As Christians, indeed, as followers of Jesus Christ, we have a few choices as we face ANY sin in our life: We can bury our sin, hide it and become self-righteous, or we can give in to the sin and simply accept it in our life. We give up on the battle and we basically create a chasm between us and Go
In our last discussion Jesus elevated our minds beyond what we could easily accept, to a higher standard that stretched our hearts. Today we will go even deeper into the teachings of Jesus, teachings that may make some of us uncomfortable because these concepts often run contradictory to our world.
A few days ago we heard Jesus say that the righteousness of His people must exceed that of the Pharisees. Who were the Pharisees? The Pharisees were the religious leaders of Jesus day that often lived in hypocritical ways. The Pharisees were EXTERNALLY correct and appeared to be God’s people. What J
We are continuing this journey–this journey into the heart of Jesus’ message–a message we commonly call “The Sermon on the Mount”. Jesus was preparing his listeners THEN and is preparing us NOW for some very strong teachings; again, I call this “the truth upside down
Do you live by the letter of the law, or the heart of the law? What’s the difference? If we live the Beatitudes, these attitudes in our heart, our inner being, the Ten Commandments, The Law, will be NO problem and our “standard of righteousness” WILL exceed that of those who live b
In the last of the eight BE-ATTITUDES, Jesus tells us in verse 10, ” Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This one sounds tough, doesn’t it? How can we feel blessed while being persecuted and mistreated? The qualifying thoug