BEATITUDE #4 - "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."
“What Jesus is talking about is no mere reference to hunger which could be satisfied by a mid-morning snack. The thought is that of STARVATION. Are you longing for God like that?
ADVENT Scripture Reading for December
December 1 - Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
December 2 - Mark 1:2-3
December 3 - Isaiah 11.1-2
December 4 - Isaiah 61.1-2
December 5 - Matthew 24:36-44
December 6 - Jeremiah 33:14-15
December 7 - Zechariah 6:12-13
Preparations - Bethlehem
December 8 - Micah
While Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave many memorable quotations about freedom, civil rights, humankind and other critical issues, as a Christian pastor, some of his most notable quotes were on matters of faith.
1. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Beside each passage of Scripture, write down what you think that verse is saying about following Jesus in the coming year.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
William Barclay gives an extra "amplified" translation of Matthew 5:5: "Blessed are the Meek".
"Oh, the bliss of the man who is always angry at the RIGHT TIME and never angry at the wrong time, who has every instinct, every impulse, and every passion under control because
The Greek word for meek in Matthew 5:5 is praus. This word was was also used to describe an animal which has been domesticated, which has been trained to obey the word of a command, which has learned to answer to the reins. It is the word for an animal which has learned to accept control, such as
A yoke was a wooden frame which was put on the backs of animals and around their necks joining the two animals for a common task, such as plowing or pulling a load. If you were yoked with Jesus Christ, who do you think would "pull the load"? Obviously the Lord. And so in order to manifest
Various groups of people expected the Messiah to come, but they did not anticipate His coming humbly and meekly. Yet those were the very attitudes that Jesus, the one whom John the Baptist had announced as the Messiah, was both teaching and practicing. The idea of a meek Messiah leading meek people
A young pastor visited Dundee, Scotland, shortly after Robert Murray McCheyne died at age thirty. Many people had come to Christ because of McCheyne's ministry, and the visitor wanted to know the secret of his great influence.
The old sexton of McCheyne's church led the preacher into
Glen and Jo Ann live in Orange County, California in a low lying area. It flooded one year and the local newspaper sent a reporter in a boat out to Glen and Jo Ann’s neighborhood. The reporter found Jo Ann, sitting on their roof watching large objects floating by, so he climbed up on the roof to
WHAT DOES IT COST TO FOLLOW TO JESUS?
“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow Him, but cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and
“You don’t impress the officials at NASA with a paper airplane.
You don’t boast about your crayon sketches in the presence of a Picasso.
You don’t claim equality with an Einstein because you can write H2O.
And you don’t boast about your goodness in the presence of the Perfect One.
WHAT DID JESUS BELIEVE ABOUT THE SCRIPTURE?
The Scripture is without error (John 17:17).
The Scripture is historically reliable (Jonah – Matthew 12:40).
The Scripture is God’s authority over Satan (Matt. 4:1-11).
The Scripture is accurate according to Creation (Matt. 19:4).
The Scripture is
A man continually "rededicated" his life and always prayed the same prayer, "Lord, take the cobwebs out of my life. Oh, Lord.....take the cobwebs out of my life!"
His pastor had heard this prayer more times than he cared to remember and was tired of hearing it. Finally, when
Hebrew scholar Gensenius, says that the meaning of the Old Testament word for "meekness" involves "a lowly, pious, and modest mind, which prefers to bear injuries rather than return them." Meekness is not only the opposite of pride, but of stubbornness, fierceness, and
PRAYING THE BEATITUDES
Blessed are the poor in spirit. Matthew 5:3
Heavenly Father, I want the humility not to be impressed with myself and my accomplishments. Increase in me (John 3:30). More of You, God, none of me. I am overwhelmed with the sense of my spiritual need. I recognize my true
Do you weep for your family, friends, church, nation and world?
1) Jesus did- Jesus wept over the sins of others, over their bitter consequences in judgment and death, and over Jerusalem which would not receive him. Jesus was a Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53). Why? Because he took our sins upon
Two young boys in a Christian school had been continually mis-behaving and were sent to the principal’s office on several occasions. The principal knew what they really needed was to have God in their lives, so she brought the first boy in and set him down. “I want to ask you a question. Where is
On September 22, in 1871, an elderly British lady, 82 years young, was ushered into her heavenly reward. Earlier in her life, in 1835, her frustration at being an invalid left her feeling useless and questioning her very salvation. What she did next would echo through history.
As a young woman,
Matthew Henry, the famous Bible scholar, was once accosted by thieves and robbed of his billfold. He wrote these memorable words in his diary:
"Let me be thankful, first, because I have never been robbed before; second, although they took my billfold, they did not take my life; third,