The Cross and me - 2

William Aikins on July 28, 2020

The cross and me – 2 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (The Lord’s Prayer) Suffering is inevitable in this life, despite what we would like to believe.  As Job’s friend Eliphaz said, “Man is born to trouble as surely as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).  Sin, the ungodly...

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The cross and me - 1

William Aikins on July 20, 2020

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2).               I took in a webinar the other day sponsored by a well-known Christian polling organization.  The topic was the “state of the church” in the U.S. in light of the Coronavirus.  According to the presenter, COVID 19...

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7 - First be reconciled, then present your offering

Greg Aikins on March 20, 2020

(Commands of Jesus in Matthew) Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.  – Matt. 5:23-24, NIV. This is a radical demand from our Lord.  I cannot simply gloss over it with excuses as to its impracticability or even impossibility.  I have to face Jesus’ words squarely and let them search my heart. In the context of the Sermon on the Mount, I am forced...

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6 - Let your light shine

Greg Aikins on February 7, 2020

(Commands of Jesus in Matthew) You are like salt for all mankind.  But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again.  It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it. You are like light for the whole world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house.  In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see...

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5 - Rejoice

Greg Aikins on January 2, 2020

(Commands of Jesus in Matthew) Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:11-12, KJV).                 This exhortation to “rejoice” comes at the end of Jesus’ call to radical discipleship, which we call the Beatitudes.  In these verses he is teaching his followers that following him will distinguish them more and more from those who are not.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in...

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