Devotional

True Peacemakers

April 9, 2018

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 When you hear the term “peacemaker,” who do you think of? The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, John Lennon? As noble as the efforts of some people have been in promoting peace, these are not the kind of people Jesus […]

Purity of Heart

April 2, 2018

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 Jesus says here that the pure in heart will see God. Actually He’s saying only the pure in heart will see God. This is a massive problem for everyone, because if we’re honest, we all have to admit that we are anything […]

Stopping the Cycle of Vengeance

March 26, 2018

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 We know that Jesus taught us to be merciful toward those who have mistreated us. But what about when someone who has wronged us never asks for forgiveness? Or when a person who has deeply hurt us won’t admit that they’ve done anything wrong? […]

Like Father, Like Son

March 19, 2018

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 When somebody who has deeply wronged us asks us to forgive him or her, a flood of emotions can come over us. Suddenly flashing through our minds are all the wicked things that this person has done to us, and a part of us […]

Staying Hungry

March 12, 2018

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 We all know what it’s like to be physically hungry. Most of us have had the experience of feeling like we were “starving to death,” even though we weren’t. You know what I’m talking about. We sometimes hear that […]

A Passion for Righteousness

March 5, 2018

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 Today, America is the richest, most affluent, most materialistic nation on the planet. We’ve got it better than anybody. But the more materialistic our culture becomes, the less satisfied people are. The natural man hungers and thirsts for fulfillment, […]

The Inheritance of the Meek

February 26, 2018

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 If you were to ask the rich or powerful men of the world, “What is the secret to your success?” none of them would say, “It’s meekness—walking in utter humility and not trusting in yourself.” No, these guys are powerbrokers. We have seen […]

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 […]