Tag Archives: Brandon Braun

A Blessed Gift 09.09.16

Matthew 5:3-10: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will … Continue reading

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A Better Kingdom 09.08.16

Matthew 5:10: “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against … Continue reading

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The Royal Treatment 09.07.16

John 15:18-21: “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you … Continue reading

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Why Persecution? 09.06.16

Matthew 5:10-12: “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against … Continue reading

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Persecution Perspectives 09.05.16

Matthew 5:10-12: “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against … Continue reading

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Losing (and Gaining) It All 09.02.16

Matthew 16:24-26: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, … Continue reading

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Living With Jesus’ Humility 09.01.16

Max Lucado: “What if, for one day, Jesus were to become you?  What if, for twenty-four hours, Jesus wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, assumes your schedule?  Your boss becomes his boss, your … Continue reading

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A Life of Nonsense 08.31.16

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “[The merciful] take upon themselves the distress and humiliation and sin of others. They have an irresistible love for the downtrodden, the sick, the wretched, the wronged, the outcast and all who are tortured with anxiety. They go … Continue reading

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Mercy! 08.30.16

Matthew 5:7: “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Back in 2013, Chelsea Welch of St. Louis made national headlines simply by posting a picture of a receipt online. Ms. Welch, a waitress at an … Continue reading

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Humbled 08.29.16

Matthew 5:5: “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” John Riskin: “I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own … Continue reading

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Seeing God 08.26.16

Matthew 5:8: “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” In the summer of 1977, something strange happened in the home of Maria Rubio. One day, as she was rolling burritos in her kitchen, Mrs. Rubio … Continue reading

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From the Inside Out 08.25.16

Matthew 5:3-11: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will … Continue reading

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A Pure Heart 08.24.16

Psalm 24:3-5: “Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter 08.23.16

Matthew 5:8: “God blesses those whose hearts are pure…” Truth be told, I wish this beatitude read differently. I wish it didn’t say what it said. Quite frankly, I wish Jesus had said something else. If He had said, “God … Continue reading

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The Matter of the Heart 08.22.16

Matthew 5:8: “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” Where is your heart? From a purely physical perspective, this is a fairly simple question to answer. Your heart is located on the left side of … Continue reading

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Hungry? 08.19.16

John 4:31-34: “Meanwhile His disciples urged Him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’  But He said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you know nothing about.’  Then His disciples said to each other, ‘Could someone have brought Him food?’  ‘My food,’ … Continue reading

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Quenching Our Thirst 08.18.16

John 4:7-15: “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’  (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)  The Samaritan woman said to Him, ‘you are a Jew … Continue reading

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Totally Righteous 08.17.16

Matthew 5:3-12 (NIV): “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who … Continue reading

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Living Desperately 08.16.16

Matthew 5:3-12: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will … Continue reading

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Without Him 08.15.16

John 15:1-7: [Jesus said,] “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even … Continue reading

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Our Ultimate Hope 08.12.16

Philippians 3:17-21: “Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many … Continue reading

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Promises Fulfilled 08.11.16

Revelation 21:1-7: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down … Continue reading

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Our Comfort 08.10.16

Matthew 5:4: “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Whenever disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is there to help people pick up the pieces of their broken lives. Since their inception in 1811, the organization has … Continue reading

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Why So Sad? 08.09.16

Matthew 5:4: “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” R.W. Glenn: “The mourning Jesus describes in the second beatitude is simply realism. Mourning is the only sane, reasonable response to seeing ourselves and the world as we … Continue reading

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The Upside Down Kingdom 08.08.16

Matthew 5:3-12: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will … Continue reading

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A Kingdom for Nobodies 08.05.16

Matthew 5:3: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Thomas Watson: “Poverty of spirit is the jewel which Christians must wear… When a man sees himself nothing, out … Continue reading

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Spiritual Bankruptcy 08.04.16

Matthew 5:3: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” United States Law allows for a person (or business) who has become overwhelmed with debt to file for bankruptcy. … Continue reading

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Chasing the Wrong Things 08.03.16

Matthew 5:3-10: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will … Continue reading

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Jesus’ View of Success 08.02.16

Matthew 5:3-10: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will … Continue reading

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Blessed 08.01.16

Matthew 5:3-12: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will … Continue reading

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Letting them Die

James 5:19-20: “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a … Continue reading

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The Long View

James 4:13-14: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Wisdom 07.27.16

James 3:14-16: “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where … Continue reading

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Faith Loves 07.26.16

James 2:14-17: “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says … Continue reading

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Take Out The Trash 07.25.16

James 1:19-21: “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of … Continue reading

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The People vs. Money

James 5:4-5: “For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your … Continue reading

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Tomorrow (?)

James 4:13-14: “Look here, you people who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ How do you know what will happen … Continue reading

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Living Wisely

James 3:13: “If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.” You don’t have to read the paper too long to realize that smart … Continue reading

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The (Second) Greatest

Matthew 22:34-40: “But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees with His reply, they met together to question Him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: ‘Teacher, which … Continue reading

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Listening Quickly

James 1:19: “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Ever since I was little, my mom has told me that God gave us two ears … Continue reading

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