As Jesus concludes His Sermon On The Mount, He clearly means for us to do some ever-necessary self-examination. Love came for our very best, that we might hear "Well done, good & faithful. Enter into the Joy of your Master." Therefore, Love warns us to consider our...read >>
In today's sermon we will review the first section of Jesus' Sermon On The Mount.
We begin with a question: "Where does Life in God's Kingdom begin?" If we aren't aligned with King Jesus at the start, by the time He is through with His first section, we should be....read >>
Why are you a Christian? For many, the answer stops short of God's glory. One of the greatest things about the Gospel--God's becoming man to save men from & to God--is the forgiveness God graciously grants through Christ's substitutionary atonement on the Cross. He...read >>
Only the 'pure in heart' are happy. Ugh! What about the rest of us?
That realization of grief is exactly where the road to 'pure in heart' begins.
We begin with a bit of a summary of where the Master has taken us so far. The terrain of the first three beatitudes...read >>
Are you merciful?
Unless the Lord has graciously walked you through each of the preceding Beatitudes... unless you've seen the depravity of your spirit, your inability to measure up to God's standard or even uphold your own... unless you've mourned the reality of...read >>
After three painful beatitudes of diagnosis, causing us to look in and behold our brokenness, now the King of kings turns our attention forward. The first steps of healing were realizing our desperate condition and need for it, but with this fourth beatitude, our...read >>
Phil Heath. Ever heard of him? That would be Mr. Olympia 2014: big, strong, tall, muscular, the recipient of Earth's crown. Now consider Jesus' words in Matthew 5.5. Who does He say will inherit the earth? The meek.
As with the other beatitudes, meekness is one the...read >>
"Happy are those who mourn." Of course! I mean we all love being miserable, right? Isn't it great when those family picnic plans are washed away by a driving rain? Or how about when you lose that precious family heirloom? Or worse still, when you get the call about...read >>
Are you humble, poor in spirit? How do you think of yourself standing in the presence of the Almighty? It's coming soon, you know.
In any other trip we take, the first thing we do is pack. But when beginning the trip into God's Kingdom, Jesus first points out the...read >>
Today we continue the beginnings of Jesus' Sermon On The Mount. This sermon contains two parts: first, a big picture overview of the whole sermon; and, secondly, a reading & introduction to Jesus' Beatitudes.
Anytime we learn something new, there's always the...read >>