Monthly Archives: January 2014

Matthew 5:1-12

Matthew 5:1-12 The beatitudes spoken in Matthew 5:1-10 provide a series of blessings that are general and widely applicable. But in 5:11, Jesus gets more personal. He speaks directly to his disciples in each generation. “Blessed are YOU when people revile you and persecute you… Continue reading

How God Guides

How God Guides · By Shook · “… He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 (NIV) To most of us spiritual guidance is a mystery. We often wonder how God guides and if the decision we are making is… Continue reading

Matthew 5:1-12

Matthew 5:1-12 With the “foolishness of the cross” in God’s upside down kingdom still ringing in our ears from yesterday’s reading, we now hear Jesus begin his Sermon on the Mount with a list of “blessings,” or beatitudes, that can be at once unsettling and… Continue reading

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 If you could choose a way to demonstrate the power of God, what would you do? Would you reverse global warming? Wipe out hunger? Destroy all stockpiles of nuclear or chemical weapons? Find a cure for all forms of cancer? Fix your… Continue reading

Psalm 15

Psalm 15 This psalm has been described as a psalm of entrance into the temple. Perhaps a priest greeted those who had come to worship in God’s holy tent, the temple on God’s holy hill Zion, with this question: Who may dwell on your holy… Continue reading

An Attitude Of Gratitude

An Attitude Of Gratitude Kerry Shook “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) As a pastor I am so often ask, “How can I know the will of God for my… Continue reading

Micah 6:1-8

Micah 6:1-8 Prophets have a way of getting to the heart of a matter. In today’s text, the heart of the matter is a theme that is common in the message of the prophets of Israel—God’s mishpat, God’s justice. In the text, Israel has sinned… Continue reading

“Your heavenly Father.” Matthew 6:26

“Your heavenly Father.” Matthew 6:26 God’s people are doubly his children, they are his offspring by creation, and they are his sons by adoption in Christ. Hence they are privileged to call him, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Father! Oh, what precious word is… Continue reading

Beautiful Savior

Beautiful Savior Beautiful Savior, King of creation, Son of God and Son of Man! Truly I’d love thee, truly I’d serve thee, light of my soul, my joy, my crown. Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands, robed in flow’rs of blooming spring; Jesus… Continue reading

Getting Through The Valley

Getting Through The Valley · “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (NKJV) How do you get through the valley?… Continue reading