Contributed on Jul 30, 2007
What’s in your wallet? This is the question that a credit card asks as they give their reasons why their credit card is better than others. Jesus is concerned with our whole being: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, and financial. He understa
A bank issued credit card declaring how their card is so much better than every else’s ends the commercial by asking, “What’s in your wallet?” Jesus may be asking something similar. Scripture Kingdom of heaven is coming now. Treasures are providing benefit now in how we treat one another ...read more
Contributed on Jul 30, 2007
Are we using our money, time, and resources to bless others? The eye is the lamp of the body. How we live our lives and how we use our blessings determines how brightly we shine for Jesus.
Video clip: The Lake House Hospital Scene: Father is reminding architect son about the importance of and difference in light depending on location and environment. Window of the Soul: Our Eyes • Motives • Virtues (generosity, stinginess, envy/jealousy, ) • Actions (lamp gives light!) ...read more
Contributed on Aug 13, 2007
Jesus said don’t worry about food and clothes. Don’t be consumed if you have them or not. If Jesus would have been Italian, he might have just said, "Forgeh ’Bout it!"
Jesus has been telling us about money and possessions. Be generous. Share the blessings that God has given you with others. Make giving your lifestyle. Tithing is one gift that God gives us to help keep our desires in check and to train us to live a lifestyle of giving. End of the month giving ...read more
Contributed on Aug 22, 2007
Clothing is really an optional concern. It isn’t important. In what do we place our faith? How much faith do we really have? What tests our faith?
Last week we look at the birds of the air passage and saw how God takes care of us especially. God simply asks us to trust Him. Grow in our trust of Him. The Lord Will Provide. Of course this continues the theme of being generous with the blessings that God has given us. God has called His people ...read more
Contributed on Aug 27, 2007
Seeking means intentional effort to find. Finding Waldo is not always easy. Neither is finding his kingdom and his righteousness. Yet it is worth the effort.
When I think of seeking or searching, “Where’s Waldo?” The busy pictures where you search for Waldo and other objects that often blend into the rest of the picture. You have to search and search to find him. Sometimes it is easy and it jumps right out at you but usually it is not. The ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2007
We need to tell the truth on the masters other than God that threaten to enslave us.
Remember the show, “To Tell the Truth?” There would be one person who did something strange or different perhaps for a living while two others would try to pretend to be that person. The object was to try and fool the panel of stars and the audience. Sometimes the person would be something strange ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2007
One of the most often quoted bible passages outside of church is from Matthew 7. Does this mean that Jesus expects his followers to never, ever make any kind of judgment of anyone or anything? Let’s find out.
Probably one of the most quoted scriptures in our culture is “Do not judge.” This is usually used in the context another determining that what someone else says or does is wrong. But is that really the intention of the passage or has the verse been sort of “proof-texted?” You know—I have a point ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2007
Get the plank or log out of your own eye first. We uncover one of the crucial disciplines (and often neglected in our age) for doing this: self-examination.
Series on the Mount Log Off Matthew 7:3-5 September 16, 2007 Last week we look at the need for discernment of right and wrong. We saw how Jesus wants to tread cautiously when judging others being careful not to condemn them. We look at the context of judging that we are to refrain from ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2007
Dogs and hogs. Is Jesus showing some signs of ADHD? A difficult passage like this needs the context to help us understand it.
Our passage today is a tough one. Probably one of the toughest ones in the Sermon. Jesus has just finished a little ditty about not judging people especially judging them religiously that includes are rather harsh judgment about hypocrites. Then he starts spouting off about hogs and dogs. What does ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2007
Jesus is instructing us to be persistent in prayer. We should keep on asking, keeping seeking, and keep on knocking. Do we really ask? Are we really seekers?
Knock, knock. Who’s There? Series on the Mount Matthew 7:7-8 September 30, 2007 I’m going to start off with an apology. A couple of months ago I preached a sermon entitled, “Clothing is optional.” Well, apparently I was wrong. Check this out: A survey of 1,000 American women found that most ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2007
God is All-Good, we are not. We can trust God even when we can’t trust anything else. However, we often don’t truly trust God. Since there is no gift that is not at our finger tips, it is hard to trust a God that has more to give than what we already give
Series on the Mount Give It Up Matthew 7:9-11 October 7, 2007 If you son or daughter asks you for a loaf of bread, give it up. If they ask you for a fish, give it up. If you, though you are evil, give it up for your own flesh and blood, how much more will your heavenly Father, who has already ...read more
Contributed on Oct 15, 2007
The hardest thing that we will ever have to do is live out a life of loving others treating them as we would want to be treated. If we love others the way Jesus did, it will wreck our lives.
Series on the Mount Jesus Will Wreck Your Life October 14, 2007 Matthew 7:12 What might be your greatest fear? What do you dread the most? What possibility scares you the most? I think the greatest fear for humans is God. Here’s a being that is greater than we can comprehend. More holy ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2007
In a safety and security conscience culture, does the narrow way of Jesus offer such a radical departure that we have missed the danger of the Kingdom?
Series on the Mount Safety First? Matthew 7:13-14 October 28, 2007 We live in a safety first culture. When I was a kid, we didn’t wear helmets when riding our bikes except on the BMX track. I turned out ok. Today we wear seatbelts, have car seats, and heaven forbid that the kids might ...read more
Contributed on Nov 5, 2007
Jesus warns of false prophets. What is a prophet? What is a false prophet? How can I tell one apart from the rest of sheep?
Series on the Mount Profit or Prophet Matthew 7:15-16 November 4, 2007 As Jesus winds up his teachings, he gives his followers a warning: Watch out. Beware. Be wary of false prophets. Take a close look and examination at the lives of those who speak for God. Not that they have to be perfect ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2007
What kind of tree are we? What evidence can people see that we follow Jesus? Some are rotten tomatoes. What kind of tree am I?
Series on the Mount Rotten Tomatoes Matthew 7:17-20 November 11, 2007 As we look into these final teachings of Jesus, we are told to be careful. Be wary! Watch out for ferocious wolves in sheep’s clothing. Last week we looked at what is a prophet or a false prophet. This week we are going to ...read more
Contributed on Nov 19, 2007
Not everyone who uses the name of Jesus will enter into heaven. Putting into practice Jesus’ teachings to love others it what it takes. What have you got lose?
Series on the Mount Low Risk, High Reward Matthew 7:21-23 November 18, 2007 Maurice Blondel said, “If you really want to understand a man, don’t just listen to what he says but watch what he does.” We have seen over and over how Jesus wants us to put into practice his teachings. However, ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2007
Where are you building the house of your life? Are you actually putting Jesus’ teachings that we have examined for so long into practice? If not, Jesus concludes, it will be distastrous.
Series on the Mount Home Improvement Matthew 7:24-29 November 25, 2007 Last sermon on the mount! Jesus wraps up his sermon with a short parable. What else? An illustration! This is an illustration on how to improve your home. How to make your house (which is a symbol of your entire life as ...read more