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  • Pastor Ryan 7:38 am on May 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness 

    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭6‬ ESV)

    What is it that you hunger for in life?

    Food?

    Money?

    Good Health?

    Relationships?

    God?

    None of the things of this world will truly satisfy the hunger of our soul. 

    Those who hunger and thirst for Jesus will be satisfied. 

    Our souls are restless until they rest in Him. 

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  • Pastor Ryan 7:08 am on May 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Blessed are the Meek 

    “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ ESV)

    Gentleness or meekness is the opposite of being out of control. It is not weakness, but supreme self-control empowered by the Holy Spirit.

    Meekness is not weakness.  It is quite the opposite. Those who are meek have the ability to receive abuse without  becoming angry. They are able to respond with love when their enemy abuses them. 

    Our Lord Jesus demonstrated meekness when He suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sins. Instead of rage He said “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

    Lord help us to show meekness and love today, even when we don’t receive it in return. 

     
  • Pastor Ryan 7:37 am on May 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Blessed are those who mourn 

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭4‬ ESV)

    We all have sorrow and suffering in our lives, especially over the loss and passing of family and friends we love dearly. We can find comfort and peace for our souls in Jesus. In Him we can have love and joy and peace. 

    One day in Heaven there will be no more mourning or crying or pain. I long for that day described in Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

    Come Lord Jesus.  Come quickly. 

     
  • Pastor Ryan 7:39 am on May 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Blessed are the Poor in Spirit 

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬ ESV)

    To be poor in spirit is to be at the end of your rope. 

    With less of you there is more of God and his rule in your life.  It is when you are on your knees that God does the greatest work in your life. 

     
  • Pastor Ryan 7:31 am on May 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    What is Love? 

    “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭4-8‬ ESV)

    This is the beautiful and true definition of love. Love is not merely the emotional feeling and affection we see portrayed by Disney entertainment. There is so much more depth to true biblical love. 

    When the Bible teaches us to love our brother and love our neighbor, this verse descrbes what that love looks like. It is both the emotional feeling and affections plus patience, kindness, humility, understanding, peaceful, and forgiving. 

    Our Lord Jesus practiced this love perfectly. 

    Think about how you can better love God and others today. 

     
  • Pastor Ryan 7:26 am on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Fear God and Keep His Commandments 

    “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭12‬:‭13-14‬ ESV)

    King Solomon, the most wise and wealthy man who ever lived, wrote these words near the end of his life. 

    Earlier in the book of Ecclesiastes he details how the various things of this world that bring us pleasure don’t give us lasting satisfaction to quench the the hunger and thirst in our souls for God. Money, sex, relationships, material possessions, none of these things give us lasting satisfaction in our souls. 

    So after experiencing all these things, he closes the book by teaching us to fear God and keep His commandments. And we know from our Lord Jesus that to love God and love others is how you fully keep God’s commandments. 

    So if you want to satisfy the hunger and thirst in your soul, if you want to fill that God sized hole in your heart, love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength today. And love your neighbor as yourself. This is how you keep His commandments. 

     
  • Pastor Ryan 6:26 am on May 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Hope in the Lord 

    “The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭33‬:‭16-22‬ ESV)

    So often we put our hope and trust in the things and people of this world.

    When times get difficult we trust in relationships, bank accounts, the perfect job, etc… to save us. 

    Instead we should put our hope and trust in the Lord. He is the one who has the power to deliver us. He is the one who directs the worldly things as needed to save us. 

    Let your heart be glad in the Lord as you trust and hope in Him. 

     
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