Devotions

Sermon on the Mount – Anger

“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” Matthew 5:23-24 (NLT) In this passage, Jesus explains that God cares about not only murder,…

Sermon on the Mount – The Law

“But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!” Matthew 5:20 (NLT) The Law is good, but it will never save us. That’s because the only way we can ever live into obedience to the Law is by the power of…

Sermon on the Mount – Salt & Light

“You are the salt of the earth. . . . You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:13a, 14a (NLT) Through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, we have a new identity, a new destiny, a new calling, and a new purpose. And yet many of us don’t live…

Sermon on the Mount – Beatitudes

Read Matthew 5:1-12 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 (NLT) Few of Jesus’ descriptions (poor, mourn, humble, hunger and thirst, persecuted) strike us as describing a blessed life. Even some of those that sound good in theory (merciful, pure, peaceful) do not describe us on most days. Yet…

Sermon on the Mount – Introduction

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 (NIV) When we think about it, of course we would agree with God’s assessment of our ways and His ways. Yet in our day to day journey, we constantly must fight the battle of turning our thoughts over to God to let…

Boundaries – Exposure

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. Matthew 18:15 (ESV) Our boundaries must be visible and communicated to others in relationship. Secret boundaries harm relationships. Our first tendency upon setting a boundary is to keep it a secret, in case…

Boundaries – Activity

“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you…

Boundaries – Envy

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4 (NLT) When we envy others, we don’t focus on our own responsibilities and will eventually have an empty heart. The opposite of envy is contentment. When we are content…

Boundaries – Proactivity

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another,…

Boundaries – Evaluation

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11 (NLT) Maintaining our boundaries can hurt others, but that is not the same as harming them. So being able to evaluate the consequences of our response to a situation is…

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