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Why Roman Soldiers Love The Sermon On The Mount

Rejoicing In Life's 'Melissa Moments'
The Joys Of Faith And The Challenges Of Life
Every now and then someone suggests that it would be wonderful if everyone lived by the Sermon on the Mount. Well, it would be wonderful for thieves, bullies, lazy Roman soldiers, and people who borrow money with no intention of paying it back. Someone breaks into your house. Do not resist. Someone strikes you on the cheek. Turn the other one. A Roman soldier forces you to go one mile with his belongings. Go with him the second mile. Someone with quite shaky credit wants to borrow some money. Lend without asking questions.
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John Jamison
Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” (vv. 30-32)

The Immediate Word

Bethany Peerbolte
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Chris Keating
George Reed
For June 13, 2021:
  • The Image of God by Bethany Peerbolte — Pride at its core is a time for people to cry out to God about the oppression and pain they have suffered. They have the right to hear God respond with powerful rescue.
  • Second Thoughts: Uprooting Evil by Tom Willadsen — Our culture continues to reap a harvest of racism. How can we uproot it? What can we transplant in its place?

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
The old aphorism claims that “seeing is believing.”  Doubting Thomas might agree. And so, too, would the present culture, which seems increasingly to prefer the physical over the metaphysical. We believe what we can see, but we are skeptical of what we cannot. 
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Frank Ramirez
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1 Samuel 15:3--16:13


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“A Person’s A Person” by Frank Ramirez
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Mark 4:26-34

He did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. (Mark 4:34)


Stephen P. McCutchan
1 Samuel 15:34--16:13
Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
-- 1 Samuel 16:7

Gregory L. Tolle
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. (vv. 1-4)

Nibs Stroupe
I've got a home in that kingdom -- ain't that good news.
I've got a home in that kingdom -- ain't that good news.
I'm gonna lay down this world, I'm gonna shoulder up my cross,
I'm gonna take it home to my Jesus, ain't that good news.

Richard E. Zajac
"... It is like mustard seed ... the smallest of all the earth's seeds ... yet ... springs up to become the largest of shrubs ..."

A mustard seed yields power in different ways.

We are all, I believe, familiar with the story of the Titanic. An unsinkable ship on its maiden voyage strikes an iceberg. The ship goes down, over a thousand people die. It's an amazing story, which is why it's been told not only on the silver screen and on Broadway, but in countless books as well.

Stan Purdum
It seems to me that the so-called "reality" television shows that have proliferated on the airwaves recently have introduced some new lows in the quality of broadcasting, and one of the more unwholesome -- and dare I say even ungodly -- notions they have reinforced is that what you look like is a measure of your value as a person.

Two shows in particular promote this view: Extreme Makeover and Average Joe.

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