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  • Retaliation Vs. Grace Series

    Contributed by Keith Foskey on Apr 15, 2014
     | 3,478 views

    Understanding the Lex Talionis (Law of Retaliation).

    “Retaliation Vs. Grace” Matthew 5:38-42 As most of you know, I am very fond of the area of faith referred to as apologetics. Apologetics comes from the word “apologia” and it means to “give a defense” for a position or an action. The english word ...read more

  • An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind

    Contributed by Greg Colby on Aug 23, 2017
     | 3,745 views

    The scriptures in Exodus provide a limitation on unlimited vengeance being meted out when someone is wronged, however Jesus declared that even an eye for an eye was going too far - Jesus commands his followers to turn the other cheek - to not resist evil

    Be Holy. Be Perfect. Our Gospel and our OT readings this morning present us with two illustrations of how God expects his people to live. Each one describes different things to do, and not to do – however the goal of both readings is to provide us with a framework within which to seek justice ...read more

  • "It's Time To Flip The Script”

    Contributed by Bryan Beverly on Feb 17, 2015
     | 6,862 views

    This message reminds us that Christ wants us to emphasize giving vis-a-vis taking. The Lex Talionis (Exodus 21:18-36, Leviticus 24:17-21 and Deuteronomy 19:15-21) said 'Don't take too much". But Jesus' message (Luke 6:27-29) was "Don't give too little".

    38“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and ...read more

  • The Gospel. Part 4: What Happens If We Reject Jesus?

    Contributed by Simon Bartlett on Nov 24, 2020
     | 1,046 views

    Without Jesus in our lives, sin takes hold; weeds start to grow up in the garden of our lives. But the consequences for eternity are much more serious. However, does scripture really lead us to expect the 'pains of hell for ever'?

    Please note. The passage for this talk is Matthew 25:31-46, however the main focus of the talk is v.46. Part 4: What happens if we reject Jesus? Today we have the fourth and last talk in my series on the gospel. We’re thinking about the question, ‘What happens if we reject Jesus?’ Quite a ...read more

  • Quid Pro Quo Or No?

    Contributed by Duke Jeffries on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 44 ratings
     | 4,556 views

    A. Introduction 1.

    A. Introduction 1. What could be more natural in our relationships with others than the principle of retaliation? In its finest sense, this concept is understood to mean "If you are nice to me, then I will be nice to you;" or "If you'll scratch my back, I'll scratch yours." It is the very ...read more

  • Evil Brings Out The Best In Christians

    Contributed by Eric Amundson on Mar 29, 2001
    based on 38 ratings
     | 2,780 views

    Loving our enemies

    We are infected by the world. We live in and are bombarded, moment by moment, with the message that our injuries own us. They must be avenged. W.H. Auden wrote: I and the public know, What school children learn, Those to whom evil is done, Do evil in return. That is the way of this world. ...read more

  • Be Forgiving To Difficult People Series

    Contributed by Boomer Phillips on Oct 30, 2021
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,173 views

    Jesus taught about dealing with difficult people. He stressed how we should not run away from our problems, or fight back against opposition, but that we should persist with people, so we can one day win them to faith in Christ.

    There is nothing easy about the world in which we live. This is a world full of people, and if you are going to succeed in life, and be effective at sharing the gospel, then you must learn how to deal with people, especially those who are difficult; and you must learn to love them no matter how ...read more

  • Surpassing Life Values Series

    Contributed by Rev. Andrew B Natarajan on Nov 6, 2018
     | 4,268 views

    Jesus spoke revolutionary thoughts with his disciples. He became the first person on the earth who spoke on forgivness and practised. Especially forgiving the enemies. This sermon takes you to live a examplery life.

    Text: Mathew 5:21-48 Theme: New Life Values Plato likened the soul of a man to a charioteer whose task was to drive two horses. One is reason another is passion. Life is a conflict between these two. There is an inner tension between the good and the evil, Spiritual and carnal. All are living ...read more

  • Lifestyle Of A Christ Disciple Series

    Contributed by Rev. Andrew B Natarajan on Jan 18, 2020
     | 3,112 views

    Following Jesus Christ is a challenge on the earth with many struggles. But Christ the perfect role model will take us to the highest places if we surrender ourselves to him.

    LIFESTYLE OF A CHRIST DISCIPLE Luke 9:56-62 Introduction: Some hundred years ago two team leaders adopted the same goal: Both sought to be the first to lead an expedition to the South Pole. Once made the decision presented with them countless choices. Selecting the cloth to wear, food to eat and ...read more

  • Giving And Loving

    Contributed by I. Grant Spong on Feb 16, 2017
     | 3,415 views

    an eye for an eye, insults, generosity, enemies, borrowers and God’s love

    Intro Did Jesus tell us to be as perfect as God? How is that possible? Goal Let us understand the measure of love God expects. Sermon Plan We will examine Matthew 5:38-48, an eye for an eye, insults, generosity, enemies, borrowers and God’s love. Matthew 5:38 “You have heard the ...read more

  • Principles Of Peacemaking

    Contributed by Nathan Johnson on Nov 20, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,021 views

    Retaliation is so easy to do and such a natural reaction to insult and injury. But Christ shows us how to be supernatural in our response to hurt to show the real love and power of Christ in our lives. Being changed doesn’t just mean on the outside, but

    Principles of Peacemaking Griffith Baptist Church – 10/28/07 A.M. Service Text: Matthew 5:38-42 Purpose: We should not think of retaliation but of peace for the cause of Christ. The Introduction When he was an attorney, Abraham Lincoln was once approached by a man who passionately ...read more

  • Death Penalty-What Would Jesus Do?

    Contributed by Ken Mcgill on Nov 10, 2002
    based on 25 ratings
     | 4,812 views

    The Death Penalty- What Does The Bible Say About It?

    The Death Penalty - What does the Bible say about it? This study of the Old and New Testaments is dedicated to those who feel in their heart that the death penalty cannot be right, yet feel confused by quotes from the Bible that are misused to justify and support it. May the reader of this ...read more

  • Taking Revenge... Or Not! Series

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Feb 27, 2005
    based on 44 ratings
     | 4,892 views

    How are we to understand this teaching of Jesus? 1. It is about trusting God. 2. It is about not doing it our way. 3. It is about being like God.

    In Judith Viorst’s book for children entitled I’ll Fix Anthony, Anthony’s younger brother complains about the way his older brother treats him. The little brother says: “My brother Anthony can read books now, but he won’t read any books to me. He plays checkers with Bruce from his school. But ...read more

  • Crime And Punishment Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Jul 19, 2008
    based on 8 ratings
     | 6,304 views

    This sermon examines briefly how Jesus would vote on crime and punishment, including capital punishment.

    Scripture Each week Kevin Tunell was required to mail a dollar to a family he’d rather forget. They sued him for $1.5 million but settled for just $936, to be paid a dollar at a time. The family expected the payment each Friday so Tunell would not forget what happened on the first Friday of ...read more

  • The Fear Of The Lord Part 1

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Aug 19, 2013
     | 1,629 views

    We all have a big decision to make - whether to trust in Yahweh through His Son Jesus or not. The decision is important - vitally important. So what are the consequences? And what about true evil and those who are innocent victims. What happens to them?

    This psalm is known as an imprecatory psalm. David wrote it as he cries out to God for justice. We need to remember that it isn’t just petty personal grudges that are moving David, but God’s hatred over injustice and sin. It also announces the results of rebellion against ...read more