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Hey Everyone! Look at Me!

In our passage for today, Jesus is helping us to remember that the purpose of things like fasting or giving something up for Lent is not to make ourselves look better, but to focus our hearts on minds on Him. So, if you want to fast or give something up for Lent, great, but do it to focus on Jesus.

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Prayer

The very act of going to God in prayer involves our accepting that we need Him and that we can trust Him with our needs. We don’t have to worry about getting the words just right. God knows what we need and He will give it. It may not be exactly what we want, but what we want isn’t always what we need. So, we can go to God in prayer and trust that God’s will is good and He will answer our prayer in His good way.

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Who are you serving?

Jesus is calling out those people who would serve, but do so not to help others or glorify God, but rather to boost their own image. When we serve like that, serving the other person is only incidental; the person we are really trying to serve is ourselves.

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Loving Your Enemies

It’s hard to love those who hate you or persecute you. It’s hard to forgive those who have hurt you. That, however, is what Jesus is telling us to do. We are to love everyone, even our enemies.

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There Was Once Two Kingdoms

As a Christian, we are to love all people, seek their well-being, and forgive their wrongs. We are not to harbor hatred or malice in our hearts nor seek revenge. We are called to keep this condition in our hearts as we also live out our other roles, where we are under the authority of the government and are to protect and seek the well-being of our family and neighbors.

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I Swear

In today’s passage, Jesus is dealing with the 8th Commandment not to lie. One phrase that has always amused me is when people have been talking to you for a while and then they start a statement with, “To be completely honest…” What? Have you been lying to me up until now?

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I Have a Dream

Yesterday, our country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We live in a country that has a history of racial adversity and continues to have racial struggles, today. Unfortunately, that is the nature of sin. We constantly seek to improve our status or situation, often at the cost of others.

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This is My Child, With Whom I’m Well Pleased

In my last post, I wrote about how, when Jesus was baptized, the Father revealed Jesus’ identity and the Father’s disposition to Him. Jesus is the Father’s only son and the Father is well pleased with Him. In our baptism, much the same thing happens. God tells us our identity and His disposition to us…in Christ.

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This is My Son, With Whom I’m Well Pleased

Amazingly, God has provided ways for all of us to encounter Him. He has given us His Word, in which He reveals Himself, His Spirit who guides and comforts us (among many other things), His sacraments, where we partake of the very body and blood of Christ. We may not physically see God, as John did that day, but it is real and powerful none-the-less.

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Be It Resolved

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his

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