David Hall
The verses in Mt. 6:6-8 show us how Jesus instructed us NOT to pray. He said that we were not to pray seeking fame and admiration from others. He also cautioned us not to pray with vain repetition or saying the same meaningless phrases all the time. He warned us that if we pray like that then we...Continue reading.
David Hall
Many Protestants avoid fasting, thinking it to be a vestige of Medieval asceticism that is somehow alien to Reformed piety. The third example in this context concerns fasting that is not pretentious. A third time Jesus begins by denouncing the showy spirituality involved. In v. 16, he does not say...Continue reading.
David Hall
The next example from the first Gospel that we'll consider briefly concerns praying that is not presumptuous. The same principles hold for prayer as for almsgiving. All one needs to do to appreciate Our Lord's wisdom in these verses is to attend a prayer meeting where the light shines on...Continue reading.
David Hall
Jesus opposed ostentatious piety. Tell that to your friends and also to yourself. And he was not fooled by the counterfeit. In Matthew 6, he developed these important ideas.Continue reading.
David Hall
Some Christians have become so allergic to work or effort that they blanch at the prospect of practice, virtually cursing any kind of effort as a legalistic bogeyman of some sort. However, it's no mistake that the competitors for this year's Super Bowl practice-a lot. Imagine a player...Continue reading.
David Hall
Jesus began his instruction in the Sermon on the Mount by describing the essential elements of Christian character, and then proceeded to indicate by his metaphors of salt and light the influence for good that Christians will exert in the community if they exhibit this character. He then described...Continue reading.
David Hall
Jesus' teaching is not only piercing but it is also crystal clear. In this part of the Sermon on the Mount, he gives four cases that illustrate the main point. 1. If an evil person strikes you on the cheek, don't resist him, but turn to him the other cheek also. In the face of this...Continue reading.
David Hall
In these verses, we consider the last two illustrations in Jesus' sermon, returning the Law to its original meaning. He is in the process of stripping away the Scribe's and Pharisee's oral tradition which had nearly squelched the Law. We've already seen examples of how the true...Continue reading.
David Hall
What if you received the same edition of a newspaper every day for a week? Or for a year? Or what would you call a website that had the same update daily? You would likely stop your subscription, wouldn't you!? Or if you turned on the morning news, and has the very same news-way outdated,...Continue reading.
David Hall
Christians, of all people, should be known as "eminent for fidelity" (Barclay) and that "whatever we say is firmer than an oath." All of our language must have this character. Wasn't our Lord's speech and language like this? Can you think of an instance when his words...Continue reading.

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