Looking again at what Jesus has to say about our treasures. 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, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  […]

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I had big plans for something I wanted to share this morning.  I’m sure it’s the same plan I had the other day when I would up writing my “trust” post.   I still have that plan, but it will have to wait for another day. Part of my morning prayer liturgy now includes reading […]

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Your Right Hand

Going to finish this section today, leading up to the Lord’s Prayer. I started yesterday and didn’t make it beyond verse one. So, we will start in verse two. Funny how that works… “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the […]

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The Bible Says…

We are getting to the jump off point now for many would be Christians. We are at the hard points of the teachings of Jesus, the points where even those who want to follow find it too unwise, too risky, too hard. Just as many of Jesus’ early disciples turned away and left, we still […]

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Whose Will be Done?

A fourth contrast used by Jesus, comparing the old letter-of-the-law righteousness with the righteousness of the kingdom hearted person living for God. Once again, it can be pretty convicting for us modern day people with just the general practices of how we relate to each other. Again you have heard that it was said to […]

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My First Neighbor

I’m going to upset some people today, but sometimes there’s no way to it but to go right through it. I’m going back to the sermon on the mount, we have a long way to go with this. But the subject we’ve come to now is a sticky subject: Jesus’ teaching about divorce. But, we’ve […]

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Just Daydreaming

Back in the Sermon on the Mount today, continuing to trace Jesus’ teaching on what it means to be living in the Kingdom of God. Jesus began by holding up the Old Testament teaching of the law regarding anger, which says, simply, don’t murder anyone. Of course, we bring about all kinds of misery in […]

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The Merciful and the Peacemakers

Getting this out late today, because my day job has me in Nashville, Tennessee for a sales and marketing convention. But I figure, better late than never.Finishing up my look at the Beatitudes of Jesus. Rounding out Jesus’ list of those the world looks at as being “out”, outside the blessing of God, but He […]

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Restoration and Condemnation

Some words from the apostle Paul concerning our tendency want to “correct” others we think are doing wrong. Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Right here, right off the bat – you who are spiritual. It is not for any and […]

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Know Jesus, Know Peace

Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace. We’ve all seen the bumper sticker. Nice, easy slogan. Maybe we believe it, maybe we don’t. But one thing I’m sure of is that even if we do believe it, we are only talking about our own personal, inner peace. The wars that go on inside our […]

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