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“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48 (The Message)
Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention. Matthew 7:13-14 (The Message)
When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard. Matthew 7:28-29 (The Message)
I could read these words every morning for the rest of my life and still not engage everything shared and said. Jesus was a teacher of incredible wisdom who had insight into the spiritual life. He leaves no one unscathed here, either. His words for pastors, spiritual teachers made me squirm a bit!
The reason, I believe, Jesus was so influential is that, as it states at the end of this discourse, it was apparent that Jesus was living everything he was saying. There is power in that.
Prayer Requests: Mark Stanford, Maria Vidaurazzaga recovering from knee replacement surgery, Zuri Chambers’ family, Angie Came, Barry Nicholson and Christopher Lepard – Barry’s sister Diane died suddenly this week
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