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What is the secret to peace in your life, peace in your family, peace in your country, and peace in your world? Some would say it is toleration for everything- no right or wrong. Some would say it is the political party’s strategy for peace. But the Bible says something else. Listen to the solution of peace in our world.
As we anticipate the celebration of our American independence, let us all realize that God brings out the best in those who truly follow Him. Praise the Lord for all of those who preceded us, and all those who stand beside us revealing the very character of God. The character of God is refined in “the furnace of affliction”. It is what has made us great, and what will make us great in our future. Salvation through Jesus Christ makes that “new creation” possible. Do you know Him? Do you trust Him? Make Jesus the Lord of your life today.
Jesus changed the world over 2000 years ago, yet His message was so different from the world in which He lived. Born into a culture of the poor and oppressed, Jesus taught a new Way of living. Some may attempt to learn it, but Jesus reminds us that He, and He alone, is the Way. When we let Jesus live in us, then Jesus says essentially, “blessed are you because you are meek- You will inherit the earth!” Listen to what the Bible says about living a blessed life.
Jesus posed the question before religious leaders, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or evil?” Our country, in its election year, is faced with the same choices- Is it good or evil? Many do not consider whether it is evil or not, but whether it will achieve their goal to acquire power. When evil acquires power, it is ruthless , lawless, and insatiable. When good acquires power, it is Christlike- it loves, protects, and serves. Listen what the Bible says about this fundamental choice- good or evil, but not both.
“As the family goes, so goes the nation”, some have said. As the father goes, so goes the family. Statistically, father’s have the great impact toward the spiritual development of the family. Our nation is seeing more and more families without fathers. What is the hope for fathers? Listen to what Jesus says in his Sermon on the Mount.
Only when you discover the heart of the problem, the root of the problem, can you find the solution to the problem. With such social unrest going on in America, many experts are trying to discover the heart of the problem for the sake of finding real solutions. Listen to what Jesus says about “the heart of the problem”.
Describing His followers, Jesus says they are the salt of the earth, and characterized by humility. This quality of the Christian life is not so much about what we do or say as it is who we are…. at all times, in all situations. The closer we become to our Savior, the more like Him we become. Listen to what the Bible says about the blessings that come to those who are followers of Jesus Christ.
The authentic, personal relationship with Jesus Christ transforms the believer and his/her world. Paul assures his readers of the origin of his faith. It was from Christ and Christ alone. Christians will only make a heavenly difference in our earthly circumstances if Christ’s gospel is lived and shared. Listen to what the Bible says.
In this series- Blessed and Being a Blessing- we look to Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Jesus ended his “blessed are you….” segment with this statement, “You are the salt of the earth”. As we uncover the ancient meaning of that statement to those original believers, we can learn what Jesus is saying to us- “YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH”. Listen to what the Bible says.
There is widespread social unrest throughout our country as a result of the terrible tragedy in Minneapolis on May 25. What is the answer to racism, to murder, to stealing, to vandalism, to envy and coveting? Listen to what the Bible says about these challenges.
On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on those early believers who would become the church. The power of the Holy Spirit makes a transformed life possible. So many people try to live independently from God. Good luck! It will never work successfully. The Holy Spirit was as much a part of God’s salvation plan for us as was the cross and resurrection. Listen to what the Bible says.