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…

Radical Surgery

Bible Text: Matthew 5:27-30 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount Adultery doesn’t just happen. The eye can inflame our sinful hearts, and our hearts move our bodies…. Read more »

November 8, 2015
Adultery doesn't just happen. The eye can inflame our sinful hearts, and our hearts move our bodies. Jesus was stating in dramatic terms that we must deal radically with sin. He…

Murder in the Heart

Bible Text: Matthew 5:21-26 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount Like the Pharisees and other religious leaders of Christ’s day, we relax God’s commandments. How often… Read more »

September 27, 2015
Like the Pharisees and other religious leaders of Christ's day, we relax God's commandments. How often have you murdered someone? "Never!" But Christ gets to the heart of the matter.…

God’s Word Stands until All Is Accomplished

Bible Text: Matthew 5:17-20 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount Almost from the beginning of his public ministry, people were asking Jesus – in so many… Read more »

September 20, 2015
Almost from the beginning of his public ministry, people were asking Jesus – in so many words – "What's your relationship to the law of God?" That question continues today,…

Seasoning, Fire and Light for the World

Bible Text: Matthew 5:13-16 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount Christ describes his disciples as salt and light in this portion of the Sermon on the… Read more »

September 13, 2015
Christ describes his disciples as salt and light in this portion of the Sermon on the Mount. Why salt? Preserving the world? Yes, but also because his people are called…

Sanctity and Suffering

Bible Text: Matthew 5:10-12 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount Like soup and sandwich, sanctity and suffering go together. The world, lost in darkness and sin,… Read more »

September 6, 2015
Like soup and sandwich, sanctity and suffering go together. The world, lost in darkness and sin, hates the Light of Christ. Disciples cannot expect to be treated differently, and thus…

Peacemakers and Peacemaking

Bible Text: Matthew 5:9 | Preacher: Mike Pasarilla | Series: Sermon on the Mount The great theme of Scripture is God reconciling sinners to himself. That is, God makes peace… Read more »

August 30, 2015
The great theme of Scripture is God reconciling sinners to himself. That is, God makes peace with those who were his enemies through the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus…