Posts by Matthew Halsted

The Key to Contentment

We all have things we want, things we desire. This isn’t inherently bad. Not by a long shot. Having desires is an essential characteristic of our human being. However, at times, we find ourselves feeling a level of discontentment over the things we want but don’t currently possess. I’m sure you can think of a…

“This-World Christianity”

As Christians, we believe in a spiritual realm, a place where God, angels, demons, the afterlife, etc., all exist. Belief in the supernatural realm is a biblical belief; it’s not something we just made up. Moreover, when we say “spiritual realm” what we mean by that is a realm that is very real and very…

When Repentance Does Not Precede Forgiveness

Christians have a strong desire (and conviction) to display grace and mercy to everyone–regardless of who they are or what they’ve done. I know that often our convictions don’t match our conduct, but the same could be said of anyone, both Christian and non-Christian. Nonetheless, as Christians, it is our most basic and fundamental conviction–the core…

A Look at Genesis 17:1-14

Last week, we looked at how God responded to the event at the Tower of Babel. The nations of people were divided, having been cursed with having their language changed so that they could not understand one another. Confusion and disunity became the essence of mankind’s relationship with each other… Click here for full handout.

A Look at Romans 1:1-6

Background to Consider… As far as we know, Paul had never once visited Rome before he wrote this letter. In short, Rome was new territory for him. Nevertheless, he wanted to write to the Roman church for various reasons, one of which was to use Rome as a launching point to go to Spain (see…

A Look at Luke 7:18-35

Background to Consider… After the final prophecies of Malachi, God remained silent for four centuries. He did not speak to anybody—prophet or priest. The silence between the two Testaments is daunting. But God did not stay silent. One day, through His messenger, God spoke to a priest named Zechariah. He told this priest that there…

A Look at John 1:1-18

Things to Consider… One of the most profound texts in all of Scripture, John 1:1-18 (specifically verses 1-5) offers insight into several significant pillars of our faith. John touches on things like (1) the pre-existence and deity of Christ, (2) Christ’s role in the creation story, (3) the incarnation of Christ, and (4) Christ’s place…