At the end of Matthew 7, we're told Jesus finished speaking the sermon on the mount. But He wasn't through teaching it. He becomes the sermon on the Mount - He embodies the kingdom of heaven on earth. And now, it's our turn.
40,000 teachers are shouting at us at once, each convinced that they are the sole voice of truth. What Jesus warns us of in the sermon on the mount is to be careful where we get our news. Most of those voices aren't telling the whole truth.
Joy and thanksgiving are not special occasions that only occur a handful of times if we're lucky when life feels perfect and everything is going our way. In his letters to the churches, Paul introduces us to a brand new way of thinking. That in Christ, every breath we take is Thanksgiving.
"The Golden Rule" is taught in the Christian and non-Christian worlds alike. The only problem is, love and honor are fine china we have the tendency of reserving only for the extra special people we like the most What Jesus is inviting us to is a lifestyle that honors everyone everywhere in everything.
As people, we have a nasty habit of jumping to conclusions, rushing into judgment and assuming the absolute worst. Jesus invites us to a whole new world of far more slower correction and self-awareness.
Did Jesus really just tell us we needed to be PERFECT (and as perfect as God?). In this teaching we explore this very misunderstood and disliked passage and what it means in a church culture of religious perfectionism.
In a world of deception and dishonesty, there is a voice of truth committed to speaking what is trustworthy and life-giving: those who choose to follow in the way of the Truth Himself rather than religious convention.
Divorce is a very complex matter. But far worse than the emotional turmoil that comes with divorce is the attitude of the church towards people in the church who get one. Believe it or not, we don't have to continue this unfortunate trajectory of spiritual abuse, dogmatic proof-texting and emotional piling on.
The angels lauded and trumpeted Jesus' birth as the arrival of peace on earth and goodwill to humanity. In the Beatitudes, Jesus lauds and announces that now, WE are to bring peace on earth and goodwill to man wherever we roam.
In our world, the 0's will forevermore be the overlooked, the disregarded and the disgraced. But in the eyes of God, the 0's are the hero's - and the only one's who will taste the only good life there truly is.
In the series opener for Advent For the Poor, we begin with a man covered with leprosy who bows before Jesus just after the sermon on the mount. Imagine the gasping, the pointing and the chills that there were on the bottom of that plain as Jesus does the unimaginable.
To many, the word "meditation" conjures images of Buddah statues burning in the fire or San Francisco hippies chanting odd things while smoking peyote. But meditation, as defined in the Scriptures is thoroughly transformative and is a necessity for our spiritual flourishing.
In our series finale for The Bible In Color, we explore how the original church experienced the Lord’s Supper and how today, what American churches observe seems to be more like the Lord’s Sampler than the Lord’s Supper. In this teaching we discuss how to mentally and spiritually experience more of what this feast should be to us.
Jesus' parable of The Good Samaritan is one of His most known teachings. And yet, it's also one of the least understood and the most seldom practiced. This isn't doing a good deed for the year. What Jesus is inviting us to is LAVISH, EXTRAVAGANT COMPASSION - and just wait until you hear who He wants us to give it to...
Cheapened and reduced to a shaming mechanism to whoever wasn't at the last worship service, "Do not forsake your assembling together" has a far different and deeper meaning in Hebrews than we may think.
In the Giants series finale, we tackle the most imposing, malicious giant of them all. A giant named Legalism.
Did you know: That being as much UNLIKE the scribes and pharisees is a salvation issue? We explore the hideous diagnosis, the good news and the remedy.
Jesus has breathed life and light into our souls. But sometimes, all we feel is death and darkness. He's brought heaven to our world. But there are seasons when our worlds feel like the lowest rung of hell. And yet, even there, there is a flame blazing in the night.
There is the type of doubt that results in distrusting unbelief. And yet, there is another doubt - a necessary doubt that happens when our perception of God and His kingdom are in the growing pains process of blossoming into a deeper, more vivid comprehension of who He and His kingdom truly are.
Worry is a strangulation device of the heart. It's a parasite of the soul. It is the restless and demented theatre of the mind. Meanwhile, an angelic disposition is available to those who place their reliance upon the One who says "I've got you. I'm with you. And I'm not going anywhere."
Though an occasion warm to many, to countless others, Father's Day is not a pleasant day at all. When someone feels unimportant, unwanted and unloved, that can linger for a lifetime. But to a universe of chronically unlovable sinners, the father of all Fathers loved us and welcomed us in as His children - to be led by the flesh no more.
God could have liberated His people from Egyptian slavery any way He wished to. But He chose the most unlikely person to act as His spokesperson with what lied in his hand. But what if this isn't just Moses? What if this is the way it is with God and His people, from then all the way to us?
In our Missing Ingredients series finale, we note that the model church of Scripture who once epitomized love lost that love 30 years later. Why did this happen? How does this happen? And how can we be a church whose love does not rust away?
As the Missing Ingredients series continues, we see the most devout and dynamic men we read about in the New Testament lacked what we possess - yet strangely, what we also do not know or invite to possess our hearts. His name is The Holy Spirit.
We love Paul's Great Commission in 2 Timothy 4. But often in our haste to carry out that task, we gloss right over what all of these things must be done with - patience. Well, the utmost patience at that. How we can live with patience in a society that hates to wait - and what an 18th century Austrian composer can teach us about how to possess it.
In a world of social and cafeteria seclusion, the table of the Church is where unlovable outcasts find their worth and their belonging regardless of who they are, no matter their social status and despite their past.