Archive for February 2015

People of Promise 61 Beatitudes 5

Mercy is certainly in short supply these days. Movies are based on vengeance, or out and out violence against the innocent. The headlines are saturated with the likes of ISIS atrocities, suicide bombers, the sex trade, brutal shootings that have no meaning, and much more that reflect human depravity and total lack of compassion and [...]

People of Promise 60 Beatitudes 4

In the Beatitudes, Jesus is describing His Kingdom benefits for those of us living here and now on this earth. True, we live eternally with God when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but what many don’t realize is that this eternity with our Creator begins the very moment we accept what He [...]

People of Promise 59 Beatitudes 3

The third beatitude or blessing that Jesus pronounces to the crowd on the mountainside is: Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous— with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!  (Matt. 5:5). Jesus had just inaugurated His [...]

People of Promise 58 Beatitudes 2

After opening His discussion on the mountain with the call to salvation, Jesus continues with a list of eight other beatitudes, or discussions of God’s desire to pour out all He has without regard to the consequences to Himself. The second topic that Jesus covers is mourning. Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced [...]

People of Promise 57 Beatitudes 1

SEEING THE crowds, He went up on the mountain; and when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying (Matt. 5:1-2). Thus begins Matthew’s account of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” or the “Beatitudes.” The title “Sermon on the Mount” is easily understood. Jesus was up [...]

People of Promise 56 Best Known Promise

  Without a doubt, the most quoted verse in the Bible is John 3:16. For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but [...]

People of Promise 55 Lukewarm

The church at Laodicea represents one of the two current church models: Philadelphia which has little power (in the world), but is spot on in their relationship with God, and then the overwhelming large church of this age—the lukewarm church of Laodicea. Please note that it is very possible to be lukewarm toward Jesus and [...]

People of Promise 54 Great Work

Jesus has only praise for the church at Philadelphia, and His promises to them are mind bending. Rev. 3:7 And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall [...]

People of Promise 53 Dead

This is a tough one. Not in the sense of writing it, but in the sense of what it has to say to us. Ouch. This is Jesus’ address to the church at Sardis; He is rather short and very much to the point: Rev. 3:1 AND TO the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) [...]

People of Promise 52 Morning Star

As we look at the great promises that King Jesus has given us in Revelation we need to note that each one is prefaced by Jesus identifying Himself as the Messiah. Notice that these are the same identifying characteristics that John is given in the first chapter of the book. To the Ephesians, He identifies [...]