Advent 2014 – Matthew 1:1-17 – The Genealogy of Jesus

Although it was important 2000 years ago, what relevance does [this passage] have today? Let me suggest three answers to that question. A. It establishes Jesus as part of the royal family of David. His “right to the throne” is determined by his genealogy, which establishes beyond question that he is indeed a literal descendant […]

Posted on: November 28, 2014 - 10:03AM

2 Corinthians 4:7-18 – How the Gospel Informs Suffering

This is so key to understanding suffering in the Christian’s life. How has God most clearly shown His love for this world? Through the suffering and death of His Son. He has shown the world His love by a Suffering Servant, Jesus. So then, how are you and I going to show Jesus, a Suffering […]

Posted on: November 20, 2014 - 10:00PM

Matthew 18:21-35 How the Gospel Informs Forgiveness

C. S. Lewis made this telling remark: “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” Jesus told a story about a man who owed his boss a vast debt that in today’s terms would be something like $50 million. Somehow he had run up this enormous debt and somehow he […]

Posted on: November 13, 2014 - 10:00PM

Hosea 14 – A Call to Return to the LORD

Have you ever confessed your need to God? God cannot heal us if we are telling him how great we are, how big we are are, how beautiful we are, how rich we are, how famous we are, how well-connected we are. We must realize our desperate need for God, and then confess it to […]

Posted on: November 6, 2014 - 10:00PM