Sermons

Sermons

The Genesis of Jesus

Matthew 1:1-17 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz…

An Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 9:9-13; 10:1-4 9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have…

Praise the Lord Who Does and Delights

Psalm 147 1 Praise the Lord!For it is good to sing praises to our God;    for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.3 He heals the brokenhearted    and binds up their wounds.4 He determines the number of the stars;    he gives to all of them their names.5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;    his understanding is beyond measure.6 The Lord lifts up the humble;    he casts the wicked to the ground. 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;    make melody to our God on the lyre!8 He covers the heavens with clouds;    he prepares rain for the earth;    he makes grass…

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

 Psalm 104 1Bless the Lord, O my soul!    O Lord my God, you are very great!You are clothed with splendor and majesty,2covering yourself with light as with a garment,    stretching out the heavens like a tent.3 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;he makes the clouds his chariot;    he rides on the wings of the wind;4 he makes his messengers winds,    his ministers a flaming fire. 5 He set the earth on its foundations,    so that it should never be moved.6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;    the waters stood above the mountains.7 At your rebuke they fled;    at the sound…

How to Survive in Spiritual Wilderness

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. Psalm 63  A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah 1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;    my soul thirsts for you;my flesh faints for you,    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,    beholding your power and glory.3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,    my lips will praise you.4 So I will bless you as long as…

What Should the Righteous Do When the Wicked Are Winning the Day

Psalm 37 1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers 2  For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. 3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4  Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5  Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. 6  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 7  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! 8  Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. 9  For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. 10  In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. 11  But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. 12  The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, 13  but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming. 14  The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright; 15  their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. 16  Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. 17  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. 18  The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; 19  they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance. 20  But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away. 21  The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives; 22  for those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off. 23  The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; 24  though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. 25  I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. 26  He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing. 27  Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever. 28  For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. 29  The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever. 30  The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. 31  The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. 32  The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death. 33  The LORD will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial. 34  Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. 35  I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,…

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

Psalm 1 1 Blessed is the man    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,nor stands in the way of sinners,    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,    and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree    planted by streams of waterthat yields its fruit in its season,    and its leaf does not wither.In all that he does, he prospers.4 The wicked are not so,    but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,    nor sinners in the congregation of…

Psalm 90

Psalm 90 1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place    in all generations.2 Before the mountains were brought forth,    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,    from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You return man to dust    and say, “Return, O children of man!”4 For a thousand years in your sight    are but as yesterday when it is past,    or as a watch in the night. 5 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,    like grass that is renewed in the morning:6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;    in the evening…

Psalm 27

The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation Of David. 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2  When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. 3  Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. 4  One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. 5  For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. 6  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. 7  Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! 8  You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” 9  Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! 10  For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in. 11  Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. 12  Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. 13  I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! 14  Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Psalm 56

Psalm 56 1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;    all day long an attacker oppresses me;2 my enemies trample on me all day long,    for many attack me proudly.3 When I am afraid,    I put my trust in you.4 In God, whose word I praise,    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.    What can flesh do to me? 5 All day long they injure my cause;    all their thoughts are against me for evil.6 They stir up strife, they lurk;    they watch my steps,    as they have waited for my life.7 For their crime…

Psalm 8

Psalm 8  1O Lord, our Lord,    how majestic is your name in all the earth!You have set your glory above the heavens.2Out of the mouth of babies and infants,you have established strength because of your foes,    to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,4 what is man that you are mindful of him,    and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings    and crowned…

Pslam 2

Psalm 2 1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, 3  “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” 4  He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. 5  Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6  “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 7  I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 8  Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9  You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 10  Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.