Message from Montgomery

I have been in Montgomery this week attending some of the Faulkner lectures.  I am staying with Eric and have enjoyed spending some time with him. 

Consider this:

  • Think of Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5.48, “You therefore must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect,” as His restatement of the theme of the book of Leviticus as stated in Leviticus 11.44 and elsewhere, “be holy, for I am holy.”  Think of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 as the teaching of Jesus on what personal holiness means. 
  • Make a list of the seven beatitudes in Matthew 5.3-9 and the nine fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5.22-23.  Let these sixteen character traits be a starter list to improve your Christian life. 
  • Think of the Golden Rule of Matthew 7.12, “whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them,”  to be the life application/action statement of the Second Great Commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” found in Matthew 22.39. 

2 Responses to “Message from Montgomery”

  1. cordobatim Says:


    Just trying to do these things would keep us quite busy! Seems like a great place to start, even for those of us that have been Christians a long time.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim Archer

  2. John Says:

    Thanks Tim. I really think if we all occupied our time looking in the mirror and trying to improve our personal Christian walk with Christ, we would not have much time left for “issues.” I believe that is what I need to do personally.

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