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The God of The Living

Matthew 22.23-33
Dec 9th 2018

Ever had one of those days when it seems like everyone was just out to get you?

In our passage last week, the Pharisees sent their disciples-in-disguise to try tripping Jesus up in His Words. In today's section, we pick up the narrative after only a few hours, and,...read >>

death, eternal life, faith, heaven, hope, resurrection, Sadducees, salvation
eternal life, heaven, Matthew

Likeness and Inscription

Matthew 22.15-22
Dec 2nd 2018

Ever been backed into a corner? Well, you're not alone.

Just when the Jewish religious leaders are certain they have Jesus pinned, His simple, yet amazing wisdom, turns the table on them as He charts a course for His followers as to how we are to relate to...read >>

Caesar, disciples, Herodians, hypocrisy, hypocrites, inscription, Jesus, Jew, likeness, marvel, Pharisees, Rome, tax, trap, wisdom
Jesus, taxes, wisdom

The Wedding Feast

Matthew 22.1-14
Nov 25th 2018

Are you going to heaven? That is THE most important question, isn't it?

The crowds that surrounded Jesus were most likely convinced of their eternal destiny in heaven just as most people today are. But were they right? Are we? On what basis?

Jesus continues...read >>

belong, feast, garment, heaven, hell, hope, invitation, King, Kingdom, prepare, responsibility, salvation, sanctification, sovereignty, wedding, welcome
Kingdom, Matthew, salvation

Hope

Nov 18th 2018

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Taking Away His Kingdom

Matthew 21.33-46
Nov 11th 2018

In our passage today Jesus provides His most potent parable yet, aimed directly at the religious leaders in and around the Temple. He leaves no doubt as to who He was referring to: the Jewish chief priests and elders responsible for leading the people of God. But...read >>

authority, cross, Father, fruit, garden, Gentiles, hypocrisy, Jerusalem, Jesus, Jews, kingdom, leaders, persecution, religious, servants, Son, temple, vineyard, winepress
Judaism, Kingdom, Matthew

Pretense or Repentance

Matthew 21.23-32
Nov 4th 2018

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. -Proverbs 1.7

We're living in a time and age when wisdom is mocked at laughed at, when it's cool to be casual and clueless. Against such a dark backdrop shines the brightness...read >>

authentic, authority, crowds, faithful, fake, fear of man, hope, identity, integrity, obedience, prostitutes, real, sons, tax collectors, true
Jesus, Matthew, salvation

False Advertising

Matthew 21.18-22
Oct 28th 2018

False advertising. Don't you just love it? Ugh! No, of course not. Proverbs 13.12 says that "a hope deferred makes the heart sick." Few things frustrate more than getting our hopes up only to be lied to and let down.

But what about our lives? What is it that we're...read >>

advertising, authentic, Church, discipleship, faith, fake, false, fig, fruit, fruit of the Spirit, genuine, hope, Israel, Judaism, leaves, Temple, true, wither
faithfulness, fruit, Matthew

Do You Hear What They Are Saying?

Matthew 21.12-17
Oct 21st 2018

What would you expect a "house of prayer" to be like? Quiet? Calm? Perhaps some soft choruses in the background? Some Scripture being read? Prayers being prayed of course, right?

Well, that's not even close to what Jesus found in His "house of prayer" when He came...read >>

babies, chief priests, children, Hosanna, house of prayer, infants, Jerusalem, Jesus, praise, prayer, scribes, Son of David, temple, toddlers, triumphal entry
humility, Matthew, salvation

Who Is This?

Matthew 21.1-11
Oct 14th 2018

With His face set like flint for Jerusalem, the days of concealing His identity are behind Jesus. Large crowds had gathered about Him and His disciples. The time for His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem had come. Arrangements for this day had been made before the...read >>

Bethphage, colt, donkey, Hosanna, humble, humility, Jerusalem, Messiah, Passion, Son of David, Triumphal Entry
Matthew, Messiah, Passion

Son of David, Son of Mercy

Matthew 20.29-34
Oct 7th 2018

Do you like being interrupted? Not many do.

En route to Jerusalem for the Passover, crowds did all they could to suppress the annoying interruption of a couple of blind beggars, crying out for Jesus' attention. They wanted to see! But the crowds just wanted them to...read >>

blind, compassion, follow, healling, Jesus, mercy, Messiah, miracle, sight, Son of David
compassion, healing, Matthew

Ransom For Many

Matthew 20.24-28
Sep 30th 2018

The way of the world versus the Way of the Word.

In last week's passage, the mother of James and John requested that her boys sit at King Jesus' right and left in His Kingdom. In our passage today, the Lord handles the indignant response of the other 10 jealous...read >>

arrogance, community, cross, death, hope, humility, love, ministry, preference, pride, resurrection, salvation, selfishness, servant, service, sin, slave
Matthew, salvation, service

Passion and Privilege

Matthew 20.17-23
Sep 23rd 2018

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 >>

authority, cross, cup, death, Gospel, James, John, life, mother, passion, persecution, power, preeminence, prestige, privilege, salvation, suffering, Zebedee
Matthew, salvation, suffering