Posts by Matt Harkey

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A Prodigal’s Repentance

by Matt Harkey

The Parable of A Prodigal’s Repentance (Luke 15:11-32) The compassion of God is a subject that must ever be before us. We are so incredibly sinful yet God is so radically compassionate. The Scottish Puritan, Hugh Binning, reminds us of this in this imaginary conversation between a broken sinner and God. “[The sinner says,] ‘I […]

The Kingdom’s Treasure

by Matt Harkey

Parables of The Hidden Treasure and Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:44-46) 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in […]

Unthankfulness

by Matt Harkey

Unthankfulness In our culture there are sins that we tend to tolerate. For some reason we’ve created this category in our minds of what Jerry Bridges calls “respectable sins.”[1] In this category we place things like unthankfulness, anxiety, jealousy, selfishness, etc. These things “aren’t that bad, because they aren’t like drunkenness, murder, or sexual immorality. […]

Verbal Sins

by Matt Harkey

Verbal Sins   Pound-for-pound the strongest muscle in the human body is the masseter, that is, the jaw muscle. Who would’ve thought that this small muscle approximately the size of a business card has that kind of boast? I guess when you consider the amount of force it takes to chomp down on a steak […]

Trust Instead of Anxiety

by Matt Harkey

What do we think about when we think about trust? If you’re a part of my generation, perhaps you think about trust falls. A trust fall is when I walk up to someone who doesn’t expect me and I say, “trust fall,” then begin to fall over with the expectation that they will catch me. […]

Competitive Sins

by Matt Harkey

[In the following posts I want to include some lessons I taught based on the book by Jerry Bridges, “Respectable Sins: The Truth about Anger, Jealousy, Worry, and Other Stuff We Accept.”] Competitive Sins We’ve been talking about sins that we tend to tolerate in our lives. We’ve looked at things like anger, selfishness, and […]

Judgmental

by Matt Harkey

[In the following posts I want to include some lessons I taught based on the book by Jerry Bridges, “Respectable Sins: The Truth about Anger, Jealousy, Worry, and Other Stuff We Accept.”] Like other sins, judgmentalism is something that is easy to spot in the life of someone else, but hard to spot in our […]

Anger

by Matt Harkey

[In the following posts I want to include some lessons I taught based on the book by Jerry Bridges, “Respectable Sins: The Truth about Anger, Jealousy, Worry, and Other Stuff We Accept.”] Anger. We can be angry in many different ways. Typically when we think about anger we think of someone turning red and exploding […]

Selfishness

by Matt Harkey

[In the following posts I want to include some lessons I taught based on the book by Jerry Bridges, “Respectable Sins: The Truth about Anger, Jealousy, Worry, and Other Stuff We Accept.”] Selfishness What is selfishness? Webster defines selfishness as “having or showing concern only for yourself and not for the needs or feelings of […]

Pride

by Matt Harkey

[In the following posts I want to include some lessons I taught based on the book by Jerry Bridges, “Respectable Sins: The Truth about Anger, Jealousy, Worry, and Other Stuff We Accept.”] Proud We are talking about sins that Christians tend to tolerate in their lives. Jerry Bridges calls them “respectable sins.” Each of us […]