Contributed on Jun 25, 2011
How can someone become a citizen of God’s kingdom and a member of His family? Through Matthew alone of the Synoptic Gospels, he preserves: 1) The Parable of the Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44), 2) The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value (Matthew 13:45–46
Buried treasure is the stuff of popular stories (a more colorful equivalent of winning the lottery today), but also in the ancient world a more realistic possibility than it is today, even with the help of a metal-detector. Before banking was generally established, to hide wealth in the form of ...read more
Contributed on Jul 2, 2011
Jesus gives 1) A vivid picture of judgment (Matthew 13:47–48), 2) A brief explanation of the principle of judgment (Matthew 13:49), and 3) A sobering warning about the peril of judgment (Matthew 13:50).
Francis Chan’s new book, Erasing Hell, will be on the shelves from July 5 countering Rob Bell’s recent work, Love Wins. Bell acknowledges hell’s existence on earth but finds it difficult to believe that it is forever and that God can punish non-Christians for all eternity. Chan, on the other hand, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 9, 2011
Assessing the cost of discipleship come through stories of 1) Construction Discipleship (Luke 14:28–30) 2) Conflict Discipleship (Luke 14:31–32) and 3) Chattel Discipleship (Luke 14:33)
Canada’s first war in more than half a century ended at 11:18 a.m. local time Thursday at a spot about 300 metres away from where the first Canadian combat troops set foot in Kandahar on Jan. 19, 2002. Canadian troops--about 35,000 men and women have deployed to Afghanistan since late 2001--have ...read more
Contributed on Jul 16, 2011
1) The work (Matthew 21:33) 2) The Wickedness (Matthew 21:34–39) 3) The wrath (Matthew 21:40–41) 4)The witness (Matthew 21:42) and finally 5) The withdrawal (Matthew 21:43–46).
This week, a suicide attacker who appears to have concealed his explosives inside a turban killed a senior cleric and at least three other people on Thursday at a funeral service for the assassinated brother of the Afghan president in southern Kandahar city. The attack came just two days after a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2011
The General call and those whom God brings to His feast of Life is seen in Luke 14:16-24. With `The Parable of the Great Banquet`` in, we see: 1) The Incident (Luke 14:16-17), 2) The Invited (Luke 14:18–20), 3) The Invitation (Luke 14:21–24)
Thank you for coming this morning. You responded to an invitation to come and be with us enjoying each others company with food, fellowship and faithful worship. There are a lot of other things you could have been doing on such a nice day. Trips, the beach or a quite read are all enticing. Not ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2011
The parable of the ten virgins is given to accentuate the incalculable importance of being spiritually prepared to meet Christ when He returns to earth, because after He appears, unbelievers who are then alive will have no further chance for salvation.
A fun part of summer are the frequent weddings that occur. So much has changed over the years with weddings. No longer just a formal service in a church with a standard liturgy and vows, now couples often write their own vows, and for the more ambitious couples, it may be an outdoor service at an ...read more
Contributed on Aug 1, 2011
"The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats" is not mentioned in any of the other gospels, no doubt because the other Gospels do not focus on Christ’s kingship, as does Matthew. For that same reason Matthew places much greater emphasis on all aspects of the L
The American economy faced an economic decision like it never has before this week. After decades of overspending, a judgment of budgetary failure came upon the American people. Unable to deal with their ever increasing debt load they faced the challenge of resolving their debt. All actions have ...read more