SOAP Devotional 2016-08-31

SOAP Devotional 2016-08-31

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Matthew‬...

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SOAP Devotional 2016-08-29

SOAP Devotional 2016-08-29

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture:‬ “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what...

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SOAP Devotional 2016-08-30

SOAP Devotional 2016-08-30

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you...

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SOAP Devotional 2016-02-11

SOAP Devotional 2016-02-11

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry...

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SOAP Devotional 2016-10-04

SOAP Devotional 2016-10-04

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: ““You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the LORD.’ But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. Do...

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SOAP Devotional 2016-05-04

SOAP Devotional 2016-05-04

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’ But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.” –Matthew‬ ‭5:31-32‬ ‭NLT‬‬ NOTE: I hesitated to do a public devotion on such a...

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SOAP Devotional 2016-04-04

SOAP Devotional 2016-04-04

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye—even your good eye —causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell....

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SOAP Devotional 2016-02-03

SOAP Devotional 2016-02-03

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison. And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭25-26‬ NLT) Observation: This passage is often...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-05-05

SOAP Devotional 2015-05-05

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭23-24‬ NLT) Observation: Jesus had just taught about anger, cursing others, etc. was as sinful as...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-30

SOAP Devotional 2015-04-30

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. (‭Matthew‬...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-29

SOAP Devotional 2015-04-29

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-28

SOAP Devotional 2015-04-28

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭14-16‬ NLT)...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-27

SOAP Devotional 2015-04-27

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ NLT) Observation: Salt is used to both enhance flavor and to preserve food. We are, accordingly, here to help preserve the world from wasting away and as salt enhances flavors,...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-24

SOAP Devotional 2015-04-24

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭11-12‬ NLT) “Blessed are you when people insult you...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-23

SOAP Devotional 2015-04-23

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭10‬ NLT) “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭10‬ NASB) Observation: It is quite notable that these are persecuted for doing right. This does not always equate to...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-02-05

SOAP Devotional 2015-02-05

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭9‬ NLT) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭9‬ NASB) Observation: Few things are worse than war. God is a God of peace and we do well when we work toward peace. It does not mean that we allow the ungodly to run over us or an...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-01-30

SOAP Devotional 2015-01-30

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭8‬ NLT) “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭8‬ NASB) Observation: In the time that these words were spoken, the focus was on ceremonial purification. Being pure was more about being faithful in all the rituals and actions of the law and had even...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-01-28

SOAP Devotional 2015-01-28

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ NLT) Observation: To those who heard this spoken, the word “mercy” held two meanings. One was to give forgiveness when you have been wronged or injured. The other was to show compassion through charitable giving to those in need. I think both would apply here. Although most...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-01-27

SOAP Devotional 2015-01-27

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭6‬ NLT) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭6‬ NASB) Observation: Jesus used two of the most basic natural desires to express how important this must be in one's life. We all must have food and water to...

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SOAP Devotional 2014-10-30

SOAP Devotional 2014-10-30

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ NLT) Observation: We are more used to seeing this verse in other translations saying “blessed are the meek”. The word used here is one that would denote being “mild” or in an old sense a “gentleman”. This blessing is for those who are not...

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SOAP Devotional 2014-10-29

SOAP Devotional 2014-10-29

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭4‬ NLT) Observation: The quick thought would be that this is speaking of those who have lost a love one in death and although we comfort those in those situations, this is not what this passage refers to. This refers to the ones whom the scriptures speak of who “mourn” in Zion...

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SOAP Devotional 2014-10-28

SOAP Devotional 2014-10-28

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬ NLT) Observation: Some debate whether these are those who are actually poor or those who are humble. The gospel was to be preached to the actual poor and not just to the rich. Other preachers had come and talked about how happiness and...

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SOAP Devotional 2014-10-27

SOAP Devotional 2014-10-27

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. (‭Matthew‬ ‭4‬:‭23‬ NLT) Observation: We could focus here on what he preached and what kind of things he healed, the diseases were chronic ongoing illnesses and the illness dealt with any kind of...

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SOAP Devotional 2014-10-24

SOAP Devotional 2014-10-24

Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer Scripture: One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. A little farther up the shore he...

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