Devotional

Love Your Enemies

June 18, 2018

Matthew 5:38–48 A popular bumper sticker reads, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” We think that “an eye for an eye” means, “Yeah, I get to pop you back because you popped me first.” The Pharisees taught this erroneous perspective, but the original intent of the law was to prevent an […]

Obedience from the Heart

June 11, 2018

Matthew 5:21–37 So often we’re content to substitute religion for vital fellowship with the Lord. We come to church, put money in the basket, say a prayer, and think, Everything’s okay; I did my religious duty. Jesus said, “No, that’s not how it works.” Jesus had just explained that our righteousness must exceed that of […]

A Better Righteousness

June 4, 2018

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20 The Jewish religious leaders in Jesus’ day were the custodians and interpreters of the law. The Pharisees, an elite group among them, spent their every waking moment trying […]

The Christian and the Law

May 28, 2018

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the […]

Let Your Light Shine

May 21, 2018

Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15–16 Have you ever lit a lamp and then […]

You Are the Light of the World

May 14, 2018

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 A Christian isn’t merely a person who follows a certain moral standard or believes particular doctrines. That’s part of it, of course. But a Christian is a person in whom Jesus Christ, the light of […]

Avoiding Contamination

May 7, 2018

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. Matthew 5:13 Beginning in the early history of the church, monks set up monasteries and went off to deserted places […]

Salt of the Earth

April 30, 2018

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. Matthew 5:13 God has left His people here on earth for a purpose. We are called to make a difference […]

Rejoicing in Suffering

April 23, 2018

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:12 Not too many people get excited at the thought of suffering. But the apostles counted it a privilege to suffer shame for Christ’s sake. When they were beaten, they did exactly […]

Persecuted for His Sake

April 16, 2018

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Matthew 5:10–11 We have lived in a relatively persecution-free environment for a long time. America has probably been […]