Kingdom: Victory

[Matthew 27:32-56} “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit” Matthew 27:50 So much of the Kingdom life goes against what makes sense to us. This is the Kingdom where the least become the first, where the hurting become healed, where sinners are welcomed by grace and where we…

Kingdom: Talents

We are going to look at one last parable Jesus tells us about the Kingdom – the parable of the talents. In this parable a master going away on a journey gives differing amounts of money to three of his servants. One gets five talents, one gets two talents and one gets one talent. A…

Kingdom: Prepartion

[Matthew 25:1-13] “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” Matthew 25:13 Jesus shared another parable to reveal some insight into the Kingdom. This time He used the example of Jewish wedding custom. In Jewish custom the wedding celebrations could last for up to two weeks. The festivities would start and at…

Kingdom: Citizens

[Matthew 21:31-32, 42-44] “Truly I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the Kingdom of God before you” Matthew 21:31 Jesus has reached Jerusalem for the final time. The end of His earthly ministry is approaching. But He still has lessons to teach about the Kingdom. He has angered the religious…

Kingdom: Possessions

{Matthew 19:16-24} “Jesus said to him “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me”” Matthew 19:21 There is a rich young man who comes to Jesus with a question, asking “Teacher, what good deed must I do…

Kingdom: Forgiveness

{Matthew 18:21-35} “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times” Matthew 18:22 Peter comes to Jesus with a question about how many times he should forgive someone who sins against him. Peter thought he was being all good and holy suggesting as many as seven times. Seven after all was the perfect…

Kingdom: Greatness

{Matthew 18:1-6} “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven” Matthew 18:4 In Matthew 18 the disciples come to Jesus with a question “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom?” (Matthew 18:1). The heart of the question for them was really “How great will I be? What will be…

Glad tidings of great joy (Dec 25)

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring…

We have a problem (Dec 23)

We have a problem, you and me See we’ve all rebelled against holy God You can argue your innocence But death is the proof Our rebellion is sin and sin leads to death So we have a problem, you and me For we all break God’s laws We all fall short of His standards Our…