April 16: Empty Tomb
The cross and the empty tomb bring hope and healing to our lives.
Our sins lead us to seek admiration and comfort. What we deserve is God’s temporal and eternal punishment. Jesus drank the cup of suffering for us. Sermon Text: Matthew 20:17-28
Jesus faced real temptations just as we do. Yet, as the perfect Son of God, he was always able to overcome. Having been there, Jesus not only understands what we’re going through, he also shows where we find the strength to win the battle. Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus teaches us to approach divergent views with an attitude of humility and the desire to understand where the other person is coming from. Then we can make judgments that are based solely on the basis of the Word of God without self-righteous hypocrisy. Sermon Text: Matthew 7:1-5
What Jesus Said – Love your enemies For the Christian, the guiding principle for any healthy conversation is Jesus’ encouragement to approach a person in love, that is, with their emotional and eternal well-being in mind. Scriptures: Romans 13:8-14; 1 John 3:11-18 Sermon Text: Matthew 5:43-48
Our idea of what brings happiness and the truth of the matter are two very different things. Matthew 5:1-12
There are many different philosophical life-views out there; none as compelling and life-hanging as Jesus’ call: Follow me! Sermon Text: Matthew 4:12-23
John the Baptist—the Voice in the Wilderness With John the Baptist wonder at the fact that Jesus did not come with power and glory, but as the long-promised Suffering Servant. What a blessing to point people to him! Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12
With Isaiah marvel at the fact that Jesus is and means “God With Us” in the most wonderful and unbelievable ways!
The three days from Good Friday to Easter Sunday changed the entire course of human destiny. Without them a tragic and horrific judgment was all that awaited us. With them the judgment is the Christians day of vindication.