If you are like most people you have probably thought very little about fasting? What is fasting? How is fasting related to piety? Should Christians fast today? Can fasting actually be sinful? Listen as Pastor Matt examines Jesus’ words concerning fasting, fasting’s relationship to piety, and an important warning concerning all outward shows of piety.
How can we recognize hypocrisy in our own hearts and what do we do when we find it there? Listen as Pastor Matt explains how Jesus warns us of the desire of hypocrisy, the deceitfulness of hypocrisy, the danger of hypocrisy, and how that Jesus’ righteousness applied to our hearts is our only deliverance from […]
God commanded man to love their neighbor so the Pharisees redefined the word neighbor; limiting it to a small select group of people. Jesus taught that your enemy is your neighbor and then, in love, He practiced what he preached; demonstrating His love toward us in that while we were sinners- even enemies of God- […]
How does God require us to respond when we have been wronged? Listen as Pastor Matt shows how Jesus warns us against getting revenge. It may feel good in the moment to get someone back when they wrong us; but if we desire mercy from a God against whom we have sinned then we must […]
We know perjury is wrong. We know we should keep our promises. We know it is bad to be a liar. But what does Jesus say about ‘stretching the truth,’ ‘bending the truth,’ ‘shading the truth,’ ‘spinning a yarn,’ ‘telling a fib’, ‘telling a tale,’ ‘creating a fiction,’ ‘exaggerating,’ or about our ‘little white lies?’ […]
There is a lot of confusion about divorce and remarriage in our culture and even in our churches today. Listen as Pastor Matt unravels the pertinent biblical texts and cultural considerations to help us understand both how and when divorce leads to adultery, and to point us to hope when we find ourselves guilty.
According to Jesus, you can be EXTERNALLY faithful to your wife, while INTERNALLY being guilty of adultery. How? By coveting your neighbor’s wife. Sin is a ultimately a heart issue. Gauging out your eye will not help if the heart is the problem. Neither will cutting off your hand. If only there was a way […]
The Pharisees had so compromised the true requirements of the Law of God that their interpretation was attainable by human effort. They were dangerously wrong! Listen as Pastor Matt explains how that even the most externally righteous among us are sinners- even murderers- at heart. How then shall we be right with God?!?!?! (Spoiler- Pastor […]
If you hear the sermon on the mount & you think, ‘I’m glad Jesus came around and corrected that crazy Old Testament- now we have an easier and better way’ then you have completely, tragically, even damningly missed the point of Jesus’ message.The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ perfect explanation of God’s law, and […]
Is the Old Testament outdated? A useless relic of the past to be discarded? Not according to Jesus! Listen as Pastor Matt explains Jesus’ perspective on the Old Testament. Regardless what many popular ‘preachers’ may teach, Jesus came not to destroy but fulfill all that was written in the Law and the Prophets.