Posts by John Longmire

Posts by John Longmire

The Wisdom of the Law – Deuteronomy 4:6-8

The Reading Carefully follow them, for this will show your wisdom and understanding in the eyes of the peoples. When they hear about all these statutes, they will say, ‘This great nation is indeed a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god near to it as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call to him? And what great nation has righteous statutes and ordinances like this entire law I set…

Keeping God’s Law – Deuteronomy 4:1-2

This week, we will begin an exploration into the Book of Deuteronomy, the book of Moses that was given to prepare the people of God to enter the Promised Land. In Chapter 4, Moses called the people to remember and keep the law of God. The Reading “Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to follow, so that you may live, enter, and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors,…

Let Your Light Shine – Matthew 5:16

The Reading In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) Reflection This verse has bothered many Christians because it appears to conflict with Jesus’ instruction, “When you do a good work, don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing” (Matthew 6:3). But this restriction refers specifically to our giving to the needy and not the general…

The Light of the World – Matthew 5:14-15

The Reading “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. (Matthew 5:14-15) Reflection Jesus intentionally puts his church on display. He uses us as part of his work to draw people to himself. He wants others to see the difference in how the people of…