Don’t Be Blind

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8). Spiritual Blindness In this Beatitude Jesus addresses a vision problem. Specifically, spiritual blindness; the impure are blind to the reality of who God is. Notice, though, the placement of this beatitude; it is not at the front…

Do You Love Or Despise Mercy?

Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7) The next time you go into a jewelry store pay careful attention to how the jewelry is displayed, especially the diamonds. If you do, you’ll notice that they are always shown against the backdrop of black felt. It doesn’t…

What Are You Hungry For?

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus' description of himself "I am the Good Shepherd" (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial…

Are You Strong Enough To Be Meek?

Our Heavenly Father is sovereign, which means everything that happens is either caused or allowed by Him. Nothing in life happens unless He expressly permits it, even the bad stuff. Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers, understood this when years latter he said to them “But as…

Get More Comfort in Your Life

Introduction God’s holiness is not passive but active. It actively confronts and obliterates everything that is not holy; anything blemished, common, or sinful. It is only God’s great mercy that is presently holding back the ultimate destruction of all things unholy. God’s holiness desires to eradicate everything in you that…

Become Rich by Being Poor

Introduction There are two realities competing against each other in all of our lives. The first is the reality of the business of life where the spiritually blind are convinced the important things are taken care of. The second reality is the deeper spiritual one, the one that gives meaning…

Intro to the Beatitudes

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="215"] beatitudes bulletin cover (Photo credit: Will Humes)[/caption] In order to have great relationships you have to have great character. It is one of the most significant determining factors of the quality of your relationships. Regardless of how great a relationship might start off, without character it…