Posts by John Longmire (Page 31)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 31)

Faith in the Truth

Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) Truth is the meaning of life from God’s perspective, which we obtain by surrendering ourselves to Christ. Each of us must then make a choice: Is the meaning of life merely a matter of personal interpretation, or is it a matter of truth revealed to us by Christ? Spin Cycle We live in a world of spin where everything that…

Faith in Our Creator

Faith is a Gift Faith is a gift available to everyone. The Bible repeatedly says, “The righteous live by faith,” yet today there remains much confusion about this simple human attribute. Superstitious people think of faith as magic or mysticism; secularists think of it as deception or delusion.  In truth, faith is the natural result of an honest exploration into the meaning of life. By answering the deeper questions of our existence, we lay a stronger foundation for a more…

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Peacemakers Defined In one of John Wesley’s Sermons he offered this definition of what it means to be a peacemaker: “Hence we may easily learn, in how wide a sense the term peacemakers is to be understood. In its literal meaning it implies those lovers of God and man who utterly detest and abhor all strife and debate, all variance in contention; and accordingly labor with all their might, either to prevent this fire of hell from being kindled, or,…

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

“See” means “Perceive” When Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God,” there is something lost in translation. In the original language of the New Testament, there are two words for “see.” One word refers to the sight of the eyes, but Jesus used a word that refers to the sight of the mind. A better translation would be, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will perceive God.” The implications are fascinating! First…

Blessed are the Merciful

Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy.” The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant – Matthew 18:21 Jesus taught his disciples a great deal about forgiveness. On one occasion, Peter asked how many times he was required to forgive his brother. Peter thought seven times was sufficient, but Jesus corrected him saying he should forgive seventy times seven, or in other words, he should forgive without keeping track. To make the point even more clear, he told…

Hungering after Righteousness

Jesus said, “Bless are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” What does it mean to hunger for righteousness? Hungering after righteousness is a turning point in our spiritual development. After we recognize our spiritual poverty, grieve for our sins, and humble ourselves before God, we develop a craving for something new. Jesus offers us the beautiful promise that when we hunger after righteousness, we will surely find it. It is important to note that…

Blessed are the Meek…

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Who are the meek? Chromatius, Bishop of Aquileia in 387 AD, offers a beautiful definition of meekness: “The meek are those who are gentle, humble and unassuming, simple in faith and patient in the face of every affront. Imbued with the precepts of the gospel, they imitate the meekness of the Lord, who says, “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart.” Why will they…

Blessed are Those Who Mourn

What does it mean to mourn? In saying, “Blessed are those who mourn,” Jesus is referring to mourning in regard to our relationship with God. In the first blessing, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” we focus on ourselves and our own spiritual poverty. In this second blessing, we become aware of how our relationship with God has been broken, and we grieve deeply for our loss. Spiritual Insight – “I have sinned against God.” As we enter into the…

The Way of Discipleship – “The Poor in Spirit”

Discipleship Defined Discipleship is orientation to the ways of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is the central theme of all Jesus’ teaching.  It is the means by which God restores the human race to its rightful place in God’s creation. We are not naturally inclined to the values of the kingdom, nor do we intuitively understand its principles. Therefore, after we receive Christ as Savior, we need to engage ourselves in the season of orientation. This is…

Holy Week Walkthrough

The Climax of Jesus’ Ministry Holy Week is the climax of Jesus ministry. Everything he did and said was leading up to this great moment where he would take upon himself the sin of the world, die upon the cross for our redemption, and rise victoriously from the dead. The disciples did not fully understand Jesus’ intention until after his resurrection. The people of Jerusalem did not understand what was happening at all. Their expectation was that the Messiah would…