Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Matthew 6:11 – Daily Bread

| January 7, 2016

There are several lessons in asking God for daily bread (Mt.6:11): 1) Dependence on God not self; 2) Childlike Trust in God’s care; 3) Contentment in basic needs versus wants and desires; 4) Contentment in what the body needs and not excess amounts; 5) Gratitude of all these lessons remembering manna and how at times […]

Exodus 20:7; Matthew 6:9; Romans 2:24 – Holy Name

| January 7, 2016

The Ten Commandments warn, “Do not take the Lord’s name in vain” (Ex.20:7). Jesus reasoned in the model prayer, “Holy is your name” (Mt.6:9). Paul writes, “The name of God is blasphemed…because of you” (Rom.2:24). This goes far beyond but includes how we speak: 1) Do we promise something in God’s name and renege? 2) […]

Matthew 4;6 – Preaching to a Starving Man

| December 2, 2012

“Man does not live by bread alone” does not deny that man lives by bread. When Jesus says, “but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (NASB), He is not asserting that man even lives by the words that come from the mouth of God alone. Man is flesh and spirit, just […]

Matthew 5.3-12 – The Norms of the Kingdom

| November 16, 2012

D. A. Carson refers to the Beatitudes as “the norms of the kingdom” (Carson, p.16). If they are the “norms” then they should only be extraordinary to those not in the kingdom. If any Christian were asked, “Do you pray?” the answer would be, “Of course” and that should be expected. If asked, “Do you […]

Matthew 5.3 – Blessed are the Poor…In Spirit

| November 14, 2012

Being rich Americans we are quick to point out that being “poor in spirit” does not mean financially poor. Maybe too quick. We forget that in the Jewish minds of the first century, material blessings equate spiritual blessings – God pays for our righteousness in coin. So when Jesus says “blessed are the poor in […]

Matthew 5:3-10 – The Beatitudes to Live Like God

| October 9, 2012

Focusing on God’s attributes should not lead to a theoretical, impractical, ivory tower, sitting in the balcony Christianity. As seen in Paul (i.e., Romans, Colossians), theology precedes practical living as the foundation precedes the walls and roof. Today’s Christians want “how to” sermons and books with step by step instructions. “Give me books on finances, […]

Matthew 5:3-10 – The Beatitudes as Attributes of God

| October 8, 2012

Did you ever wonder why the Sermon on the Mount begins with these Beatitudes? Jesus could have said, “Blessed are those who are dead in sin, for they will be forgiven.” “Blessed are those who have no hope, for they will be given life.” “Blessed are those who have been defeated and beaten down, for […]

Matthew 5-7 – A Righteous Movement

| September 27, 2012

Jesus is beginning more than a religious movement; He is laying the foundation for a righteous movement. Reaching backwards to Judaism and forwards to Christianity His words still move more than any others, transforming the way people think and act. Religious movements trying to transform Christianity often focus as much on forms as do those […]

Matthew 5-7 – Religious People Today and Yesterday’s Pharisees

| September 26, 2012

Religious people love impugning the Pharisees for three reasons. One, it is universally agreed that the Pharisees were wrong, which makes their denouncement both unanimous and safe. Two, the sins of the Pharisees are overtly obvious to us today, making them easy targets for denunciation. Three, never are we guilty of the same misguided attitudes, […]

Matthew 5-7 – Teachers and Preachers, Religious, Hypocritical, Middle-class, Condemners

| September 25, 2012

In the Sermon, Jesus specifically mentions the Pharisees once (Mt 5.20). Yet they are the unnamed religious “elephant in the room” lurking behind the most damning descriptions. “You have heard” (5.21,27,31,33,38,43) is about the Pharisees as teachers. Their opinionated applications became God’s law. “Hypocrites” (6.2,5,16; 7.5), people wearing “false faces,” is how Jesus describes their […]