Tag Archives: Sermon on the Mount

Precious Treasures of the Heart

Jesus said, “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…” This touching sermon from the Sermon on the Mount series shows that this passage isn’t just about money. We collect many things in our hearts, such as memories, hardness, a double mind, fasting, prayer, giving alms, and sacrifice for Jesus. But our hearts were intended not to store these, but to be filled with the love and power of Jesus. Are you keeping up with your deposits with Jesus? That which is unclean will be washed; and that which is righteous will be kept for eternity!

Resetting Our Moral Compass (Encore)

In this first message in the Sermon on the Mount series, Pastor Ray lays out the design of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount to straighten out the bitterness of the human heart and put us on the road to righteousness. Because the Beatitudes are sequential, we won’t make spiritual progress if we avoid mourning over the ugliness of our sinful condition. But if we’re willing to mourn, we can move into the meekness described in verses 21 to 48. Will you let the Holy Spirit expose all the sin of your heart? Will you let him take you low enough so that you will be compassionate to all people, and find great happiness in loving those who despise you?

Sweeping Away the Refuge of Lies!

How can you tell whether a doctrine is true? By looking at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and his words at the Last Supper, we conclude that there is one infallible test: does the salvation being taught save you from sin here and now? The American cultural beliefs that “Nobody’s perfect; everybody sins,” and, “We all go to a better place when we die,” are mere universalism. Real salvation expels selfishness and lust for the world and generates love for God and mankind. Listen as Pastor Ray shares these truths from the Scriptures and finishes by sharing one listener’s testimony of how Jesus changed and healed both her physical and spiritual heart! Humbly submit to Jesus and allow Him to pour His love through you, to God and to others!

(NOTE: Due to a fire at the radio station, the radio went off air for just over a minute, which we removed before posting.)

The Date of Your Execution

Jesus said, “Do not begin to think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I came not to abolish but to fulfill.” Weaving in Charles Finney’s allegory about parents pleading for the pardon of their condemned son, Pastor Ray shows that the new covenant does not abolish the requirements of the moral law. In the new covenant, God writes his law in our hearts so that we become righteous now. Has the law, by faith in Christ, been totally fulfilled in your heart? Are you, like the parents, pleading with God for the guilty–or, like the son, will you come to the date of your execution in rebellion and proud disdain, protesting your innocence?

(Note: There is no video for today’s broadcast.)

A New Beginning of Obedience to God

A person who looks into Jesus’ face, and sees the hardness and arrogance of his own heart, will respond with strong feelings and pained weeping. Once this sin is exposed, it cannot be covered; it must be removed by Jesus. Looking into theology, being distracted, or believing that when God looks at you he sees Jesus, will comfort the heart in its sin so that it doesn’t have to go through the pain of considering its real condition and what it means to be obedient to Jesus. Do you weep over sin–either your own, or the sin of others? Did you once have warm feelings that have now grown cold? Or have you never experienced this? If you’re not walking right with Jesus, will you let today be a new beginning of obedience to God?

Grace to the Humble

Today’s classic sermon from 2008, melds portions of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7) with Galatians 5 and 6 and James Chapter 4. It’s a call to confront darkness and lay down our expectations of others, and allow the love of Jesus to freely flow from our hearts to others. As we do that, many will separate from us but God in his great kindness will provide grace to the humble so that we may endure. Allow the Holy Spirit to etch his words on your heart, as you listen and cry out to Him today…

How to Be Happy? (2008)

Today’s post is part of a series on the Beatitudes and this one is the first message. This will provide a foundation for an understanding of the Sermon on the Mount. Each of the beatitudes begin “Blessed is he” which literally means happy is he. Isn’t it time that you become happy in Jesus?

I’ll leave you with the words of that blessed hymn:

Trust and obey,
 For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey

Hindrances to the Narrow Path (2008)

Today’s broadcast was the last sermon in a series regarding the Sermon on the Mount. Pastor Ray focuses on how to find the narrow path, which is hidden. Once you find it, Jesus warns us of the hindrances to watch out for. I pray that this is a great encouragement to those who are fully seeking to serve and live for Jesus.