Matthew 5:21-37/Revolution 2011

“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell. 31“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

33“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.

I have gotten many comments from different people about how they like reading this blog and gaining insights and delving into the scripture during the week before Sunday morning.  You all know my conviction on the matter and that’s why I do it.  Anyway, this week, I won’t be there because I’ll be with our youth @ Revolution 2011 in Columbia.  On this topic, many of you know that we will be kicking off our revived youth ministry in earnest on Feb. 20th.  While I, and a couple other brave adults, won’t be there this weekend I ask you to pray for us.  Pray that this would be a deep and meaningful experience for the youth AND adults, that it would increase our passion for God and the work of His church, and that we carry that passion into the world around us.

We’ll have lots to say about it next week.  In the meantime, here are a couple videos taken from Revolution 2010.

I’ll close this post with the prayer of speaker, Lowell McNaney, from last year’s event; “I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed, I have the Holy Spirit power, the die has been cast, I have stepped over the line, the decision has been made, I’m a disciple of His, I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.  My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.  I’m a disciple of Jesus.  I must keep going until he comes for his own, and when he does there will be no problem recognizing me for my banner will be clear.”

Blessings for the journey,

 

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