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Greatly Advantages 8/8

Greatly Advantaged 8/8

Quote; “While Jesus is teaching, there are pleasure-boats upon the water, and it is evident to all that the idlers who occupy them are disreputable characters. The listening people expect Jesus to severely denounce this class, but are surprised when he declares: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Those who have looked upon the guilty characters who lead lives of sensual dissipation… Continue reading

Greatly Advantaged 7/8

Greatly Advantaged 7/8

Quote; “As Jesus explained the duty of his disciples in the works of righteousness, the Pharisees saw that the doctrines taught condemned their course, and, in order to prejudice the people against the great Teacher, whispered to one another that the lessons of Jesus were in opposition to the Law of Moses, in that he made no mention of that law. In this way they designed to arouse the indignation of the people against Christ. But Jesus, perceiving their intent, in the presence of the vast multitude, and in a clear and distinct voice, declared, to the… Continue reading

Greatly Advantaged 6-8

 

 

 

Greatly Advantaged 6/8

Jesus took objects in the view of his listeners as emblems by which to teach his truth. The people had come together to hear him while it was yet early morning. The glorious sun, climbing higher and higher in the blue sky, was chasing away the shadows that lurked in the valleys and among the narrow defiles of the mountains. The glory of the eastern heavens had not yet faded out. The sunlight flooded the land with its splendour, the placid surface of the lake reflected the golden light, and mirrored the rosy clouds… Continue reading

Greatly Advantaged 5-8

Greatly Advantaged 5/8

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in Heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Jesus here shows them that at the very time when they are experiencing great suffering in his cause, they have reason to be glad, and recognize that their afflictions are profitable to them, having an… Continue reading

Greatly Advantaged 4-8

Greatly Advantaged 4/8

To re-cap, we have so far covered the; “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit,” “Blessed are they that mourn,” “Blessed are the Meek,” “Blessed are they that do Hunger and thirst after Righteousness,” “Blessed are the Merciful,” “Blessed are the Pure in Heart.”  This covers a vast portion of our “Daily Lives” and is such an encouragement to us all as we have mastered these skills to our current level, and then encourages us to press on towards a higher level of daily living, so let us press on to the next list of “Blessed’s” and… Continue reading

Greatly Advantaged 3/8

Greatly Advantaged 3/8

Now that we are really getting into the depth of “The Sermon on the Mount,” I trust that you, like me, are getting a really big blessing from this writers in depth style of writing.  You may need to cut the series out of the Newspaper and keep it, or re-read it on this Website, www.maranatha.kiwi.nz.  May you be “Greatly advantaged” as you put into practice these timeless gems that bring not only abundant life but peace of mind by these “Blessed’s.”

Quote; “Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.” The… Continue reading

Greatly Advantaged 2/8

Greatly Advantaged 2/8   

We are now quickly advancing through the back ground to, and the circumstances surrounding, the giving of this amazing Sermon, which helps us all to better understand, and then we will launch right on in.

Quote; “Gathering his disciples about him, Jesus bowed in their midst, and, laying his hands upon their heads, offered a prayer, dedicating them to his sacred work. Thus were the Lord’s disciples ordained to the gospel ministry? This being accomplished, Jesus with his companions returned to the sea-side, where the multitudes were already gathering to hear him. Many of… Continue reading

Greatly Advantaged Part 1 of 8

Greatly Advantaged 1/8   

In the “Sermon on the Mount” it is basically a big list of “Blessed’s” or “Greatly Advantaged” for all who obey and follow them.  I found this rendition in a very old book so I have reproduced it for us in an eight part series as I found the Authors writing style gives an extra depth and clarity, so here they are for you.

Quote;” The Redeemer of the world sought to make his lessons so simple that all could understand who heard them. It was not his choice to teach within walls… Continue reading

Repairer of the Breach

Repairer of the Breach

We are going to look at a point that is from way back in ancient times, for when a walled City or a Castle was to be conquered, the attackers first had to find a way inside, they firstly would look to see if they could find a weakness in the wall and to then batter their way through there, or to start to dig under the wall, to then prop the wall up with thick timbers, then to fill the dugout area with hay, thatching, bundles of sticks, and to then set fire to it,… Continue reading

Jesus Christ First

Jesus Christ First

Here is something that a chap pointed out to me the other day at our Prayer Fellowship, and it is an interesting string of ideas and concepts, so what do you think about this concept?  When we look into scripture we find this in Colossians 1:15 “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”   Then we have this on in 1 Corinthians 15:20 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept.”   And the final point in this trilogy is… Continue reading