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Matthew 5 and MLK

Today we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by sharing a devotional from Pastor Victoria Curtiss, written as a tribute to him.

Matthew 5:43–48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (NRSV)

Jesus said that anyone can love those who love them in return. What distinguishes people of God is the way we treat those who oppose us—our enemies. Just as God shows love to everyone, so are we to show love to everyone. This inclusivity is the meaning of “be perfect” as God is perfect.

What a fitting scripture for the day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The key to the life of Dr. King is found in his Christian faith. He responded to violence with nonviolence, to hate with love. Dr. King was always looking toward reconciliation after the battle, because his approach was grounded in the gospel. He wrote, “It was the Sermon on the Mount, not a doctrine of passive resistance, that inspired the Negroes of Montgomery to social action. It was Jesus of Nazareth that stirred [them] with the creative weapon of love.”

Martin Luther King recognized that the heart of the gospel proclaims that love can really change a situation of conflict and enmity: love reaching out toward the oppressor, love pushing negotiation, love offering forgiveness and newness. It wasn’t that he lacked an appreciation for the persistence and power of evil. It was rather his evangelist’s faith. He really believed that the intolerant and prejudiced sheriffs and politicians were sheep who had strayed from the fold, who had the potential to be converted. However powerful evil is, love is more powerful still. “Remember him,” said Coretta Scott King, “as a man who refused to lose faith in the ultimate redemption of [humanity].”

Prayer

Thank you, God, for the witness of Martin Luther King Jr. Guide me as Christ’s follower to love as you love—everyone without exception. I lift up my enemies to you and pray for their well-being. Amen.

Here’s the link to today’s ‘Our Daily Bread’ MLK-themed devotional from Karen Pimpo, “Be Filled.”

Today’s question: How many GMA Dove Awards has Jeremy Camp won?
Today’s answer: 6

Congratulations to Cody from Mount Vernon.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

New week, new wisdom

How are you building your house? As we approach this week, Xochtil Dixon reminds us of how we can struggle if we build our house on anything other than the solid rock:

“Jesus knew the futility of building a house on sand. After warning the disciples to be wary of false prophets, He assured them that loving obedience demonstrates wisdom (Matthew 7:15–23). He said that everyone who hears His words and “puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (v. 24). The one who hears God’s words and chooses not to put them into practice, however, is “like a foolish man who built his house on sand” (v. 26).

When circumstances feel like shifting sands burying us under the weight of affliction or worries, we can place our hope in Christ, our Rock. He will help us develop resilient faith built on the unshakable foundation of His unchanging character.”

Author Mike Wittmer also encourages us to choose joy when we think from an ‘eternal’ perspective. Read more here.

Name something kids just love to jump on:

1 – the bed (71 votes)
2 – trampoline (20)
3 – couch (5)
4 – pile of leaves (4)

Congratulations to Heather from Howard, who won the Austin French CD ‘Wide Open.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

2023 – Here We Go!

Today we shared some New Year Monday Motivation from the authors at Our Daily Bread.

Joe shared ‘Fresh Start Effect’ from Sheridan Voysey. It asks us to look at Colossians 3 as we start the new year. Read it by clicking here.

Dylan shared ‘A Small Start’ from Tom Felten. Find it here!

Name a common candy bar component:

  1. chocolate – 36 votes
  2. peanuts – 22
  3. caramel – 15
  4. almonds – 12
  5. nougat – 10
  6. coconut – 6

Congratulations to Tyler from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the CAIN CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Christmas Motivations

Today Joe shared a classic 1914 Christmas story in a devotional from James Banks called, “When Peace Breaks Out.” Read this inspiring story from Our Daily Bread by clicking here.

Dylan shared “God’s Sure Pursuit,” from John Blase. Read more by clicking here.

Name an item you’d need to dress up as Santa Claus!
1- Santa Hat (40 votes)
2- Beard (24)
3- Big Belly (9)
4- Red Pants/Belt (5)
5- Suspenders/Black Boots (2)

Congratulations to Rebecca from Butler, who guessed correctly and wins the Veggie Tales DVD, “The Star of Christmas.”

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Success in our sacrifice?

That’s what Jennifer Schuldt shares in today’s Monday Motivation from Our Daily Bread. She refers to I John 3:16 as the model. Read more by clicking here.

Dylan shared ‘A Hot Meal’ from Katara Patton, based in Matthew 25. Read more by clicking here.

Name an animal starting with the letter C that you NEVER want to eat:
1 – cat (64 votes)
2 – camel (8)
cougar (8)
3 – cow (4)
4 – cheetah (3)
coyote (3)

Congratulations to Kathy from Mount Vernon, who guessed our top two answers and wins the Chris Tomlin CD, ‘Always.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

What’s the opposite of envy?

It’s Celebration! Today we shared a devotional from Monica LaRose where she shares this profound thought, underlined in I Peter. Read ‘Choosing Celebration’ by reading here.

Dylan also shared ‘The Love of God,’ from Our Daily Bread and Kenneth Petersen. Read more here.

Name a kid’s “first” you might want to capture on video:

Steps‎  – 34 votes
Words‎  – 33
Birthday‎  – 18
Christmas‎  – 15

Congratulations to Jerry from Fredericktown, who guessed the top two answers and wins the Ryan Ellis self-titled CD.

Today’s registered winners – Shanna from Howard and Ron from Mount Vernon.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

God Knows…Trust Him.

Monday Motivation today focused on the trust we find when we remember that God loves us…and knows us!

Read this inspiring devotional from Kimya Loder called ‘God Knows You,’ by clicking here.

Joe shared ‘Unanswered Prayers,’ from John Blase, and inspired by Psalm 6. Read more here.

Name an activity where a person might come up for air:

Swimming (59)
Scuba/Snorkeling (28)
Kissing (6)
Bobbing For Apples (2)

Congratulations to Carole from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the CD of CeCe Winans album, Believe For It!

And as promised, here is our own Ricky Geyer as Jesus. A little heavy on the facial hair, maybe. A young Moses.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Weathering the storm

Today’s Monday Motivation starts with a reminder from author Patricia Raybon about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hebrews 12, and braving our storms. Read it by clicking here.

Dylan shared ‘Your Part, God’s Part,’ from Leslie Koh, inspired by Genesis 12. Read more by clicking here.

What are things you stop doing as you grow older?
1. Sucking your thumb – 27 votes
2. Sleep in your parents’ bed – 23
3. Tape posters to your wall – 20
4. Party – 18 
5. Sports – 12

Congratulations to Rob from St. Louisville, who guessed correctly and wins a copy of The Action Bible.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Our True Home

Monday Motivation today comes from James Banks with the incredible story of Bobbie…a dog who defied the odds. Read ‘Our Heart’s True Home’ by clicking here.

Other Than Feet, Name Something That Runs.

Water/Toilet (37)
Engine/Car (24)
Refrigerator (10)
Nose (8)
Pantyhose (8)
Clock (3)

Congratulations to Levi from Mount Vernon, who got those top two answers and wins a copy of The Action Bible!

(this is the cover)

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

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