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Beatitudes: Basking in the Applause of Heaven

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3 ESV) So we know what blessed means. But what about poor in spirit? We could take this as materially poor. The problem is that it doesn’t say “poor in money” or “poor in wallet.” It says, “poor in spirit.” So…

The King is Tested

Test #2 – Immediate Glory Without Suffering “Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they…

The Gospel of the Kingdom & Why it is so Important

“And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” (Matthew 4:23 ESV) What is the Kingdom of God/Heaven? Matthew most often uses “kingdom of heaven.” There is debate about any nuance difference between “kingdom of heaven” and…

Why it Will Always be All About Him

Tomorrow Jesus “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 ESV) Forever is much longer than simply tomorrow. Forever is all our tomorrows; all the future of eternity. Here is where immutability (the unchanging nature of God) is most helpful to us. The fact that he never changes means ultimately that…

Everything’s Meaning(less)ful!

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 ESV) Everything’s Meaning(less)ful! What does he say? Here is the sum. Here is the…

Ecclesiastes: Remember Your Creator…

“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, in the day…

How Important is Baptism, the Supper, & Church Membership?

Baptism – Identify with Jesus Let’s look at a few key texts on baptism (my emphasis added).  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one…