Mary, the mother of Jesus, it often touted as a supreme figure in Christian history, but did she see herself that way? Mary's Magnificat is a song of worship that shows us what it means to truly magnify the Lord. What is true worship? Is it a seasonal attitude or a lifestyle? Listen as Brother Matthew Mallacoccio shows us from Mary's song of worship 1) what true worship is 2) who the One we worship is, and 3) the true reason for the season.
Almost everyone has heard of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit which is rightly known as 'the unpardonable sin.' But what is this terrifyingly hopeless sin? Listen as Pastor Matt explains often misunderstood section of Scripture.
After Jesus cast a demon out of a demon possessed blind mute man, the Pharisees made the outlandish accusation that Jesus cast the demon out by the power of Satan. Listen as Pastor Matt explains how Jesus answers this moronic accusation by showing that 1) The Accusation is Illogical, 2) The Pharisees are Inconsistent, and then explains 3) The Miracle's True Implication. Rejoice! The Kingdom of God has arrived! And Jesus is more powerful than Satan!
In this lecture/sermon Pastor Matt considers the origin of kingdoms/nations, languages, ethnicities and religions. He also explores the roots of 'Kinism,' and how Jesus coming as King of Kings and Lord of Lord's essentially reduces the world to two Kingdoms; the New Jerusalem (the City of Peace) and Babylon (The City of Confusion). In essence it is Christ or Chaos. Lastly, he considers the uniqueness of the American system of government and challenges popular misnomers concerning the Great...
There's been a lot of talk in recent years about 'being on the right side of history' on the issue of 'homosexuality.' Listen as Brother Josh Woody looks to an historical biblical account of a city marked by 'gay pride,' and consider the wrath and judgment of God that rained down on those people. May we all strive to be on the right side of God on this issue and every issue, as we rejoice in the good news that there is forgiveness and cleansing for every sin in the cross of Christ.
Listen as Pastor David Province examines Psalm 2 showing the rebellion of sinful rulers, the response of The Sovereign Ruler (God), and the non-negotiable requirement of surrender. Be encouraged! God is not intimidated by the wickedness or rebellion of earthly rulers. He laughs, He mocks, and He speaks in His anger. Make no mistake, God will break those rebels with a rod of iron, and shatter them like earthen ware (vs. 9). Take heed, lest you suffer a similar fate.
In this text Jesus heals one of the more afflicted men He ever helped; a demon-possessed blind mute! The watching crowed is amazed, and asks a very important question, 'This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?' Although the question is asked in a way that is far from faith-filled, the very mention of Jesus being the Messiah was unacceptable to the Pharisees. So what do the Pharisees do? They throw out one of the most moronic objections ever offered. Listen as Pastor Matt considers the...
Listen as Pastor Matt labors to show how the bruised reed and smoldering wick imagery is actually a promise of delayed, yet certain judgment coming to that generation of Jews. May we all be on guard against presumption and empty formalism in our religious observance lest we too be broken off!
Listen as Pastor Matt explains how Jesus was the fulfillment of Isaiah 42:1-4. Jesus was God's Chosen Servant and God's Beloved Son who would accomplish His mission of hope for the nations in the power of the Holy Spirit.... and who would bring judgment on the Jews for rejecting His mission. Behold, the kindness and severity of God (Rom. 11:22)!
After Jesus refuted the Pharisees misunderstanding of the sabbath, and violated their tradition by healing on the sabbath, the Pharisees conspired together as to how they might destroy Jesus. Listen as Pastor Matt looks at Jesus' response to their conspiracy. He simply withdrew from the immediate danger, continued living a life of compassionate obedience, and avoided unhealthy publicity. Let us as Christians learn to do the same in a culture that increasingly hates us. We need not go on the...
In Matthew 12:1-8 we saw a showdown between Jesus and the Pharisees and their rival interpretations of God's law. This showdown took place in the grain fields, as the Pharisees accused Jesus of being a Sabbath breaker because His disciples plucked heads of grain to eat. Jesus answered those ridiculous accusations by looking to the Scriptures. He proved from a biblical narrative, from the Law itself, and from the writings of the prophets that the Pharisees were understanding the Sabbath...
The Christian life is a lifelong war. This war is a spiritual battle but has serious eternal consequences with defeat. Thank the Lord that, though Christ, victory is sure and the Christian is held fast by the Captain of their Salvation. But, we must ask, 'Do Christians keep themselves or does God keep Christians?' Listen as Brother Matthew Mallacoccio takes us to the book of Jude for practical instruction on walking with Christ until the end.
In Matthew 12:1-8 we see a showdown between Jesus and the Pharisees. This showdown was centered around their rival interpretations of the Sabbath. Jesus offers three arguments that prove that neither He nor His disciple were Sabbath breakers. Listen as Pastor Matt explains the last of these three arguments. Jesus claims to be to 'Lord of the Sabbath!' It was Him, as Creator ,who instituted the Sabbath, and the Sabbath itself was a but a shadow of which Jesus Himself was the true substance.
In Matthew 12:1-8 we see a showdown between Jesus and the Pharisees. This showdown was centered around their rival interpretations of the Sabbath. Jesus offers three arguments that prove that neither He nor His disciples were Sabbath breakers. Listen as Pastor Matt explains the second of these three arguments and how it points to the coming destruction of the temple and the arrival of a greater priesthood than the Jews had ever known.
The Pharisees claimed that the yoke of the law was a blessing, but Jesus taught that the 'tradition of the elders' was burdensome and crushing. At the end of Matthew 11 Jesus invited people to forsake their devotion to the traditional understanding of the law and to instead 'take His yoke upon them and find rest for their souls.' Now in chapter twelve we see a showdown between Jesus and the Pharisees and these two rival interpretations of the Sabbath, the forth commandment. The Pharisees...
A Christian is called to joy in the midst of suffering. But doesn't that seem odd? Why would a God who loves His children call them to a life of suffering? We know that He is more than capable of preventing it. What gives? Listen as brother Matthew Mallacoccio explains how only a Christian's patient endurance through suffering not only pleases God, but was ordained, sent, and directed by God and is ultimately for His children’s own good.
Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. To most people, both Christian and non-Christian alike, this text is extremely familiar. But why are Jesus' next words after inviting people into His rest about a yoke, which is a tool for labor? Should he mention a recliner or a mattress? How are we resting if we are laboring? Listen as Pastor Matt examines this popular text of invitation to come to Christ.
How boss was Jesus?!?! He trolled the unrepentant cities who had seen His miracles by praising the Father for hiding the truth from them... and He did so right in front of them! Listen as Pastor Matt explores this spontaneous public praise of the Father. Jesus highlights His own deity by claiming that He is the true Son of God (not the nation of Israel), that universal Lordship/Sovereignty has been handed over to Him by the Father, and that He has the incontestable right to choose His people.
Pride is a prevalent sin of the human heart. There are two forms of pride: “Wow is me and Woe is me.” The deception of pride is that it masks itself as a virtue. Pride is no respecter of persons and can poison even our holy duties as Christians. What is the answer to dealing with pride while walking the narrow path? Listen as brother Matthew Mallacoccio explains how God has given us faithful pastors to help us hold steadfast as we journey this path to the King.
Mocking people doesn't seem very Christ-like... but that's exactly what we see Christ doing in Matthew 11. In Matthew 5:11 Jesus promises a blessing for those who are insulted/reviled/mocked for Jesus' sake. Now here, in Matthew 11:20, that same word is used describing how Jesus is 'denouncing' the cities where most of His miracles were done. What would lead Jesus to insult, mock, or denounce people? And for what does He promise a judgment more severe than that which Sodom received? Listen...