Sermons on Matthew

The Underside of Christmas

We come this week to the most difficult and tragic part of the Christmas story, an event known as “the slaughter of the innocents.” In fact, this is one of the most difficult and tragic texts in all of Scripture, and it raises some very difficult questions: Why this way? How could God let this […]

When God Sets You Adrift

Suffering and hard times are hard enough to endure and move through on their own. But what about the times when you are aware that, not only are you suffering — but God deliberately sent you right into the middle of it? What about when you cry out to God, “Why? How long?” … and […]

Prayer When There is No Answer

Christians are invited to pray. We are told that we can come confidently to God and pray specifically to Him as we also pray for His will to be done and His kingdom to come. But what about when you pray….and are met only with silence? What about you have poured out your heart and […]

The Hardest Prayer to Pray

Christians saved by grace have wonderful privileges in prayer. It is in prayer that we can learn to come to God as our perfect Father, enjoying His presence and speaking honestly with Him. But it is also in prayer that we learn to wait, and we learn to submit our will to the Lord’s. It […]

What Prayer Should Be

Prayer. We talk about it as Christians. We know it’s a good thing. We know we should do it. But most of us struggle to really pray. We’re too busy. We’re too distracted. We fall asleep. Or maybe we just don’t know how. For whatever reason, prayer remains a great, but elusive, goal. This morning, […]

The Return of Ichabod

Christmas is such a time of longing – and waiting. We look forward with expectancy. We are excited about what is to come. But we also have within us a longing for something we have lost; for something wonderful to be restored. The Bible tells us that “we all have sinned – and fall short of the […]