Week 11: Demands #47-48: Be Salt and Light

Demand #47-48: Be Salt and Light Memory Verse: "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16   SALT AND LIGHT — IMPACTING THE WORLD AROUND US… OR GOOD FOR NOTHING? On January 28, 1986 America was shocked by the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger, and the death of its...
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Week 9: Demands #28-31 – Love Your Enemies

Demand #28-31: Love Your Enemies Memory Verse: "But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44   Think of someone in your life that you have difficulty loving… for whatever the reason. Maybe you have someone who falls into the category of an enemy – someone who is actively out to do you harm. How do you respond in your heart to such...
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Week 8: Demand #38 – Do Not Take An Oath

Demand #37: Do Not Take An Oath – Cherish the Truth and Speak it Simply Memory Verse: "But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil." Matthew 5:37   Here we have an expansion on the topic of Integrity which was the subject I spoke on last weekend at the Singles retreat – 3 messages from the Psalms. Psalm...
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Week 7: Demand #17 – Humble Yourself in Childlikeness

Demand #17: Humble Yourself in Childlikeness (also in Servanthood and Brokenhearted Boldness) – Matthew 18:1-6 Memory Verse: "unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3-4   How does the world measure Greatness? Think about any...
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Week 6: Demand #16 – Humble Yourself by Making War on Pride

Demand #16: Humble Yourself by Making War on Pride – Matthew 23:1-12 Memory Verse: "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23:12   This passage came to my mind last Sunday before I realized it was the subject matter for this week. I was talking about the issue of addressing a Christian leader in the community as...
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Week 5: Demand #14 – Do Not Be Anxious

Demand #14: Do Not Be Anxious About the Necessities of Daily Life – Matthew 6:25-34 Memory Verse: "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:33   Anxiety and Worry and Fear about the necessities of life will choke out spiritual fruitfulness. Look at TV commercials designed to prey on our fears and anxieties: Are you...
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