Sun, Mar 14, 2021
Duration: 46 mins 17 secs
The Sermon on the Mount closes with three appeals to live what Jesus preached. He's not looking for cognitive assent but commitment. And here's the good news: when we follow him, we flourish. We'll nuance this a bit. Flourishing does not mean life absent of suffering. It does, however, mean a foundation that gives us confidence as we face today's trials and tomorrow's judgment. Our task now is paying attention to the direction of our life, our instructors, our motives, and our foundation. Or, simply, we pay attention to Jesus, following what he says.
Sun, Mar 07, 2021
Duration: 49 mins 22 secs
Jesus said, "Do not judge," This is one of his most famous statements. A second, "Do unto other as you want them to do unto you," bookends the ethical teaching in the sermon on the mount. This message looks at Jesus's cascading maxims, arguing for a life of self-reflection. Before engaging the world in evangelism, we are wise to examine ourselves. Knowing our faults, sins, and failures helps us build an empathetic connection to others.
Sun, Feb 28, 2021
Duration: 50 mins 58 secs
Anxiety is epidemic. We worry about our bodies, income, and the fractured state of our nation. The consumer age does not help, offering us unlimited goods that cause buyers remorse or discontentment. Jesus empathizes with our worries. He assures us God cares about us and will take care of us. This message shines a light on modern anxiety research as well as timeless, biblical wisdom. Knowing God cares for us and surrounding ourselves with people who echo this claim will help us to worry less and seize the day.
Sun, Feb 21, 2021
Duration: 51 mins 26 secs
Private acts of devotion draw our hearts close to God. They keep us out of the spotlight so it can shine on his good and glorious presence. God is a loving Father who wants to reward his children. However, when we settle for the praise of people, we receive our reward in full. Jesus spoke about this in his Sermon on the Mount, offering three exemplary habits of devotion as ways of grace. What he says about giving, prayer, and fasting may be applied to any acts of devotion. So find your Hat Trick (that's three) of Habits, and slide from the spotlight.
Sun, Feb 14, 2021
Duration: 50 mins 44 secs
Jesus called his disciples to a "above and beyond" way of living the law. While others looked for loopholes or ways to manage their behavior, Jesus addressed true, heartfelt obedience. He systematically works through six examples of Hebrew law, showing how each is an opportunity for elaborate love. Rather than dissect the six case studies, this sermon will focus on the overall strategy. Jesus wants whole bodied obedience to affect every relationship for the disciples. He not only delivers the message, but also provides the model. His love is elaborate.
Sun, Feb 07, 2021
Duration: 44 mins 49 secs
Jesus called disciples to do good. Our good words and good works testify to the goodness of God. Sadly, in our current climate, the testimony of the church is less stellar. Worse yet, this turns people off God. Offering two timeless metaphors -- salt and light -- Jesus implores his followers to be engaged but distinct in the places God has se(nt) them. Where are you set? What good can you do?
Sun, Jan 10, 2021
Duration: 50 mins 23 secs
Jesus faced three tests in the desert. Empowered by the Spirit and anchored by the Scriptures, the Son of God rebuffed the devils attempts to pull him from the path of obedience. This encounter proved Jesus's identity and love for his Heavenly Father. In fact, every temptation is a proving ground for our love of God. The opportunity for obedience is always available. When we know the devil's tactics and see the way of escape, we, too, can prove our love for God.
Sun, Dec 27, 2020
Duration: 40 mins 48 secs
We pay attention to powerful voices -- in the media, on the radio, and even in the wilderness. John the Baptist was one of those voices that demanded attention. He spoke of God's coming kingdom and favor for those who sought his forgiveness. John serves as an important pivot between OT expectation and Jesus's messianic ministry. When Jesus comes to him to receive baptism, the scene closes with the arresting voice of the heavenly Father, who deserves the last word on His Son.
Sun, Dec 20, 2020
Life is perilous. Every day we face dangers. Some we can predict and prepare for; others hit us unaware. Fortunately, Scripture teaches God is our rock, refuge, helper, and defender. He directs us in a way that protects us. His directions may come in the clear form of moral teaching or the curious niggling of our conscience. We do well to listen for his voice and heed his direction. The second chapter in Matthew shows the diverse paths of Herod, the Magi, and Jesus's family. The former lives by his own jealous creed. The latter two follow God's direction and experience his protection. Which path will you take?
Sun, Dec 13, 2020
Duration: 55 mins 58 secs
God has a Master Plan, which transcends our career satisfaction, physical well-being, financial security, and social lives. He sent Jesus to save us from our sins beginning a rescue plot that would reunite heaven and earth. Jesus was born in an imperfect family line, but his lineage proved God's faithfulness to his promises. God works through imperfect families. God saves us from sins. God keeps his promises. Whether it's Christmas season, springtime, or nine months into a global pandemic, these are truths are core to Christian faith.