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Blessed Kingdom Kids!

Scripture reading for October 5th: Matthew 5-7

Matthew records one of the longest discourses of Jesus in the Bible.  It contains a rich wealth of teaching for those who are followers of the great Rabbi and teacher who is the Son of God.  Today we will focus on the blessedness of those who embrace the King and His kingdom!

The kingdom of heaven was the subject of this great teaching.  God, the Father, was to be King over the nation of Israel and they were to be His loyal children.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)  Kingdom kids were not to be proud, boastful or self-sufficient.  Their sufficiency came from their Father who gave them a rich inheritance.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) They would be satisfied by their King with a banquet of bread and wine He supplied. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)   They would have a new heart given as a gift!  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9)  Father gives peace that the world can’t understand!  Even when persecuted for their righteousness, they have the Father’s wisdom and know that the best is yet to come!  They have a reward in heaven that no one can steal or destroy. (Matthew 5:7-12)  They will see their King’s face one day and bask in His glory!

Kingdom kids are blessed to be the light of the world.  They reflect the glory of their King everywhere they go.  They are the salt of the earth!  They bring out the “God-flavors” of this world according to the Message Bible!  (Matthew 5:13-16)  They help stop the corruption of sin and bring out God’s saving message of Gospel hope.  They are a people who love God and love their neighbors from their hearts, fulfilling God’s law.

God’s kingdom kids do not worry about tomorrow or fret over provisions.  They know how to talk to God in prayer and trust Him for everything.  He is their provider and protector!  They are blessed with all they need.  (Matthew 6:33)  They have built their houses on a Rock!  Storms may come but they are secure and safe in Him!  We are so blessed to be “Kingdom Kids” of our amazing Father in Heaven!

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Don’t quarrel on the way!

Scripture reading for January 16th: Genesis 45-47

Families and churches are sometimes prone to conflict!  I know because I live in a family, have attended or pastored churches for many years.  I have experienced conflict in family and church settings and sometimes been responsible for it myself!   Sometimes conflict comes from misunderstanding and poor communication.  Other times it comes from jealousy or envy.  Sometimes it comes from sin and wrong-doing.  Everybody wants to blame somebody else and arguments ensue about who is at fault!

In our reading today, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers after a series of  encounters with them.  The brothers still had guilt from what they did and when Joseph revealed himself to them, they were astonished, speechless, and terrified!  (Genesis 45:1-7)  Joseph had to reassure them that it was truly him.   He understood their feelings.  He had worked through these same kinds of feelings himself over the years.  God gave him understanding of the greater purpose  that was being worked out.  Joseph shared this with his brothers to encourage them.  “It was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.”

As Joseph sent them away to bring Israel and the rest of the family down to Egypt to preserve them during the next 5 years of famine, he warned them not to quarrel on the way!  It doesn’t appear that repentance had yet taken place.  Feelings of guilt and shame are no longer able to control us when we truly repent.  He forgives and forgets our sins.  (Psalm 103:11-12) Blaming others never helps either.  We can only take responsibility for our own sins and forgive others of theirs.  When we do that, quarreling is greatly reduced and peace in the family results.  God is working out his purposes in our families and homes even amidst the conflict and sin so prevalent in our lives.  Often it’s hard to see the big picture.

Jesus Christ was sent before us to save us!  He saw God’s big picture and died for our sins.  If we confess our sins and repent of them, he will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all guilt and shame.  He came to bring peace in our own hearts and he blessed peacemakers! (Matthew 5:9)  May we be able to heed the ancient warning of Joseph and receive the blessing the Prince of Peace.  “Don’t quarrel on the way!”  (Genesis 45:24)

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Don’t Quarrel on the way!

Scripture reading for January 16th: Genesis 45-47

Families and churches are sometimes prone to conflict!  I know because I live in a family, have attended churches for many years, and have pastored for twenty years in three different churches.  I have experienced conflict in family and church settings and sometimes been responsible for it myself.  Sometimes conflict comes from misunderstanding and poor communication.  Other times it comes from jealousy or envy.  Sometimes it comes from sin and wrong-doing.  Everybody wants to blame somebody else and arguments ensue about who is at fault!  Have you experienced that to?

In our reading today, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers after a series of  encounters with them.  The brothers still had guilt from what they did and when Joseph revealed himself to them, they were astonished, speechless, and terrified!  (Genesis 45:1-7)  Joseph had to reassure them that it was truly him.   He understood their feelings.  He had probably had to work through these same kinds of feelings himself over the years.  God gave him understanding of the greater purpose  that was being worked out.  Joseph shares this with his brothers to encourage them.  “It was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.”

As Joseph sent them away to bring Israel and the rest of the family down to Egypt to save them during the next 5 years of famine, he warned them not to quarrel on the way!  It doesn’t appear that repentance had yet taken place.  Feelings of guilt and shame are no longer able to control us when we truly repent.  He forgives and forgets our sins.  (Psalm 103:11-12) Blaming others never helps either.  We can only take responsibility for our own sins and forgive others of theirs.  When we do that, quarreling is greatly reduced and peace in the family results.  God is working out his purposes in our families and homes even amidst the conflict and sin so prevalent in our lives.  Often it’s hard to see the big picture.

Jesus Christ was sent before us to save us!  He saw God’s big picture and died for our sins.  If we confess our sins and repent of them, he will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all guilt and shame.  He came to bring peace in our own hearts and he says that peacemakers are blessed! (Matthew 5:9)  May we be able to heed the ancient warning of Joseph and receive the blessing of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.  “Don’t quarrel on the way!”  (Genesis 45:24)

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