500 years ago Martin Luther posted a sign on the church door calling Christians to be faithful to God, for the sake of Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, believing only in the grace of God which saves, living faithfully only according to God’s word and will, and giving praise only […]
According to Jesus, mercy has two parts. The parable of the Good Samaritan is a good example. First, there is tenderness of heart: when the Samaritan saw the man lying in the road he had compassion. Second, there is action that arises from a compassionate heart: the Samaritan went to the man and bound up […]
Blessed are those who recognize their righteousness in Christ and who hunger and thirst for more righteousness like Christ; they will be satisfied.
This is meekness: Jesus submitted himself to the will of God at unimaginable cost – death by crucifixion. To this same path of submission Jesus calls us, saying “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Spiritual mourning names particular sins, stating them clearly without excuse and without evasion. Declaring them and admitting that they are an offense before God is the first step toward repentance. As we read God’s Word, we begin to see as God sees and begin to know what grieves and offends God. Once we name the […]
When we feel we have something to offer God, we come to God with our hands full; and as long as our hands are full, we are not in a position to receive the blessing of God’s presence. When we are poor in spirit – humble – we bring nothing to God, trusting God for […]
Out of these roots come the shoots of the fourth beatitude, a hunger and thirst for righteousness (5:6). God uses the root of seeing our own need to produce the shoot of a deep longing to grow in righteousness. When the roots of the first three beatitudes are nourished, a great desire for righteousness will […]
Our approach to the questions of life, both big and small, will be altered if we ask for a daily dose of wisdom, drawing near to the Lord in prayer and in reading the Scriptures. When we cultivate a lifetime relationship with God, we will learn to ask the right questions and be ready for […]
Solomon, the wisest of all Israel’s kings, thought enough of the wise, little ant to write about her in his proverbs. His respect for the abilities of the ant echo from generation to generation. Cheers to the ant!
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