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Radical Change

Unexpected Message

Matthew 5:4-6
4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Jesus continues His discourse on what it means to live in the kingdom of God with more unexpected admonishments. Everything outside of God demands that you take care of yourself first. The wants and needs of the individual take on way more importance in the secular world than they do in the Kingdom of God. For the follower of Christ, the opposite is true. The needs of others outweigh your own desires. Since we are trusting in God to care for us, we are able to reach outward rather than in to the self.

Each of these phrases can be thought of alone, and certainly are worthy of singular mediation. So that Matthew doesn't take several years to accomplish, we will look at them in small groupings. In verse 4, Jesus says that those who mourn will be comforted. That mournin…

A Whole New Way

Matthew 5:1-3

Tell Me Our Story

Prayer:Let all together praise our God,              Before His glorious throne;      Today He opens heav’n again      To give us His own Son,      To give us His own Son.
     He leaves His heav’nly Father’s throne,      Is born an infant small,
     And in a manger, poor and lone,
     Lies in a humble stall,      Lies in a humble stall.
Read:Luke 2:1-20
Think about It: The story is not new. Many of us can repeat the words of our reading for today from memory! And that’s a problem. In our culture, we are addicted to the “new”; the next new thought, the next new show, the next new singer, the next new food. But the story of Jesus is not new. It is ancient. Itbegan, as we discussed weeks ago, with Adam and Eve and the promise God made to them to send a Savior. His story has been told and retold a million times over the generations.
Maybe this is why we love to equate Christmas and chi

Victorious King

Prayer: Now sing we, now rejoice,              Now raise to heav’n our voice;
      He from whom joy streameth,       Poor in a manger lies;
      Not so brightly beameth,      The sun in yonder skies.
     Thou my Savior art! Thou my Savior art!

     Come from on high to me;      I cannot rise to Thee.
     Cheer my wearied spirit,      O pure and holy Child;
     Through Thy grace and merit,      Blest Jesus, Lord most mild,
     Draw me unto Thee! Draw me unto Thee!

Read:Revelation 1:12–18


Prayer:Let our gladness have no end, alleluia!        For to earth did Christ descend, alleluia!        On this day God gave us, Christ,        His Son, to save us
       Prophesied in days of old, alleluia!
       God has sent Him as foretold, alleluia!        On this day God gave us,        Christ, His Son, to save us
Read:Isaiah 44:21–24
Think about It:Almost 700 years before Jesus is born, the prophet Isaiah wrote the words we share today for our devotion. They are words of great hope and promise. God has not forgotten the promises for redemption that He made to His people!