When was the last time someone corrected you? How'd you feel about it? Were their efforts received with gratitude, thankful you'd been made to see a better way? Or did you find yourself more like "How dare he correct me!" Or "Who does she think she is?"
What about...read >>
The King & His Kingdom had arrived. And with that, things were changing. Light was swallowing up all the shadows of the past. What was once thought to set God's people apartâ€”the lawâ€”now meets its Maker. And as He spoke and declared the meaning of His...read >>
What is the call God has on a father's life, and how ought he to lead his family?
Throughout the Scripture, God instructs men on how they are to lead & love their families. Are you a father? How well do you follow God's Word, how well do you lead accordingly? Well,...read >>
It's a family affair. Our Father in heaven means to make followers of Jesus Christ: sinners, saved by grace, lives that are being transformed into the glorious likeness of His Son, the sinless Savior.
Are you all in? Are you all in His family? What role do you...read >>
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 Lamb--our...read >>
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, figuring out who...read >>
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, and if...read >>
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.read >>
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...read >>
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...read >>
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,...read >>
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...read >>
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 not?
The Holy Spirit. Perhaps one of the most divisive doctrines in the Church. Ironically, however, He was given by God to unite the Church in the Spirit and Truth of Christ.
Is the Holy Spirit the cause of people flopping in the pews, barking like dogs? Or perhaps He...read >>
Paul is hot under the collar, and for good reason. Thieves have snuck into his safe home and are disrupting the family of faith. How? Convincing them that their means to being justified (made Right in God's eyes) lies in their own hands, through law-keeping...read >>
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...read >>