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David denHartog teaches the end of the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 7:21-29.  How do you prepare for difficult days, hard trials, and circumstances beyond our control?  How do you do those days well?  How do you become strong enough to endure the difficult circumstances of life? Additional Scripture references: Proverbs 4:8; Psalm […]


David denHartog continues the Sermon on the Mount, with Matthew 7:13-20.  Every day we are faced with choices.  In reality, there are two major choices that we have in life.  Jesus describes these choices and then he gives us a warning about those that might lead us into the wrong choice.  This is the Epilogue […]

Praying, Eyes Wide Open

Dean Elliott teaches on Matthew 7:7-12, an oft quoted scripture section for praying for what you want.  But, in context, these verses actually convey the tactical approach for reaching people for the kingdom of God.  In verses 3-6, we learn that our story is a big tool for investing in people.  Specific prayer is your […]

Will It Work?

Dean Elliott teaches from Matthew 7:1-6, which begins the application portion of the Sermon on the Mount, after Jesus has finished expanding on the Beatitudes.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is speaking to the disciples about how to fish for other people.  Prayer that works is an important necessity to fishing for people.  Your prayer works […]

Did It Work?

Dean Elliott continues the Behold the King series with Matthew 6:25-34.  Fear will keep us from being generous and better stewards.  Jesus says three times in this passage, “Therefore do not worry.”   Our quiet time and our prayer time should connect us to the goodness of God, set our focus on the kingdom of God, and help […]

Currency Exchange

David denHartog teaches from Matthew 6:19-24, a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount, helping us to gain an eternal perspective on money.  Once in heaven, we will no longer be able to use the currency that is here on earth.  The size and amount of what we have in heaven is based on how we […]

Prayer That God Will Always Answer

David denHartog resumes the Behold The King series from Matthew.  Today, we learn from Matthew 6:6-16 what not to do and what to do when we pray.  Jesus also gives us a pattern to follow when we pray.  This pattern becomes the outline and we fill in the subpoints. Additional Scripture:  I Kings 18:42-46; James 5:17-18; I […]

Becoming a Somebody

David denHartog teaches on Matthew 6:1-6 and 16-18.  We all have a desire for significance – to be somebody.  The question is: to WHOM do you want to be somebody?  Jesus tells us that to pass muster with God, even your motives are important, not just your actions or your heart.  He wants us to […]

Looking Up

Dean Elliott teaches from Matthew 5:38-48, part of the Sermon on the Mount.  This section is correlated with Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful.”  There are two things to look at – a negative form of mercy and helping up your enemy (which looks crazy), and then we see why.

Smoke Screens

Dean Elliott teaches from Matthew 5:33-37.  He takes a closer look at the flesh in order to remind ourselves of how we can have peace with God.  Dean also explains to us the third of three ways that people hide the flesh – using religious language. Additional Scriptures: Leviticus 19; Romans 7:18; 2 Corinthians 5; Titus 3:2 […]