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"What We Treasure Most"- A Meditation on Matthew 6:19-24

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” –Matthew 6:19-24
What do you treasure? I mean what do you esteem worthy of much value in your life? Your spouse? Your children? Your wealth? Your popularity? Your success? What is it that drives you to do what you do day in and day out? What is it that, were you to lose it, you would lose y…

8/24- "When You Fast"- Matthew 6:16-18

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In this last of three spiritual disciplines Jesus highlights, we are called to a practice that is seldom practiced among believers in our day…fasting. We will learn here the way Jesus expects us to fast, Jesus warns us to fast for the right reasons, and lastly how we can begin fasting or continue the practice when it would help us in our walk with Christ.

8/17/14- "How to Pray"- Matthew 6:5-15

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In this second of three spiritual disciplines that the Christian should regularly perform "in secret", or in a way that only God is our audience, we look at prayer. Jesus tells us what bad prayer looks like, then lays out for us the perfect model prayer which should guide all our prayers by first exalting God and then humbling ourselves before God.

8/3/14- "Give in Secret"- Matthew 6:1-4

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In this sermon we begin a series on three of the spiritual disciplines Jesus highlights that should be the regular part of every believer's life, but that should be done in such a way that only God is the audience. We are all tempted, especially in the area of giving to the needy, to be driven by man's praise. Jesus here says that the primary way the true righteousness of His followers differs from the false righteousness of the religious leaders of His day was that believers don't do these things for the praise of others.