Feb 11, 2024
Godly Purity: Authentic Relationships (Mt 5:27-32)
We seem to bombarded from all sides with images, lyrics, and entertainment that challenges any standard of purity. Godly purity is reflected in the mindset that holds that each person is a person of dignity and not an object. In a very stunning way we are reminded in this passage that any godly standard of purity begins in the heart and we are each responsible to pursue it. Godly purity impacts our most important human relationships.
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  • Feb 11, 2024Godly Purity: Authentic Relationships (Mt 5:27-32)
    Feb 11, 2024
    Godly Purity: Authentic Relationships (Mt 5:27-32)
    We seem to bombarded from all sides with images, lyrics, and entertainment that challenges any standard of purity. Godly purity is reflected in the mindset that holds that each person is a person of dignity and not an object. In a very stunning way we are reminded in this passage that any godly standard of purity begins in the heart and we are each responsible to pursue it. Godly purity impacts our most important human relationships.
  • Feb 4, 2024Anger Management God’s Way (Matthew 5:21-26)
    Feb 4, 2024
    Anger Management God’s Way (Matthew 5:21-26)
    It seems that we live in an increasingly angry society. With instances mass shootings, road rage, and retaliation, on the rise, many people seem deeply frustrated. Sometimes people will use the excuse that they have never killed anyone as a way to justify their anger. Jesus holds those of us who follow him to a higher standard. Since we are to be peacemakers, who exude meekness, it seems that we need to make sure we are dealing with our inner person in a way that helps us reflect outwardly the truth of a God who is love.
  • Jan 28, 2024Extreme Righteousness (Matthew 5:17-20)
    Jan 28, 2024
    Extreme Righteousness (Matthew 5:17-20)
    We all have standards or values by which we live. We all have a desire that others see us as being real, or genuine or authentic. No one really likes a hypocrite. Jesus challenged his listeners to have a standard that was so high that it was greater than that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law. How can this be? How can one be better than perceived perfection? Keep in mind outward perfection is not always a reflection of inward realities.
  • Jan 21, 2024Make a Difference (Matt. 5:13-16)
    Jan 21, 2024
    Make a Difference (Matt. 5:13-16)
    The old adage is, "You may be the first Bible another person reads." The idea is that our actions do speak and they speak loudly. Among the many qualities of salt and light, one is that they both make a difference. But they both must be used properly. Every day we each should take stock of what people think about God as a result of watching our lives.
  • Jan 14, 2024Core Values of A Christ Follower – Matt 5:7-12 (Part 2)
    Jan 14, 2024
    Core Values of A Christ Follower – Matt 5:7-12 (Part 2)
    One of the unique realities about following Jesus is that we discover that who we are on the inside, should drive what we do on the outside. The core values of the Beatitudes are truly internal characteristics but we cannot separate them from behavior. These core values even dictate how we respond when we face challenges from others as we follow Jesus.
  • Jan 7, 2024Core Values of a Christ Follower Mt. 5:1-6 (part 1)
    Jan 7, 2024
    Core Values of a Christ Follower Mt. 5:1-6 (part 1)
    Every person has a set of values. Every person has a standard or a code by which they live. The question that we each have to ask is what is the source of my values? For some the culture or sub-culture in which they live defines the standards. For those who claim to follow Jesus, he must be the one who establishes our values. The eight characteristics listed in Matthew 5:1-12 are the values that we each should make as part of our daily lives. They are internal characteristics that have external impact.