Matthew- The King is Here!

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“Following Christ is costly” Matthew 4:1-12

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This message describes different responses to Jesus between Herod Antipas (Tetrarch of Galilee and Perea) and John the Baptist.  According to the historian Jospehus, John the Baptist was imprisoned at Machaerus, Herod’s fortress on the east side of the Dead Sea.  Excavations there have revealed what is likely the pavement and courtyard where Herodias’ daughter […]

“Who me, offended? That’s outrageous!” Matthew 11:1-19

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“Who me, offended? That’s outrageous!” (Click to Listen, right click to download) Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently described his disillusionment with the Christian faith as a result of the “binary systems” it projects . Even though it may be culturally convenient to write off Christianity because of its exclusive claims to truth, right and […]

“Conflict is Inevitable” Matthew 10:34-38

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Jesus said, “I have come not to bring peace, but a sword.”  Wait a minute, I thought Jesus was referred to as the Prince of Peace?  Didn’t the angels declare at his birth, “Peace on earth?” Yes, the purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was to bring peace between God and mankind; to reconcile […]

“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 […]