Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Seeking the Kingdom – Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. (Matthew 6:33) Pastor John’s Notes: Let’s be honest, in our daily living, we typically spend most of our energy focused on earthly things. We are continually seeking to expand our sphere of influence, increase our wealth, and amass more and more worldly goods. As time passes, frustration can build up within us as we realize that the things of earth do…

Don’t Worry – Matthew 6:25-34

Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying? And why do…

Serving Only One Master – Matthew 6:24

No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24) Pastor John’s Notes: Sometimes we struggle with divided loyalties. We love God and wish to serve Him, but we also have loved the things of earth and find it hard to let go. This dual loyalty is the source of much of our frustration.…

The Lamp of the body – (Matthew 6:22-23)

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness, how deep is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23) Pastor John’s Notes: You can tell if you are spiritually healthy by what you look at. If your eyes are drawn toward evil things you can be certain that evil…

Treasures in Heaven – Matthew 6:19-21

Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21) Pastor John’s Notes: Think about the time and energy we give to earthly things, all of which will pass away. Jesus is asking us to…

The Need to Forgive Others – Matthew 6:14-15 & Jesus on Fasting – Matthew 6:16-18

Due to an unforeseen issue, yesterday’s daily reading was unsent and has been included with today’s reading. “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses. (Matthew 6:14-15) Pastor John’s Notes: Whenever Jesus comments on his own teaching, we should pay careful attention. After teaching us to pray, “forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us,”…

Praying for Deliverance – Matthew 6:13

You should pray…And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13) Pastor John”s Notes: By the way, you have an enemy. The Bible tells us that the devil prowls around like a lion seeking someone to devour. The devil’s primary instrument is temptation. Even before Jesus began his ministry, he was tempted in the wilderness by the devil in every way imaginable. Temptation is an invitation to willful disobedience.  To fall into temptation…

Praying for Forgiveness – Matthew 6:12

You should pray…”And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12 Pastor John”s Notes: God is ready to offer a complete remission of sin to all who turn to him. Yet God’s expectation is that we would offer the same grace we have received. God wants to cover the world with his grace, and we are given the privilege of serving as his agents in this work. All too often we worry about our own…

Praying for Our Daily Bread – Matthew 6:11

You should pray…”Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11) Pastor John”s Notes: When the disciples of Jesus heard the phrase “daily bread,” it reminded them of the story of how God provided daily bread or “manna” in the wilderness after God delivered the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. The daily supply of manna taught them to trust in God and rely upon him for all their needs. When we pray, “Give us today our daily bread,” we are expressing…

Praying for God’s Will to be Done – Matthew 6:10b

You should pray…”Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10b) Pastor John”s Notes: God has made humanity in his own image and part of this image is a free will. God has given us the ability to make choices and to bring those choices to bear on our world. Part of God’s unique character is that he delights to share his authority with his children, and so we are given authority over the earth. But…