As a child, my parents taught me to tithe. The word tithe simply means “tenth”. And so, I was trained to give God ten percent of what I earned because it all belongs to Him, and that this giving was an act of worship. My wife and I practice this, and we are training our … More Should We Tithe?
It's undeniable that children resemble their parents. Whether it's the color of their hair, their mannerisms, their temperaments or even something as simple as their smile. When we look at Jesus' words in Matthew 5:43-48, He showed us the big idea of His exposition on the Law: "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly … More Love Like Your Heavenly Father
The Pharisees were no quitters. In their concern to maintain power and the status quo of the day, they constantly assaulted Christ. Every attempt to belittle the Lord Jesus had resulted in the Pharisees utter failure. Yet, their inability to walk away from spiritual debates with Christ led them to one more great exchange. The … More Love Wholeheartedly
Jesus desires for none of His disciples to be hypocrites. Jesus in the latter portion of His Sermon on the Mount shifts His focus so that His disciples’ eyes can be opened to the nature of God, of His justice, our hidden sin, our hypocritical ways and the solution to it all. In what is … More Judge Me
As we look at Christ in Matthew 8:14-17, we find another unexpected miracle at the hand of Jesus. He had already done the unthinkable in touching and healing the leper, and then aiding a gentile centurion by healing his servant. Now the scene moves towards Christ entering the home of His disciple Peter. As we … More Healed to Serve
It is no coincidence that as soon as Matthew writes that Jesus promises rest to all who come to Him in chapter eleven, that the next passage deals with the Sabbath. The Sabbath institution was given to man as a gift in order to establish a regular rhythm of rest into their lives (cf. Gen. … More Lord of the Sabbath
Due to the extraordinary events surrounding the globe at this point in time, I’d like to direct your attention to one of the more famous stories of the life of Christ: the stilling of the storm. This story appears in 3 of the 4 Gospels. In each account, the very last words are spoken directly … More The King is Still Near
In Matthew 21:18-22, the Lord Jesus comes upon the Temple and is quite busy. He cleansed the Temple with a whip in hand. He publicly embarrassed the chief priests and scribes who had forgotten the simple beauty of children praising God for His goodness. After a good night’s rest, the Lord Jesus was returning to … More Barren Tree, Bear Fruit!
Far too often, life is taken for granted. Whether it be the simple joy of seeing the beauty of creation in the leaves dancing in the trees courtesy of the afternoon breeze, or the embrace of one we love. You and I have been given so many wonderful gifts by our God; both in everyday … More Rebels AND Saints
Jesus is a remarkable man. Whenever we follow Him through the Gospels we find the miraculous exuding from His presence. At this famous account we find another such miracle. In Matthew 14:22-36, the Lord Jesus reveals the extent of His lordship over creation. Matthew says, "Immediately He urged the disciples to embark on the boat … More Worship Jesus