Trust … Stress and Worry (Doctrine of a Disciple)

One of the leading causes of death is … Stress. Many diseases, accidents, suicides, and even murder tend to have a trace of stress somewhere in the paths leading up to them. Here is the current definition of ‘stress’: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.…

Character … Affections (Doctrine of a Disciple)

Jesus talks about the heart and then talks about the eye. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. 23 But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the [very] light inside…

Character … Heart (Doctrine of a Disciple)

So we’ve gone from prayer, to forgiveness, to fasting, and now we’re looking at treasures. Jesus says, 19 “Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6 Treasure basically means anything precious to you. If we can put it in a box, even…

Fasting (Doctrine of a Disciple)

Ever hear someone talk about fasting? Congregations have fasting seasons where they fast together. Well, Jesus talked about fasting as well. 16 “And whenever you are fasting, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they put on a sad and dismal face [like actors, discoloring their faces with ashes or dirt] so that their fasting may be…

Giving … Alms (Doctrine of a Disciple)

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6 (NIV) Some scholars do not like when the word is translated as righteousness. Thayer shows the word as: ἐλεημοσύνη – eleēmosunē – 1) mercy, pity 1a) especially as…