What did Jesus

have to say about...?

October - November 2019

10/20/19 ...

What Did Jesus Say About Happiness - David Ledbetter
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Jesus came teaching the good news of the …  Kingdom.  But who’s invited?  Who’s going to be allowed in.  If God’s going to throw the ultimate dinner party, wouldn’t you want to receive an invitation?  But there are those who say you’re not good enough.  Only the best of the best will be allowed in.  When Jesus sat everyone down to discuss the issue, in Matthew 5, he began with an interesting word: ‘Blessed’..  ‘Happy’.. will you be, if you choose to accept God’s invitation to the party.. because everyone is invited. 

10/27/19 ...

What Did Jesus Say About Relationships - David Ledbetter
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We all know that anger tears up stuff.. in fact, it tears up everything.  It’s a lethal weapon.  James said, “My dear brothers, take note of this. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. For mans’ anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”   So, Jesus says in the sermon on the mountainside, “You’ve heard it said to the people long ago, do not murder. And, anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.  But I tell you”, he says, “Let’s go to what lies beneath. Let’s go to the heart of the matter.  I tell you, that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” 

11/03/19 ...

What Did Jesus Say About Anger - David Ledbetter
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What did Jesus have to say about relationships?  About what relationships look like when

we’re living in the kingdom of God?  About what relationships look like when we’re living in the stream of the flow of God’s work in our life?   Relational disasters in one form or another hit every life and I would venture to guess that all of us have a relational problem in our world right now.  So, in Matthew 5, Jesus demonstrates what relationships look like when we’re living them in the stream of His kingdom.  The goal, the thing in the kingdom that everybody is to be moving for in their relationships, is love.   

11/10/19 ...

What Did Jesus Say About Authenticity - David Ledbetter
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As we come to chapter 6, there’s an important gearshift. And Jesus is going to show us the roadblocks that will prevent you from experiencing this life in the kingdom?  And he says it primarily comes down to two things.  One: if you need lots of approval from other people in your life, and the 2nd roadblock, will be whether you have this manic desire in your life to get more possessions, more money, and to try to find your security in those things.  Jesus is talking about authenticity; -what others see when they look at you.

11/17/19 ...

What Did Jesus Say About Treasure - David Ledbetter
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In Matthew 6:19, Jesus now lands on the thing that will reveal our heart faster than just about anything else.  It’s our attitude about treasure, about money, about possessions, about stuff.  “Don’t store up

treasures here on earth where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and your thoughts will be, also.”

11/24/19 ...

Unknown Track - Unknown Artist
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Jesus said in Matthew 7, ‘Don’t judge.  Don’t cram stuff down people’s throats.’  And now he says, ‘Ask. Just ask. It will be given to you.’ There’s power in asking in relationships. When you make a demand, when you make a judgment, when you make a cram-it-down-your-throat type of statement, it causes division, doesn’t it? It causes walls to go up. So Jesus said, why not ask? Why not try that? There’s real power in an ask. An ask promotes unity. When I ask someone something, it invites them to be engaged in a central thought with me. And they don’t throw up that wall of defensiveness. So ‘asking’ would be the best way to relate to each other.  It’s the best way to relate to God.  It’s the best way to relate to an unbelieving world. Jesus says, ‘ask, seek, knock.’