Poor In Spirit: The Beginning, Devotional, Matthew 5:1-12

First of the beatitudes, Am I poor in spirit? Matthew 5:1-12 When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. After he sat down his disciples came to him. Then he began to teach them by saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will …

Come Follow Me, & I Will Send You Out to Fish for People: Devotional Matthew 4:12-25

‘ Come follow me,’ most probably the first disciples knew who Jesus was by reputation well before he called them. They also recognized the honor of a rabbi’s call and that it was no small event to be called by the most special of all rabbis. My call is to live for him daily instead of myself. I might not …

Temptation: It Depends on Your Direction, Devotional, Matthew 4:1-11

Temptation: relevance? A discussion of temptation is only relevant when I seek a relationship with God. If my desire conforms to my own definition of good or to a casual, convenient, socially, postmodern, acceptable definition of good; a discussion of temptation remains relative. With no outside standard, I do essentially what I want as long as I don’t commit a …

Produce Fruit in Keeping with Repentance: Devotional, Matthew Three

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance? What does it mean to produce fruit? As a child I thought I could hide things from my parents, and sometimes I was able to get away with some things and keep some secrets. Sometimes I might now think God is far away, that he doesn’t see me, and that I can keep secrets …

Not a God of Wishful Thinking or Religious Sentimentality: Devotion, Matthew 2

God is not a god of wishful thinking based on my expectations or sentiments. Religious sentimentality and religious wishful thinking may feel good but give little value or substance to face the difficulties of life. Although I like to feel good, and the holiday season is very pleasant, I must go beyond this if I am to have a relationship …

Virgin Birth: First Mystery and Miracle: Matthew 1

The Virgin Birth the First Miracle and Mystery of Jesus, but Genealogy Full of Miraculous Matthew presents the virgin birth as the first miracle of Jesus life.  A study of the stories of his genealogy will reveal many interesting personalities and backgrounds. Many “respectable people” through the centuries put forth great effort in highlighting only the honorable parts of their …

Miracles, Part of the Journey, Not the End: June 3, Devotional Readings

This post and the previous two are an experiment to make the blog more relevant and useful to readers. Starting with tomorrow’s post, I will narrow the discussion to one chapter from the New Testament. The purpose of miracles was always to attract people to Jesus and to announce his divinity. Miracles were never intended as an end in themselves. …