Tag Archives: Matthew

Articles of Faith: The Word of God, Pt 2

How and why can we trust the Bible to be true?  Certainly faith in God’s divine love are crucial to this trust, but the Lord has given us a book that is vast in historical scope and yet internally consistent, verifiable and confirmed by external sources.  Yet without the moving of the Holy Spirit, no […]

Articles of Faith: The Word of God, Pt 1

God’s disciples are commanded to study and meditate upon God’s Word.  Furthermore, we are told to share this Word with others, our families, friends, even strangers.  So how do we know who to speak with?  Is it everyone?  Anyone?  As with all things pertaining to faith and practice, the Bible tells. While the Gospel is […]

Commandments of Jesus, Pt XX – Matthew 26:26-28

One of the last commandments of Jesus was given on the eve of the Crucifixion.  During a time that should have been filled with stress and fear, the Lord took the time to fellowship with the Disciples in remembrance of the Passover.  Near the end of this meal, Matthew tells us that the Lord took […]

Commandments of Jesus, Pt XIX – Mark 13:4-6

Self-discipline is one of the hardest habits to practice consistently.  Seemingly no matter how hard we try, we slip-up and slide into old habits.  By God’s grace and His Word, we can overcome, but only so long as we take heed to ourselves and the doctrines of the Bible.  In fact, the Word of God […]

Commandments of Jesus, Part XII: Mark 6:33-44

As a pastor, I have learned that feeding the portion of God’s flock given into my care is an incredible responsibility and a great joy.  Like all work, it has its ups and downs, but serving the Lord is tremendously rewarding.  More importantly the Lord teaches us that all of His children have a work […]

Commandments of Jesus, Part XI: Matthew 10:31

Objectively, one of the hardest commandments of Christ to obey is “Fear not.”  We live in a world that offers many reasons to be fearful.  The dangers of everyday life overwhelm us from time to time and the prospect of encouraging others to persecute us by standing up for justice and mercy is often daunting.  […]

Commandments of Jesus, Part VII: Matthew 5:33-37

This week’s lesson takes on the importance of oath keeping and avoiding them where possible.  What may seem like an odd topic for Jesus to address fits right in with the previous messages of anger and adultery because our commitments or our failure to keep them impact not only ourselves but many others around us.  […]