrewd
Matthew 7.6

Last week Jesus took five verses to convince His disciples: "Judge not."

However this week, He seems to change course, judging some as dogs & pigs, unfit for our righteous pearls. What are we to do? How are we to understand? One thing is certain,... more >>

May 7th 2017

Specks, Logs & Humility
Matthew 7.1-5

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Apr 30th 2017

Don't Judge?
Matthew 7.1-2

If our culture needs clarification on one passage, perhaps it is today's more than any other: "Do not judge..."

Many believe that, to be truly Christian, you can't express your opinion, thoughts or convictions about anything. Is brainlessness really what... more >>

Apr 23rd 2017

For Faith That Glorifies Our Father
Matthew 6

A review of Matthew 6. more >>

Apr 16th 2017

Eyes On The Wrong Christ
Luke 24.13-32

On the very first Resurrection Sunday two of Jesus' disciples are found journeying from Jerusalem to Emmaus. During their walk they were met with a huge surprise. A "stranger," who was actually Jesus himself, joined them and He gave them a crash course on... more >>

Apr 9th 2017

The Wonder of Our Worry
Matthew 6.25-34

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Apr 2nd 2017

Treasure, Light and Love
Matthew 6.19-24

Having explained to His disciples what holiness isn't--life according to the Pharisees, wasted in pursuit of self--and what holiness is--life according to Christ, eternal in pursuit of God--Jesus laid down three practical aspects of His walk & way: generosity,... more >>

Mar 26th 2017

Divine Investment
Matthew 6.19-21

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Mar 19th 2017

When You Fast
Matthew 6.16-18

Notice how Jesus begins this passage: "When you fast..." Not "If," but "when..." It is clear that our Lord simply assumes His disciples are people who, from time to time, fast.

Do you? Have you ever? Why?

Just what is fasting... more >>

Mar 12th 2017

Forgiveness, Temptation & Evil
Matthew 6.12-15

"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?... more >>

Mar 5th 2017

We Do Not Lose Heart
2 Corinthians 4.16-18

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... more >>

Feb 26th 2017

He Disciplines The One He Loves
Hebrews 12.5-17

None of us are what we should be.

Neither are we now what we will be!

The process isn't completed until we see Him, BUT it doesn't wait to begin then. It begins now! And don't you want it to? Aren't you sick of the sin & destruction & death?

I'm afraid... more >>

Feb 19th 2017

Male & Female By Design
Genesis 1.26-27, Ephesians 5.22-33

God knew what He was doing when He made us male and female. Despite popular opinion--even in Christian circles--gender differences are not a result of sin or mere religious perspective. Before the fall our Father made us "in His likeness, male and female He... more >>

Feb 12th 2017

Daily Bread
Matthew 6.11

"Pray then this way: Our Father... Give us today our daily bread..."

By God's grace, today we'll take this little piece of the disciple's prayer and consider all our Savior has packed into these simple words and what He means for us to learn about our... more >>

Feb 5th 2017

Pray Like This
Matthew 6.9-10

How's your prayer life?

It is so hard to pray when we're confused about the One we're praying to.

If He is God, and in control of all things, then what's the point in praying? Whatever He wants is going to happen anyway, right?

Wrong! ...and right.

Join us today... more >>

Jan 29th 2017

Praying to An Audience of One
Matthew 6.5-8

Prayer. Do you pray? A lot? Enough? I've never met anyone who said, "There's no room for improvement in my prayer life, no sir." Well how about yours?

Ever wonder why we pray or don't pray? What truths or lies lie beneath the surface of our faithful or... more >>

Jan 22nd 2017

To See Or Be Seen
Matthew 6.1-4

Are you a "do-gooder"? Well, though culture likes to poke fun at those who are, the Scripture commands that we be, that we follow in the footsteps of our Leader who did and is doing the most good!

But, as we all know, there is a way of doing... more >>

Jan 15th 2017

You Shall Be Sons of God
Matthew 5

In today's sermon we will review the first section of Jesus' Sermon On The Mount.

We begin with a question: "Where does Life in God's Kingdom begin?" If we aren't aligned with King Jesus at the start, by the time He is through with His first section, we... more >>

Jan 8th 2017

Love Your Enemies
Matthew 5.43-48

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Jan 1st 2017

Resist No Evil?
Matthew 5.38-42

These are some of the questions most folks have after reading Jesus' words in today's hotly debated passage:

"So, do I just stand by and watch evil destroy my children?"

"At what point do we take a stand?"

"Didn't Jesus resist evil? Why... more >>

Dec 25th 2016

Covenant Keeping
Matthew 5.33-37

Were you one of those who, after listening to last week's passage, were cut to the quick by Jesus’ Words on the effects of divorce & remarriage? Adultery is a violation of God's 7th commandment. If you’ve been divorced or are considering it, our prayer is... more >>

Dec 18th 2016

Covenant Breaking — Adultery, Divorce & Remarriage
Matthew 5.31-32

"Is it lawful to divorce?" the Pharisees questioned Jesus.

They had stripped down His commandments to self-righteous standards, checkboxes for religious men, nothing some human certificate couldn't fix.

Jesus' teaching in the previous section of... more >>

Dec 11th 2016

Covenant Making -- The Meaning of Marriage
Genesis 2, Ephesians 5.22-33

According to First John 3.8, "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy [not excuse, but destroy] the works of the devil." And what is the work of the devil? Sin in us, the children of God.

Before we talk about Covenant Breaking in Matthew... more >>

Dec 4th 2016

The Single Way
1 Corinthians 7.1-11,26-28,32-40

Before moving ahead to Matthew 5.31-32, it is wise for us to be reminded of other Scriptures that lay the groundwork for properly understanding Biblical marriage.

How Biblical are we? How are we defining "success" for our children? According to our... more >>

Nov 27th 2016

Cause-Killing, Precious Plucking
Matthew 5.27-30

In Deuteronomy & Leviticus, God clearly states that self-inflicted mutilation, harm or 'cutting' is strictly forbidden. So then how is it that--in today's portion of the Sermon On The Mount--Jesus commands us to 'cut off a hand' or 'pluck out an eye'? Is He... more >>

Nov 20th 2016

First Things First
Matthew 5.21-26

The lawyers of Jesus' day esteemed themselves on their own spiritual accomplishments. Schooled in tradition & steeped in their own pride, they were often heard quoting Rabbi-So-And-So... who quoted Rabbi-So-And-So-Before-Him... who quoted... more >>

Nov 13th 2016

Tradition Or Truth
Matthew 5.21-48

Ever wonder how much of your faith is really just token righteousness, just doing stuff "because that's what my parents did." "If I go to church, I go over to First-So-And-So because that's what I've always done." "You'll find us there every... more >>

Nov 6th 2016

Why Be Good?
Matthew 5.17-20

So, should we keep the law? Is that something I need to do?

These are a couple of the questions I've been so happy to hear from our South Church family these last couple of weeks. In some way, they can all be summed up in this one:

"If only God can save me,... more >>

Oct 30th 2016

Fulfilling Righteousness
Matthew 5.17-19

If you were asked, "What's the purpose of God's grace?" what would your answer be? Do you know why God looks upon the Church with His undeserved favor? The answer from today's text might surprise you. more >>

Oct 23rd 2016

Moses Wrote Of Me
Matthew 5.17-20

So far in His sermon, Jesus had declared the character & resulting conduct of His disciples: those who follow Him. Having their character so transformed (the Beatitudes), though their conduct in the world would result in persecution, as the Light of the World... more >>

Oct 16th 2016

That All May Glorify God
Matthew 5.14-16

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Oct 9th 2016

Extraordinary Ordinaries
Matthew 5.14

Who is the Light of the world? Well, if you're a Christian you know the answer: Jesus! "I Am the Light of the world." -Jn 8.12

Few if any Christians would argue that. And aren't we thankful for it! Well Christian, did you realize that in our passage... more >>

Oct 2nd 2016

Preservation, Impartation & Purification
Matthew 5.13

Are you a believer? Then why are you here? Why doesn't God just zap us up to heaven the moment we believe?

There is one thing we get to do here on earth that we won't do in heaven: proclaim the Gospel to the lost! This is the earthly activity of the salty saints... more >>

Sep 25th 2016

Sin-Conquering Glory Through Persecution
Matthew 5.11-12

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.... more >>

Sep 18th 2016

Blessed Persecution
Matthew 5.10

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... more >>

Sep 11th 2016

Sons of God
Matthew 5.9

Are you a people pleaser, or a peacemaker?

Many believe those are synonymous. But, according to our Scripture today, true Biblical peacemaking doesn't always please people. Consider Jesus, for example. One of His titles in the Scripture is, "Prince of... more >>

Sep 4th 2016

Happy Are The Pure In Heart
Matthew 5.8

Only the 'pure in heart' are happy. Ugh! What about the rest of us?

That realization of grief is exactly where the road to 'pure in heart' begins.

We begin with a bit of a summary of where the Master has taken us so far. The terrain of the first three beatitudes... more >>

Aug 28th 2016

Mercifully Happy
Matthew 5.7

Are you merciful?

Unless the Lord has graciously walked you through each of the preceding Beatitudes... unless you've seen the depravity of your spirit, your inability to measure up to God's standard or even uphold your own... unless you've mourned the reality of... more >>

Aug 21st 2016

The Having In Hungering
Matthew 5.6

There are many things in the Christian life that cannot be explained, experienced, understood or lived until a person is one.

This week we'll take another look at Jesus' fourth Beatitude from Matthew's account of the Gospel. It may sound completely contradictory,... more >>

Aug 14th 2016

Happy Are Those Who Hunger for Holiness
Matthew 5.6

After three painful beatitudes of diagnosis, causing us to look in and behold our brokenness, now the King of kings turns our attention forward. The first steps of healing were realizing our desperate condition and need for it, but with this fourth beatitude, our... more >>

Aug 7th 2016

Happy Are The Meek
Matthew 5.5

Phil Heath. Ever heard of him? That would be Mr. Olympia 2014: big, strong, tall, muscular, the recipient of Earth's crown. Now consider Jesus' words in Matthew 5.5. Who does He say will inherit the earth? The meek.

As with the other beatitudes, meekness is one the... more >>

Jul 31st 2016

Happy Are Those Who Mourn
Matthew 5.4

"Happy are those who mourn." Of course! I mean we all love being miserable, right? Isn't it great when those family picnic plans are washed away by a driving rain? Or how about when you lose that precious family heirloom? Or worse still, when you get the... more >>

Jul 24th 2016

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
Matthew 5.3

Are you humble, poor in spirit? How do you think of yourself standing in the presence of the Almighty? It's coming soon, you know.

In any other trip we take, the first thing we do is pack. But when beginning the trip into God's Kingdom, Jesus first points out the... more >>

Jul 17th 2016

The Big Picture And Beginning The Beatitudes
Matthew 5.3-11

Today we continue the beginnings of Jesus' Sermon On The Mount. This sermon contains two parts: first, a big picture overview of the whole sermon; and, secondly, a reading & introduction to Jesus' Beatitudes.

Anytime we learn something new, there's always the... more >>

Jul 10th 2016

An Argument For The Sermon On The Mount
Matthew 5-7

We'll never convince the world of their need for Jesus without knowing & living the reality of our need for Him ourselves.

There are so many, many promises in Jesus' sermon on the hillside. However, few Christians today actually experience them? Why... more >>

Jul 3rd 2016

Kingdom Teaching, Preaching & Healing
Matthew 4.23-25

Jesus said that a tree is known by its fruit. Most certainly He could say the same of Himself!

In this week's section of chapter four, Matthew continues his ministry & mission of making Christ known, revealing His identity as the King, showing how--just as... more >>

Jun 26th 2016

The Fisher of Men's Heart
Matthew 4.18-22

"I once was lost // but now am found // was blind, but now I see."

The world is starving. Christ is bread for Life. Is He yours? He came down, entered our world, showed us His Father, took on our sin, laid down His life, and rose again to give us life, to... more >>

Jun 19th 2016

The Light Has Dawned
Matthew 4.12-17

Isn't it nice to be in control of God? You know, only letting Him into the areas of our lives that we're inclined to share with Him. "I mean, come on... Surely we've got to keep some things to ourselves, right? How else can I maintain my identity? I've got to... more >>

Jun 12th 2016

The Son Wields the Sword
Matthew 4.1-11

Ever swung a sword? For most of us these days, probably not! But, in our passage this week, Jesus certainly does, and fully intends for us to take His Sword and swing away, too!

If you've been in the family of the Lord for any length of time, you know that we have... more >>

Jun 5th 2016

Let Us Save Man In Our Own Image
Matthew 3.13-17

John the Baptist was 'preparing the way of the Lord,' baptizing sinners for repentance... when out of "No-where" (Nazareth), here He came! And He didn't show up on the scene just to watch. And He didn't go down in the water to take over John's job either.... more >>

May 29th 2016

The Ministry of The Voice
Matthew 3.1-12

Matthew introduces us to the cousin of the King of kings: John the Baptist. He's a bit odd. He wears a cloak of camel's hair, eats honey & locusts, lives out in the wilderness, calling men from all over to "Repent, for the Kingdom is at hand."

How... more >>

May 22nd 2016

Jesus of Nazareth
Matthew 2.19-23

His ways are not our ways. Just ask yourself, "Would I have written the Script like He did? God becomes man to save man from God... spends the majority of His life in a small hick-town, then the last three years being despised & rejected, ultimately to... more >>

May 15th 2016

Weeping In Hope
Matthew 2.16-18

How thick is your skin? How thick is your sin?

"I must decrease that Christ may increase." John's words befit all of God's children. We're born so bent on our own situation. But our faithful God loves us, and will, therefore, see us through to fix our... more >>

May 8th 2016

Out of Egypt
Matthew 2.13-15

Matthew continues his proclamation of Good News, primarily to his Jewish born brothers & sisters.

This week Matthew tells of another angelic visit to father Joseph in a dream: "flee to Egypt, for Herod is about to search for the Child, to destroy... more >>

May 1st 2016

Hostility, Indifference, Worship
Matthew 2.1-12

Matthew continues his mission today of proclaiming to his jewish brethren Jesus' right to the throne. However, there's already a king enthroned in Jerusalem, but he has no right to be there at all: Herod, the Edomite. When the star-following Magi appear from the... more >>

Apr 24th 2016

Whose Son Is He?
Matthew 1.18-25

Polls continue to show a steady decline in the number of professing Christians who believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. What about you? Is He Man, myth or legend?

Toward the end of His ministry, while being persecuted by Jewish leaders, Jesus asked the... more >>

Apr 17th 2016

Hope For A Very Broken Family Tree
Matthew 1.1-17

Are you honest about your past? Jesus is. He knows it all: past, present & future.

Matthew is on a similar mission of exposing the reality of your sinful past, present & future. Well, not just yours, but mine, and even his own, and lots of other people's... more >>

Apr 10th 2016

A New Beginning
Matthew 1.1

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What a gift God has given us in His Word. Pray fervently, as we begin this new series, for the grace to know, believe, and live accordingly. Eternal Life is knowing God & the Son whom He has... more >>

May 25th 2014

Blind Humility
John 9.35-41

Have you missed Jesus? I have!

Two weeks have passed since we last enjoyed the King on the scene. Well... He's back! And just in time...

The blind man just got the boot from the religious authorities for his affiliation with Jesus... the Scripture says they cast... more >>

May 18th 2014

An Amazing Thing
John 9.24-34

An Amazing Thing happens in today's passage. And Jesus' provision of sight to a blind man isn't it.

Something even more amazing... The blind man can see... really see... as in make connections, spiritual connections that learned, trained, scholarly historians have... more >>

May 11th 2014

An Amazing Thing
John 9.24-34

An Amazing Thing happens in today's passage. And Jesus' provision of sight to a blind man isn't it.

Something even more amazing... The blind man can see... really see... as in make connections, spiritual connections that learned, trained, scholarly historians have... more >>

May 4th 2014

Theologically Blind
John 9.13-23

Can you think of a reason to celebrate? I don't know... turning 40? 15th anniversary? "Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win!"?

No doubt there are lots of reasons to party, but few as noteworthy as the Sabbath day celebration that should have been...

"Should have been"?... more >>

Apr 27th 2014

Blind to the Glory of God
John 9.1-12

After seeing nothing but spiritual blindness in chapters 7 and 8, today, as we begin chapter nine, Jesus touches an untouchable, a blind beggar, giving him sight and life in the Light of the World.

So what were the qualifications? Sin. Blindness. In other words...... more >>

Apr 20th 2014

Resurrection Roots

God has been telling the story of His Son, our Savior, from the foundation of the world: Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. We are set free from sin and death, from satan and ourselves, from our Father's just wrath... all by the blood of... more >>

Apr 13th 2014

Resurrection Roots

God has been telling the story of His Son, our Savior, from the foundation of the world: Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. We are set free from sin and death, from satan and ourselves, from our Father's just wrath... all by the blood of... more >>

Apr 6th 2014

Glory Has Left The Building
John 8.58-59

Last week, we really didn't have a chance to look into verse 59.

This week, the Lord provides us with another opportunity to peer into the passing of God's glory from an attempted assassination to a departure from the Temple. Gee... wonder if a bit... more >>

Mar 30th 2014

I Am
John 8.48-59

Brace yourself: Jesus is speaking again!

If you thought He may have been beating around the bush before, He leaves no doubt this morning. In today's passage, after a couple of warnings, Jesus states very clearly who He is.

So how do you think the populace... more >>

Mar 23rd 2014

I Am
John 8.48-59

Brace yourself: Jesus is speaking again!

If you thought He may have been beating around the bush before, He leaves no doubt this morning. In today's passage, after a couple of warnings, Jesus states very clearly who He is.

So how do you think the populace... more >>

Mar 16th 2014

father Devil
John 8.39-47

If you were to tell someone their dad was the devil, chances are, you'd be a bit hot under the collar... something or someone would have had to majorly ruffled your feathers.

But what would we make of a man who said as much yet was perfectly calm... rather than... more >>

Mar 9th 2014

father Devil
John 8.39-47

If you were to tell someone their dad was the devil, chances are, you'd be a bit hot under the collar... something or someone would have had to majorly ruffled your feathers.

But what would we make of a man who said as much yet was perfectly calm... rather than... more >>

Mar 2nd 2014

Know the Truth
John 8.31-38

Ever wonder if all "Christians" are true Christians?

Today we meet up with a pack of "believers", but Jesus is quick to distinguish them from the truly faithful. How?

Join us this week as we peer into the Truth that can set captives free! more >>

Feb 23rd 2014

Die In Your Sin
John 8.21-30

Ever looked for your glasses for twenty minutes or so only to pass by a mirror and notice them on your head? Missing the obvious is something the religious leaders struggled with in Jesus. The claims He made, the miracles, the teaching... only to fall on deaf ears... more >>

Feb 16th 2014

Light of the World
John 8.12-20

When you stop and think about the necessities of life, Jesus has pretty much claimed them all. In addition to eternal waters and bread for life, today He stands and proclaim Himself to be, none other than, the Light of the World.

Light isn't a word the Scriptures... more >>

Feb 9th 2014

Light of the World
John 8.12-20

When you stop and think about the necessities of life, Jesus has pretty much claimed them all. In addition to eternal waters and bread for life, today He stands and proclaim Himself to be, none other than, the Light of the World.

Light isn't a word the Scriptures... more >>

Feb 2nd 2014

Fuel, Flame & Fire
Jeremiah 20.9

The prophet Jeremiah said that he could not possibly keep his mouth shut about the glory of the Lord. Question: Is that a good description for how you know the Lord? Could it be? Should it be?

When the Lord began to provide vision and direction for making followers... more >>

Jan 26th 2014

Fuel, Flame & Fire
Jeremiah 20.9

The prophet Jeremiah said that he could not possibly keep his mouth shut about the glory of the Lord. Question: Is that a good description for how you know the Lord? Could it be? Should it be?

When the Lord began to provide vision and direction for making followers... more >>

Jan 19th 2014

No One to Condemn?
John 7.53-8.11

Imagine getting caught in your worst sin... then being paraded up to front row of the church for al to see. There is no doubt of your guilt, no hope for an acquittal: you're guilty and you know, as does everyone else.

It is at this juncture in your life that... more >>

Jan 12th 2014

Ironically
John 7.40-53

The Apostle John is on a mission: to prepare the bride for her Groom.

In order to achieve his goal, John paints a picture of Jesus for his readers. In every chapter and paragraph, he seeks to inform us as to who Jesus is, what He is like, what He does and enjoys.... more >>

Jan 5th 2014

Past Provisions for Future Faith
John 7.37-39

Wow!

The Apostle John, inspired by the Spirit of Jesus, paints a glorious picture for us today.

We'll call on several Old Testament passages & prophecies so we don't miss the glory of God in the face of His Son in today's display.

Just as the Feast of... more >>

Dec 29th 2013

Past Provisions for Future Faith
John 7.37-39

Wow!

The Apostle John, inspired by the Spirit of Jesus, paints a glorious picture for us today.

We'll call on several Old Testament passages & prophecies so we don't miss the glory of God in the face of His Son in today's display.

Just as the Feast of... more >>

Dec 22nd 2013

Could It Be?
John 7.25-36

As Jesus continues to teach in the temple, crowds begin to ask the critical question: "Could this be the Christ?"

In a day and age where anything goes, what do we make of the Scripture? Is Jesus the Living Word of God made flesh? Is He truly the Way, TRUTH, and... more >>

Dec 15th 2013

Could It Be?
John 7.25-36

As Jesus continues to teach in the temple, crowds begin to ask the critical question: "Could this be the Christ?"

In a day and age where anything goes, what do we make of the Scripture? Is Jesus the Living Word of God made flesh? Is He truly the Way, TRUTH, and... more >>

Dec 8th 2013

One Work
John 7.19-24

What's so marvelous about Jesus?

In a day of political loop holes and self-justification, Jesus speaks truth... straight truth: no spin, no trickery, no doubt... just Truth. Using their own legacy and laws, Jesus reveals His heart of God that His enemies are... more >>

Dec 1st 2013

Who Does He Think He Is
John 7.10-18

So just what is Jesus' agenda? First He says He won't go, then He goes anyway. What's going on? And how is that honoring to His Father?

This week–not publicly as suggested by His brothers, but–privately, Jesus goes up to the great gathering at the Feast of... more >>

Nov 24th 2013

Timing is Everything
John 7.1-9

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... more >>

Nov 17th 2013

You Gonna Run Too?
John 6.52-71

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... more >>

Nov 10th 2013

You Gonna Run Too?
John 6.52-71

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... more >>

Nov 3rd 2013

The Father Gives, The Son Keeps
John 6.30-40

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... more >>

Oct 27th 2013

Seeking A Savor
John 6.22-29

Jesus cuts right through the flattery and deep into the gut of the matter: "You are seeking me because you ate your fill of the loaves." Ouch!

King Jesus commands us not to labor for food that perishes, but for food that is eternal. What? Don't work for dinner, but... more >>

Oct 20th 2013

Safe in the Dark
John 6.16-21

When are you most tempted to sin? most tempted to act as if God was no where to be found?

Maybe it's in the dark,or when you are completely alone, or afraid.

For others of us, the strongest temptation can come just after a ministry high... after having served... more >>

Oct 13th 2013

King Jesus?
John 6.1-15

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... more >>

Oct 6th 2013

Barley Loaves
John 6.1-13

Breaking from the norm, rather than looking intensely at the picture John paints of Jesus, we focus this week on a poor boy who offered his little to the Master Chef, King Jesus. (Next week, Lord-willing, we'll be looking back over these and two more verses as John... more >>

Sep 29th 2013

How Can You Believe
John 5.30-47

How many witnesses would it take for you and me to believe that Jesus is the Way, Truth, & Life? What's your answer?

This morning Jesus present 7 witnesses to the fact of who He is, yet we choose, desire, will, prefer, love, want to reject this reality in... more >>

Sep 22nd 2013

How Can You Believe
John 5.30-47

How many witnesses would it take for you and me to believe that Jesus is the Way, Truth, & Life? What's your answer?

This morning Jesus present 7 witnesses to the fact of who He is, yet we choose, desire, will, prefer, love, want to reject this reality in... more >>

Sep 15th 2013

Marvelous
John 5.15-29

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... more >>

Sep 8th 2013

Marvelous
John 5.15-29

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... more >>

Sep 1st 2013

Healed for Him, Not for Sin
John 5.1-14

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... more >>

Aug 25th 2013

Miracle over Miles
John 4.43-54

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,... more >>

Aug 18th 2013

from Filth to Faith
John 4.1-42

In today's passage, Jesus is on the move from Judea to Galilee.

The Scripture said He just had to go through Samaria... an area off-limits to most Jews in light of their fear of becoming "dirty and unclean" like the Samaritans. (There's over 700 years of racial... more >>

Aug 11th 2013

from Filth to Faith
John 4.1-42

In today's passage, Jesus is on the move from Judea to Galilee.

The Scripture said He just had to go through Samaria... an area off-limits to most Jews in light of their fear of becoming "dirty and unclean" like the Samaritans. (There's over 700 years of racial... more >>

Aug 4th 2013

the Father Loves the Son
John 3.31-36

John recaps for us much of what we have learned about the Word become flesh in this week's section of Scripture.

So, what does it all matter? It matters more than anything else in all the world!

The question is, doesn't it matter to you? No matter your answer, the... more >>

Jul 28th 2013

the Best Man, the Least Man
John 3.22-30

We spend the majority of our lives trying to climb the ladder of success only to find the most successful men at the bottom, on their knees, face down, humbled and low... and GREATLY REJOICING! Care to join them?

Despite popular opinion, according to John the... more >>

Jul 21st 2013

God So Loves
John 3.16-21

Ever wondered why?

We've all heard the verse, we all know that God so loves... but why? Because the world so loves Him? Uh... well...

The answer makes all the difference!

Today we examine the most popular verse in the Bible, along with it's surrounding context.... more >>

Jul 14th 2013

Begin Again
John 3.1-15

This week, the great teacher of Israel becomes the student of the Greatest Teacher ever.

What would you ask Him? What does Nic ask Him? Truth be told, not a thing, but Jesus, who knows all men and what is inside of them (2.23-25), and so is able to perform the... more >>

Jul 7th 2013

Begin Again
John 3.1-15

This week, the great teacher of Israel becomes the student of the Greatest Teacher ever.

What would you ask Him? What does Nic ask Him? Truth be told, not a thing, but Jesus, who knows all men and what is inside of them (2.23-25), and so is able to perform the... more >>

Jun 30th 2013

One & Dysfunctional Flesh
Ephesians 5.24-32, 1 Corinthians 6.9-10

The Bible defines marriage as the sexual, covenant union between one man and one woman. Yet the very fabric of humanity is being challenged by a completely different definition argued over in our court rooms today.

Just what is marriage? What is it for? Can it... more >>

Jun 23rd 2013

Faith That Is Not Faith
John 2.23-25

John is on a mission: faith in all readers! Yet, in today's passage, just when you thought it was safe to believe...

Apparently, there is a faith that isn't faith... at least not the kind that Jesus is desiring us to have. So what about you?

Knowing the wrong and... more >>

Jun 16th 2013

Consumed or Consumer
John 2.12-22

Jesus is zealous for His Father's name, fame, and reputation in our community.

This morning we get a glimpse of that zeal in the way He protects what is sacred, and destroys what is not near the outer gates of His Father's house.

With temple tables flying, money... more >>

Jun 9th 2013

Redeeming Wine
John 2.1-11

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... more >>

Jun 2nd 2013

Seek & Find
John 1.35-51

Ever just needed to know that God really is there? really involved in your life? that He really is aware of what you're going through, of what your needs are? that He is near and not hiding from you?

In today's sermon from John 1.35-51 we see a very interesting... more >>

May 26th 2013

Baptizing with the Holy Spirit
John 1.29-34

How does the baptism of John compare and contrast to the baptism of Jesus?

Why does John emphasize the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Have you been baptized by Holy Spirit?

What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

If you wanted to be baptized in the Holy Spirit,... more >>

May 19th 2013

the Sinless Slaughtered
John 1.19-34

Who is Jesus? That is the question that Apostle John continues to answer in His Gospel today.

In today's passage, John the Baptist points out 3 things about Jesus that He knew that would completely change our fallen thinking if we were to see what he saw.

Though... more >>

May 12th 2013

Seeing is Beloving
John 1.14-18

"We're all God's children"...at least according to most. But according to Jesus, not exactly. But the best news is, you can be: "He who has the Son has Life."

Today, in the Gospel of John, the Word becomes flesh!

God becoming man is ludicrous, insane,... more >>

May 5th 2013

Witness Begins in Worship
John 1.6-8,15,19-23

We do evangelism all the time... we are constantly sharing with people what it is that brings us joy: we share stories about the family vacation, we display pictures of our kids, we recap the big game. We freely testify to what brings us joy. So, how about... more >>

Apr 28th 2013

Jesus: Life & Light
John 1.1-13

Men and women saw Him, but not all of those truly saw Him. Why did some mock, yet others worship?

He would never make the cover of muscle magazing, or GQ. No one would ever esteem His physical experience. The prophet Isaiah said He was most despised and rejected of... more >>

Apr 21st 2013

Fuel, Flame & Fire
Jeremiah 20.9

The prophet Jeremiah said that he could not possibly keep his mouth shut about the glory of the Lord. Question: Is that a good description for how you know the Lord? Could it be? Should it be?

When the Lord began to provide vision and direction for making followers... more >>

Apr 14th 2013

Fuel, Flame & Fire
Jeremiah 20.9

The prophet Jeremiah said that he could not possibly keep his mouth shut about the glory of the Lord. Question: Is that a good description for how you know the Lord? Could it be? Should it be?

When the Lord began to provide vision and direction for making followers... more >>

Apr 7th 2013

Resurrection Roots

God has been telling the story of His Son, our Savior, from the foundation of the world: Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. We are set free from sin and death, from satan and ourselves, from our Father's just wrath... all by the blood of... more >>

Mar 31st 2013

Resurrection Roots

God has been telling the story of His Son, our Savior, from the foundation of the world: Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. We are set free from sin and death, from satan and ourselves, from our Father's just wrath... all by the blood of... more >>