The All-Peoples Savior

Prejudice is one of the most challenging issues that we face today. Whether it’s racism or religious discrimination or gender-bias or any of a dozen others, prejudice is one of the biggest sources of tension in the 21st century. Thankfully the Bible has a lot to say about prejudice, starting right here in Matthew 15:21-39.…

Fraud-Proof Your Faith

Financial websites and social media platforms go to great lengths these days to verify that the person logging into an account actually is who he says he is. There is so much potential for fraud in the internet age that we all have to be extra careful. But online banking isn’t the only place where…

The King Throws a Banquet

The Miracle of the Feeding of the 5000 gives a vivid and practical picture of God’s compassion on human beings. In this text, we see that Jesus doesn’t just save our souls; He also saves our lives by caring for the needs of His people. In this sermon, we explore three compassion-based invitations that Jesus…

Keeping a Kingdom Outlook

There is a lot of truth in the statement that “Attitude is everything.” Whether you’re talking about sports or work or school or relationships, having the right attitude makes all the difference. Perhaps that’s why Jesus concludes His sermon in Matthew 13 with four short parables about the attitude we should have toward the Kingdom…

Why All the Weeds?

Sooner or later, everyone asks the question – If God is so great, why is there so much evil in the world? Some ask it cynically, some ask it sincerely. But everyone asks it. Thankfully, Jesus answers this very question in the Parable of the Weeds. In Matthew 13, vv. 24-30 and 36-43, Jesus stakes…

The Big God of Small Beginnings

Some of our favorite success stories start with humble origins. Whether it’s a hamburger shack that turns into the worldwide McDonald’s chain or a computer built in the family garage that grows into Apple, Inc, we love stories about big things that come from small beginnings. In Matthew 13:31-35, Jesus tells two stories that show…