Category Archives: Poor in spirit

Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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A closer look at repentance

Repentance is not merely feeling bad about our sins. Repentance is sorrow for what we are in our deepest beings…. Continue reading

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Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading

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God gives grace to the humble

If you know someone who has a habit of pointing out the sins of others… Continue reading

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Are you poor in Spirit?

Blessed — approved of God — are the poor in spirit. To be poor in spirit is to recognize… Continue reading

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Surpass one another in showing honor

What would happen if marriages, families and Churches had a renewed passion for showing deference to one another out of honor? Continue reading

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How to know God

To truly become a Christian we must also repent of the reasons we ever did anything right. Continue reading

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