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 & rebellious chosen...read >>
"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 Scripture was...read >>
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 5.31-32, let's...read >>
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 Him." So how would...read >>
Have you trusted Christ? Have you obeyed His command to follow Him in believer's baptism?
As we prepare to baptize over a dozen brothers and sisters in the faith, this morning we'll spend some time examining key passages on believer's baptism, how it was and ought...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 >>
For all that's wrong with her, one thing is certain: her Husband is amazing!
She is so very loved with a special, enormous, eternal, covenant love, the love of God, the same Trinitarian love shared & enjoyed by Father, Son & Spirit. Yes, she is a work in process....read >>
Water is crucial to life... especially during a famine!
Isaac continued to grow in numbers, wealth & works. Abimelech couldn't help but note that something was special about this man. No matter how much they pushed or persecuted him, the Lord continued to bless &...read >>
Ever said to yourself, "If God would just show up & tell me what to do, I would do it!" I hate to break it to you, but considering today's passage & humanity's history, you're wrong: you won't!
Part of what makes grace so amazing is that it calls us to the...read >>
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We do what we love. So what do you love?
Paul warns in Philippians 3.19 that many follow the "god of their belly." Yikes! But it's true: where our appetite is, their will our heart be also.
Today we peek...read >>
Abraham meets with Abimelech for the second time in this passage. This time, his reputation preceded him. Abimelech remembered two things 1) God was with him, and 2) he wasn't very trustworthy. Wow! What a first impression.
Well, fortunately for Abraham, indeed the...read >>
In today's passage, God proves Himself faithful once again: Sarah gives birth to the promised seed, Isaac whose name means laughter.
There's a lot of laughter going on in today's passage, but Ishmael's smells a bit fishy. Momma Sarah spots it and calls for a...read >>
Have you ever been faced with an opportunity to minister in some way but weren't sure how? Should I pray? Should I go? Should I stay & wait upon the Lord? As believers, we trust in the Lord, but how does our faith convert into action, or should it?
Join us this...read >>
It was another hot, dry day under the oaks of Mamre when three strangers visit Abraham's tent. 99 can move pretty quick when divine visitors show up! At Abe's request--but clearly the Lord's intent--Abraham provides a communion meal of cakes, curds, and a young calf...read >>
A 100 year old dad, maturing in the faith has his spine strengthened in the covenant promise that Sarah will carry a son. No joke!
Having been instructed by God to be cut or risk being cut off from His promise earlier in the chapter, Abraham takes action. A shaky...read >>
We all want to make a difference and leave a legacy that lasts. When God calls Abraham in Genesis, Abraham responds with trusting faith. God blesses Abraham so that he will be a blessing. God calls him into His mission of redemption and restoration. God promises him...read >>
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...read >>
Having run out of time in the previous sermon, this week we will pick up with the last three verses of Abram's first rescue of his knuckle-head nephew.
Today's three points of application are timely for our nation & its people. May the Lord work His Word & the One...read >>
Can you imagine the fear God's children could've carried after the flood? "If He cares so little for human life so as to destroy it at will, who's to say He won't haul off and do it again? How can we possibly trust such a God?"
Abba loves His children, and He...read >>
If you ever wondered how God feels about sin, look no further than today's passage. Wow!
Friday a meteorite raced through the sky over Russia. It left a surreal, translucent cloud of smoke & fire in its trail that had many out snapping photos... completely unaware...read >>
The power to stand the pressure: the promises of the Promised One.read >>