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01
Oct
18

The Pathway To Blessing

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 6:19-24.

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01
Oct
18

When Anger Gets Out Of Hand

When it comes to anger, situations between us can escalate quickly. Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, speaks to this. Imagine two parties where things have gotten so bad that one is suing the other. Jesus said:

Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. – Matthew 5:25-26 (NIV)

The principle Jesus is telling us to follow is repeated in the New Testament book of Ephesians where the apostle Paul told them to not “let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26, NIV). Instead of allowing anger to fester, we need to deal with it appropriately and quickly. Otherwise, we will be come bitter, resentful and our hearts will become hardened. If you’re angry with someone today, why not go to that person and start to work things out with them before things get out of hand? Your heart will feel better when your relationship is restored.
28
Sep
18

Does God Want Your Offering?

This may sound really strange coming from a pastor because sometimes churches are accused of only wanting peoples’ money, but I believe that there are times when God doesn’t want your money. When talking about anger, Jesus said that God doesn’t want your gift if you’re angry with a brother or sister in the church. Jesus said:

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. – Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)

The point is that our relationships in the church matter more than our tithes and offerings. If you’re at odds with someone in the family of faith, you should reconcile with them before giving your gifts. Your heart matters more than your wallet. If you know that someone in your church has something against you or if you are fighting with someone, go to that person immediately and work it out. Get your heart right with them before you go to church this weekend. It may be hard to do, but remember that your relationships matter more than your money.
27
Sep
18

You Make Me So Angry!

The point of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount isn’t to make new rules to burden people, but rather to get to the heart of the Law. You can follow the 10 commandments and still be far from God in your heart. Jesus gives an example with regard to murder. He said:

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell​. – Matthew 5:21-22 (NIV)​

Uncontrolled anger is at the heart of murder. If you’re angry enough to curse someone, you may have an anger problem. Jesus is telling us to deal with our anger appropriately before it gets the best of us. God knows your heart. You may be able to hide your anger from others, but you can’t keep it from Him.
26
Sep
18

Skin Deep Righteousness

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes the Law of Moses and He expounds on it. It can be easy to fall into a trap of skin deep righteousness. This trap says that you’re on the right track because you look spiritual on the outside, but in reality are far from God in your heart. Jesus said:

Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:19-20 (NIV)

The Pharisees looked really good because they put on an outward religious show. They thought that they were better than everyone else because they outwardly obeyed the Law to the nth degree. Inwardly, though, they were far from God because they didn’t obey God because they loved Him. They loved the applause of people. Do a heart check today. Do you obey God because you love Him or because you want to impress people with how spiritual you appear?
25
Sep
18

Jesus And The Law

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made it clear that He was not doing away with the Law of Moses. Rather, He was going to do what no one else had ever done nor could ever do again. He was going to keep it perfectly. Jesus said:

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. – Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV)

We could never keep the Law perfectly, but that doesn’t give us a license to sin against God or others. Instead, Jesus calls us to a higher standard. He calls us into a loving relationship with God by grace through faith in Him. When we enter into this relationship with God, we are filled with God’s Spirit who transforms us from the inside out. Instead of striving to earn grace, we rest in it. Instead of trying to earn salvation, we accept it as a gift. This gift is so amazing that we want to obey God because we love Him and we love people.
24
Sep
18

I’m Gonna Let It Shine

The world is a very dark place and it only seems to be getting darker. Who will shine the light of Jesus’ love in this darkness? Jesus said that that is the job of His followers. He said:

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

Don’t hide the light of Jesus’ love, but instead let it shine by the good deeds you can do in His name. If we don’t shine His light, who will? The love of Jesus changes lives and lives changed by love can change the world. Think of a practical way you can love someone today in Jesus’ name. A single ray of light can begin to change a very dark world.



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