Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus’ commandment to love your enemies is surely one of his most challenging (v. 44). Godly people have shown us that obeying this is possible through God’s transforming love. One such person is Ann Atwater. Because of her own experience with...

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Wednesday, June 16 – Reflections

Matthew 5:38-42 It’s easy to contend that Jesus was just holding up ideals when he gives these instructions on the Sermon on the Mount. Seriously, Jesus? I’m really not supposed to strike back when someone threatens me? But some people have actually practiced...

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Tuesday, June 15 – Reflections

Matthew 5:33-37 Remember the John Lovitz character Larry the Liar from Saturday Night Live? More words were always better as Larry tried every possible improbable answer until he landed on the one he thought best: “Yeah…that’s the ticket!” Larry reminds us of...

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Monday, June 14 – Reflections

Matthew 5:31-32 In his commentary on Matthew (WJK 1997), Tom Long says “marriage is intended to be a communion between two people that expresses their mutual fidelity, the faithfulness of God. It is intended to be a place of safety, nurture, and honor for...

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Sunday, June 13 – Reflections

Matthew 5:27-30 A priest friend told the story of a little boy who confessed to adultery. He asked the little boy, “What do you think adultery is?” and the little boy said, “Well, sometimes I try to act like an adult, and I know I’m not.” Even though the word...

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Saturday, June 12 – Reflections

Matthew 5:21-26 We started this week with the theme of peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matt 5:9). In today’s text, Jesus warns about what happens when we don’t pursue peace. He asks us to consider how anger grows,...

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Friday, June 11 – Reflections

Matthew 5:17-20 After assigning us some hefty reading over the previous days, our professor suspected that my classmates and I were not taking our homework seriously enough. Doubtful that we were reading at the level he expected for class preparation, he sprung...

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Thursday, June 10 – Reflections

Matthew 5:14-16 When I lived in Atlanta, I participated in a monthly Taizé-style prayer service at a local church. The services used the traditions and practices of Taizé, an ecumenical Christian community based in France that has influenced Christian...

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Wednesday, June 9 – Reflections

Matthew 5:13 As my passion for cooking healthier food develops, so does my appreciation for salt. Because of my family health history, I must be much more attentive to the presence of salt in my diet than some of my friends have to be. For a long period of...

Thursday, June 17 – Reflections

Tuesday, June 8 – Reflections

Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you...