Family Division

Family Division

Family Division Genesis 21:8-14      Our story today is a story of two families; two families in conflict. Whenever we speak of family we touch a nerve. The Lord has so designed life that who we are and how we feel are more affected by our family than anything else on...
A Glorious Feast in a Desolate Place

A Glorious Feast in a Desolate Place

Matt 14:13-21 “A Glorious Feast in a Desolate Place” I recently read an excellent definition of maturity. Maturity is coming to terms with the limits and weaknesses of others, and with myself. Another way of saying this is that idealism this side of heaven is for...
Elijah, John and You

Elijah, John and You

Elijah, John and You (Matthew 14:1-12)      We are in the section of the Book of Matthew we may entitle “growing rejection.” Ministry is not going as some might have expected for the Lord Jesus. The religious leaders of Israel are bent on murdering Jesus. The crowds...
The Unforgivable Sin

The Unforgivable Sin

The Unforgivable Sin Matt. 12:22-32 The kingdom of Jesus is a kingdom of wonderful and free grace. Though all people are sinners who deserve God’s eternal punishment, the gospel of Christ is offered to all sinners and his gospel can atone for and wash away every...
Legalism Exposed

Legalism Exposed

Matt 12:1-14      “Legalism Exposed”     The longer the people watched Jesus, the more he surprised them. Most did not understand why Jesus ate and drank with notorious sinners. What shocked the people the most was not who Jesus befriended, but who he condemned....
God’s Unlikely Choice

God’s Unlikely Choice

God’s Unlikely Choice Matt. 10:1-4        Let’s begin with the number twelve. Why was it important that there be twelve apostles? The number twelve was important because the twelve apostles correspond with the twelve tribes of Israel. The heads of the...