Matthew- The King is Here!

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“Fear or Faith?”

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“Faith chases out fear, and fear chases out faith.” That is the way Dr. D.A. Carson summarized the experience of the disciples in the boat when Jesus calmed the wind and the waves. (Expositors Bible Commentary, vol. 8) But there is a lot more going on in this passage than Jesus simply calming our fears.  […]

“Saying Yes, Saying No” Matthew 8:18-22

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Many people want the benefits and blessings of salvation, but not the responsibilities of salvation.  But when you say “Yes” to follow Jesus, then by implication, you necessarily say “No” to other things. When Jesus saves someone, He loves that person too much to let him or her stay the same.  The reality of following […]

Home Show 101 (Matthew 7:24-29)

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“Home Show 101” (click to play, right click to download) I searched the Downtown Raleigh Home Show 2020- and found hundreds of vendors for every item of home interior and exterior construction, but only one vendor serving the foundation!  Doesn’t that strike you as a bit odd?  In our spiritual lives- do we overemphasize the […]

“Good Fruit, Bad Fruit” Matthew 7:13-20

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Matthew 7:13–14 ESV “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. The late John Stott’s […]

“Do Not Judge!” Does not mean what you think it means… (Matthew 7:1-6)

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Do not judge… (click to listen or download) In the classic movie The Princess Bride, the incompetent villain Vizzini keeps uttering the word “INCONCEIVABLE!” whenever his nemesis, Wesley, passes test after test. Vizzini’s sidekick, Inigo Montoya, after noticing the pattern of “inconceivable” occurences, tells Vizzini, “You keep saying that word.  I don’t think it means […]

“The Strength to Love”- Matthew 5:38-48

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“The Strength to Love” (click to listen, right click to download) Jesus calls his followers to non-retaliation: “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”  This is not a blanket pacifism, nor a call to be the doormat of someone’s verbal abuse, nor is it an excuse to ignore criminal […]

“Are you a sin manager?”- Matthew 5:27-32 (Partial message)

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(click to listen, right click to download) “Are you a sin manager?” In Matthew 5:27-32, Jesus teaches that adultery is not just the physical act of being unfaithful to one’s spouse, but it has to do with the intentions and thoughts of the heart and mind.  There is a connection between what we allow our eyes […]

“Verbal Homicide” Matthew 5:21-26

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(click to listen, right click to download)  “Verbal Homicide” Jesus’ teaching always cuts right to a person’s heart. Like a master surgeon, he exposes the dark corners that need to be cleansed. We tend to categorize people into groups such as good vs. bad, convict vs. free, criminal vs. model citizen, etc.  However when categorizing others, […]

‘You shall call his name Jesus”- Matthew Chapter 1

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“You shall call his name Jesus” audio Life is filled with ugly messes as well as beautiful mystery.  In this message, you will hear about the ancestry and the birth of Jesus- the miracle of the incarnation–from both messy and beautiful perspectives.  The Son of God taking on human form, to dwell among humanity, is […]

“Blessed are the Hated…” Matthew 5:10-12

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“Blessed are the Hated” (click above to listen; right click to download) Persecution- the systematic and organized effort to oppress and harass Christians, is unavoidable if one is a serious follower of Jesus.  Enduring persecution is also genuine proof that someone is a committed disciple of Jesus Christ.  This message explains the reason and reality […]