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January 16, 2018, 8:48 AM

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Jan 16th,2018

Matthew 5:9 (KJV)
9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

I hate conflict! It seems that we have so much in church and that is what our community sees more than the light of the gospel. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Our master is teaching us something that only comes through spiritual growth and personal development. To understand that the loudest voice does not always win. Proverbs 15:1 (KJV) 1  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. We need to learn to listen more, and speak less.

A peacemaker will be someone who is at peace with God. To not have a rebellious heart but rather a pure heart, to not have a prideful heart but rather a humble heart, to not have a judgmental heart but rather a merciful heart.

A peacemaker is someone who is at peace with him or herself, someone who has a settled spirit and is not in conflict with their self. Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is you.

The peacemaker has an agenda. It is to bring people together with God, not putting yourself ahead of God. The peacemaker doesn’t seek glory for their work but pushes people forward to a closer walk with God, to seek a church at peace with God and with each other. We are blessed!




January 11, 2018, 9:14 AM

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Jan 11th, 2017

Matthew 5:8 (KJV)
8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

“This is the most comprehensive of all the beatitudes; here holiness and happiness are fully described and put together.”
Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible.

I try to stay away from big scary words of theology. But here we must go there. Sanctification is the continual process where God is conforming us to the image of Christ. When you give your life to Jesus as Lord you are sanctified (made holy) through the indwelling spirit and the blood of Christ. This begins the process where God is continually making you holy. Pure in Heart! This process concludes when we are Glorified, when we finally enter into His presence.

The Psalmist asks the question, Psalm 24:3 (KJV)
“3  Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?” He then answers that question, Psalm 24:4 (KJV)
4  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

I here remind you that there is no salvation without conversion. No matter how high you life up dirty hands or have a heart that is in rebellion will you ever ascend into the hill of the Lord. But thanks to the blood of Christ which cleanses us from all sin we can claim the promises of God to His Children. We are blessed!




January 9, 2018, 9:50 AM

Morning Coffee


Jan 9th, 2018

 

Matthew 5:7 (KJV)
7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

I heard it said that “common sense is not a flower that blooms in every ones garden!” That can also be said about compassion. Colossians 3:12 (KJV)
12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; it takes work to have compassion. As we put on the ways of Christ, this character trait comes into conflict with the flesh and the world and we fight to let the compassion of Christ rule in us. We must always be alert to sinicism and elitism.

Christ teaches us the way of compassion when spoke to women taken in adultery. After He had shamed all those who held rocks to stone her it was just Him and her. Jesus had the right to condemn her but chose compassion and stayed on target.  John 3:17 (KJV) 17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. But He did not miss the opportunity to teach us how to react to people who already know of their sin. John 8:10-11 (KJV)
10  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11   She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Our Master doesn’t condemn instead you see real compassion. He also did not condone her actions. He said ”go and sin no more”. Real Mercy! We are blessed.




January 8, 2018, 9:14 AM

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Jan 8th, 2018

Matthew 5:6 (KJV)
6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

We live in a world today that is looking more for loopholes and excuses than finding God’s way and walking in it. We see converts who seem more excited about their pastor or their worship style than they are about a growing relationship with the Lord. While these are both important, we need to look at priorities.

To hunger and thirst after righteousness, should be a deep yearning in our newly created life. As new creations we desire the sincere milk of the word. 1 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV)
2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV)
1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The promise of being filled and prospering is to those who hunger thirst after righteousness. If we seek we shall find. We are blessed.




January 4, 2018, 9:19 AM

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Matthew 5:5 (KJV)
5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Most people see meekness as weakness. But I have learned that it is really power under control. The believer who masters this attitude will be successful in all God’s direction for their life. This is Superman in the form of Clark Kent, power under control.

As a young pastor I could not take criticism. I felt that I needed to show myself as strong to be a good leader. Now as time has passed I find that most criticism is not personal and should be listened to. Learning has no age limits! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. I have learned that God’s Word is “profitable”. It is profitable for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.

For believers who have this attitude are more than not at the top of their game and are in position to inherit the earth. We are blessed.


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