SOAP Devotional 2015-04-29

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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 same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-28

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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) Observation: I sang “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine” for years as a...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-27

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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, we are used to enhance the moral fabric of wherever we live. Western salt of today is highly...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-24

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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 and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad,...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-04-23

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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 “doing right things”. You can do right things at the wrong time or with the wrong motivation...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-02-05

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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 unjust enemy to win. That would never bring true peace, but rather just delay conflict. This is true...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-01-30

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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 taken on all the additional requirements the Pharisees had come up with. Today that has translated into...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-01-28

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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 refer to if we show mercy, God will show mercy to us, I think it goes further than that. I think we...

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SOAP Devotional 2015-01-27

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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 survive, so our desire must be as strong for justification/righteousness. Righteousness, as a title,...

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SOAP Devotional 2014-10-30

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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 boastful, arrogant or unnecessarily aggressive, but instead conduct themselves with dignity. It does not...

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