Jesus says that He hasn’t come to abolish the Torah, but to fulfill it. Wait. Isn’t the opposite of abolish to “build” or “obey”? Why didn’t Jesus just say that? What does He mean that He will fulfill it?
I really like the New Living Translation of the Beatitudes, because of the “more appropriate” wording is used. Such as thirsting for justice instead of righteousness.
Markarios is the Greek word used for the English word “blessed”. However, that’s not exactly what markarios means. There’s actually no precise English word for it, but “blessed” is one of the closest ones.
Six times leading up to Easter, get your family together for a time of devotion and discussion. Each day, you’ll . . .
Read something out loud.
Look up and read a passage of Scripture.
Ask a few discussion questions.
Do a fun or meaningful activity together.
When you’ve finished your devotional, reply back to this email to let us know how it went!
The most popular reason people give me for not sharing their faith is because they have fears about sharing their faith. Perhaps it is the fear of being rejected, or the fear of not knowing what to say, or simply lacking the courage. Here are ten ways you can conquer your fear of sharing your faith.
1) Pray that your friend’s faith will not fail.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Luke 22:31, 32
Principle: If their faith doesn’t fail, then they won’t fail.
As apprentices to Jesus, we have a perfect model for discipleship – Jesus himself. We strive to become like Jesus, be with Jesus, and do what Jesus did. We are also called to multiply and lead others to those same things. However, unlike Jesus, we all fall short. We cannot become perfect models like Jesus is to us. So how do we multiply? How do we make more disciples if we’re not perfect models? Well, that’s a trick question. We’re not supposed make people be disciples of us or make disciples of certain leaders in our lives. Rather, we are disciples of Jesus. So in regards to modeling discipleship, we lead others to grow to be like Jesus – not be like us. Phew! That takes a burden off of me! That’s great news that I don’t have to be perfect! But burden is not the same as responsibility.
In the Matthew 18 story, we are told that a man was forgiven of a huge debt (about $800,000.00 in today’s world). Then, he was unwilling to forgive someone else who owed him what amount to about $200.00. That is sad. One of the greatest tools in Satan’s toolbox that he uses against us to destroy our relationships is unforgiveness.
Do you believe that we are living the last days? Matthew 24 records the words of Jesus as He prophesied what would be happening before His return. Wars and rumors of wars. False prophets. Famines. Earthquakes. Lawlessness. And in the middle of this list, Jesus says that many people will be offended. People say things about you. Stab you in the back. Disagree with your opinions. Perhaps someone you love betrayed you. Perhaps you confided in someone with a deep secret, only to have them betray your confidence. You have important choices to make. Do you pick up the offense or not?