Faithful Christians Who Hate…Aren’t

Russell Minick 7 Comments

Matthew 5 includes the beatitudes and one of the least honored teachings of Jesus: 43-47 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and …

Sermon on the Mount Review Challenge

Russell Minick

Where is the actual Sermon on the Mount found in scripture? How many “beatitudes” are there?   (Blessed are…) Why not 9 “beatitudes”, including Mt. 5:11? How do the promises in the beatitudes begin and end? Do the first 4 beatitudes sound happy or sad?  Do the second 4 beatitudes sounds good or bad?  Where are the “good sounding” beatitudes explained? Where are the “sad sounding” beatitudes explained? How do the 2 sets of beatitudes mirror each other? What is the ★? What is the −? What is the +? What …

Spiritual Needs Notes

Russell Minick

Matthew 7 spiritual needs PDF Spiritual needs?  Wisdom Lived. Matthew 7:13–29 The path to life is easily missed. Mt 7:13,14 Are you moving toward “life” or “destruction”?  [apōleia; loss: perdition, perish, waste] How intentional should we be in living our lives? What our life produces reveals who we are. Mt 7:15-20 Why does it matter who we listen to for guidance? As fruit is to a tree, __________ is to a spiritual guide. Real relationships are mutual. Mt 7:21-23 Do your friends say you are friends? What is the difference …