We are all familiar with Jesus’ words, ‘Ask and IT shall be given.’ Ask and WHAT shall be given?!?! Is this promise a blank check to ask for whatever we want, or is Jesus promising to give something in particular. Listen as Pastor Matt presents this text in context showing that Jesus is referring to […]
When we are empty where do we look? When we are in despair to whom or to what do we turn? God intends for us to run to Him. It does not weary Him- it honors Him. It testifies of God’s enough-ness when turn to Him in times of need. So we shouldn’t be surprised […]
Last week we saw how indwelling sin causes people to play the part of Mr. Generous in order to gain the respect and honor of men instead of being motivated by compassion and love; they have their reward already. This week listen as Pastor Matt shows how that sin not only taints our good actions […]
It’s particularly troubling that people skim right over parting statements. Often the last thing we say is what we deem the most important not the least. Think also of the last words of a dying man as he utters his final labored pleas. Often he’ll attempt to bind his hearer with an oath that they […]
How would you like to live a life that is characterized by constant rejoicing, peace, and thanksgiving? Sounds nice, huh? The truth that it takes to ground such a sublime existence is found in I Thessalonians 5:15-18. Listen as Pastor Matt presents a simple truth that has life altering impact when believed.
Last week we saw Paul thanking God for the faith, love, and perseverance of the Thessalonians. Our next text is Paul praying that the Thessalonians will grow in faith, love, and steadfastness. What gives? How can Paul be thankful when growth is needed? Listen as Pastor Matt explains the beautiful paradox of rejoicing with thanksgiving […]
If you sometimes worry don’t worry about it; worry is part of loving people. When Paul was forced to leave the Thessalonians he was worried; deeply worried. However, his worry led him to take his cares to God in prayer, and they led him to spring to action on behalf of those he loved. Listen […]
Sometimes we pray for things, and the answer comes in unexpected, even undesirable ways. Such was the case with Habakkuk. He had prayed for the end of worship to false gods in Israel. How did God answer? By sending the Babylonians to conquer the nation! To say the least, that is not what Habakkuk had […]
People, even Christian people, can sometimes hurt your feelings, let you down, and, let’s admit it, just get on your nerves. But in I Thessalonians 1:2-4 Paul says he ‘gives thanks to God always for all’ believers. How did he sustain such gracious feelings toward flawed people? Listen as Pastor Matt shows four things in […]
Do you ever feel condemnation over your prayer life? Listen as Pastor David examines Matthew 6:1-13 showing how that prayer is not a cold business transaction but an aspect a warm familial relationship between adopted/born again children of God.