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May 31, 2016

Meekness and Kingdom Living

Last week we explored the blessedness in “mourning and comforting”.  Mourning was the sincere sorrow believers experience when they realize the impact of sin in their life.  Comfort develops in knowing that Jesus Christ has delivered us not only from the penalty (death) of sin but also provided the means for ongoing cleansing through confession […]

May 25, 2016

Do You Wanna Be Happy? Comforted Mourners

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NRS) The reward in studying the Beatitudes is not simply in acquiring knowledge that will improve our spiritual or moral character but it is an opportunity to gain insight into the nature of God and the extraordinary kingdom God has designed for our […]

May 17, 2016

Do You Wanna Be Happy? Reality Living in God’s Kingdom

   “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3 (NRS) If the television industry is to be remembered for anything, it will be the birth of “reality” programming.  Since its entrance into our entertainment schedule, the number of reality shows and spin offs have grown exponentially compared with […]

May 10, 2016

Do You Wanna Be Happy? Blessedness

“Blessed…” Matthew 5:2 (NRS) The Beatitudes are found in both Matthew (5:1-12) and Luke (6:20-26).  In Matthew, they are placed thoughtfully before the Sermon on the Mount, the first and longest message of Jesus that we have in the gospel.  The Beatitudes are different to study than other biblical narratives; each saying is proverb-like:  cryptic, […]

May 4, 2016

Do You Wanna Be Happy? The Pursuit of Happiness

“Then He (Jesus) began to speak, and taught them.” Matthew 5:2 (NRS) This short question was introduced to me through the latest song by the gospel extraordinaire, Kirk Franklin.  I think Brother Kirk’s popularity comes from being able to capture in his songs the key questions people may ask as they live out this Christian […]

March 16, 2016

Our Measure of Faith: A Trilogy of Faith

“Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Matthew 9:29 (NLT) We live in a world of skepticism—doubt as to the truth of something. Our skepticism is reflected in the phrases we often use to reflect our disbelief: “If it seems too good to be true, it usually is”; […]

March 9, 2016

Our Measure of Faith: Breakthrough Belief

“Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.’” 1 King 18: 41 (NKJ) “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six […]

March 1, 2016

Our Measure of Faith: Mustard Seed Faith

For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20 (NRS) As we move through Lenten season 2016, we continue our exploration of what victorious living […]

February 24, 2016

Reclaiming Your Life: Living in God’s Presence

“Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.” Psalm 139:7-8 (NRS) During the series on “Reclaiming Your Life”, I’ve highlighted influences that can either help or hinder God’s purpose for […]

February 3, 2016

Reclaiming Your Life: Abundant Life

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 (RSV) It was late and I had finally prepared myself for bed. As I crawled under the covers, I pulled out a “few things” I wanted to look at before closing my […]

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