Love Your Enemies • Devotion 4
on December 1st, 2022
The ParadoxJeannie Yates“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” - Thumper (from the movie “Bambi”)Do you remember hearing this from your parents? Or maybe you were the one saying it! It sounds like really good advice; “If you cannot respond with kindness, keep your mouth shut!” That has to be in the Bible somewhere, right?We know we are supposed to love our neighbors. That was...
Love Your Enemies • Devotion 3
on November 30th, 2022
FlippedPastor Ryan StoryThe entire focal point of the Sermon on the Mount is meant to show those who are wishing to follow Jesus how to live. I am excited that we, as a church, are spending so much time reading the words of our Savior’s sermon. The reality is nothing Jesus ever taught was “culturally normal.” Everything Jesus ever taught was meant to push to that counter-cultural aspect of living....
Love Your Enemies • Devotion 2
on November 29th, 2022
Speaking Well of OthersPastor Chuck Lindsey“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rai...
Love Your Enemies • Devotion 1
on November 28th, 2022
The Ultimate ExampleMitchell HolmesThe concept of enemies is such an interesting one in our culture; I am hard-pressed to come up with someone that I truly, vehemently despise to the point that I would classify them as my enemy. The term “enemy,” to me, seems like something that might refer to your opponent in a war or large conflict of some kind. This is the type of person that the mere sight of ...
Retaliation • Devotion 6
on November 26th, 2022
Unwritten RulesPhilip PiaseckiBaseball is one of my favorite sports. There is just something special about getting down to the ballpark on a warm spring day to watch a game. One of the interesting things about baseball is the “unwritten rules” of the game. There are all these things that are not actually rules but are expectations for teams and players to follow. One common “rule” is how you are s...
Retaliation • Devotion 5
on November 25th, 2022
God's Grace and GenerosityKeaton Washburn“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to t...
Retaliation • Devotion 4
on November 24th, 2022
Legion of AngelsAdam Moore“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs...
Retaliation • Devotion 3
on November 23rd, 2022
ConsequencesJeremy SmithIn psychology, they teach about consequences. I always thought of a consequence as a negative or a punishment to replace my own actions. In reality, the consequence can be a negative or positive reaction. Similarly, retaliation has the same attribute. Jesus lays out in Matthew 5:38, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’” He says we a...
Retaliation • Devotion 2
on November 22nd, 2022
FairnessGary Wright“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from y...
Retaliation • Devotion 1
on November 21st, 2022
Retaliatory AggressionJoe Wilson“Ye have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Gi...
Oaths • Devotion 6
on November 19th, 2022
Transformative PowerFerdinand SandersI have wondered what it actually means when someone says things like, “I give you my word” or “I swear on my life?” Am I the only one whose radar goes off when people have to tack on some additional arbitrary credibility to their words? Growing up, my father climbed the sales ladder in the automotive industry and valued a solid answer (even if the answer was “I...
Oaths • Devotion 5
on November 18th, 2022
Out of Our ControlRich SawickiToday we are going to talk about taking oaths. When I hear this it sounds very formal to me, but it was a custom back in the day to give your word as a verbal contract. Some oaths you have heard or said yourself, might sound something like this:• I swear to God• I swear on my kids• I swear on my grandmother’s graveWhen people say these things it is usually because the...
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