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 >>
"Let the children come to Me." Those were the words of Jesus from our passage last week. "For the Kingdom belongs to such as these." Christ's Kingdom is fit only for those with child-like faith, humility & dependence upon Jesus, the Rock of our salvation.
* CORRECTION: around 8:50, "his boss' WIFE" should have been "his boss' DAUGHTER"
How free are you? The Word says we're only as free as the sin we're free from. Are you free from the bondage of sin, the lure of pride, the suck of self, the lust of...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 >>
"What sort of man is this?" That was the question that was asked of Jesus not long ago, and it's the very same question Matthew has been providing an answer for throughout his testament of God's Gospel.
On the heals of revealing to the Pharisees that God "desires...read >>
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 Jesus has...read >>
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 anyway?
We're reading more all the...read >>
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 "good" that isn't good...read >>
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...read >>
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...read >>
Sometimes the ugliness of sin is nearly unbearable. But the reality of its presence in any one of us is so persistent, so real, ever lurking and knocking at our doors that we had better pay close attention.
It is amazing how quickly we can turn from saints to...read >>
Some people seem to have a harder time with guilt than others.
It amazes me how some of us can simply let our wrongdoings roll off our minds like water on a duck's back, never thinking about it again, seemingly little if any consideration for collateral casualties...read >>
Do you want to be great? Do you think that's really something Jesus wants for you? The answer might surprise you.
Jesus not only desires His follower's greatness, but He loves us enough to point out the sin in us that has so perverted our perspective on real...read >>
Unity is a great thing. According to John 17.21, it can make all the difference in whether or not the world believes in Jesus.
Yet, unity isn't everything. We can be united in all kinds of godless fronts. God is supreme, not man; therefore what unites us is more...read >>
Pride is a beast. There's nothing wrong with wanting to do well, to bring pleasure to others. Where pride resides is purely in the pleasure of "more than you". I want more gifts, more friends, more recognition, more attention, more... glory! "DANGER WILL...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 >>