October 2020

Model Home

There are two likely ways to make rules easier to follow: multiply or reduce. We can make more rules to cover every possiblity, or a few rules that cover basic principles. The people Jesus taught were used to many rules, but in Matthew 7:12 He reduces the list to one: the golden rule. It is […]



Sermon – Open Door

Some of us struggle with prayer. We feel guilty that we don’t pray often enough. We struggle when the answers are not what we want. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 7 that God is a loving Father. As that Father He wants us to come to Him with our needs, and He provides in ways […]



Honest Reviews

“Judge not.” When Jesus says these words in Matthew 7, He is not doing away with right and wrong. He wants us to work on our own problems, to exercise mercy with others, and to help each other live more in line with Him.  



September 2020

Home Warranty

Two of the prevalent scams of our current culture are emails offering money and phone calls about extended car warranties. These play on two of our greatest problems: greed and worry. Jesus addresses both of these in Matthew 6, where He teaches that only God can provide what His people need.  



Home Security

In Oklahoma many of our houses have tornado shelters, so most of us have thought about what we would grab to take into the shelter if a storm is on the way. Whether they are things with monetary value, sentimental value or both; they are stil just things. In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us to […]



Inside the Walls

One of the most frequent criticism of Christians by non-believers today is that we are hypocritical. Jesus addresses this in Matthew 6 as he challenges us not to make our practices into a production but to live authentic lives.  



August 2020

Demolition Day 2

A few weeks ago we considered the thought that Matthew 5:17-20 is the most important passage in the Bible about how to read the Bible. Now we will look at how Jesus illustrates that by getting to the foundation of six rules that were familiar to His audience. We continue this week with rules about […]



Demolition Day

Last week we considered the thought that Matthew 5:17-20 is the most important passage in the Bible about how to read the Bible. Now we will look at how Jesus illustrates that by getting to the foundation of six rules that were familiar to His audience. We begin this week with rules about anger, lust […]



House Plans

The Story of God Bible Commentary calls Matthew 5:17-20 the “most significant passage in the Bible on how to read the Bible.” Since Jesus fulfills the old law rather than abolishing it, we learn the importance of reading the entire Bible with Jesus in mind.  



July 2020

Curb Appeal

Jesus tells His disciples to be salt and light. As salt and light, we can help the world around us to see Him better. Because of what Jesus does and promises, we are able to be salt and light in our world.