John the Baptist was as great a man as any who had ever been born before him, but the LEAST in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. What a dramatic change! And beginning with the days of John the Baptist the Kingdom began suffering violence and violent men were taking it by force. […]
Jesus said that of those who had been born of women none had been greater than John the Baptist. Now that is some high praise! John was not shakable, not soft, and was willing to speak God’s truth. Jesus identifies those qualities as greatness and says that even the least of the citizens of the […]
Who were the Apostles? Far from being respected rabbi’s or influential political leaders, the disciples were the definition of common. They were fishermen, tax collector’s, despised zealots, and the like. God delights in choosing such men ‘unimpressive’ & ‘unqualified’ men to magnify His grace. But that brings up a question; ‘Why should people take their […]
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?’ […]