Monthly Archives: November 2013

Down and victorious

Matthew 5:1–12 There are plenty of people ready to give advice. Parents are always ready with instructions, or it may be friends. Or strangers often. Or newspaper columnists. Or pastors. And if that isn’t enough advice for you, the bookshops … Continue reading

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Do as you would be done by

Matthew 7:9–23 Jesus in today’s verses gives us the Golden Rule for life, and reminds us of the consequences if we disobey the rule. Jesus did not actually invent the golden rule. In Matthew he is summarizing the Old Testament, … Continue reading

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Blessed are they who are persecuted

Matthew 5:1–12 Today is International Day or Prayer for the persecuted church, so I want to skip ahead in our Scripture to verse 11. We are, as you know, working our way through the beatitudes, that series of sayings by … Continue reading

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Blessed are they who mourn

Matthew 5:1–12 Let’s move on this week to the second blessing. Last week Jesus explained to us how and why the poor of spirit are blessed. This week he is explaining why it is a blessing to mourn. Verse Four … Continue reading

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