Devotional

The Narrow Gate

September 24, 2018

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13–14 Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had likely been on a hillside overlooking […]

Getting Answers to Our Prayers

September 17, 2018

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a […]

Asking, Seeking, Knocking

September 10, 2018

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7–8 As Christians, we are called to advance the kingdom of God and effect change in […]

Judge Not

September 3, 2018

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your […]

Seek First the Kingdom of God

August 27, 2018

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33–34 This call of Jesus to His followers to “seek first the kingdom of God” is in […]

Don’t Worry

August 20, 2018

Therefore I say to you, do not do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25–32 Doctors and researchers say that stress is more responsible than […]

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 […]