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Message From Matt | December 14, 2017

 

I know that I told this story at least once in a service and another time in a Bible study, but I would like to share it again and probably at the disproval of my son Brandon :)!  When Brandon was little he went through a time that he was very stubborn and would be a challenge to discipline!  Can any parents relate to to us on this?  One particular time that he was being difficult around age 4 or 5 was when he lied about doing something that he shouldn’t have.  When we found out the truth and confronted him on the lie, he stated that it was just a “little lie” and he didn’t think he should be punished.  That is when God gave me a good thought.  It was dinner time and I asked him about the carrot that I had in my hand.  I asked, “
what is this?”  He responded, “a carrot!”  Then I took a bite out of the carrot and asked him again “what is this?” and he again answered “a carrot!” Then I repeated that process until I had just a little piece of the carrot left and Brandon’s answer didn’t change.  No mater the size of the carrot, it was still a carrot!  Then I told him that no matter how little the lie was it was still a lie!  I reminded him that telling the truth is always so much easier and better.  I think that he learned something that day that I hope he will keep with him the rest of his life.   That telling the truth and living in the truth is the best way to live!  
 
However, not everyone lives this way!  Many do live their lives in dishonesty!  Our American culture seems to be rampant with people who don’t have truth as a part of their fabric.  Many don’t trust public leaders, church leaders, supervisors, spouses, kids, etc… because there have been too many times that they have “burned”!  We also hear people say that they don’t come to church because there are too many hypocrites in church.  They assume that most in church are those who talk about godly things but don’t live it out.  There are definitely people that have or do those things.  I have in the past and I hope not to ever do again.  
 
So where is truth? Consistent, unfailing truth?  Let me give you a one word answer – JESUS!
 
Jesus said in John 14:6, “…I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
John 1:17 states, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
John 1:14 states, “…the Word (Jesus)…is full of grace and truth.”
And there are many more verses that speak to Jesus as the truth!
 
The point is that there lies all around us we might not know what to believe, but please don’t ever lose sight of Jesus being the truth!  Of the Word of God being truth!  
 
This is yet another reason that we can rejoice this Christmas season!  Jesus came into the world to save us, but also to be truth!  He is the way to Heaven – that is the truth!  He is life – that is truth!  He is the way – that is truth!  He is the Light  – that is the truth!  He is love – that is truth!  He is the Creator – that is truth!  He was born of a virgin – that is truth!  He lived a sinless life – that is truth!  He died on a cross and rose again – that is truth!  He is coming again – that is truth!  
 
This coming week as we celebrate the birth of Christ, let us also celebrate that He is the TRUTH!  Believe in HIM!
 
Matt


Message from Matt | December 10th, 2017

John the Baptist was by all accounts an interesting man!  His birth, recorded in Luke 1, was miraculous, given the age of his parents (Luke 1:7) and was similar to the birth of Isaac (Genesis 17, 21).  He lived in the desert most of his life (Luke 1:80), dressed in leather and camel hair clothing and ate locusts and wild honey for his food (Matthew 3:3-4).  He was a fiery preacher that preached in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17) and preached repentance to enter the Kingdom of God (Matthew 3:2).  His bold stand for truth and righteousness did not win him fans with the rulers as he had his head cut off for calling out the sins of the king (Matthew 14:1-12).
 
However, John the Baptist was also a man with a clear direction for his life that was given by God (Luke 1:76-80) – His purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus to come!  The arrival of John ended the time of the law and the prophets and he began to preach about the Kingdom of God (Luke 16:16) and he spent his life doing just that!  John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus who is the WAY!  In fact, Jesus said “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).  Salvation can only come through Christ!  The old way of salvation by works/law were ended and the new way of salvation by believing in Jesus Christ was now come and for this  we should be very grateful!  John the Baptist prepared the way from the old way of religion to the new way of faith in Christ, but it was Jesus who paid it all!  God sent His Son to earth (Luke 2) because He loves us (John 3:16), and Jesus went willingly to the cross for the payment of our sins! 
 
Today we are going to focus on Treasuring Christ because He is the Way!  He is the way of eternal life with Him!  He is the way of having peace on earth and good will towards men!  He is the way of having a purpose in this life!  He is the way that we can love our neighbors!  He is the way that we can have Joy!  I pray that this Christmas is the best that it can be as we celebrate and treasure Christ’s birth!

 



Message From Matt | December 7, 2017

 

Hey everyone I have a question for you… 

Have you ever been lost?  For example, have you ever been driving along and then realize that you’re lost and not sure where to go?  Or have you ever been hiking in the woods and gotten confused on how to get back out?  Or forgotten where you parked your car at the mall on the busiest day of the year and can’t find it?  Maybe you are directionally challenged?  If you are or have ever been lost, I think that you will agree that it’s not a great feeling!  After all, no one wants to be lost!   In fact, most people want to know where they’re going and how to get there.  

A couple of thousand years ago there were some Jewish people that I believed felt lost.  They were oppressed, poor and the hope of a bright future seemed impossible.  They were God’s chosen people but they couldn’t have felt blessed!  As a dad myself, I wonder how the Jewish dads had to feel to not be able to provide for their  family as well as they would have liked or to feel like they  gave their  children the very best chance of success in their lives.  I wonder if these dads felt lost?  I wonder if they felt like there was no hope? I wonder about the Jewish moms.  I wonder what they felt like when they couldn’t put enough food on the table, or able to see their children live in true freedom.  I wonder if these moms felt lost?  I wonder if they felt like there was no hope? What about the children?  Were they ever really happy? 

But then something happened…

Luke 2:8-14 states…

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” 
 
Christ’s birth was not  like any other!  It was miraculous given the fact that His mother was a virgin!  It was glorious because God Himself came down as a little baby to be the Saviour of the world!  It was marvelous because now the world had hope and light amidst its darkness!  It was great because it gave a “breath of fresh air” to a people without hope or direction in their lives.  These people, although still under oppression, had something good finally happening in their lives.  What the angel said sums it up best, “…Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”
 
Jesus coming to earth is marvelous, glorious, miraculous and great!  His presence brings light into a dark world and hope to a people who are hopeless.  Upon hearing about the birth of Christ, Simeon said this about the baby Jesus, “A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” (Luke 2:32).  In fact…
  • Jesus is the LIGHT (John 8:12) to enlighten the way to the Father!
  • Jesus is the WAY (John 14:6) to the Father!
  • Jesus is the DOOR (John 10:9) to the Father!
  • and so much more!

Jesus’ birth (and his death and resurrection) gives us HOPE!  The Holy Spirit and Word of God gives us DIRECTION and PEACE so we don’t have to feel lost!  We don’t have to feel like there is no hope!  I know that things can get tough and the world can be a cruel place to live at times, but we can rise above all of this because we have Jesus!  Jesus is the WAY!  Jesus is the TRUTH!  Jesus is the LIFE!  Let’s praise God today for giving us Jesus!  A good question today is, what would we do without Jesus?

On Sunday we will be talking about Treasuring Christ, because He is the WAY – I’ll see you there! 

Matt  | John 10:10