Unknown yet Unforgettable (Mother’s Day)

We give thanks to God for the godly mothers who have positively impacted our lives. Whether it is your own mother or another woman who was a mother to you, we rejoice in a mother’s love. What is a mother? It has been said that a mother is someone who does the work of twenty,Continue reading “Unknown yet Unforgettable (Mother’s Day)”

A Strong Foundation (Matthew 7:24-29)

While professional boxer “Iron” Mike Tyson was never considered a great philosopher, he did have some poignant insight when asked about his opponents plan to defend against his left hook. Tyson responded, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” In other words, if your plan does not help you navigate adversity,Continue reading “A Strong Foundation (Matthew 7:24-29)”

The Narrow Gate (Matthew 7:13-14)

Jesus was once asked, “Lord…are only a few people going to be saved?” Jesus replied, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able” (Luke 13:22-24). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has spoken about the character of a disciple andContinue reading “The Narrow Gate (Matthew 7:13-14)”

The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12)

Too often we react rather than respond. It is tempting to think of these two words synonymous, but they are not actually the same. A reaction is an immediate type of response. In many cases, it is a bad type of response because it is instantaneous. For example, if we receive bad news, we mayContinue reading “The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12)”

Do not Judge! (Matthew 7:1-6)

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addressed the issue of judgment. He said to His disciples: “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.” We must be extra cautious in how we understand this verse because it has been greatly misused over the years. Let us consider: Stop Judging One Another Jesus toldContinue reading “Do not Judge! (Matthew 7:1-6)”

The Cure for Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34)

God hasn’t told you that you have nothing to worry about; He told you that you shouldn’t worry about anything (John 14:1). Let me explain. There are a lot of things in this world that you can worry about. You can worry about your job, family, marriage, taxes, etc. Nowhere in the Bible does GodContinue reading “The Cure for Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34)”

A Biblical Perspective of our Possessions: Saving Wisely and Living Appropriately (Matthew 6:19-24)

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, teaches His disciples about how they should live in the kingdom of God. In our current section of this sermon, Jesus speaks of the importance of having a biblical perspective of possessions. If your perspective is not biblical, it is worldly. A worldly perspective is that all myContinue reading “A Biblical Perspective of our Possessions: Saving Wisely and Living Appropriately (Matthew 6:19-24)”

A Biblical Perspective of Possessions: Give Generously (6:19-24)

While the vast majority of born-again Christians want to give generously, very few actually do. According to a recent study , only 10–25 % of Church members regularly give. Religious giving is down 50% since 1990 and Christians are giving around 2.5% of income. Compare this to 3.3% given during the Great Depression. One statisticContinue reading “A Biblical Perspective of Possessions: Give Generously (6:19-24)”

Extraordinary Love (Matthew 5:43-47)

Is there anybody you just don’t like? What do find yourself thinking about when you think of them? Jesus calls His disciples to be His ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20) and witnesses (Acts 1:8). As witnesses, we testify to the extraordinary power, love, and goodness of Christ. In other words, we testify about something better thanContinue reading “Extraordinary Love (Matthew 5:43-47)”

Turn the Other Cheek (Matthew 5:38-42)

We now turn our attention to the portion of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus teaches us to “turn the other cheek.” Before we begin an in-depth discussion of what this means and how to properly apply it, we must be clear about what it does not mean. First, Jesus is not telling anContinue reading “Turn the Other Cheek (Matthew 5:38-42)”