Oct 13, 2013
Getting a Good Deal
Jesus compared the kingdom to treasure so valuable that a person will trade everything else in life for it.
  • Oct 13, 2013Getting a Good Deal
    Oct 13, 2013
    Getting a Good Deal
    Jesus compared the kingdom to treasure so valuable that a person will trade everything else in life for it.
  • Oct 6, 2013Hidden
    Oct 6, 2013
    Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a tiny mustard seed that grows into a tree and to yeast hidden in dough. The Kingdom starts small but grows and although not obvious, it transforms everything it touches.
  • Sep 29, 2013There Are Weeds in the Garden
    Sep 29, 2013
    There Are Weeds in the Garden
    When we look at the violence in our world we wonder how Jesus could say that the kingdom of heaven had arrived. He used the parable of the weeds to help explain.
  • Sep 15, 2013How Does Your Garden Grow?
    Sep 15, 2013
    How Does Your Garden Grow?
    Jesus explains that not everyone hears the Word of God (the seed in the parable) the same way. Pastor Chip explains why this is important in our own lives and to the life of the church.
  • Sep 8, 2013A Good Story
    Sep 8, 2013
    A Good Story
    Jesus frequently taught in parables, but the reason might surprise you. Matthew shows us that Jesus didn't begin teaching in parables until he encountered serious opposition from the Pharisees. Pastor Chip discusses the importance of Jesus' favorite teaching style.
  • Aug 25, 2013Are You My Mother?
    Aug 25, 2013
    Are You My Mother?
    Family is very important, but Jesus says there's something more important than our earthly families. As followers of Jesus, we are adopted into a spiritual family.
  • Aug 18, 2013Just Give Me a Sign, God
    Aug 18, 2013
    Just Give Me a Sign, God
    After he had already performed a series of miracles, the Pharisees asked to see a sign. Jesus' response that they were evil for asking and that the only sign would be the sign of Jonah. Pastor Chip discusses signs from God and why the "sign of Jonah" is so important for us today.
  • Aug 11, 2013The Big Lie
    Aug 11, 2013
    The Big Lie
    The "big lie" is the idea that if you tell a lie something often enough and forcefully enough people will begin to believe it. When Jesus set people free from bondage to demons the Pharisees claimed he did it by the power of Satan, a big lie. The big truth is that Jesus heals all of us by the power of God!
  • Aug 4, 2013You Deserve a Break Today
    Aug 4, 2013
    You Deserve a Break Today
    At the end of Matthew 11, Jesus invites the tired and burdened to come to him and he will give them rest. Then in chapter 12 we find out what rest is and is not. God designed the Sabbath as a day of rest but the Pharisees had made it into a burden. Pastor Chip shares how we can rediscover the day of rest and what it can mean to our lives.
  • Jul 28, 2013Believe It Or Not
    Jul 28, 2013
    Believe It Or Not
    The first ten chapters of the Gospel of Matthew deal with Jesus' identity as the Son of God and Messiah. Chapters 11 and 12 turn our attention to the way people respond to Jesus. When we come in contact with Jesus - either in person, through the Bible or through other believers - we have to make a choice. Either we believe that Jesus is who he says he is, or we reject him. Our beliefs determine our actions and we have to live as if God exists or live as if he doesn't.