Posts Tagged With: beatitudes

From One Depression Survivor to Another

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, you and I arrest the attention of the entire Trinity when we come to be characterized by THIS.

Want to know what the “this” is in that sentence above? Keep listening.

You are in for a blessing for sure.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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If It Ain’t Broke, BREAK IT!

My heart goes out to Jesus.

After preparing for this week’s PODCAST, I feel such a profound sense of compassion for Him.

Thing of it is… I knew that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day hated Him. I understood that at this point in His ministry they no longer regarded Him as an irritation to be tolerated or a troublesome teacher to be discredited. Now they saw Him as a colossal threat to be killed. I got all of that.

What I didn’t get until this week was how toxic — both to Jesus and to the precious people to whom He ministered — the religious environment in which Jesus found Himself had become. Even more significantly, the source of its toxicity. And even more significantly, what it means to our lives today.

The challenges He faced within His own religious tradition were overwhelming. So are ours. Trust me when I say that we have a sympathetic Savior who knows all about it. He’s been there, and lives to tell the tale.

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BE ENCOURAGED, and HAPPY LISTENING!!!

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One Defining Moment

SH smallIn this week’s PODCAST, I am going to take a great big risk and tell you a personal story. A story that I have on rare occasions shared with individuals. But this will be the first time I’ve ever told this story in a public setting.

I tell this story for a number of reasons. 

First, of course, because it goes right to the heart of this podcast’s passage. It illustrates precisely the issue to which Jesus was referring here in Matthew 5:33-37, a subject of monumental importance as far as Jesus’ teaching was concerned.

Second, because it gives to you a bit of personal context, a piece of the portrait of my life within which my teaching takes place.

Third, because if the old adage is true — Like pastor, like people — or as the OT puts it, “Like people, like priest” (Hosea 4:9), then this explains why there has evolved a pandemic of phoniness in our churches.

Fourth, because this became a defining moment in my life and ministry. It cemented for me an approach to ministry, an approach to life, for which, over the years, I have paid a hefty personal price. And for which I continue to pay a hefty price.

Fifth, because this was one of the most disillusioning experiences of my life, and sent me reeling in terms of my faith. I would not be overstating the case to suggest that it prompted a crisis of faith, not to mention cemented for me what was becoming my perception of the Christian life and church life as a “game people play.”

Sixth: This story perfectly frames Jesus’ concerns as He addressed them here in His Sermon on the Mount.

We have much to learn together in this PODCAST.

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HAPPY LISTENING, and PLEASE share the link to this message with others.

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The Key That Unlocks the Doorway to God’s Blessing

Is it really true? 

That the gateway to God’s blessing in my life opens wide when people say hateful, hurtful, spiteful, or malicious things about me? Or when they treat me in a hateful, hurtful, spiteful, or malicious way? Simply because I desire to live a righteous life, rather than an unrighteous one?

In this PODCAST, you are about to learn how blessedly true that really is.

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HAPPY LISTENING!!!

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The Search for the Holy Grail

Get ready to be encouraged. Super-encouraged, truth be known.

I say this because THE THING that everybody wants (and I say “everybody” without any fear of contradiction, without any worry of exaggeration)… THE THING that everybody wants is readily available, and ours for the asking.

It’s just that so many people have no idea what it is they really want. But trust me, we all want this…

You could call it “The Search for the Holy Grail.”

The Holy Grail: defined in two ways by our friends at the Webster Dictionary website: 

1. In its formal usage: The cup/chalice from which Jesus supposedly drank in the Upper Room during the Last Supper, sought after (some would say) protected throughout the Middle Ages by the Knights Templar.

Which is NOT the Holy Grail to which I refer.

2. Informal usage: Something that we all very much want, but that is very hard to receive or to achieve.

Which is indeed the Holy Grail to which I do refer.

However, I would dispute the part about “very hard” to receive or to achieve. 

As we are about to discover in this PODCAST, it’s not hard at all to find and to enjoy that Holy Grail — that which we all so desperately want and need (even if we don’t realize what the “that” is for which we are so desperately searching).

Please note that depending upon your web browser, it may take up to 60 seconds for the podcast to begin to play. HAPPY LISTENING!!!

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