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 Five years ago When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself hit the shelves. For many of us, it was a game changer. Most Christ-followers have a desire to help those in poverty, but perhaps the biggest barrier is that we simply don’t know how. Authors Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert establish two main truths that help us navigate this tumultuous issue: systems are broken and so are people. Not»
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One of the best sermons of all time is Jonathan Edwards’s “The Duty of Christian Charity: Explained and Defended.” In it, he argues that helping the poor is one of the highest duties of the Christian. It is not a just a small duty, but a great duty — and even heaven and hell lie in the balance with how we respond to the poor (Matthew 25: 41-46). Edwards goes into not only all the passages which command helping the poor as “one of the»
Blog Entry | Spiritual Growth >
Moses continues to show us what poor in spirit looks like.  Many people will say that Moses acted like a person who had a lack of faith.  I would tend to agree with that statement, but I will qualify that statement as to perspective.  The person who is poor in spirit has a lack of faith in himself.  That is why Moses was the most humble man on earth: nothing he did (except for a notable exception to be discussed later) was in his own strength»
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This is my most critical to understand blog on the topic of poor in spirit.  If you do not understand what is discussed here you will not understand the concepts and application that will following the remaining blogs (and I expect this may be a multi-year project because the Scripture is full of the rule of being poor in spirit). Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous – with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and sal»
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Blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3, NASB, emphasis added) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).  (John 10:10, Amplified) May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessin»
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 Five years ago When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself hit the shelves. For many of us, it was a game changer. Most Christ-followers have a desire to help those in poverty, but perhaps the biggest barrier is that we simply don’t know how. Authors Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert establish two main truths that help us navigate this tumultuous issue: systems are broken and so are people. Not»
Blog Entry | Spiritual Growth >
I love this new trend to mention God's love for the poor in our worship music
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Being poor in spirit will be proven to be a life of character through these blogs.  When I embarked on this study my thoughts were to just study the Sermon on the Mount as a spring-board to developing and teaching Christian character.  So why should we study the Sermon on the Mount, and in particular the Beatitudes of Matthew Chapter Five – why does it matter today?  I will justify such a study with the following observation:  I see that th»
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Becoming poor in spirit is about the condition of the heart.  If desire the character of Christ is your desire start the process by looking at your heart.  What are its desires?  What occupies your heart?  The key to becoming poor in spirit is allowing the Holy Spirit to take control of the heart and to set in motion the process of sanctification we discussed previously.  The call to be poor in spirit has been given, but will you set your he»