5. Fulfilling the Law

Matthew 5:17-20 17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainl

4. Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-16 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Without question one of the most iconic film series over the last 40 years has been George Lucas' Star Wars. The most recent installment, Episode VII, which was released

3. Marching to a different drummer

For those of you like me who grew up way back in the '60's, (and I know I am dating myself here), you may recall that one of the popular catchphrases of that era was the term "counter-culture". It was a time when many young people began to reject the established values of the older generation. They looked for ways to distinguish themselves from the culture around them: in the way they dressed, in the length of their hair, in the music they listened to, in the values they adopted. And here in the SotM, Jesus calls his followers to be part of a "Christian Counter-culture". Because if we were to really live according to the principles and values that Jesus lays out for us in the SOTM, we would

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