The Kingdom of Heaven: Do Right for the Right Reasons

It’s been a little while since my last installment in the “Kingdom of Heaven” series through the Sermon on the Mount.

But I’m back now to pick up where we left off! We’d finished Matthew 5, so now we’re heading into chapter 6.

Chapter 5 focused very much on relationships: our relationship with God and with others. In that first third of His sermon, Jesus talked about things like hate, lust, divorce, faithfulness, going the extra mile, and loving everyone – even those who don’t return the love.

Chapter 6 transitions to a larger focus on our actions and the motivations behind our actions: Continue reading

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Faith That’s Real. Faith that Does.

Faith that’s real. Faith that does.

Faith that does more than just talk. Faith that is more than just a growing accumulation of knowledge.

I’ve been reading the Bible since I was five. I’ve at times memorized hundreds – even thousands – of verses. I’ve studied the Scriptures and learned to recognize the voice of the Spirit as He teaches me new insights.

But what good does it do me if I don’t live it out?

I read the Bible and come away with applications and questions to ask myself. But here’s the thing – have I really asked myself the questions? Continue reading

Faith Without Works

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As part of one of my courses, I was asked to consider what examples there were in Scripture of people who knew something and either did or did not act upon that knowledge. I decided to share my response on here as well.

The first passage that came to my mind in reading the prompt was James 2:14-17. James asks us, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food. . .but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead (James 2:15, 16b, 17, New King James Version). Later in his letter, he goes on to say that “to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (4:17). Continue reading