Matthew 5:13-16

Today I would like to share some thoughts from a very familiar passage to many. It is the passage in Matthew on being salt and light. Christ is telling the disciples that they (and us today) are to make an impact in this world. We are to be salt and light. As I look into this, I see a couple of things that stand out.

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Proverbs is filled with many different types of people. The wise man is someone I would like to talk about today. One thing I have found in the book of Proverbs is that whenever a verse talks about any topic more than once, I should listen to what is being said and try to apply it to my life.

Here are some references I have found about the wise man in Proverbs:

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Living a Submitted Life to God

Have you ever wondered why you were experiencing hardships as a Christian? Sometimes it seems as though we go through so many struggles in our Christian life. Many times we wish we could bypass the hardships and oppositions of life to savor the easy life. Yet that is not what God wants for any of our lives as His children. In Matthew 16:21-28, we see Christ's example to follow as Christians.

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Since the very first man and woman in the Garden of Eden, we have been trying to hide our sin and guilt from God. When God questioned them about their sin, Adam and Eve were quick to shift the blame and attempt to avoid the responsibility of their disobedience. To this day, not much has changed. You and I struggle with the same fallen sin nature.

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For almost two decades, providing able men has been a hallmark of Pastor Duttry's leadership and vision for First Baptist Church. A great many men and women have gone into full-time ministry during these years. I have been blessed to watch this training and sending take place both under a microscope and through a telescope. For eight years from a distance, April and I continued to watch this church send out people into the harvest fields. And we have also had two opportunities to watch this training and sending take place up-close and in-person.

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