Archives: June 2013

Looking at whether our good works are for the reward people provide, or the praise only God can give

If our eyes are set on a particular prize, we’ll usually do whatever it takes to make it our own. A thoughtful study of the Sermon on the Mount continues.

Let's turn to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount to find out what makes us "good"

What makes a follower of Christ a “good” person? Is it how long they pray? How well they serve? Let's turn to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to answer this probing question.

Discover what Jesus said about the practice and benefits of fasting

As we look at spiritual disciplines in the life of a follower of Christ, reading God’s Word and praying are essential. But should fasting be on that short list as well?

How the Sermon on the Mount acts as our balance beam for the Christian life

High up on the beam, a gymnast must be careful to keep her balance. Any drastic shifts to the right or left can send her careening to the mat! Learn how to maintain biblical stability.

Transforming principles from the Sermon on the Mount

If we practice our faith solely for the applause of others, we’re not being true to God’s calling. When our acts of righteousness come from within, we’re living authentically!

An interesting conversation on a forgotten discipline

A good meal can satisfy our hunger, give us a break from the day, and tickle our taste buds. So why would someone choose to give up food for a period of time? Let's examine the practice and purpose of fasting.

Ever think about your underlying motives in seeking to please God?

The Bible guarantees eternal rewards for those who faithfully follow Jesus. But should the promise of favor and reward be our primary motivation to serve God? A thought-provoking study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

Discover the wise financial advice Jesus gave His followers

Whether it’s a fire, thieves, or a stock market crash, our earthly wealth can be destroyed in an instant. That’s why Jesus encourages us to put our treasure somewhere truly safe! Hear timely teaching from the Sermon on the Mount.

A challenging conversation between Jesus and a rich young man

Issues with money can break up a marriage, corrupt good character, and make us miss out on the true blessings God has for us. Discover biblical principles for your finances.

Let's study what Jesus said about money, possessions, and eternity

We could spend our whole life amassing great wealth and building up our possessions. But is that a good investment for the future? Let's study Jesus' conversation with a rich young man. A profound look at what matters most.

Are earthly treasures worth the cost?

Savvy business owners rely on a cost-to-benefit ratio to make a profit. If the rewards of a certain investment don’t exceed the costs, it’s just not worth it! Let's put that same principle to work for our spiritual investments.

The relationship between our heart and the things we treasure

We might say we love our car. But if we don’t spend the time and money necessary to maintain it, is it really a priority? An insightful dialogue from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

A challenging conversation about how treasure has the undivided attention of our heart

A winning lottery ticket. An overflowing bank account. A healthy stock portfolio. We tend to think of “treasure” in monetary values. Treasure can include anything that has the undivided attention of our heart!

Let’s take an honest look at what Jesus had to say about money and possessions

Some people claim that God wants everyone to be rich, healthy, and happy. But a closer look at Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount shows that assumption is off base.

The implications of placing anything above our love for the Lord

If you were to make a list of the things you love most, what items would be at the top of the list? We’re talking about what we treasure.