Category Archives: Matthew

The Kingdom Focused Church – Experiencing

Matthew 6:24-33 – Please take your Bible and turn to Matthew 6.  We will read verses 24-33. – Jesus is beginning His earthly ministry with a foundational message which we have called the “Sermon on the Mount”.    He has given instruction on several “how to’s” of life.  We discover how to be blessed, how to

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The Kingdom Focused Church – Empowering

Acts 1:9-26 – Acts 2 records the beginning the church age.  Candidly, the church as we know it today was born right here.  To read Acts 2 is to see the chapter opening with some 120 believers in the upper room and the Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit of God literally “falling” in power. 

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The Kingdom Focused Church – Exposing

Matthew 16:18-19 / Matthew 28:18-20 – Have you ever taken a picture, taken it to be developed, and it came back “out of focus?” Do you remember your frustration? And do you remember that your frustration was controlled somewhat by basically two factors; how personal the picture and the cost of the picture. For instance,

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A Message from the Master Broadcaster

Matthew 13:1-23 Introduction Broadcasting is the communication of a message through various forms of media.  You might find it interesting to note broadcasting took place years before radio and television.  In fact, the concept of broadcasting has an agricultural meaning.  According to one dictionary the term “broadcast” can mean “To sow (seed) over a wide

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What If?

Exodus 1:8-10, 15-17; 2:1-6 Exodus 1:8-10KJV 8Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 9And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 10Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when

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What the Bible Has to Say About Gambling

Introduction: A woman was in a gambling casino for the first time. As she walks the floor, looking at all of the pretty lights, the machines and the special tables she is awestruck. The woman walks up to a roulette wheel and watches as someone plays a round. The attendant invites her to join the game and she

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Worshiping the SAVIOR, Not a Celebrity

Matthew 28:16-20 The word Twitter has entered our vocabulary recently. With the Iranian protesters using Twitter as a means of telling their story in that troubled nation, millions of people have been exposed to the brutal reactions of the Iranian government. The authorities have been seen beating and, in some instances, killing those who have

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When I Was a Stranger

Leviticus 19 It was Monday and I was headed for Alexandria, three hours away, for our annual Louisiana Baptist Convention due to get underway at 5:30 that evening. I’ve made the drive from our New Orleans home so many times–Interstate 10 through Baton Rouge to LaFayette, north on Interstate 49 to Alexandria–that I needed a change

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It All Comes Back to Jesus, pt.2

Matthew 14:13-33; 1 Peter 2:16-18 Introduction Worship is what Satan desires and it is what Jesus deserves. We see Satan’s lust for worship demonstrated in his fall in Isaiah 14:12-15 and in his temptation of Jesus Christ recorded in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. Witnessing (Matthew 14:13-21) Feeding the five thousand Walking (Matthew 14:22-26) Jesus walks on the Sea Worshiping (Matthew

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It All Comes Back to Jesus, pt.1

Encounter (John 1:40-42) Have you met Jesus? Context and Background John 1:29-39 Dr. Jerry Vines wrote a book titled Interviews with Jesus. Song: “I Met the Master” Experience (Matthew 4:18-22) How do you respond to Jesus’ invitation? Rejection or Reception? R.S.V.P. is an abbreviation for a French phrase that means “please respond”. “Regrets Only”—Luke 18:18-30 Rich Young

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