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“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24 NKJV).

January 29, 2017

After a rich young ruler came to Jesus asking what good thing he must do to have eternal life, the Lord told him to sell his possessions, give them to the poor and come follow Him. But the young man went away sorrowful, for he was very wealthy. As the rich young ruler walked away, Jesus told His disciples that it was hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom. He then used a greater to lesser hyperbole to illustrate the problem. The camel represents the rich man, oversized and burdened with a load, while the eye of a needle represents the narrow gate that leads to the kingdom of God. Some have suggested that the “eye of the needle” referred to the small, narrow door within a city gate used for foot passengers, which even a man would need to bow low to enter. However, the metaphor still holds true. A large camel cannot enter through a small door nor a needle’s eye. It would need to shrink to enter either.

Riches have a way of owning us, rather than us owning them. To rely on worldly wealth, rather than God’s provision is idolatry. The rich young ruler who claimed to be a keeper of the commandments had actually failed to keep the first, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Children: Leading Your Child to Christ

August 23, 2015 | Matthew 19:13-15 | parenting

What do you want your child to be when they grow up? A brain surgeon, lawyer, professional musician or athlete? With the emphasis parents put on education and sports these days, it looks as if they’re hoping to raise the next American Idol or NFL star. What about being a Christ-follower? Do you want your child to believe in God and to trust Christ as their Lord and Savior? Can you think of anything more important that leading your child to Christ?

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” (Matthew 19:14)

January 29, 2014

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat children. If they are patient and fun with little ones, it reveals something about their heart. If they are nervous and frustrated, this too shows. Jesus loved little children. He always made time for them. I’ve observed that most people who come to Christ, do so before adulthood. The older we get, the more our hearts harden. Yet, it’s never too late to see Jesus with childlike eyes and receive Him with a childlike faith.

Faith: Passing On a Godly Legacy

July 8, 2012 | Matthew 19:13-15 | parenting

Pastor Gary Combs concludes the “Family Feud” sermon series with this last message about how to pass the baton of faith on to the next generation. This message is taken from Matthew 19:13-15 where Jesus rebuked his disciples for hindering the little children to come to him. This message helps parents understand the importance of leading their children to Jesus and not being a spiritual hindrance to their faith.

“Jesus replied, ‘Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended'” (Matthew 19:8)

January 28, 2012

National statistics show that Christians are now just as likely to be divorced as non-believers. This shows the disconnect between our faith and our faithfulness. Should Christians suffer from “hardened hearts?” (As it turns out, this statistic was reported in error. Recent book by Shaunti Feldhahn, “Good News About Marriage”)

“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.

How to Get a Perfect Score on Life

October 10, 2010 | Matthew 19:16-26

Pastor Gary Combs begins a new sermon series entitled: “PERFECT.” This message is taken from the story of the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-26. Here, Jesus told the young man that if he wanted to be “perfect,” he would have to sell everything and follow Him. After hearing this the disciples worried that no one could be saved. But Jesus taught them that God made it possible. Jesus is the only way to please a perfect and holy God.

Bringing Them to Jesus

May 30, 2010 | Matthew 19:13-15 | parenting

Pastor Gary Combs continues the “Parenting Your Child’s Heart” series. In this message he addresses the need to lead our children to place their faith in Christ. Is there anything more important that leading your child to Christ? Jesus told the disciples to let the little children come to him. We can recognize God’s purpose for parents to be his agents in bringing them to know Jesus.