Matthew

Matthew

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When 87 is 24

Do you remember the childhood board game Chutes and Ladders? Listen for the creative way Pastor Vince uses it as an object lesson for his teaching on Matthew 20. “God wants to raise my sight level and renew my purpose – to live with a servant’s heart.” Matthew 20:20-28
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Salvation’s Story – Palm Sunday Cantata Message

At the close of our Palm Sunday Cantata, Pastor Vince gives a brief encouragement from Matthew 20 where Jesus shares with his disciples regarding His upcoming death and resurrection. Pastor Vince poses the questions: “Who would bear our shames and burdens on His back? What King would bend so low as to make Himself a servant? – Jesus!” When you believe this, it transforms you. Even in the midst of suffering and strife, you can remember and stand upon the…
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Am I Living Life as a Lane Looker?

Do you live your life as a lane looker? What do we mean by that? Listen to the first few minutes of this message to understand what Pastor Vince is describing. Once you understand what he means, ask yourself if you do this. In this passage in Matthew, Peter is doing some lane looking in life. Yet, Jesus reminds him, and us, that when you are lane looking, make sure you have your grace goggles on. Matthew 19:27-20:16
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Surrender to Win, Surrender to Him

Pastor Vince continues his teaching in Matthew and this week shares on the beauty of surrendering to Jesus, the hesitation of surrendering to Him, and the necessity of surrendering to Him.
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The Value of GPS

If you open up your Bible and look at the chapter title of Matthew 19, you will likely see listed “marriage and divorce.” Yet, Jesus goes beyond these subjects to make a deeper point: where do we turn to be guided by truth? Pastor Vince uses the example of GPS (Guiding Positioning System) programs that we use to get to our destinations. Yet, where do we turn to be guided by truth? What is our guiding source for our life?…
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Who Would Like a Bottle of Stagnated Fresh Spring Water?

In reflecting on the sermon title question, does that sound appealing to you? As Pastor Vince continues his study in Matthew, he poses this follow up question: “Are people tasting the fresh source in your life or are they tasting the stagnated process? For, if I have tasted the kindness of the King, let the source flow through me to others. If I have experienced the lavish grace of God, it should be impossible for me not to forgive others.”…
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Good Night, John Boy

For those familiar with the The Waltons TV show, the ending scene of everyone saying good night to each other expresses a sense of peace – that all is well in their home and in their lives. Yet, moments like that can feel rare in our lives as we live with strife…that is our reality. But, as Pastor Vince shares from Matthew 18, Jesus is shaping His disciples – and us – to desire peace and know that it is…
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Who is the GOAT?

In Matthew 18, the disciples are talking about a phrase – GREATNESS – and Jesus says to them that they not only need to change their view of greatness but they need to also change how they pursue greatness.
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I Can’t See Clearly Now; But He Can

As a believer in Jesus, you can know where you’ve come from, know where you’re going, and know why you are here. Having said that, the fact is that our daily journey through life is not always one of clarity. Our plans are vulnerable; our life events are unpredictable; our sight gets blurry by pain, sickness and weariness. The road ahead can be confusing. Yet, there is good news – it’s all a part of God’s plan. He wants us…
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I Only Have Eyes For You

“Are your eyes fixed on the world’s opinion of you? Are your eyes fixed on what a Christian has done to you? Or are your eyes fixed on Jesus? Only Jesus.” Pastor Vince continues his study in Matthew and is in chapter 17 this week.
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Only One Life

In Matthew 16, Jesus reaches a key moment in His relationship with His disciples. Now that they know Who He is (see Matthew 16:16), He now tells them why He has come. In this week’s message, Pastor Vince’s message highlights three points: Jesus’ suffering; our following; and the one sure thing.
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If You See Something, Say Something

When one is suffering from Alzheimers, there is a point when they no longer recognize loved ones. We ask them, “Do you see me? Can you remember who I am?” Yet, they do not. Pastor Vince references this in his message in Matthew 16 when Jesus gets into the faces of His disciples and asks them if they see Him for Who He really is. “Jesus didn’t come to provide a little inspiration or encouragement to us – but He…