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Series of Sunday Morning Sermons on the book of Judges                    by Dr. Matt Miles

The Real Christ of Christmas (1 John 1:1-4 )                      28 November 2021

I am afraid many church members view the Bible as being full of good stories, that it teaches good lessons, that it puts forth fine ideals, but were you to press them, they might hold that much of what the Bible says happened didn’t really happen. The question you and I need to ask and answer is this: “Is the story told of Jesus in the Bible true?” If it is true, then He deserves our total allegiance. From this passage, I want to focus on three truths as to who this Jesus really is and corresponding implications related to those three truths.

Salvation: From Theology to Doxology (Jude 24-25)            21 November 2021

In the next to last verse of his letter, Jude gives us a hint of his original intention. He writes to us about one important aspect of our salvation, and then in the last verse of the letter, he praises God. The title of today’s message is: “Salvation: From Theology to Doxology.” There are three things that I want you to catch.

Live by Truth: Rescue (Jude 22-23) 14 November 2021

In this passage, Jude is returning to his initial call that his readers fight for the faith. You fight for the faith when you live by truth. First, you are to remember that we are in a war. Second, you need to remain in the love of God. Today, we come to the third thing we are to in order to live by truth and to fight the false teachers. We are to rescue (vv. 22-23).  We will learn three things that we as rescuers are to do. 

Live by Truth: Remain (Jude 20-21) 7 November 2021

We have been going through the little letter of Jude, the next to last book of the NT. It is one chapter in length—25 verses long. In v. 3, Jude tells his readers that they are to contend, they are to fight for the truth. We are not to fight over the truth. We are to fight for the truth. Jude shows them what fighting for the truth looks like.  Read on to learn more.

Live by Truth: Remember (Jude 17-18) 31 October 2021

Last week, Jude urged us to contend, to fight for the faith. There are parallels between today’s text and v. 3 of Jude. While v. 3 calls upon us to contend for the faith, the verses in today’s text shows us what that looks like. We contend for the faith when we live by truth. Our text shows us three ways in which we live by truth. There is too much here to cover in one sermon; so, I am going to break this into three messages. We are going to confine today’s message to vv. 17-19 which tell us to remember.

How to Fight Faithfully for the Faith (Jude 3-16)                  24 October 2021

In today’s passage, Jude tells us to contend for the faith, and then he contends for it by taking on the false teachers. Jude pulls no punches. He lets them have it with full force. Let’s look at vv. 3-16. I want to point out four ways that we can ensure that we are fighting faithfully for the faith. 

Timely Reminders (Jude 1-2) 17 October 2021

Jude is one of the most neglected books in the New Testament. But, the first two verses say so much about who we are, and what we have. 

The Darkness of Evil Days (Judges 19-21) 10 October 2021

While God created light in the beginning, in this world there are still places and times of darkness. It is only in the new heaven and the new earth that the night will be no more. We come today to the last three chapters of Judges. The darkness of this story is both surprising and terribly disturbing. Read on to discover three truths about the darkness of evil days.

DIY Religion in a Make-It-Yourself Culture (Judges 17-18)    3 October 2021

There is no shortage of dummies in our world, and sometimes we qualify for that designation. One of the dumb things that has become popular is making up your own religion and fashioning your own view of who God is or who you want Him to be. This isn’t anything new. 

In today’s text, we will see how those who were supposed to be God’s people were engaging in do-it-yourself religion. As we look at Judges 17-18, we are going to consider, “DIY Religion in a Make-It-Yourself Culture.”  

The Night of Sin (Judges 16:1-22) 19 September 2021

Looking at the life of Samson, it is easy to see that Samson has a sin problem. His sin is fueled by his lust, his anger, and his pride. Our focus today is Judges 16 and in this chapter the writer uses the word night and darkness repeatedly in regard to Samson. Scripture often uses night and darkness as a symbol for sin. As we look at Samson and Judges 16:1-22 we will consider, “The Night of Sin. I want you to notice three truths. 

How to Be a Selfish Pig (Judges 15:1-20)                            12 September 2021

In this chapter we have several interesting episodes from the life of Samson. He was the supreme example of what it means to be a selfish pig. If you desire to attain the heights of piggishness, Samson is the perfect guide. Using him as our model, I want to teach you in four easy lessons how you, too, can became a selfish pig.

Uncovering Unspoken Secrets (Judges 13:25-14:20)            5 September 2021

Secret things have a way of becoming known. Jesus said in Luke 8:17, “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”
In today’s text, there were things that Samson did not tell his parents and sought to keep from his fiancé. As we inspect this passage, we also discover there were some things that God was doing that was not openly known. Our goal this morning is to uncover three unspoken secrets.

 

Are You Assured of God's Love? (Judges 10-12)                15 August 2021

Have you ever lived in fear that God might pull your coverage because you just don’t measure up? A lack of assurance is a very real thing. Many believers live with the fear that they haven’t done enough, that they don’t know enough, that they aren’t good enough. God does not want you to live with that kind of doubt and uncertainty. As a parent, you know that when your child hurts, you hurt. It is no different with God because God so loves His children. When we truly know that depth of God’s love for us, we will be able to overcome four things. Keep reading to learn more.

When Bad Men Rule (Judges 9) 8 August 2021

The Bible teaches that God has created three institutions—the family, the church, and the state. As to the family, we know that marriage is God’s idea. The Church was founded by Jesus. He is the Head of the Church, and the Church is His body in this world. God created a third institution—the State. The Bible teaches the responsibilities of civil government and the responsibilities of the individual to the state, but the Bible teaches our allegiance to the state is not absolute. We come to Judges 9. Abimelech was chosen to be a leader, a ruler over his people in Shechem. Today, we are going to look at what happens, “When Bad Men Rule.” 

My Name Is Gideon (Judges 6-8) 1 August 2021

Do you ever feel inferior, insufficient, not up to the task, not enough—not pretty enough, not smart enough, not strong enough, not talented enough, not successful enough? We are going to meet a man today who was familiar with that feeling. Gideon is both a heroic and tragic character. He rightly knew that he didn’t have what it takes, but God called him a mighty man of valor because he looked beyond who Gideon was and saw what he could become through God’s help. What can you become with God's help?

How to Obtain an Uncommon Peace (Judges 4-5)              25 July 2021

Conflict. It’s everywhere. You can’t escape it. It is found within churches, between churches, and it ravages entire denominations. Disagreements, clashes, and skirmishes are common between political parties and even within a party. You find the same battles and fights in marriages and in families, businesses and corporations. You will find such problems plague our schools, and neighborhoods, and cities. Conflict is rife within our culture, and it escalates between people’s and countries. 

What’s even worse, is we find conflict within our own heart. We have competing loyalties, and at times, a divided mind. Where can we go to find rest and peace in our turbulent, troubled world? In the midst of this war, however, you can be at peace with God, at peace with yourself, and at peace with those who follow God. What can we do to help that happen? As we look at Judges 4-5, we are going to find there are four things we can do to obtain an uncommon peace.

Will You Look at That?! (Judges 3) 18 July 2021

When you see something surprising, what kind of reaction do you have? When I see something unexpected, out of the ordinary, or rather astonishing, I am apt to point at it and say, “Well, looky there!” In Judges 3:24-25, there is a single Hebrew word that is used three times. The KJV and the NASB translate the word as behold. Its whole purpose is to let the reader know, what’s happening is surprising.  We said last week that there are 12 judges who arise in this book—11 men and 1 woman. These judges served as deliverers or liberators. Three of them emerge in this one chapter—Othniel, Ehud, and Shamgar. From them and the events that surrounded their emergence, we are afforded a view of three surprising truths. Read on to find out what they are.

Lessons Learned From a Wayward Generation            (Judges 2:6-3:6) 11 July 2021

Today we are going to look at a group of people, an entire generation, actually, who suffered from spiritual amnesia. They forgot what God had done on their behalf.  This same group qualified for another condition called apostasy. An apostate is one who abandons, forsakes, or walks away from his or her religion, faith, or commitment to God. We are going to learn that spiritual amnesia leads to spiritual apostasy. This type of amnesia precedes and produces apostasy. When we forget what God has done on our behalf, when we forget who He is and who we are in Him, we place ourselves in danger of turning away from Him. This is what an entire generation of Jews did after entering the land God had promised to them. Look with me at Judges 2:6-12a. We are going to learn three lessons from this wayward generation.

The Story of Successful Failures (Judges 1:1-2:5)                4 July 2021 

It has been said that failure is being successful at the things that don't matter. Based on that definition, are you a success or a failure? Judges 1 begins with a string of successes for God's people. But when Israel grew strong, they disobeyed God, which led to failure. They were successful failures. Read on to learn how you can avoid being a successful failure.

Series of Sunday Morning Sermons on Paul's Letter to the Philippians by Dr. Matt Miles

Planting the Seeds of a Joyful Life (Philippians 4:20-23)      27 June 2021

Today we close out our study of Philippians. We will look at the last four verses. These are more than a dry conclusion to an ancient letter. They are seed, and when they are planted, the Holy Spirit will cause them to grow into a succulent, sweet fruit called joy. We are going to look at three ways we can do or plant God's word which will result in joy.

The Other-Oriented Church (Philippians 4:14-19)                20 June 2021

A patient who is being treated for a memory related illness is often assessed to determine the severity of his or her impairment. They are said to be Oriented x 1, 2, 3, or 4. If you are Oriented x1, you know your name and the others close to you. If you are Oriented x2, you know where you are. Those who are Oriented x3 know what time it is—the year, the season, the day of the week. In addition to those things, if someone is Oriented x4, they also know why they are where they are. In a spiritual sense, as God’s people, we need to know who we are in Christ, where God has placed us, what time it is, and why we are here. Based on today’s text, I want to emphasize that there is another kind of orientation. It is not an orientation around self. Instead, we need to be other-oriented. Look with me at Philippians 4:14-19. We are going to examine, “The Other-Oriented Church.”

Life-long Learners (Philippians 4:10-13) 13 June 2021

The words learn, learned, and learning show up 81 times in the Bible—40 times in the Old Testament and 41 times in the NT. The church is meant to be a learning community. We have been called by Jesus to be His disciples. As disciples, we are students. We are learners. Today’s text bears out the truth that we are to be life-long learners, and from the text, I want to emphasize three things that we need to learn and in which we are to grow.

 

 

Finding The Bridge Over Our Troubled Water      (Philippians 4:6-9) 6 June 2021

Today, we are going to look at four verses in Philippians 4.  We are going to consider, “Finding the Bridge Over Our Troubled Water.” Just like the generation of 1970, we, too, are looking for peace. Peace, my friend, is a Person, and Jesus is that Person. He is our peace. There are three things you and I need to do to find that peace God has for us.

 

The Power of a Positive Testimony (Philippians 4:1-5)        23 May 2021

     From today’s text, I want to talk about a corporate testimony, about what God can say to others through the lives we live after coming to Christ. Let’s look at Philippians 4:1-5. Three times in these five verses, Paul uses the phrase “in the Lord.” The Church at Philippi, and I believe the Church of Liberty Southern, and the entire Church of God everywhere and at every time are called upon to stand firm in the Lord, and to agree in the Lord, and to rejoice in the Lord. I am convinced that when we do those very things, we offer a strong and powerful testimony to our world concerning the truth and reality of Jesus Christ.

What Citizens of Heaven Do (Philippians 3:17-4:1)              16 May 2021

In the pages of the Bible, we meet the successive empires of Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Macedonia, and Rome. Living as we do in 2021, we really don’t think in terms of empire, but those living in Paul’s day were confronted with the reality of empire every day. In 42 B.C. the city of Philippi was declared to be a Roman colony. As citizens of Rome living away from Rome, they were to reproduce in Philippi the customs and culture of Rome. Likewise, God has sprinkled this world with little colonies of heaven. Our job is to reproduce the values and culture of heaven. From today’s text, we are going to look at “What Citizens of Heaven Do.” We are to going to examine four things we are to do.

Five Keys to Seizing the Prize! (Philippians 3:12-16)            9 May 2021

In this third chapter, Paul moves from an accounting metaphor to an athletic one. He had been talking about assets and liabilities, but now he is concerned with both running and winning a race. What is this prize that Paul wants to win? I believe the prize Paul sought to seize, and the one for which we are to run after is Christlikeness. I am going to offer you five keys that will help us to become more like Christ.

One Holy Ambition: To Experience Christ              (Philippians 3:10-11) 2 May 2021

If you are a Christian, you are a disciple.  A disciple longs to be like his Master. Paul wrote that his first goal was to gain Christ (3:8). That is not where the Christian life ends. That is only where it begins. From that starting point we go on to an even greater goal. Paul expresses his second and superior goal in the first five words of v. 10: that I may know Him.  To know Christ is to experience Christ.

What We Get When We Get Christ (Philippians 3:1-9)      25 April 2021

It is quite likely that somewhere along the way you have heard the phrase value added. It's been said that there is only one reason to be a leader, and that is to add value to people, to make them more valuable. God is the ultimate leader. Read on to find out how God, as our Leader, adds value to us.

The Sender, The Sent, and The Recipients          (Philippians 2:19-30) 18 April 2021

God is in the sending business. The word send shows up 80-plus times in the NT, and the word sent appears approximately 190 times, and four of those occurrences are in today’s text. This matter of sending necessarily involves three audiences. First, there is the Sender. Next, there are the ones who are sent. Finally, there are those who are supposed to receive the ones who have been sent. Click the link to read more.

How the Work of Being Saved Works (Philippians 2:12-18) 11 April 2021

It appears to me that most Americans have, what I would call, a love/hate relationship with work. For some people, work is a four-letter word. Other people, instead of working to live, they live to work. Work is so central to our existence that we shouldn’t be surprised that the Bible has much to say about work. Click the link to read what Paul says about how salvation works.

The Jesus Story and Ours (Philippians 2:5-11) 4 April 2021

We often refer to people’s lives as a story. Depending on the person, it may be a rags-to-riches story, or a hard luck story, or a Cinderella story, or a success story. Turn with me to Philippians 2:5-11. Here, we have an invitation to enter into the Jesus story. Jesus’ life beautifully illustrated what He taught. Jesus humbled Himself, and God exalted Him.

 

The Gospel Worthy Church (Philippians 1:27-2:4)              28 March 2021

In today's passage, Paul argues that as Christians, we are not just individuals, we are part of something far larger than ourselves. We are part of God’s Kingdom. Together, we make up His Church. Now, we need to live lives that are worthy of the gospel, the good news about Jesus. There are certain expectations that God has of those who are His. We are going to look at three ways we are to live gospel-worthy lives and be a gospelworthy church.

Our Choice to Rejoice (Philippians 1:18b-26) 21 March 2021

Philippians is, without any doubt, the most joyful letter Paul wrote. The letter drips with joy despite the fact that he wrote it while being incarcerated in Rome. Paul made a choice to rejoice, and I intend to give you three reasons why you and I can rejoice.

 

Truths Worth Knowing (Philippians 1:12-18) 14 March 2021

As I look at our culture and the kinds of things that we are dedicating our time to—spending excessive amounts of time on social media, watching news programs that run 24/7, playing games on our smart phones or tablets—it occurs to me that our lives have become a trivial pursuit. We are pursuing the trivial. The definition of trivial is “of very little importance or value; insignificant.”

Several years back pastor and author John Piper wrote a book called, Don’t Waste Your Life. Wasting our lives is exactly what we will do if we continue chasing after the trivial. Instead, we need to give ourselves to knowing and doing big things, things that are far bigger than us and will long outlive us. That is why Jesus told His disciples, “Seek first the kingdom of God.” We need to become Kingdom people—people who live kingdom lives and who pursue kingdom priorities. Turn to Philippians 1:12-18. Paul begins this passage with the words: “I want you to know.” Here, Paul communicates some truths that need to capture us. They are “Truths Worth Knowing.”

My Prayer for You (Philippians 1:9-11) 7 March 2021

A discerning shopper picked up a bottle of juice and turned it around to read the ingredients list. In the bottom corner of the front label, in small, easy-to-miss type, she found the telltale words: “Flavored juice blend with other natural ingredients.” She concluded that the enticing pictures and clever labeling were simply decoys to sell a diluted, blueberrypomegranate flavored product, disguised to look like something it wasn’t. What if I had an ingredients list printed on me? Would Jesus be the main ingredient? If not, how far down the list would He be?
And what about you? Would Jesus be at the top of your ingredient list or would He be far down the list as simply an additive? Is your life Jesus-flavored, or is it Jesus-filled? 

Finding Joy in Prayer (Philippians 1:3-8) 28 February 2021

Many believers experience a remarkable lack of joy. For them, the Christian life is about duty, responsibility, and adherence to a set of rules, most of which are man-made. If you insist on being a rule follower, God did command us to "Rejoice always." If you're not experiencing joy as a believer, you are being disobedient, and living contradictory to what God wants for you. While most Christians view prayer as a chore, it is actually an avenue by which joy comes into our lives. Read on to discover how to find joy in prayer.

 

Five Important Relationships (Philippians 1:1-2)  21 February 2021

The Christian faith is not primarily about doctrine and theological positions; it is about relationships. In today’s passage, Paul employs seven prepositions in a span of two verses. A preposition shows relationship, how one thing is related to another. And the New Testament was written, in large part, to govern how we act in those relationships. Let’s turn to Philippians and discover Five Important Relationships.

 

Sunday Morning Sermons on the Gospel of Matthew                                     by Dr. Matt Miles  

The Grand Essential (John 13:34-35) 14 February 2021

For some years, the hope and prayer of this church has been that we be a lighthouse for those in our community. I share those same dreams. A strong case, however, can be made that a church is better off if it views itself as a ship rather than a lighthouse. A lighthouse lacks mobility while a ship can move to wherever it is most needed. Max Lucado has compared the Church to a battleship rather than a cruise ship. Sometimes, the greatest threat to the harmony of the crew comes from the sailors themselves. I we are to enjoy harmony, there is one indispensable ingredient that has to be present among us. Read on to find out what The Grand Essential is, and how it works.

The Commencement Address (Matthew 28:16-20)               7 February 2021

In America, graduation exercises are called "commencement." It means to start. As we come to the end of the book of Matthew, it seems to me that Jesus’ disciples are ready to graduate. Their course of formal instruction is complete. Their time with their Rabbi has come to an end. They are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of their lives. It was time to own the mission Jesus had for them. Just like in our graduations, there was someone who delivered a commencement address to those disciples. That someone was Jesus. We call His address, “the Great Commission.” Let’s look at Matthew 28:16-20. I want you to notice three things.

Did He or Didn't He? (Matthew 28:1-15) 31 January 2021

I have a question for us to consider today. It is prompted by today’s text, and it is a question of supreme importance. My question is simply, “Did He or Didn’t He?” Did Jesus rise from the dead or did He not? The answer to that question is not only life altering, it also determines our eternal destiny. I want to sharpen the focus by asking and answering just two questions: If Jesus Rose from the Dead, What Are We to Do? And  If Jesus Didn’t Rise from the Dead, What Does That Mean? Interested? click the title to read more.

 

Quiet Supporters vs Vocal Opponents (Matthew 27:55-66) 24 January 2021

The more I read my Bible, the more I am confronted with the fact that to live the Christian life is to live a counter-cultural life. Christian living goes against the grain of what our culture expects and routinely experiences. With that in mind, I want you to turn to today’s text. In this passage, we are presented with two distinct and very different groups of people. From our text, we are going to contrast what is involved in being either a quiet supporter or a vocal opponent. 

 

Drawn to Jesus by His Spirit (Matthew 27:45-54)               17 January 2021

In the gospel of John, Jesus says, "When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to Myself." By His death on  the cross, the Spirit of God draws people to Christ. We are going to look at three ways He does that.

The Irony of Jesus' Passion (Matthew 27:27-44)                10 January 2021

You and I live in a world full of irony. Many of the truths of the Christian life are clearly ironic. We are strong when we are weak. We must lose our life to find it. Today, we're going to examine four ironic truths about Jesus that are highlighted by the mocking He endured during His trial and crucifixion.

 

Answering Life's Most Important Question                  (Matthew 27:11-26) 3 January 2021

Every day, you and I face the task of answering questions, and some questions are hard to answer. Whether they realized it or not, when the Wise Men arrived in Jerusalem and started asking, “Where is he who has born King of the Jews?” they were asking, “Where is God?” This morning, we are going to return to our journey through gospel of Matthew. As we do, we are going to concern ourselves with, “Answering Life’s Most Important Question.” He didn’t realize it, but Pilate, the Governor of Judea asked life’s MIQ in v. 22. There is no more important question than that. I want you to notice four truths.

 

Christmas Surprises: The Searchers (Matthew 2:1-12)       27 December 2020

I have borrowed the title of that movie for the title of today’s sermon. Our text is Matthew 2:1-12. The Bible calls them the Wise Men or the Magi, but I’m going to call them "The Searchers." These searchers were seeking someone, and they went to great effort and great expense to find Him.

What do you find yourself searching after? It is food? Is it money? Is it love? The truth of the matter is that we are usually successful in finding whatever it is that we are searching for if we are willing to look hard enough to find it. That means, if we don’t look for anything, we will find that, too. What are you willing to search for with all your heart?

Christmas Surprises: Surprised by Joy (Luke 2:8-20)         20 December 2020

You may feel there is a considerable distance between you and joy, real joy, but I am here to say that it may be closer than you think. This season, we have been looking at Christmas Surprises. I am borrowing the title of C.S. Lewis’ autobiography as the title for this message: “Surprised by Joy.” Let’s look at Luke 2:8-20.

Christmas Surprises: God's Plan (Luke 1:5-38;        Matthew 1:18-25) 13 December 2020

What was God doing before He created the heavens and the earth? I think He was planning. He planned everything that we would one day see with our Hubble telescope before He created it. He planned everything we would eventually study under our electron microscope before He created it. Before He created life, He planned the double helix structure of DNA. Before He created man, He knew man would sin, and He planned how He would redeem fallen man.  (And as we know from Psalms 33:11, "the Lord's plans stand firm forever.") Read on to see how four people were surprised by God's plan. 

Christmas Surprises: Promises of the Child-King        (Isaiah 9:1-7) 6 December 2020

Do you like surprises? For good of bad, surprises are a way of life because none of us knows what a day will bring. There were quite a few surprises that very, first Christmas. But even before that, God sent out a birth announcement in the book of Isaiah. Read on to discover the promises of the Child-King. 

 

 

Taking Counsel (Matthew 27:1-10) 22 November 2020

Where do you go and to whom do you turn when you need advice? When you are unsure as to the next step to take, how do you get direction and sound guidance? The Bible has a lot to say about wise counsel. King Solomon, for instance, wrote: “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22). The last two times those words, took counsel, show up in the Bible happens to be in today’s text. I submit for your consideration two questions: 1.) From Which Source Will You Take Counsel? 2.) On What Subjects Will You Take Counsel?   

The Dangers of Distant Discipleship (Matthew 26:58, 69-75) 15 November 2020

When we put all four gospel accounts together, we see that all but two of the disciples scattered when Jesus was taken away. Peter and one other disciple, very likely John, followed the mob. They hung back to see where Jesus was taken. Let’s read our verse: “Peter was following Him at a distance.” This verse is not about discipleship, but I want you to think about distant discipleship. Have you ever attempted to follow Jesus but from a distance? Read on to learn how following at a distance can be dangerous.

When Our Religion Breaks Bad (Matthew 26:57-68)            8 November 2020

You've probably heard about the mild-mannered chemistry teacher who decided to start cooking crystal meth, but did you know that cultures, countries and even religion can 'break bad'? But this is nothing new. It has happened repeatedly through the centuries, as in today's text. Let's look at what happens when religion breaks bad.

 

 

Arrested by Jesus (Matthew 26:47-56) 1 November 2020

Has God ever gotten your attention? How did He do it? He has unlimited ways. The question before us here is, how does Jesus get your attention. When the mob came to arrest Jesus in the garden, it's clear that He was the one in charge. Before they ever took Him into custody, He arrested their attention. Find out how Jesus wants to arrest your attention and devotion.

 

 

A Place Called Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46)               25 October 2020

You and I live in anxious times. How do we deal with our fears and worries? Some may turn to the bottle, or they throw themselves into their work, or they develop an eating disorder, or they rely on something else that they think will numb the pain and soothe their nerves. All the while, we fail to remember what Jesus promised: “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Find out what Jesus did in His own time of fear, and how you can emerge from these times better and stronger. 

The Gospel: It's All About Jesus (Matthew 26:26-35)          18 October 2020

In today's passage, Jesus and His disciples are observing the Passover meal. This commemorative meal was instituted to celebrate the deliverance that God brought to the Jewish people through Moses. But that event serves to point forward to a greater deliverance of a greater number from a far greater Moses who was yet to come. Read on to discover three truths about how the Gospel is all about Jesus.

What Gives Meaning to Life? (Matthew 26:17-25)               11 October 2020

When you choose for yourself a meaning for life that does not match with the real meaning of life, there will be disappointment, disillusionment, and the the consequences may be fatal. What makes life worth living? When you have a stable, growing relationship with Jesus, you have a reason to get up in the morning. Read on to discover three truths from this passage that show what gives meaning to life.

Traveling with Jesus (Matthew 26:1-16) 4 October 2020

With the beginning of this chapter in Matthew's gospel, it seems that the speed of Jesus' journey to the cross increases. Let's not fall behind as we accompany Jesus on this final journey, and take note of three things that we will encounter along the way.

 

 

Jesus and His Work of Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46)       27 September 2020

Today's passage serves as the climax to what is known as the Olivet Discourse. Jesus ends His message by dealing with the judgment that is coming after His return. This passage makes it quite clear that Jesus is the Judge. You and I and everyone who has ever lived are the judged. Are you a sheep or a goat? Read on and consider, "Jesus and His work of Judgment."

How the Wise Live (Matthew 25:14-30) 20 September 2020

Jesus often contrasted the wise and the foolish in His teaching. In today's passage, Jesus introduces us to two servants who showed themselves to be wise, and to a third servant who by his actions showed himself to be terribly foolish. Read on to discover "How the Wise Live."

A Party That Is Worth It (Matthew 25:1-13)                        13 September 2020

In the Bible, there is a lot of partying that goes on. Jesus talked about parties, went to parties, and sometimes, parties or dinners were held in His honor. As Jesus tells of His coming, He uses marriage language, and He portrays His return as a party. Read on to find out some important information about this coming Marriage Feast of the Lamb.

Jesus on the Day of His Coming (Matthew 24:36-51)           6 September 2020

Previously, in the book of Matthew, Jesus refers to "those days" as the siege of Jerusalem along with its destruction. But then he changes it to "that day," meaning the day of His return. Here are two central truths we can learn from Jesus on the day of His coming.

With Power and Great Glory (Matthew 24:29-35)               23 August 2020

What Jesus says in vv. 29-30 sure sounds like the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ. We know, however, that the world has not ended, and Jesus has not come back triumphantly. I am going to show you that those words of Jesus are referring to the events surrounding and immediately after the destruction of the temple in AD 70. We do not think like a 1st Century Jewish person who was steeped in Hebrew Scripture thought. We think like 21st Century Americans think, and because we do, we often miss what Jesus meant by what He said.

So What? (Matthew 24:15-28) 16 August 2020

Today we'll be examining a passage that is hotly debated - Matthew 24:15-18. Unlike many of today's preachers, I do not think Jesus was prophesying of events that are still to take place. I believe they were fulfilled in AD 70. So, what does this mean for us? Read on to learn three things about Jesus, and how we are to live in light  of those things.

 

Living in the Interim (Matthew 24:1-14) 9 August 2020

The first part of Matthew 24 involves Jesus describing what will happen before his second coming. We could say this time is the "Interim" between time and eternity, between this evil world and the glory of Heaven come down to earth. Read on to discover how we should live in the interim.

Are You Willing? (Matthew 23:37-39) 2 August 2020

Today's message centers around an indictment Jesus leveled against the Jewish leaders. He said, "You were not willing." Read on to examine three questions Jesus might ask us today. 

Judgement Awaits! (Matthew 23:13-36) 26 July 2020

Matthew 23 contains a stern message from Jesus. It contains some of the harshest things Jesus ever said. Today, instead of automatically assuming that it is meant for someone else, let's look in the mirror and examine our own hearts in light of what He says about hypocrites, blind guides, and venomous snakes..

When Religion Goes Bad (Matthew 23:1-12) 19 July 2020

Have you ever had food poisoning? It is not a pleasant experience and one you would never want to experience again. It is never a good thing when food goes bad. Other things in this world can go bad, even religion. In today's lesson, Jesus shows us three ways religion goes bad. Read on to find out if your religion has gone bad.

Life's Greatest Question (Matthew 22:41-46) 12 July 2020

Today, we come to the last six verses of Matthew 22. Now, it is Jesus’ turn to go on the offensive. Like the Pharisees and Sadducees, he asks questions. The most important questions are the first two: “What do you think about the Christ?” and “Whose son is He?” We are going to consider each and learn from them three key lessons about “Life’s Most Important Question.”

Our Jesus-Given Mission Statement (Matthew 22:34-40)     5 July 2020

Businesses have them. Churches have them. Even some individuals have them. More than once, in the gospels, Jesus declares His mission. He also offers us instruction as to what we are to be about in this life. Let's look at, "Our Jesus-Given Mission Statement."

 

Trapped By What We Don't Know (Matthew 22:15-33)       28 June 2020

In today's passage, Jesus is asked and answers questions from various  religious and political groups who came to him trying to set a trap for him and entangle him in his words.  In an effort to trap Jesus, however, they ended up trapping themselves by what they didn't know. Read on to discover three ways we trap ourselves by what we don't know. 

 

 

God's Kingdom Party (Matthew 22:1-14) 5 April 2020

There are numerous metaphors in the Jesus' parables, especially when describing the Kingdom of God. From being compared to seed, to yeast, to hidden treasure, this story tells us that God's Kingdom will be like a party. Find out what He has done, is doing, and will do for the attendees.

(Watch the Morning Service from April 5, 2020 on our Facebook page, or go to our Home page and click the link.) 

 

Our Unstoppable God (Matthew 21:33-46) 29 March 2020

Upon hearing the parables of Jesus, it's easy to look for ourselves in the stories. But how much we can learn from them if we keep our eyes on God. From our text today, I want to identify 6 specific attributes that belong to our God. Jesus uses words to paint a picture of what our God is like. We are going to gaze at this portrait. You and I are in the background, but we are going to focus on the foreground in an effort to behold our God.

(Watch the Morning Service from March 29, 2020 on our Facebook page, or go to our Home page and click the link.)

Being Honest to God (Matthew 21:23-32) 22 March 2020

Sometimes, we don't know who or what we can trust. We are in an unprecedented time. Can we trust what the government and the media are telling us about COVID-19? Beyond that, regarding your relationship with God, can YOU be trusted? Find out what being Honest to God really means.

 

 

What Does Jesus Want? (Matthew 21:18-22)                     15 March 2020

When Jesus cursed the fig tree because it had no fruit, was he throwing a temper tantrum? On the contrary. Read on to discover what he was saying about Israel, and us.

 

Catching Truth from Jesus (Matthew 21:12-17)                     8 March 2020

I have heard it said that truth is more often caught than taught. Jesus was a master teacher, but his actions spoke volumes to his disciples. Here, we will "catch" 5 important truths to live by.

 

 

What the Coming King Deserves (Matthew 21:1-11)             1 March 2020

This chapter begins with Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. While many misunderstood exactly who Jesus was and why He had come, they were correct in praising Him. We know that our King is coming back, and this text teaches us what He deserves.

Those with Real Faith (Matthew 20:29-34)                         23 February 2020

On any given Sunday, three categories of church attendees can be found: believers, unbelievers, and make-believers. Which one are you? Today's passage shows us three truths that are shared by those who have real faith.

Jesus' New Math (Matthew 20:17-28) 16 February 2020

It is generally accepted that the first is first, and the last is last. However, Jesus employed a type of new math to help- us understand three important truths.

Who's In Charge of What? (Matthew 20:1-16)                       9 February 2020

Jesus' Parable of the landowner shows us something important about who God is, and who we are. Read on to find out who is in charge of what.

Kingdom Truth from the King (Matthew 19:23-30)                2 February 2020

Remember the rich young man whose possessions kept him from pursuing a close relationship with Jesus? Read on to learn what our Savior taught about wealth and entering the Kingdom of Heaven.  

 

Dangerous Miscalculations (Matthew 19:16-22)                  26 January 2020

Do you ever miscalculate? I think we all do in ways that go far beyond our math homework. Sometimes when you miscalculate, the result is a bit of inconvenience. Some miscalculations are deadly. Today, we are going to look at a different kind of miscalculation. It is a spiritual one. One that can lead to spiritual destruction.

Learning by Example (Matthew 19:13-15) 19 January 2020

There's nothing quite like the power of a good example. Jesus' teachings were full of examples for us to follow. In today's short passage, discover three such lessons regarding children. 

Minding What Matters (Matthew 19:1-12) 12 January 2020

Do you know what matters to God? According to Jesus, marriage matters, people matter, and God's will matters. Keep reading to find out what our savior said about marriage.

 

 

The Forgiving Grace of God (Matthew 18:21-35)                  5 January 20

We have all heard the saying "to err is human, to forgive, divine." Find out what Jesus teaches about forgiveness, human and divine. 

 

 

A Family of Prodigals (Luke 15:11-32) 21 June 2020 FATHER'S DAY

The story of the prodigal son has as much dramatic power as when Jesus first told it. Pastor Matt's fresh perspective on this timeless tale will surprise you, and enlighten you. Find out what we can learn today from this family of prodigals. x

Responding to Our Show & Tell God (Malachi 1-4)            14 June 2020

     The name Malachi means “my messenger.” God had something to say to His people, and He used the prophet Malachi to deliver His message. In the 55 verses that make up this short four-chapter book, I counted 25 times that we find the phrase, “says the LORD.” Malachi tells us what God said.

     I want you to notice the last time God we find the word says because there is another important word in the verse that comes before the word says. Look at 4:3. In addition to being a God who tells, our God is also a God who acts. He does. By His action, God shows us His power, His love, His purposes, and His plan. Our God is a God who shows and tells.

     How are we to respond to this show and tell God? That is what we are going to look at today. We are going to highlight several passages within this book that teaches us what we are to do in response to our show and tell God.

 

Is Your Religion Legit? (Zechariah 7 & 8) 7 June 2020

With so many competing religions in our world, each with different truth claims, how do others know that our religion is authentic, that it is genuine? Zechariah helps us to answer this question in three ways.

A Right Sense of Timing (Haggai 1:1-15)  31 May 2020

Have you ever noticed that success in many fields depends on a good sense of timing? It's even true in our ability to serve the Lord. The minor prophet Haggai had to tell the people of Jerusalem what time it was. Find out from this small book what time it IS, and what time it's NOT.

 

The One in Our Midst (Zephaniah 3:15,17) 24 May 2020

Shakespeare's famous quote, "What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," doesn't quite work with our God. He has many names, and each one is pregnant with meaning. Read on to learn three names of God found in Zephaniah which describe the God in our midst.

The Righteous and Their Faith (Habakkuk 1-3) 17 May 2020

Though Habakkuk is a small book, only 56 verses long,    its influence is huge. One verse in particular, "the righteous shall live by his faith" (Habakkuk 2:4) is quoted three times in the NT. Read on to find out how you can live the life of faith.

The Mothering Love of Our Heavenly Father (Isaiah 49, 66) Mother's Day, 10 May 2020

We often overlook the fact that the Bible sometimes uses feminine language to describe God. Read on to discover how God "Mothers" us with his concern, comfort, and counsel.

Being and Feeling Secure (Nahum 1:1-7) 3 May 2020

Most people long for a sense of security, one that gives you peace at the core of your soul. Where can we get that kind of security? Read on find the answer to that, and to meet the One who knows those who take refuge in Him.

Our Unmatched God (Micah 7:1-20) 26 April 2020

The name Micah literally means, Who is like Yahweh?  About a dozen times in the OT we read a statement to the effect, “There is no god like our God—none like Him.” Read on to discover four ways our God is unmatched.

The Control of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:15-21) 19 April 2020

In recent days, many people have been filled by fear or anxiety or worry. When an emotion exerts control over how you think and how you act, it can cause you to do irrational things, like horde toilet paper. A person who is filled with the Holy Spirit is controlled by the Spirit’s guidance. The filling of the Spirit is a matter of control. So, ask yourself, what or who is controlling your life?

Special Easter Message

Living the Easter Life (Romans 6:1-14) 12 April 2020

Easter is more than a holiday to be celebrated; it is a life to be lived.  In this message, we take a look at what it means to live the Easter life.