Devotional

Dealing with the Heart

February 19, 2018

“Blessed are the meek” Matthew 5:5. The world extols the strong and powerful, the self-assured and confident, the assertive and aggressive. But Jesus tells us just the opposite: “Blessed are the meek” (5:5). This trait of meekness is often misunderstood. People think a feeble or cowardly person is meek. That’s not meek; that’s weak. Meekness […]

Broken for a Lost World

February 12, 2018

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” Matthew 5:4. I once heard of a leading Muslim cleric in Britain telling a Christian leader, “If Christians lived what Jesus taught in the Gospels and in the New Testament, Islam would not have a chance of advancing.” He pointed out a real problem: a […]

True Mourning Brings Comfort

February 5, 2018

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” Matthew 5:4. The teaching of the Bible and the philosophy of the world are totally opposite from each other. For example, Jesus said in this second Beatitude, “Blessed are those who mourn” (Matthew 5:4). The world regards a statement like this as totally unthinkable. How […]

Hurt to Be Healed

January 29, 2018

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:3. There are two effects of the gospel: it wounds before it heals. Before we can rise to blessedness, we have to be brought low—we have to recognize that we are sinners. Spiritual bankruptcy doesn’t sound like a desirable state, but […]

An Honest Look at Ourselves

January 22, 2018

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 It is very hard for any of us to honestly evaluate ourselves. We show all kinds of preferences toward ourselves that we wouldn’t show toward anybody else, so we tend to see ourselves as better than we are. This is […]

Christian Counterculture

January 15, 2018

Seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them. Matthew 5:1–2 This sermon of Jesus, found in Matthew 5–7, is as relevant and striking in the modern world as it was when the Lord first delivered it. […]

Shaking the Foundations

January 8, 2018

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The […]

The Open Door

December 30, 2017

“These things says He who is holy, He who is true, ‘He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens’: ‘I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little […]

God Loved, God Gave

December 23, 2017

“The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation.” C. S. Lewis, Miracles On Christmas, we celebrate the Incarnation—God becoming flesh. “Every other miracle prepares for this. … it was the central event in the history of the Earth—the very thing the whole story has been about” (Lewis, Miracles). That’s really profound, if you think […]

For Unto Us a Child Is Born

December 18, 2017

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. … And His name will be called … Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Here, Isaiah refers to the Messiah as the Prince of Peace. This is the great longing, but it is ironically often overpowered by the human lust for power. This […]