Debunking the Gospel of Personal Victory

I have known Jesus since I was fifteen. I have been seriously studying His word since I was twenty. I mean more than simply reading or hearing someone talk about it on Sunday morning. What I mean by seriously studying is that I began to try to really understand what God had written through these... Continue Reading →

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What is Fasting? Why is fasting? Can You Ruin Your Witness?

In the previous section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), we saw that Jesus addressed six popular teachings that were contrary to the actual message of the Old Testament after committing verbally to remaining faithful to the Old Testament Scriptures. The major way in which the Old Testament was misused, according to Jesus’... Continue Reading →

God’s Self-Revelation

Last week, we spent our time talking about what it meant that Samuel was being established as the first Old Testament prophet. We also talked about the purpose that the Old Testament prophetic office had in redemptive history as Christ’s throne within His creation was prepared. The text for this morning sounds very familiar. That’s... Continue Reading →

Real Prayer VS. Cheap Religious Substitutes

In the previous section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), we saw that Jesus addressed six popular teachings that were contrary to the actual message of the Old Testament after committing verbally to remaining faithful to the Old Testament Scriptures. The major way in which the Old Testament was misused, according to Jesus’... Continue Reading →

The Real Gift of Prophecy and the dangers of religions based on the word of a latter-day prophet

I remember being a youth and this girl in my youth group at church came up to me and said, “God wanted me to tell you…” I don’t remember what followed those words, but I do remember that it didn’t make any sense and nothing ever came from it. There are quite a few belief... Continue Reading →

True Christianity is Something Different Than You Might Expect

I was going to start this lesson by stating that this section of Jesus’ sermon is the most important part! I feel like that each week with the passage we are learning. The truth is that every word, verse, passage, and section of Scripture is just as important and necessary as what came before and... Continue Reading →

Does God Really Hold Us Accountable?

When I was doing ministry in Oklahoma City, I would drive once-a-week to a town called Slaughterville in Lexington County. Next to Slaughterville there was some beautiful land on which I would hunt. This is the same place where I experienced the squirrel-nado; that’s a different story. On this particular occasion, I was hunting coyotes.... Continue Reading →

Six Wrong Teachings Jesus Addressed Explicitly

In the previous two sections of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has first addressed His sermon to the intended audience- those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (v. 6) and those who will experience the trials that they will experience because of Christ (v. 11). He is talking particularly with His disciples. In the... Continue Reading →

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