Sermon on the mount

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: In N Out

August 24, 2014Randy Christian

Jesus made it clear that not everyone who calls on his name will be accepted. That’s scary. Can we know whether we will be or not? What is this acceptance–or lack of it based on? Do we have to be good enough? How can we be sure that we are with Jesus now and forever?

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: Judging

August 17, 2014Randy Christian

Jesus said not to judge, but Paul chews out the Corinthians for not judging. How can these both be right? To understand, we have to understand what “judging” is, when it is appropriate and when it is not. Ultimately, what happens when we judge?

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: Treasure and Worry

August 10, 2014Edmund Brooks

After a championship season, an athlete proclaimed “No one can ever take this away from us!”. The statement reflects the fact that we tend to fear losing what is important to us. So, what is important, and what do we do with that fear?

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: Worship

August 3, 2014Randy Christian

“Pious” isn’t a word most of us would like to have applied to us. It conjures up a picture of a “holier than thou” attitude. Yet the word just means to live according to our faith in God. So, what does “piety” really look like, and how can we have that piety without an attitude that makes it hypocritical?

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: Enemies

July 27, 2014Randy Christian

We probably all have enemies, and the likelihood is we don’t like them! So, how do we act toward them? What does Jesus want to happen when we’re confronted with the desire–and the opportunity–for payback? What’s the one way we can insure our enemies don’t control us?

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: Spirit and Letter

July 20, 2014Randy Christian

Appearances are important–especially in our society! We pay a lot of attention to what is on the outside–including our behavior–and that’s a good thing! But what about what’s on the inside? How do we look inside, and does it make a difference? That difference is often defined by the gap between the “spirit” and the “letter”!

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: Happy

July 6, 2014Randy Christian

The pursuit of happiness is a right, according to the American founding fathers. So, why are so many people unhappy? Does it matter? Jesus began his first major public teaching with a set of statements that were–and still are–contradictory to what most of the world believes about how to be happy and “blessed”.