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The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)

Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount with eight blessings[1] that describe the character of those who have entered the kingdom of God. While it is impossible in this life for any one disciple to perfectly meet these descriptions, they are nonetheless Jesus’ description of a Christian. What does Jesus mean when He says someone… Continue reading The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)

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Wearying the God of Justice (Malachi 2:17-3:5)

Do not mistake the patience of God with sinners as either approval or indifference of their sin. God's kindness and patience are meant to lead to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). In the book of Malachi, God has thus far spoken forcefully with His people about their dishonorable practices and apathetic worship. In the next disputation… Continue reading Wearying the God of Justice (Malachi 2:17-3:5)

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Joseph: Cherished Son; Despised Brother; Beloved of God (Genesis 37)

The Story of Joseph Cherished Son; Despised Brother; Beloved of God (Genesis 37) God has a wonderful plan for your life! God’s wonderful plan includes “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23), “persecution” (2 Tim 3:12), “hardships…affliction”, (2 Cor 4:9), “great sorrow and unceasing anguish” (Rom 9:2). God’s plan for your… Continue reading Joseph: Cherished Son; Despised Brother; Beloved of God (Genesis 37)

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Forgiveness & Reconciliation (Genesis 33)

       A sure sign of Christian maturity is not how well you avoid conflict, but how you respond to conflict. For example, immature Christians are quick to take offense and slow to forgive and seek reconciliation; while mature Christians are slow to take offense and quick to forgive and seek reconciliation. Forgiving a person… Continue reading Forgiveness & Reconciliation (Genesis 33)

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Jesus’ Authentic Love

The world bases its love on appearances (beauty, money, etc.) and the result is greed, pride, and vanity. Jesus taught and modeled something radically different. Jesus based his love on who you are, rather than what you have or what you have done. This love is authentic and the result is peace, contentment, and humility.… Continue reading Jesus’ Authentic Love

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Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19)

Believe it or not, all warning signs are necessary because people can be very foolish. The reason there is a warning on bleach telling you not to drink it is because someone tried to drink it. The library’s warning not to stick your hand in the book return is there because someone tried to stick… Continue reading Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19)