Luke 2.1-7 takes us from the most powerful man in the world to an infant in a cave. That's a pretty stark contrast in a single paragraph. On Sunday, we'll see some of the reasons why Luke tells the story of Christ's birth this way.
This Sunday, we'll look at one event leading up to the birth of Jesus, namely, the birth of John the Baptist. When an angel told Zechariah that he and his wife would have a son in their old age, Zechariah didn't believe it. He was made mute until John was born (Luke 1.5-25). As I studied... Continue Reading →
by Matthew Raley As I remembered Grandpa in the hours after he died, I thought of 1 John 3.1-3. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did... Continue Reading →
By Matthew Raley My final sermons to the Orland Evangelical Free Church summarized five principles that I taught throughout my ministry there. The audio for these sermons is available at the OEFC site, or at my pulpit podcast, renamed "Raley In the Pulpit," on iTunes. By subscribing, you can keep up with my sermons at... Continue Reading →
by Matthew Raley On Sunday, I preached in an international church in Penang, the beginning of an intense week of speaking. The church meets in a hotel ballroom, and is a diverse group, reflecting the variety of people who live here. I met a professor from Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, a Malaysian Chinese... Continue Reading →
I can do four presentations about my book that are suitable for many groups and settings. My biographical info and picture are on the About Matt page, and you can click here if you're interested in having me speak to your group. A Fresh Look at the Samaritan Woman Meet the woman at the well... Continue Reading →