The Book of Matthew

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CC: Season's Greetings - God With Us

To close out "Season's Greetings," the group examine the incredible concept of God revealing His love by actually becoming one of us. How does God lowering Himself to our level change our view of the season?

CC: Season's Greetings - Advent and the People of God

On the third program of Season's Greetings, the group takes a look at the Magi and the Shepherds. These groups could not be more different, yet they both brought what they had before God. How can we do the same?

CC: Season's Greetings - Joseph, Mary, and the Greatest Christmas Gift

On the second part of CC: Season's Greetings, the CC gang takes a look at Mary and Joseph, asking what made them worthy of being entrusted with the Greatest Gift. How can we be more like them?

CC: Season's Greetings - The Genealogy of the King

CC begins its first Christmas special with an out-of-the-box topic: Matthew's genealogy of Jesus. What does a dry list of names reveal about the coming King? As it turns out, much more than you think.

The Resurrection of Jesus - Episode 38

The resurrection of Jesus changed the world forever. Take it away, and you leave the entire world without a gospel. So what does the resurrection mean to us in our lives today?

The Crucified God - Episode 37

The idea of the Son of God dying on the cross was utter folly to the natural mind of both Jews and Greeks due to their abhorrence of crucifixion. But, the success of the message of a crucified God can only be explained by the power of God.

The Arrest of Jesus - Episode 36

After supper Jesus said that all of his disciples will abandon him. Peter boldly stated: "Even if I have to die with you, I will not deny you." But, the story of Peter's denial is recorded in all four Gospels...

Preparation for Jesus' Death - Episode 35

Jesus took the bread and the wine and said eat and drink for this is my body and this is my blood. Jesus offered his blood, his life, his death, all for us, all so that our sins can be forgiven.

Four Parables of Waiting in the Meantime - Episode 34

After Jesus stated that no one knows the day or the hour, not even the angels, he gave four parables that summarize Jesus' advice on how to be ready.

Jesus' Apocalyptic Prophecy - Episode 33

The signs Jesus gives in Matthew 24 look very scary at first glance. But were they meant to inspire more than just fear? Today we take a look at this often-misunderstood text.

Warnings Against the Scribes and Pharisees - Episode 32

Do as they say, not as they do. That's how Jesus described the religious leaders of his time. Could this also be directed at us? What are some ways in which we act like hypocrites?

Three Tricky Questions - Episode 31

"Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." The group takes a look at Jesus' response to three tricky questions and asks if it's wrong to turn your religious beliefs into political action.

Three Polemic Parables - Episode 30

Jesus said that the Kingdom of God will be given to those who bear fruit. But what type of fruit do we need to bear? Join us as we search the scriptures and become amazed at the incredible answer!

Jesus Enters Jerusalem - Episode 29

In his cleansing of the temple, Jesus quite literally turns tradition upside down. Why was Jesus so against tradition and are there traditions he would overturn today?

Status in the Kingdom of Heaven - Episode 28

Jesus said that "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant." Does that mean we should stop trying to work our way up in life?

The Cost of Discipleship - Episode 27

Many people talk about what we need to DO to get into heaven, but what do we need to GIVE UP in order to follow Jesus?

Lessons in Greatness and Forgiveness - Episode 26

What did Jesus mean when he said we must all become like little children?

Faith That Moves Mountains - Episode 25

Jesus talked about a faith that can move mountains. Today, we do too.

The Transfiguration of Jesus - Episode 24

What does it mean to take up one's cross? There are many opinions out there, but what exactly did Jesus mean when He said it?

Jesus is the Messiah. So What? - Episode 23

Jesus was met with a request for signs in order to believe in Him. Are we any different today?

Unexpected Faith - Episode 22

We all know stories of discrimination, but do you know the one in Matthew 15?

Tradition vs. Commandments - Episode 21

It's religion's toughest heavyweights, Tradition vs. Commandments, on this episode of Cross Connection.

The Greatest Miracle of Jesus - Episode 20

God took five loaves and two fishes and turned them into the most talked about miracle of his ministry.

The Mystery of the Parables (Part 2) - Episode 19

Why doesn't God end evil? The answer may not be as straight-forward as we would like it to be, but the answer is in Jesus' parables.

The Mystery of the Parables (Part 1) - Episode 18

You will never look at a seed, or Christ's parables, the same way again.

The Great Servant - Episode 17

The servant may be the lowest position, but it is taken by the greatest of men. Find out about this on today's Cross Connection.

True Rest - Episode 16

What do the disciples, Jesus, and a woman with life-threatening cancer have in common, that the Pharisees of Jesus' day did not? Find out on today's Cross Connection, and find out how you can get it too!

Discipleship (Part 2) - Episode 15

The Bible says that those that follow Christ will be persecuted. Am I not following Christ if I am not persecuted?

Discipleship (Part 1) - Episode 14

Did Jesus really limit the people that we should minister to?

The True Meaning of Miracles - Episode 13

Jesus desires mercy, not sacrifice. So what did Matthew really want us to learn about His miracles?

Jesus' Authority - Episode 12

We often say that Jesus had authority, but what kind of authority? On Cross Connection we discover three types of Jesus' authority.

Three Miracles of Healing and Restoration - Episode 11

It's not that Jesus isn't performing miracles today. He is doing the same work that He did with us. It's that we are looking for the wrong thing.

The Sermon On The Mount: Conclusion - Episode 10

"In conclusion..." These words should read as, "Pay attention." When Jesus ended his sermon, He left His disciples with this very important point...

"The Sermon on the Mount: Criticism and the Golden Rule" - Episode 9

We have all heard the Golden Rule: "Due unto others as you would have them do unto you." Alongside this text, Jesus said not to cast your pearls before swine. Oleg takes us to a better understanding of these texts.

"The Sermon on the Mount: Money and Stress" - Episode 8

It seems that the bills never stop coming to the mailbox. You pay one, and it's back before you know it. Paired with stress, these are perhaps the two topics that worry most people. Yet, 2000 years before our time, Jesus had important words on thi

"Alms, Fasting, & Prayer" - Episode 7

Could it be wrong to give to the poor, or fast for your beliefs? Oleg Kostyuk's answer may surprise you.

"Six Antitheses of Jesus" - Episode 6

Jesus said that a simple thought can be the same as committing adultery. Join Oleg Kostyuk as we learn how to enact Christ's seemingly contrasting statements in our own lives.

"The Sermon On The Mount: The Beatitudes" - Episode 5

Bible scholars know them as the "Be-attitudes," yet no words to live by could be more strange to real world people. Oleg Kostyuk makes sense of the topsy-turvy rules of living, left by a God whose rules are pure love.

"The Baptism and Temptations of Jesus" - Episode 4

We find Jesus on the banks of a river, asking to be baptized. Yet the question must be asked, why would a sinless man need to be baptized? In Cross Connections we explore the meaning and the importance of Jesus' baptism.

"John the Baptist and His Mission" - Episode 3

If you were to describe a great man of the Bible, you probably wouldn't describe him wearing rough clothes, and eating bugs. Yet that is the very hero in this episode of Cross Connections.

"Advent and the People of God" - Episode 2

If you met a hero, would you know it? The Jews of the Old Testament were longing for a messiah, but when he finally came they didn't recognize him. On Cross Connections, learn how to recognize messiah.

"The Genealogy of the King" - Episode 1

We do a little digging around the roots of Jesus' family tree, only on Cross Connections.

"The Empty Tomb" - SPECIAL EDITION

Christians celebrate the event annually, but what does Christ's resurrection truly mean for us?