"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
— Matthew 5:11-12
Have you ever really experienced persecution when you shared your faith with others or stood your ground for Jesus? In America, probably not. Maybe the worst response you received was a rolling...
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men." — Matthew 5:16
Jesus often used natural objects in His teachings such as birds of the air, flowers of the field, mountains, wheat fields, etc. One of the figures of speech that speaks about our role in the world is "salt of the earth," from the Sermon on the Mount.
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching." — Hebrews 10:24-25
I have been a pastor now for over forty years. That means I have been through at least that many Easter Sundays and Christmas services as those years represent. And that doesn't include the number I attended befor...
"Don't you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. . ."
— 1 Corinthians 9:24-26
In 2002, the Winter Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The torch that made its way across the world to the games that year passed within 50 yards o...
"And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" — Luke 18:7-8
Twenty-three years ago, I found myself sitting at the plaintiff's table in U. S. Federal District Court with two very capable attorneys from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). L...
"In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." - Matthew 5:16
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was well known for his journal writing, meditations, and social critique that continue today to influence the spirituality of our times in many ways. These words from his best selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, speak of the incredible love God has for us:
"The master was full of praise. 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!'" — Matthew 25:21
The context of this verse from Matthew 25 rests in the three parables that Jesus used to teach His disciples about the Kingdom of Heaven and the final judgment that will separate believers from unbelievers when He returns.
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. — Philippians 3:12-14
I recently read a story about a political protester by the name of Jody Mason. He wanted to make a statement about war and the president's policies. So he padlocked himself to the door of a building in Olympia, Washington, a building housing governmen...