Category Archives: The Sermon on the Mount

Rising above the praises of men…

No one therefore has a single, i.e. a pure heart, except the man who rises above the praises of men; and when he lives well, looks at Him only, and strives to please Him who is the only Searcher of … Continue reading

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Praise a danger…

If, therefore, those among whom you live shall not praise you when living uprightly, they are in error: but if they shall praise you, you are in danger; unless you have a heart so single and pure, that in those … Continue reading

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Lost in lesser goals…

The demand for genuine perfection loses itself in the lesser goal of external piety; the goal of pleasing the Father is traded for its pygmy cousin, the goal of pleasing men. Don Carson, Jesus’ Sermon the Mount and His Confrontation … Continue reading

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Bless his heart…

In the context of Matthew 5:22, “Bless his heart” can be a genteel southern form of murder.

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Homocide-heart…

Your heart and everything about you would be happy if he were already dead. Meanwhile your hand may be still, your tongue quiet, your eyes and ears muffled. Still your heart is full of murder and homicide. Martin Luther

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More concerned with defending ourselves…

Sometimes we get involved in a legitimate issue and discern, perhaps with accuracy, the right and wrong of the matter. However, in pushing the right side, our egos get so bound up with the issue that in our view opponents … Continue reading

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The trouble with Pharisees…

The trouble with the Pharisees was that they were interested in details rather than principles, that they were interested in actions rather than in motives, and that they were interested in doing rather than in being.   D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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