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2015-08.1 Matthew 5:23-26 Monday, February 23, 2015 More than keeping the Law: holy living Strife and unreconciled differences kill spiritual agreement, worship and prayer. Often the cause is ungodly control, which is akin to ‘taking without consent’ in being immature, arrogant – and extremely destructive. The command is simple: Be reconciled. Wherever the order has…

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2015-07.4   Matthew 5:17-19   Thursday, February 19, 2015   Dig down and the foundation is there   Jesus’ teaching builds on the lasting foundations of the Law, rather like the relatively modern church of St Petka, Belgrade, which rises out of Roman foundations dating from the 2nd century AD   Matthew 5:17-19 Jesus said:…

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2015-07.3 Matthew 5:14-16 Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Being torch bearers   Like Olympic torchbearers, we are people who connect with the light to possess our own light – and take it to others. Matthew 5:14-16 NIVJesus said: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do…

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2015-07.1 Matthew 5:11-12 Monday, February 16, 2015 The ones who don’t like us   Martin Luther King’s body lying in state following his death by a single shot from a crowd on August 28, 1968. A Baptist preacher, King was strongly motivated by his faith to speak out against the rampant racism and general injustice…

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2015-06.5 Matthew 5:9-10 Friday, February 13, 2015 We’re called to be peacemakers. That’s our job. Beechmount Avenue, off the Falls Road, Belfast – once nicknamed RPG Avenue – where the artwork proclaims a political message about the four provinces of Ireland. This is a picture of bitter disagreement that has claimed many lives on all sides…

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2015-06.4 Matthew 5:7-8 Thursday, February 12, 2015 Living out our beliefs through good values Not me! The corporate image of the omnicompetent super pastor might not be so desirable if we take note of what Jesus prioritises. Wouldn’t you rather have someone who God loves to work with? Matthew 5:7-8 NIVBlessed are the merciful, for…

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2015-06.3 Matthew 5:5-6 Wednesday, February 11, 2015 My attitude vs God’s Father heart  Matthew 5:5-6Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Here’s another facet of this Wonderland-like upside down kingdom, and it is all around the awkward little…