Devotional

Who Is Your Master?

August 13, 2018

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 I’ve talked to people over the years who, in considering service to God and in some cases even […]

Standing On the Word

August 6, 2018

If your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6:23 Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther stood before a hostile court. He was being accused of heresy. Yet, despite immense pressure, he stood firm. He was convinced […]

Single Vision

July 30, 2018

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. Matthew 6:22 In the Sermon on the Mount, we have seen that it is God’s intention for the church to be radically distinct from the world. In order for that to happen, we […]

Treasure in Heaven

July 23, 2018

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19–21 […]

The Privilege of the Child of God

July 19, 2018

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and […]

A Pattern for Prayer

July 9, 2018

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and […]

Being Real

July 2, 2018

When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. Taken from Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18 Sometimes we put on a front. We do things to impress people or […]

Shunning Hypocrisy

June 25, 2018

Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18 I would venture to say that all of us, at one time or another, have been a hypocrite. Hypocrisy is seen in all walks of life, yet its most intolerable form is religious hypocrisy, especially among Christians. Jesus, having concluded His exposition of the law, now began to address a number of […]

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 […]