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The Mysteries of Compassion

In this four week series, Dr. John focuses on Matthew 14-18 and highlights God’s compassion for human suffering and sin. Matthew shows Jesus extending mercy to hungry crowds, pleading parents and faulty followers. We will hear Jesus calling us to be compassionate to others, in forgiveness and service. The mystery of compassion is not about our need of it, but the wonder of God’s Heart and Hand towards us.

Standing on Guard

The Mysteries of Compassion
Many Christians lack discernment. What I mean is, they lack the ability to thoroughly investigate the truth claims they hear. Now, that’s not just true of Christians, of course…

Jesus and His Church

The Mysteries of Compassion
In today’s passage, here in Matthew 16 and then in Matthew 18, these are the only places in the gospels where we find the word, “church”. And that’s interesting.

The Keys of the Kingdom

The Mysteries of Compassion
There is a story I have heard several times. I don’t think it’s a true account, but I wish it was. At any rate, so the story goes, a man was accepting tickets to get onto a train…

Taking Up Our Cross and Following Jesus

The Mysteries of Compassion
You have probably heard it before. Someone says, “It’s just a cross I have to bear.” When people say that, they remember the words of Jesus. But they apply his words in a peculiar fashion.

We All Need a Foretaste of Glory

The Mysteries of Compassion
Richard Baxter was an English Puritan pastor who lived in the 17th century. His most famous work is a book entitled, “The Reformed Pastor” and its still a great help to many pastors today.

Faith When You are Down from the Mountain

The Mysteries of Compassion
I’ve seen it many times. A group of people from a local church, perhaps even a youth or college group, will go on a short term missions trip. And they are inspired.

Faithful to the Bible

The Mysteries of Compassion
This is not the first time in this section of Matthew where we are forced to examine the role of Scripture in the life of a follower of Jesus.

Determining Greatness

The Mysteries of Compassion
There is an older German story, the story of Faust, written by Johann Wolfgang Goethe in the 16th century.

Care for the Little Ones

The Mysteries of Compassion
People like to look down on people. Have you noticed that? Years ago there was a very funny half-hour program. It was called, “Corner Gas”, and it was set in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

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