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“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (Matthew 26:41)

February 9, 2011

Trials and temptations often come in pairs. We can’t avoid the former, but we can watch and pray, so that we don’t fall into the latter. Be alert to that which tempts. Pray in advance for strength so you won’t be led into its trap.

“You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things” (Matthew 25:21)

February 7, 2011

First, do the little things. Then, let God promote you to greater responsibility. If you’re unfaithful with little, having more won’t help.

“This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14)

February 5, 2011

The spreading of the gospel to every nation is our commission. Fulfilling this call we hasten Christ’s return. Jesus calls us not to safety, but to significance!

“Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God'” (Matthew 22:29)

February 2, 2011

Jesus’ correction of the Sadducees is an apt warning for today. For we are a generation of biblically illiterate and spiritually impotent people. Repent. Study God’s Word. Be filled with the Spirit.

“Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he asked” (Matthew 20:32)

January 31, 2011

Nearly every miracle of Christ was because of an interruption. Jesus was on His way somewhere and “stopped” to help someone. Will you let God interrupt your journey?

Make Life Matter

January 30, 2011 | Matthew 20:25-28

Pastor Gary Combs concludes the “Simplify Life” series with this message from Matthew 20:25-28 where Jesus teaches the new and radical economy in the Kingdom of Heaven, where the first shall be last and the last shall be first. What is this new economy? Serving and giving. That’s what makes life really matter, living a life of contribution.

“But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first” (Matthew 19:30)

January 29, 2011

This world’s appraisal of greatness is based on outward things- good looks, possessions, and money. But the Kingdom will judge greatness by inner things. The Kingdom will turn us inside out and upside down. We may be in for a surprise as to who is first.

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them” (Matthew 14:14)

January 22, 2011

That the Creator of the universe would even take notice of us is surprising. That He would feel compassion is miraculous. What joy! That our God loves us so.

“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field” (Matthew 13:36)

January 20, 2011

There is a weed that looks similar to wheat until maturity when it bears no fruit. Some will question whether the seed was good. Others will want to pull up the weeds. But the purity of the church is the Lord’s job. Ours is to grow and bear fruit.

“Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place” (Matthew 12:15)

January 17, 2011

When Jesus withdraws from a place, we should follow. No effective work can be done without Him. Troubling question: Would you notice His leaving?