Invest Wisely! (Matthew 6:19-24)

Do you have financial goals? Are you doing anything with your money?   Many people in our culture are blessed to have Retirement Plans, whether they’re 401-k’s or 403-b’s, Roth IRA’s, etc. Most are looking toward ‘retirement’. They are hoping to be able to travel or simply enjoy  ‘The Good Life’. …but how much is […]

Show Off! (Matthew 6:1-18)

When you’re a kid and you learn something new, what do you do? You show off! Riding a bike for the first time without training wheels, learning to ride a bike with no hands, learning to dunk the basketball…all are things we ‘show off’! (ok, that last one is just ‘theoretical’–I wouldn’t know.) But when […]

The Law…and More! (Matthew 5:17–48)

When He came on the scene, Jesus taught a refreshingly different approach to, and understanding of, God the Father. He taught that God wanted a relationship with His creation! He loves us and wants us to come to Him in faith and trust. There were many around at that time–religious leaders, especially– who did not […]

Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16)

If you ceased to exist, would the world around you notice? As a believer in Jesus Christ, my faith is not only about ‘going to heaven when I die’, but rather having an impact–in Jesus name–while on Earth. The Christian who lives his life without making any real impact is not fully following Jesus’ instructions […]

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 […]

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 […]