357:  Being a Peacemaker is More than You Think

357: Being a Peacemaker is More than You Think

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9 ).   Which ponders the questions:

What is a peacemaker?
What does peace really mean?
And with whom does the peacemaker make peace?
Who is calling the peacemakers “sons of God”?
And what does this look like in real life?

Amazingly, the answer to these questions might very well change your world.  To find out more, keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:9.

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356:  Is Your God Too Small?

356: Is Your God Too Small?

When we are overwhelmed with fear, it’s usually because our God is too small and our problems are too big.

Have you ever experienced a fear of Death?
Fear of the Future?
Fear of Failure?
Fear of Never Being Loved?
Fear of Pain or Sickness?
Fear of Financial Ruin?
Fear of Divorce?
Fear of Something Happening to My Children?
Fear of Being Victimized?
Fear of Getting Older?
Fear of Things Always Changing?
Fear of Trusting?
Fear of Confrontation?
Fear of the Death of a Loved One?
Fear of Satan?

If so, the reason for your fear is that your God is simply too small.  Way too small.  Tiny.  Do you want to know how to change that?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on 1 John 3:1-3.

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355:  Can Jesus’ Words be Taken at Face Value?

355: Can Jesus’ Words be Taken at Face Value?

When we look at the teachings of Jesus, there are a few questions we must, at some point, ask ourselves.  Consider the following:

Can Jesus’ words be taken at face value?
Does He really mean what He says?
And do the words of Jesus apply to me today?
All of them?  Or just part of them?
And how can I tell which do and which don’t?
Or, were His statements and promises meant only for those who lived in New Testament times?
And again, how can I tell?

The answer to these questions will have a profound impact on how you understand the Sixth Beatitude.  There Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, (why) for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8).

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:8.

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354:  The Heart of the Law is Mercy

354: The Heart of the Law is Mercy

The fifth Beatitude speaks of mercy. Jesus said:

Matthew 5:7 – “Blessed (makários) are (who) the merciful (those who show compassion, to be benevolent in both thoughts and actions; it is the word that emphasizes the misery with which grace deals), (why) for they (the merciful) shall obtain mercy.”

But mercy from whom?

This Beatitude does not teach that mercy to men brings mercy from men, but that mercy to men brings mercy from God. If we are merciful to others, God will be merciful to us, whether men are or not.

But there is so much more to this wonderful statement of Jesus. To find out more, keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:7.

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353:  To Hunger and Thirst for Christ

353: To Hunger and Thirst for Christ

At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said,

Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

And then we later find the Apostle Paul saying of Christ:

1 Corinthians 1:30 – But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

Are these two passages related? Has Christ really become for us true righteousness? And, if so, what does that say about what we “hunger and thirst” for?

To find out more, keep listening.

The following is a study on Matthew 5:6.

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