The Persecution Primer

Acts 8:1-3 And Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul … Continue reading The Persecution Primer

The Great Escape and Another Stabbing Sermon

Acts 5:17-32 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy; and they laid hands on the apostles, and put them in a public jail. But an angel of the Lord during the night opened the gates of the prison, … Continue reading The Great Escape and Another Stabbing Sermon

The Collapsing Council’s Confirmation

Acts 4:13-22 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. But when they … Continue reading The Collapsing Council’s Confirmation

Lie of Lies

Matthew 27:62-66; 28:1-5; 12-1 Now on the next day, which is the one after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ “Therefore, give orders for the grave to … Continue reading Lie of Lies

Consider Christ on the Cross, Not Current Culture; Part 1

Matthew 27:33-49 And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull, they gave Him wine to drink mingled with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink. And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots; and sitting down, they … Continue reading Consider Christ on the Cross, Not Current Culture; Part 1

Back to the Future, Again

Matthew 24:15-28 Jesus continues to answer the disciples' questions of, when, and what were the signs of his coming and the end of the age? We have a lot of questions, two are important to consider as we read the context. One, to whom was this written? Second, and more importantly, to whom was Jesus … Continue reading Back to the Future, Again

The Damnation Lamentation

Matthew 23:37+38; 24:1+2 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. “Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! “For I say to you, … Continue reading The Damnation Lamentation

Uninvited

Matthew 22:1-14 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king, who gave a wedding feast for his son. “And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. “Again … Continue reading Uninvited

Deliniated Discourse

Wretches With a Wretched End Matthew 21:28-46 But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ “And he answered and said, ‘I will, sir’; and he did not go. “And he came to the second and said the same … Continue reading Deliniated Discourse

99 Sheep Because I Just Lost One

Matthew 18:12-14 What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? “And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices … Continue reading 99 Sheep Because I Just Lost One

The King of Controversy

Matthew 18:7-10, 11 being omitted “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! “And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better … Continue reading The King of Controversy

Faith Like a Boss

Matthew 18:1-6 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. … Continue reading Faith Like a Boss