DAY 2 – "Everyday and Present Blessing" | 21-Day Devotional on Jesus’ Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount | Introduction, Continued

Thursday, February 02, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


INTRODUCTION Continued | by Bryan Hudson, D.Min.


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Jesus’ first in a series of sermons (teachings) from Matthew 5:3-12 is called “The Beatitudes.” (Re-read the verses)

In these statements of blessings (Beatitudes), Jesus did not speak of what WILL BE, He spoke of WHAT IS. As a Christ follower, always think of blessing in the present tense, not in the future tense.

Definition of blessing: (Greek μακάριος transliterated, makarios):
To speak well of, to invoke blessings upon, to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow blessings on.

We live in a world where circumstances can incite concerns and fear. It has been said that the most basic human instinct is survival. However, a survival mentality creates a feeling of insecurity, nervousness, and uncertainty. Mass media and social media contributes to that fear and uncertainty. For example, cities are described as "murder capitals.” Some people still fear COVID vaccines. A recent winter weather event was called a "bomb cyclone” – something that in all my decades of winter experience, I had never heard of!

While the circumstances we face in life are real, the state of our hearts and minds can be conditioned to live in the reality of the blessing of God. I shared this quote from Maya Angelou recently with someone who was feeling discouraged: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

There is a way to not be reduced by circumstances: It is through establishing a foundation of living in the reality of God’s blessing. That is the objective of these devotional series. We want to help you become established in the everyday and present power of Christ in your life.

On Day 3, we will highlight Jesus’ first beatitude and recognize the wealth of being "poor in spirit” from Matthew 5:3. Jesus taught, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for THEIRS IS the kingdom of heaven.”

Notice that Jesus did not state what would be, he stated what is. He said, “…THEIRS IS the kingdom of heaven.” This is the pattern we will follow during this study in the beatitudes.

We will close today's lesson with another quote from William Barclay, who further defined the word blessed:

“Makarios describes that joy which has its secret within itself, that joy which is serene and untouchable, and self-contained, that joy which is completely independent of all the chances and the changes of life. Human happiness is something which is dependent on the chances and the changes of life, something which life may give and which life may also destroy. The Christian blessedness is completely untouchable and unassailable.”

REFLECTION QUESTION:
Describe how you will maintain encouragement and a good outlook in this crazy world.

ACTION ITEMS BASED ON TODAY'S LESSON:

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I look forward to sharing devotional lessons along with Patricia Hudson, Elder Gaylan Owens, Chaplain Delores Epps, Min. Bertha Fields and Stacy Williams.

RESOURCES:
• Message by Dr. Tony Evans, "Blessed Are the Spiritual Beggars" (Matthew 5:3)
https://go.tonyevans.org/tony-evans-sermons/blessed-are-the-spiritual-beggars

• Follow this link to a resource from Zondervan Academic on the Beatitutes:
https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/beatitudes

• Follow this link to a resource on the Beatitudes from BibleGateway:https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2022/08/what-are-the-beatitudes-why-are-the-beatitudes-important/

• Follow THIS LINK (or copy/paste) to a resource from Zondervan Academic: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/beatitudes

• Follow THIS LINK (or copy/paste) to the web version of Barclay's Commentary on the New Testament: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dsb.html

THIS LINK is a downloadable PDF of Barclay's Commentary

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DAY 1 – "Things That Are – Not Just Things That Will Be" | 21-Day Devotional on Jesus' Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount | An Introduction

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


AN INTRODUCTION | by Bryan Hudson, D.Min.


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Welcome to the February 1-21 devotional exploring the Beatitudes of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew chapters 5-7!

The word “Beatitude” comes from the first words of Jesus' teaching beginning at Matthew 5:3, beati sunt, (in Latin) meaning“blessed are.” These words from Christ are much more than promises that “will be.” The beatitudes are exclamations or proclamations of the believer’s reality.

Matthew 5:1, Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said:
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


As a Christ follower, when you read and study these brief statements, know that each summarizes a whole world of truth beyond the simple words. Embrace everything God is doing in your heart and life NOW! Elevate your thinking to match His blessing on your life. Don’t allow negativity to reduce the impact of God’s word.

Embrace these marvelous words of William Barclay, from his Commentary entitled Barclay's Daily Study Bible.

“The beatitudes are not pious hopes of what shall be; they are not glowing, but nebulous prophecies of some future bliss; they are congratulations on what is. The blessedness which belongs to the Christian is not a blessedness which is postponed to some future world of glory; it is a blessedness which exists here and now. It is not something into which the Christian will enter; it is something into which he has entered.”

“The Beatitudes speak of that joy which seeks us through our pain, that joy which sorrow and loss, and pain and grief, are powerless to touch, that joy which shines through tears, and which nothing in life or death can take away.” 

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1. What do you expect to gain from the Beatitudes over the next 21 Days?
2. Why is it important to elevate your thinking to match Jesus' words?

ACTION ITEMS BASED ON TODAY'S LESSON:

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As you journey with us over the next 21 days, consider spending some quality time reading and studying more about the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount.

I look forward to sharing devotional lessons along with Patricia Hudson, Elder Gaylan Owens, Chaplain Delores Epps, Min. Bertha Fields and Stacy Williams.

RESOURCES:

• Message by Dr. Tony Evans, "Blessed Are the Spiritual Beggars" (Matthew 5:3)
https://go.tonyevans.org/tony-evans-sermons/blessed-are-the-spiritual-beggars

• Follow this link to a resource from Zondervan Academic on the Beatitutes:
https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/beatitudes

• Follow this link to a resource on the Beatitudes from BibleGateway:https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2022/08/what-are-the-beatitudes-why-are-the-beatitudes-important/

• Follow THIS LINK (or copy/paste) to a resource from Zondervan Academic: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/beatitudes

• Follow THIS LINK (or copy/paste) to the web version of Barclay's Commentary on the New Testament: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dsb.html

• THIS LINK is a downloadable PDF of Barclay's Commentary



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Join us for a Life-Enriching Devotional February 1-21 from the Beatitudes and Jesus' Sermon on the Mount!

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

 

Join us for a life-enriching daily devotional highlighting principles and insights from the Beatitudes and Jesus' Sermon on the Mount! Brief lesson available daily, February 1-21 at www.BryanHudson.com and www.NewCovenant.org.
Materials for in-depth study at: https://www.newcovenant.org/devotional

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Warm Love in a Cold World – Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute for January 25, 2023

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




Full Message from Sunday, January 22, 2023

Faith Refresher for 2023 – Part Three: The Greatest is Love


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Faith Refresher for 2023: Part Three - The Greatest is Love

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



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1 Corinthians 13:13, And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love

Faith Works by Love


Galatians 5:6

NKJV - For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

NLV - If we belong to Jesus Christ, it means nothing to have or not to have gone through the religious act of becoming a Jew. But faith working through love is important.

NLT - For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.

Love is the great motivator / Faith is the great activator.

How to Keep Your Love Warm

1. Love on purpose, not by feeling
2. Have good frames – See people, love people
3. Stay committed to truth (Divine and Objective)
4. Be merciful to receive mercy
5. Have the mind of Christ

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Choose Your Frame. Craft Your Hope. - Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute for January 18, 2023

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




Message from Sunday, January 16, 2023

Faith Refresher for 2023 – Part Two: What is Hope?
Examples of Hope From the Civil Rights Movement


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“A Letter of Hope for Today”– Insights from Rev. Dr. King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Monday, January 16, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



This session explores Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From the Birmingham Jail.

On the Martin Luther King holiday, one of the best things we can do is read, consider, and act on the actual writing of Dr. King.

We will gain clarity and understanding for today from Chapter Seven by my book: "Justice, What Is It? An Everyday Person's Guide to Understanding Justice and the Role of the Church"

You can follow this link to the Atlantic Magazine to read the entire letter originally published August, 1963. It is a long, but very important read.

The stream will be available at my Facebook page, Twitter, and the New Covenant Church YouTube Channel.

TOPICS COVERED FROM REV. DR. KING'S LETTER FROM THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL

•.Preparing to Respond
• Not One Man, an Inevitable Force for Change
• Principles of Action
• A Network of Mutuality
• Philosophical Foundation
• Why We Won't Wait
• Two Kinds of Laws
• Unjust Laws Damage the Soul
• Dismantling Injustice Arguments
• Genuine Law and Order
• Examples of Civil Disobedience
• The Sacrifices of Leaders
• Martin Luther King, the Pastor 
• Using Christ to Hinder Fellow Christians
• Loss of Authenticity for the American Church
• Looking for the Church Within the Church
• Oppression Cannot Continue
• Confidence in the Promise of America
• Optimism in the Face of Despair

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Faith Refresher for 2023 – Part Two: What is Hope? Examples of Hope From the Civil Rights Movement

Sunday, January 15, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



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Hebrews 11:6, Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

Colossians 1:26-27 (J.B. PHILLIPS), They are those to whom God has planned to give a vision of the full wonder and splendor of his secret plan for the sons of men. And the secret is simply this: Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with him the hope of all glorious things to come.

We all benefit from the faith, hope, and actions of others. But we tend not to notice especially when our lives have become “normal.”

The key is to remember that there are people, perhaps people you know, whose lives are not “normal.”

Dr. King wrote in his letter from the Birmingham jail: 

(Read the entire letter: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/letter-from-a-birmingham-jail/552461/

“We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation, because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be, our destiny is tied up with America's destiny. Before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence across the pages of history, we were here.”

WHAT IS HOPE?
1. A picture of something good that can happen
2. Confident expectation
3. Anticipation of good
4. “Framing” or re-framing yourself and your circumstances

In the social sciences, framing is comprised of concepts and perspectives on how individuals, and groups organize, perceive, and communicate their view of reality.

Perception is often not reality.

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Belief vs. Faith - Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute for January 11, 2023

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




Message from Sunday, January 8, 2023
"Crowned with Goodness! What is Faith?
A Faith Refresher for 2023"


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Crowned with Goodness! What is Faith? A Faith Refresher for 2023

Monday, January 09, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



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This teaching is a "faith refresher" at the beginning of 2023. God has crowned, or surrounded, your year. He has made great promises to you. Learn how to elevate beyond belief, and activate your faith through a growing relationship with God!

Psalm 65:11, You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.

These are great promises. But every promise of God requires us to have faith. Not only to believe, but to have active faith. Belief and Faith are two sides of the same coin.

The primary characteristics of faith in God:

1. It is belief that consistently takes action based on God’s word (obedience)
2. it is energized by our relationship with God.

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Crowned with Goodness! What is Faith? A Faith Refresher for 2023

Sunday, January 08, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments



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This teaching is a "faith refresher" at the beginning of 2023. God has crowned, or surrounded, your year. He has made great promises to you. Learn how to elevate beyond belief, and activate your faith through a growing relationship with God!

Psalm 65:11, You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.

These are great promises. But every promise of God requires us to have faith. Not only to believe, but to have active faith. Belief and Faith are two sides of the same coin.

The primary characteristics of faith in God:

1. It is belief that consistently takes action based on God’s word (obedience)
2. it is energized by our relationship with God.

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The Problem With Other People's Plans for You

Friday, January 06, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments




(Insight from my devotional reading today)

Genesis 16:1, Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The Lord judge between you and me.”

The problem with other people's plans for you:

1. You cave in because of feeling frustrated and too old to have success (At 85 years old, Abram had been waiting 10 years on God's plan)
2. You do something wrong (Abram laid with his wife's servant, surely against her will)
3. The other person ends up despising you and accusing you

ALWAYS follow God's plan for your life! You don't want to become responsible for the outcomes of another person's plan.


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An Encouraging Word for You In 2023! "God Has Crowned Your Year!"

Sunday, January 01, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


An Encouraging Word for You for 2023! "God Has Crowned Your Year!"

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