Rooted in the Faith: Patience

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.” We see multiple times in Scripture when Jesus says to His disciples, “You of little faith!” Imagine that! The apostles whom we look up to have been accused of having little […]

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Christian Youth: Conduct

1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” Conduct is our next example for Christian youth. Other translations say “life,” but that’s far too ambiguous. “Conduct” is closer to the Greek. It is easy to say, […]

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Light of the World

Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that […]

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Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” First of all, Jesus is using emphatic language here. My next blog entry after this […]

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Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” The Greek word for “peacemakers” is εἰρηνοποιοί (eirenopoioi), which comes from the verb ποιέω (poiéo) that means “to make, do, construct, create,” so literally it means, “one who creates peace.” As God’s children, we are given the ability to make peace. Not […]

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Beatitudes: Blessed Are Those Who Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness

Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Christ is the revelation of God’s righteousness and God’s kingdom. To seek God’s righteousness and to seek God’s kingdom is to […]

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Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Gentle

Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” The meek are kindhearted, soft-spoken, caring, and compassionate people. This is a mirror image of Christ, and so we shall reign with Him and inherit the new heavens and new earth after our bodies are resurrected on the Last Day (Revelation 20:6). The Christian […]

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