Overcome Evil With Good

Would you agree with me that it is a natural thing for us to want justice?  And especially when we are the ones who have been wronged.  We learn to exhibit that desire for justice from a very very young age.  For example, the parent hears from the child as he defends himself, “He hit me first.”  Or, “I had it first.”  It is because we learn from a young age to take matters into our own hands, don’t we?  We learn to defend ourselves.  We learn to stand up for our rights.  And there is a time and a place for those kinds of things if we can do them in the right way.

But, oftentimes our sinful hearts will lead us astray and all we really end up doing is returning evil for evil when we try to take matters into our own hands.  “He hit me so I hit him back.”  “She took it from me so I took it back.”  We might think that is justice, but it is really returning evil for evil. Continue reading

Opportunities for Grace (Matthew 5:38-42)

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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Pastor Scott Floyd

Main Idea: Christians are willing to endure many injustices in order to fulfill God’s command to love thy neighbor.

1. No Private Retaliation (v 38)

2. But, He Slapped Me! (v 39)

3. But, He’s Taking Me to Court! (v 40)

4. But, He’s Taking Up My Time! (v 41)

5. But, He Wants My Stuff! (v 42)

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The Sixth Commandment

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus sets the record straight on the sixth commandment (Matthew 5:21-22).  You see the sin of murder doesn’t just happen all at once.  It is simply the culmination of what began in the heart.  In Matthew 15:19 Jesus says this, For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.  These are what defile a person. Jesus is saying that murder begins in the heart and not with the hands.  And so, what Jesus is teaching us here is the great need for His grace in order to deal with this sin in our hearts.  Have you ever gotten angry with someone?  Continue reading

Jesus the Exalted Son (Psalm 2)

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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Rev. Paul Miller, RUF at Texas A & M Corpus Christi
http://tamucc.ruf.org

Main Idea: The nations and God’s people (the church) respond to the Law of God differently.

1. Why the Nations Rage and the People Plot in Vain (vv 1-3)

2. God’s Response is to Exalt the Son, the Word of God Made Flesh (vv 4-9)

3. God Warns to be Wise and Take Refuge in the Son (vv 10-12)

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