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Fill 'Er Up

June 28, 2020 • Brandon Ball

The Sermon on the Mount is not a reservoir of wisdom for the new covenant believer. Instead, it is a red-hot fire intended to clearly display God’s impossibly high standards of perfection. As the beneficiary of a new and better covenant we should find comfort in the words of Matthew 5 – not because we must keep them, but because Jesus removed the threat involved in not keeping them perfectly!

Cross My Heart

August 2, 2020 • Brandon Ball

When you were born again you received a heart-transplant. God removed your heart of stone and replaced it with his very own. Is this real to you yet? Because of the Cross, your heart is perfect and blameless, without one single blemish! Aligning your belief to the pure Gospel will always lead to a natural expression of thanksgiving.

Secret Prayers

July 26, 2020 • Brandon Ball

In Matthew 6 Jesus continues to emphasize to the Jewish crowd that merely DOING the law of Moses isn’t enough. You must also WANT TO do it from you heart. In The Lord’s Prayer Jesus points out the “things” that are lacking in the Old Covenant, but that are fully supplied in the New. Instead of a life of empty prayers, the Church should be declaring that the promise of life has been fulfilled!

Secret Deeds

July 19, 2020 • Brandon Ball

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus brings the badly misunderstood Law of Moses back to its pristine status of impossibly perfect. Under the Old Covenant, “righteousness credits” cannot be earned by simply DOING the law – He now adds that the HEART must be equally driven to obey, putting the proverbial nail in the coffin to righteousness by works. I am so thankful that at the Cross Jesus fulfilled the purpose for which the law was given, giving us the reward of righteousness by faith alone!