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 isContinue reading “Invest Wisely! (Matthew 6:19-24)”

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 whenContinue reading “Show Off! (Matthew 6:1-18)”

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 notContinue reading “The Law…and More! (Matthew 5:17–48)”

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’ instructionsContinue reading “Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16)”

Blessing in the Struggle (Matthew 5:11-12)

Jesus had just told all His new followers that God would bless them as they opened up to this ‘New Kind of Faith’, this new relationship with God, through Jesus himself. Now He has to turn a corner and let them know that this will cost! It may be hard! He changes the subject fromContinue reading “Blessing in the Struggle (Matthew 5:11-12)”

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 beContinue reading “An New Kind of Faith–Matthew 5:1-10”

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 uniqueContinue reading “Matthew 4:1-11: The Test”

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 baptizeContinue reading “Matthew 3–Jesus takes over!”

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 comingContinue reading “Matthew 3–Produce Fruit!”

Matthew 3–Prepare the Way

As I read through Matthew Ch. 3, a few points stand out, and a few questions arise: First, I notice that decades have passed since the events of Matthew 2, and I always wonder: What was Jesus’ childhood like? The only real hint we’re given is in Luke 2:52: “And Jesus grew in wisdom andContinue reading “Matthew 3–Prepare the Way”