In his first epistle, Peter exhorts us to 'pay close attention to prophecy', but if we were honest, I wonder how many of us really do? It can be a world of encouragement, if we comprehend what we're reading. But it does take some effort; sometimes, a lot of...read >>
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 >>
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 >>
Pride & prejudice will go to amazing lengths in an attempt to justify its foolishness.
In today's passage, the religious leaders offer one of the dumbest suggestions for where Jesus' power over demons comes from. Their logic is completely absurd.
But, here's the...read >>
In His Sermon On The Mount, Jesus validated His Word, God's Word, teaching & explaining it to many who'd been confused by the Pharisees & Scribes.
Through His miracles of exorcism, healing, etc. Jesus validated His own authority as the long-awaited Messiah.
So far...read >>
Last Sunday afternoon, after we looked at Jesus proclamation in Matthew 5.11-12 about the blessing of being persecuted for His sake, a brother testified about the persecution being endured by Christians in the middle east. Indeed, it is atrocious.
Currently there...read >>
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. He...read >>
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 Matthew 5.9?...read >>
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 hope not on...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 caught yourself saying something that you just couldn't believe came out of your mouth... out loud! Oops. But, consider the words of Jesus: "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." In other words, is it any wonder we say & do things when...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 tried shining a flashlight in the day time? Doesn't do much good, does it?
Made in the likeness & image of God, the Lord shines on His children like little mirrors in order that they may experience the joy of having and reflect His Light.
For now, in this...read >>
"Overcomer" Isn't that just what the Jews wanted in their Messiah? That's exactly how Jesus describes Himself: "I have overcome the world."
The prosperity gospel has never been more popular. "Pray this prayer and you'll get your dream job." "Send money to this...read >>
A fulfilled promise made bold witnesses of future glory.read >>
Two things we learn from Jesus in this passage: 1) Why the world hates Christians, and 2) the fellowship by which they persevere.read >>