People Who Pray are Vital to the Body of Christ

Prayer prompts God to do things in the lives of His people that He may not have otherwise done.   The whole of Scripture tells us that God hears and answers the cries of his people.  The Bible stresses the great importance of asking Him what we need both in this life and for eternity.  [...]

By |2017-11-20T12:49:31+00:00January 1st, 2018|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

Practically Speaking, How Do You Serve Jesus?

What you do for the people at church, you do as unto Jesus Himself.  Jesus makes this point abundantly clear in Matthew 25.  In the parable of the sheep and the goats, He describes two groups of people: One group is righteous. The other is not. He describes the actions of the righteous people [...]

By |2017-12-16T18:02:05+00:00December 16th, 2017|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

The Gift of “God With Us”

The coming of the Messiah was greatly anticipated in the Old Testament.  For centuries, those who were faithful to the scriptures looked forward to a Messiah who would set men free from their sin and establish a new covenant with God’s people.  The prophet Jeremiah said it this way: 31 “Behold, the days are coming, [...]

The Trouble with Peacemaking

A Biblical peacemaker lovingly restores harmony in relationships on the foundation of truth, righteousness, and Biblical principles I’ve arrived at this description of peace based on scriptures like Colossians 3:14-16.  It says, “14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which [...]

By |2016-11-21T15:04:42+00:00November 22nd, 2016|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

Mankind’s Biggest Need – Peace with God

Jesus came to establish a foundation of grace and truth so that we could have peace with God Jesus provides a way to have peace with God. Romans 5:1 says, “ Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Book of Romans begins with [...]

By |2016-11-20T08:13:38+00:00November 20th, 2016|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

Persecution and the Pursuit of God

  Persecution and the Pursuit of God | Matthew 5:11-12, Luke 13:31-35, Romans 8:37, Psalm 23 God’s purposes will continue regardless of who makes threats and regardless of who is in office.  This morning, as we are all trying to make sense of an unusual political season in [...]

What Does it Mean to be “Pure in Heart?”

A Pure Heart has a Single Desire The Greek word katharos is translated “pure” has two basic meanings: “clean” and “unmixed.”  Our English word cathartic come from this Greek word.  In the medical field, a cathartic agent is something a doctor uses to clean out the physical system.  In other words, it’s a powerful laxative, something that cleans out [...]

By |2016-11-08T08:59:54+00:00November 15th, 2016|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

Jesus Sees My Heart (How Come You Only See My Hair)

  Long ago, I played in a Christian alternative rock band named Everybodyduck.  I was the "long haired" guy in the band.  One of our more popular songs contained a lyrical hook in the chorus that said, "If Jesus sees my heart, how come you only see my hair."  (Here's a link to the [...]

By |2016-11-12T16:43:31+00:00November 13th, 2016|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

New Hearts Lead to New Lives

Romans 10:9 says, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Those who receive this offer of total forgiveness in the midst of their total depravity experience a thrill they have never experienced before: They begin to see God. Their [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:34+00:00November 11th, 2016|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

Lasting Peace in a Troubled World | Matthew 5:9, Romans 5:1

Senior  Pastor Mark Stafford   Lasting Peace in a Troubled World – Matthew 5:9, Romans 5:1   In the next seven weeks, there will be a lot of talk about peace on earth.  The reality is that peace in this fallen world does not seem to last very long.  In the secular [...]