Category Archives: Sermon on the Mount

Blessed are the persecuted?


Here are people declared by our Lord to be “blessed” when they are insulted, persecuted and falsely maligned with all kinds of evil against them. How unusual for them to be commanded to, “Rejoice and be glad!”
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Two builders and a storm

As Jesus concluded his teaching – being the master teacher – He used a picture of two builders: One wise and one foolish. 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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The secret place with God

“If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives.” Continue reading

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Responding to unjust treatment (6 truths)

I can tell you from personal experience that it is an amazing experience to be set free from the animosity that leads to revenge. Of course, it can be a painful and prolonged process when you suffer unjustly. Yet it … Continue reading

Posted in Anger, Bitterness, Conflict, Death of Christ, Difficult people, Discouragement, Ethics, Evil in the world, Forgiveness, Freedom, Gospel-centered, Grace, Guidelines for living, Kingdom, Pain, Radical love, Sermon on the Mount, True Christianity?, Wisdom | Leave a comment

Did Jesus preach the gospel?

At the National Conference for the Gospel Coalition, a panel of leaders (Tim Keller, John Piper, D. A. Carson and Kevin DeYoung) answered a question about whether Jesus preached the gospel.  As I listened, I wanted to ask one of them … Continue reading

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Strategic deployment of well-placed believers

When responding to culture, so often the Church finds itself choosing between retreat, outspoken protests or compromise. Those who take seriously the metaphors Jesus used for His followers must ask two important questions. How can we maintain permeating contact (as … Continue reading

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