Who is the blessed one? (Matthew 5:3)

Who is the blessed one? (Matthew 5:3)

Who is the blessed one? (Matthew 5:3) Most of you are probably familiar with the Sermon on the Mount. In this blog I would like to consider the first beatitude but before I get to it let me encourage you to consider how the beatitudes are arranged. They are not...
The rich and the poor (James 1:9-11)

The rich and the poor (James 1:9-11)

The rich and the poor (James 1:9-11) In James’ letter to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion, he instructs them how to view trials of various kinds. They are to count it all joy because the trials are not without purpose. The testing of one’s faith produces...
Hope

Hope

Hope The first Sunday of Advent was this past Sunday and it provided the opportunity to focus our thoughts on hope.   In Galatians 4:1-7 we find these words,   I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the...
What is humility?

What is humility?

What is humility? Beloved,   What is humility?  Is humility thinking less of yourself?  Is humility less thinking of yourself?   What do we mean when we say, “He is full of himself?”  Is this not a declaration of pride in another?   Were you...
How to ask the giving God (James 1:6-8)

How to ask the giving God (James 1:6-8)

How to ask the giving God (James 1:6-8) Last month we considered James 1:5 and that James commands believers to ask God for wisdom if it is lacking. This month, I would like to pick up where we left off last month (see Ask the giving God) and consider what James...
Ask the giving God (James 1:5)

Ask the giving God (James 1:5)

Ask the giving God (James 1:5) 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (Jas. 1:5 ESV)   James ended verse 4 with a word on lacking nothing and then picks up in verse 5 with a word...