Archive for the ‘01 – Matthew’ Category

A Walk-Through Christmas: Key Events Surrounding Jesus’ Birth

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Christmas is much more than a single moment of time. The Old Testament prophesies of Jesus’ birth in Genesis! In this “walk-through” Christmas, we focus on the earthly timeline of events as revealed in the Gospels. As we read the texts of Scripture, several from our congregation do a “walk-through,” representing the various individuals identified in the Biblical account. We begin when the angel appears to Mary, and we end when Jesus is a young man. Get a better picture of the entire account of Jesus’ Christmas coming!

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Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Much of the world now sees children as a bother – a distraction from our passions and pursuits.  Even the Church is deeply immersed in this viewpoint. The disciples acted on the basis of this view. Jesus – greatly troubled by this – indicates that this anti-child view is 180 degrees off from what is true. Children are to be allowed and encouraged participate, and all people can only enter the kingdom if they become as little children. Children are not a distraction from the Gospel – they are the very illustration of what is required to embrace the Gospel. This has clear implications regarding the need for salvation and the simplicity of salvation. Have you become as a little child, simply believing the truth of our Sin-bearer, Jesus?

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The Danger of Being a Spiritual Detriment to Others (Luke 17:1-2)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

The Danger of Being a Spiritual Detriment to Others (Luke 17:1-2)

Jesus speaks of scandal: Those that scandilize and the act of scandalizing. In this study, we examine two verses and the meaning of the word used in both verses: skandalon. Jesus says that temptations will come that will attempt to set back, deceive, and trap the “little ones.” Jesus assures His disciples that God knows and God tracks those that wrongly impede children through their influence and power. Drowning by means of having a millstone around one’s neck is preferred over the judgment that those who scandalize children will receive. We will also examine five ways we might scandalize others. Beware, set your mind to help not hurt, and be comforted.

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On the Giving of Gifts at Christmas: Is There a Basis for Doing So?

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Have you ever thought about this question: Why DO we give gifts at Christmas? Many try to offer reasons from Scripture, but have you thought about the truthfulness of those reasons? Some say that we give gifts to one another because the wise men gave gifts to Jesus. Others offer the argument that we do so because God gave His gift – Jesus – to us. Some figure that we are giving to one another to fill needs that we might have. Others believe we somehow are earning eternal rewards when we load our loved ones up with gifts. Some may even think that it encourages people to love God when we bury others with Christmas gifts. What would be the Biblical validity of these reasons? We’ll look at each in this study.

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8 Observations Concerning God & the Earthly Lineage of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Yes, God put the genealogies in the Bible for a reason. Here are EIGHT truths you can grab from the genealogy in Matthew 1, the genealogy of Joseph.

God’s Mission for the Church (Matthew 28:18-20)

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

A serious look at why the Church, believers in Jesus Christ, are on earth today.

How to Have a Real Christmas

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Just stop and think about what Christmas is to most people. Then compare it to what the Bible says. There is quite a contrast, if you can recognize it at all.

Listen to What the Angels Say

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Following our Christmas Puppet Program, I spoke briefly on the statements angels made to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. Listen to them. Listen closely.

Christmas: The Hinge of Human History

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

When Jesus came to earth, taking on flesh to be born as human, all of history was focused upon this event. God kept His promise from the Garden of Eden and throughout the Old Testament. We look at the timeline that surrounds the “Christmas story.”

6 Scenes from Christmas: Wise Men Worship Jesus (Matt 2:1-12)

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

We look at the traditional views of the visitors, their trip, and the star, and compare these with Bible account.