• Rewards for Being Different

    | Jul 21, 2018
    For the past few days, we have observed the promises Jesus made in "The Beatitudes." We are only halfway through the list, but it's a good place to stop and summarize what we have seen in this inspired portrait thus far.
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  • A Promise for "Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness"

    | Jul 20, 2018
    The true servant of God possesses an insatiable appetite for what is right, a passionate drive for justice. Spiritually speaking, the servant is engaged in a pursuit of God . . . a hot, restless, eager longing to walk with Him.
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  • A Promise for "The Gentle"

    | Jul 19, 2018
    What comes to mind as you read Jesus's words, "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5)? Truth be told, we may get a false first impression. We may think, Blessed are the weak for they shall become doormats.
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  • A Promise for "Those Who Mourn"

    | Jul 18, 2018
    I remember an incident many years ago when a man in our church fell while taking a shower. As he slipped on the slick floor, he fell against a sheet of glass with all his weight.
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  • A Promise for "The Poor in Spirit"

    | Jul 17, 2018
    At first glance, Jesus's reference to "the poor in spirit" seems to refer to those who have little or no money—people of poverty with zero financial security. Wrong. You'll note He speaks of being "poor in spirit."
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  • The Beatitudes: Three Observations

    | Jul 16, 2018
    The introduction to Jesus's Sermon on the Mount is no doubt the most familiar section of His message (Matthew 5:1–12). Commonly called "The Beatitudes," this section is the most descriptive word-portrait of a servant ever recorded.
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  • Jesus' Command: "Be Different!"

    | Jul 15, 2018
    When Jesus walked the earth, He attracted a number of people to Himself. On one occasion, He sat down among them and taught them some bottom-line truths about how He wanted them to grow up.
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  • When You Grow Up

    | Jul 14, 2018
    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" That's a favorite question we enjoy asking children. And the answers we get usually are "a police officer" or "a nurse" or maybe "a fire fighter." Some kids are visionary.
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  • Servanthood Starts in the Mind

    | Jul 13, 2018
    Wouldn't you love to live courageously in spite of the odds? Doesn't it sound exciting to be divinely powerful in day-to-day living? Aren't you eager to become independently authentic in a day of copycat styles?
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  • Supernatural Ability of the "Renewed Mind," Part 2

    | Jul 12, 2018
    As we allow God's truth to pierce the tough, hardened barriers we have erected in our minds, we receive surprising benefits. We saw yesterday that God gives us His divine power (2 Corinthians 10:4).
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  • Supernatural Ability of the "Renewed Mind," Part 1

    | Jul 11, 2018
    As the truth of God's Word penetrates our hearts, it displaces those secular mental barriers we have erected over the years. In fact, we receive several very exciting benefits. Paul names two of them.
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  • Mental Barriers to God's Voice, Part 3

    | Jul 10, 2018
    Some of us have formed the habit of getting even rather than overlooking wrongs done against us. So when we come across scriptural instruction that requires an alternate plan, our inner reaction is "No way!"
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  • Mental Barriers to God's Voice, Part 2

    | Jul 09, 2018
    As the Spirit of God attempts to communicate His truth to us, He runs up against the "wall" of our overall mental attitude, our natural mind-set. Along with the wall-like fortresses, we have natural, humanistic reasonings.
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  • Mental Barriers to God's Voice, Part 1

    | Jul 08, 2018
    When the world tries to squeeze us into its mold, God's message gets muffled. Our minds pick up on the strong secular signals so easily that we subconsciously tune Him out. It comes naturally.
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  • Natural Thinking in Today's World

    | Jul 07, 2018
    Today, let's focus in on a single passage of Scripture and digest it carefully. One of the most helpful passages to help us train our minds is 2 Corinthians 10:1–7. Take a few moments to read and meditate on these seven verses.
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  • A "Renewed Mind" Is Essential

    | Jul 06, 2018
    Let's talk about some positive input on the correct mentality of a servant. Is it possible to think so much like Christ that our minds operate on a different plane than others around us? Not only is it possible—it's essential!
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  • Blind Loyalty Is Not Servanthood

    | Jul 05, 2018
    In the last few decades, we have witnessed the emergence of groups like the Moonies, the Hare Krishnas, various New Agers, Scientologists, and numerous other cults.
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  • What Serving Others Doesn't Mean

    | Jul 04, 2018
    Christians talk a lot about serving and giving and releasing rights and putting down self—and we should. It's part of the whole Christian package. It's expected, to an extent. But isn't it possible to go overboard on stuff like this?
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  • Two Questions

    | Jul 03, 2018
    Comparing the acts of forgiving and forgetting, I think forgetting is the tougher assignment. Why? Because forgetting is something shared with no other person. It's a solo flight.
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  • Determination

    | Jul 02, 2018
    I love the apostle Paul's attitude revealed in his words: "I press on toward the goal" (Philippians 3:14). Those men and women who refuse to get bogged down in and anchored to the past are those who pursue the objectives of the future.
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