An New Kind of Faith–Matthew 5:1-10

It’s one of the most famous passages of Scripture: The Sermon on the Mount.  It has been parsed, studied, expounded upon…and with good reason: These are powerful words! Yet, I sometimes wonder if, in all our ‘studying’ we miss the bigger picture. Jesus, beginning His public ministry, goes to a place where He can be […]

Why I Got RE-Baptized

As most of you know, I was raised in a Roman Catholic home by very loving, committed parents. They tried to raise me to obey God, go to church, and be a good citizen that loved other people. Their efforts and prayers started before I was even born, I’m sure. Certainly from a very early […]

Drop It! –Matthew 4:12-25

Jesus began His public ministry, essentially taking the baton from John the Baptist and moving it way forward. John had said “repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand”, and that’s the exact message Jesus started with. Jesus, however, didn’t just have ‘prepare the way’ in mind; He had “it’s here, now” in mind! […]

Matthew 4:1-11: The Test

Immediately after Jesus’ baptism, we read that “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted” (John 4:1). We have to understand, however, that for all us us, GOD does not ‘lead us into temptation’, but rather, He ‘delivers us from evil’ (ala Matthew 6:13). For Jesus, though, there was something unique […]

Matthew 3–Jesus takes over!

After John had been baptizing people, telling them to ‘repent’ and to ‘prepare for the Kingdom’, he said that “one is coming who’s sandals I am not fit to carry” (Mt. 3:11). He said that this One would bring judgement–especially on religious leaders and those who thought they were already righteous. John said “I baptize […]

Matthew 3–Produce Fruit!

Repentance, as I shared yesterday, has to do with turning a new direction and starting a new way of life. From John’s perspective, he was encouraging people to repent and prepare…prepare for the coming Kingdom (which would be brought from Jesus, who was coming). However, when John looked up and saw Pharisees and Sadducees coming […]