Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude

What Blessedness Is

[January 22, 2012] What does the word “Blessed” mean?

If we take it out of its Biblical context, which is what a lot of modern translations and preachers do, the word can simply mean “happy.” But poverty, being mournful, and hungering and thirsting, and having people say . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude

Matthew 3:1-17, The Baptism of Jesus, What It Means

[January 8, 2012] Please see the message, The Baptism of Our Lord, that I preached on January 13, 2008.

The Message of John (Matthew 3:1-17)

John preached a baptism of repentance and proclaimed the Coming One. He appeared dressed like the prophet Elijah and, like this figure, he pronounced the . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:1-17, The Baptism of Jesus, What It Means