Archive for January, 2012

Daily Encouragement ~ 1/31

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 6:1

“Alms” is defined as righteous actions, or in one of today’s terms, good deeds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/30

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:43-44

These two verses and the four that follow it always leave me blinking rapidly and thinking, “Are you kidding me?” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sun on My Face

A beautiful day in east central Texas today, and some of what you’re about to read actually happened on my morning walk. In my mind it’s all true, and it’s definitely all good! I’ll let you decide what’s real and what’s not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/29

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:38-39

Verse 38 through 42 of Matthew have been distorted and misused since the day they were written, but my understanding of Jesus and His purpose on this earth are simple. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/28

Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Matthew 5: 33-34

In verses 33 through 37 of Matthew, Jesus addresses swearing, not in the sense of cursing, but in the sense of proclaiming the truth of something by swearing on the name of God or some other thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Books

This is part ten of the continuing saga, The Last Grain of Sand, which I began via a prompt at Bluebell Books’ Short Story Slam a few months ago. The nine previous parts are available by clicking on the links at the bottom of this post. This segment is being posted to Kellie Elmore’s Free Write Friday, and is entitled The Books. I hope you enjoy it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/27

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28

Verses 27-32 in the gospel of Matthew are some tough ones to many of us, and I am definitely in that group. The verses talk about adultery, and divorce, and in this day and age, not many of us have escaped these two things. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/26

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: Matthew 5:21-22

Again, Jesus is telling His disciples and the crowd that’s gathered to listen to Him that the word of God has been tampered with by man. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/25

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17

I have to admit, I have always been a bit confused by this verse and the three that follow it. Then I realized that as Jesus was going about teaching, there were many—especially the Scribes and Pharisees who were not happy with what He was saying to the people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/24

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

This one is a no-brainer to me; it goes back to what I said yesterday, and I don’t think it’s an accident that Jesus dwelt on it heavily. I believe we all have a part to play in God’s plan for the world and hereafter, and it’s important that we play our part boldly. Read the rest of this entry »

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