Love: Two Imperative Commands

February 20, 2017
20 Feb 2017

February 19, 2017 – Jesus declares that the entire Old Testament depends upon two commandments: loving God with all of our hearts, all of our souls, all of our minds and all of our strength and, like it, loving our neighbors as much as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:29-31).  These two commands confront us both a) within our own hearts as well as b) without as we live among each other.  If there is one place on earth where people are ambitiously striving to live out these commands it should be the church of Jesus Christ.  It is in this context, shaped by the cross of Christ, that we grow in love and trust enough to confront each other to grow and mature.

Love Your Enemies & Forgive

February 6, 2017
06 Feb 2017

February 5, 2017 – As we follow Jesus’ commands in order to teach them to others there are no greater commands of Christ than to love (Matthew 22:36-40).  Our love extends to our enemies which necessitates an understanding of Jesus’ command to forgive.  Jesus says quite a bit about the forgiving culture among His people.  This recording includes communion and contribution comments by Eric Ramso during the service.  Click HERE to view the Dan Stevers video, “Love Is For Loosers” mentioned in the audio.

Righteousness Versus Hypocrisy

December 11, 2016
11 Dec 2016

December 11, 2016 – Jesus commands His disciples to practice a righteousness that is genuine in contrast to that of the Pharisees which looks good on the outside but is filled with deceit and hypocrisy.  Our relationship to God is called to be genuine inside and out.  It’s not only about obeying the rules.  More importantly, it’s all about the condition of the heart!

Eternal Life: The Already, but Not Yet

December 4, 2016
04 Dec 2016

December 4, 2016 – We sing the familiar songs of heaven in the bye and bye and we get excited about the thought of one day seeing God face-to-face.  Then there are the narrow door commands of Christ that cause us to question whether or not heaven will be a reality for me because I fall short of those commands.  Thankfully, Christ assures us that heaven is indeed a present reality for believers as well as a future reality; i.e., the already-but-not-yet promises assure us in our salvation in Christ.


November 6, 2016
06 Nov 2016

November 6, 2016

In Matthew 19:13-36 Jesus is talking to a rich young ruler who asks Him a question: “…what good thing must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Having kept all of the commandments since his youth, the rich man asks Jesus, “What do I still lack?”  Jesus tells him what he must do to be found perfect  “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (vs. 31).  We all want to be perfect.  We see it in many of the details of our lives.  Jesus makes it clear there is only one way to be perfect: “come, follow me.”

Do Not Be Angry: Embrace Mercy and Forgiveness

October 24, 2016
24 Oct 2016

October 23, 2016

Conflict will arise among God’s people.  Matthew 18 makes it clear that Jesus demands that His people work to resolve conflict between each other.  We often cite verse 20 as an encouragement to worship together.  It reads: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  While this is a true statement about those times when God’s people gather together to worship, the context of the chapter makes it clear that when two or three people gather together to resolve conflicts between them, Jesus is in their midst.  The final parable about the Unmerciful Servant stresses the importance of this truth for us.

Do Not Be Angry: Trust God’s Providence

October 17, 2016
17 Oct 2016

October 16, 2016

In Matthew 5:21-26 Jesus addresses the source of our anger. When its all about me my anger makes sense to me; but, where does God fit in?  When its all about HIM, my anger helps me determine where I fit into God’s providence.  What is He working to bring about in me as I examine myself and my relationships with others.  What God allows us to do is to learn to depend upon Him to react in a way that is consistent with the cross of Christ.  This challenge is as big as life itself!

Be Humble

October 13, 2016
13 Oct 2016


October 9, 2016

The story of the Pharisee and Tax Collector who both went to the temple to pray is instructive to the 21st century Pharisee…like me!  The Pharisee was not a legalist because he gives credit for his righteous behavior properly to God.  Not only did he do what was required by the law, he played it safe by doing even more.  Yet, Jesus says that he did not go home justified.  Apparently, the Pharisee put confidence in the fruit of God’s work in him and concluded that he was, therefore, righteous before God.  Suddenly passages like Romans 3:21-31, for example, make sense to a modern-day Pharisee like me.

Do Not Be Anxious About The Necessities of Life

September 18, 2016
18 Sep 2016

September 18, 2016

In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus addresses the contrast between the pursuit of money versus the pursuit of God (Matthew 6:19-24).  The source of our anxieties are often based in our desire for the things of this world rather than living by the will of God.  We obey His commands when we learn to trust God for the necessities of life to do His will.  When we are absorbed by the pleasures of this world and become anxious about them we lose sight of God’s will in our lives.

Jesus’ Words For Life: Fear Him Who Can Destroy Both Soul And Body In Hell

August 30, 2016
30 Aug 2016

August 21, 2016

“…teaching them everything I have commanded you” means it is important to know what Jesus commanded us to teach.  This series is focused upon listing those commands that Jesus gave His disciples and us to both live out and to teach to others.


The verses that follow John 3:16 make it clear that Jesus came to save, not to condemn, because those who die without Him are already condemned because of sin (John 3:17-18).  These words are hard to hear because we can barely grasp both the holiness of God and the wrath of God.  Both of these elements collided at the cross as God, the Son, placed himself in our place to suffer our punishment so that we might be saved through His sacrifice.  Hallelujah! What a Savior!