Our Father in Heaven

Bible Text: Matthew 6:9 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Lord’s Prayer, Sermon on the Mount Always near us (omnipresent), able to do all his holy will (omnipotent), and knowing… Read more »

Always near us (omnipresent), able to do all his holy will (omnipotent), and knowing everything, including all possibilities (omniscient) – this is our Father in heaven. He has given us every…

Our Father

Bible Text: Matthew 6:9 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Lord’s Prayer, Sermon on the Mount Why did Jesus teach his disciples to address God as “our Father?” Was it… Read more »

Why did Jesus teach his disciples to address God as "our Father?" Was it to teach them (and us) that we can approach God as members of his family, children…

Christmas and Christ’s Circumcision

Bible Text: Luke 2:21 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Christmastide 2015 As you remember the incarnate Savior – whether during this season or at any other time – rejoice… Read more »

January 3, 2016
As you remember the incarnate Savior – whether during this season or at any other time – rejoice in the work that he began just eight days after his birth.…

The Gift of Grace upon Grace

Bible Text: John 1:14-18 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Christmastide 2015 God came to us in the incarnate Son not to hide himself, but rather to reveal himself to… Read more »

December 27, 2015
God came to us in the incarnate Son not to hide himself, but rather to reveal himself to men in the fullest way possible, in a manner that we can…

Living Consistently between Christ’s Advents

Bible Text: 1 John 2:28-3:10 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla We live between the advents of Christ. As you celebrate his birth during this season, remember that he came the first… Read more »

December 20, 2015
We live between the advents of Christ. As you celebrate his birth during this season, remember that he came the first time to destroy the works of the devil in…

Who Will Reward You?

Bible Text: Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount Giving, praying, fasting – these were important acts of piety for God’s people in Christ’s… Read more »

December 13, 2015
Giving, praying, fasting - these were important acts of piety for God's people in Christ's day and for us today. But Christ goes to the heart of the matter:  why…

Love Your Enemies

Bible Text: Matthew 5:43-48 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount Can we really love our enemies and sincerely pray for them? Yes, and in so doing… Read more »

December 6, 2015
Can we really love our enemies and sincerely pray for them? Yes, and in so doing you will walk in Jesus' footsteps, bearing the family image of a godly pity…

Following Christ by Denying Yourself

Bible Text: Matthew 5:38-42 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount Don’t resist evil? Don’t defend your rights in court? Let enemies bully? Give to beggars? What was… Read more »

November 29, 2015
Don't resist evil? Don't defend your rights in court? Let enemies bully? Give to beggars? What was Jesus thinking? Should we aid and abet oppressors and freeloaders? Pastor Mike clears away…

Be Known for the Truth

Bible Text: Matthew 5:33-37 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount In the glorious renewed creation to come, there won’t be lying or liars. Until then, oaths… Read more »

November 22, 2015
In the glorious renewed creation to come, there won't be lying or liars. Until then, oaths and vows serve a good use in this fallen world. But Christians should be…

A Word about Divorce

Bible Text: Matthew 5:31-32 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount Divorce always happens because of sin, but not every divorce is sinful. In a perfect, unfallen… Read more »

November 15, 2015
Divorce always happens because of sin, but not every divorce is sinful. In a perfect, unfallen world, there would be no sin. But because we do sin, divorce is not…