Author Archives: rockyfort

About rockyfort

I am a retired Middle School Teacher. I share each day what God is teaching me from reading His word hoping that people can benefit from reading what God has taught me.

Rejoicing in Persecution

January 9 (Matthew 5:11-12 NIV) 11. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for … Continue reading

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In the Midst of Persecution, Look Forward

January 8 (Matthew 5:10 NIV) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Persecution can take many forms, and it can occur for many reasons. Often persecution happens because of nationality or … Continue reading

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In a World at War, Be a Peacemaker

January 7 (Matthew 5:9 NIV) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. We live in a strife-filled world. Whether we’re talking about nations at war with each other, our country after the most recent election, … Continue reading

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On Being Pure in Heart

January 6 (Matthew 5:8 NIV) Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Pure gold is gold without any other substance mixed in. A pure heart, in the Christian perspective,is a heart focused on accomplishing God’s will … Continue reading

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The Merciful

January 5 (Matthew 5:7 NIV) Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. If you watch too many popular television shows and movies you might get the impression that revenge is the primary reason for anything to happen. … Continue reading

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Hungering and Thirsting

January 4 (Matthew 5:6 NIV) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Psalm 42 paints a beautiful verbal picture of what it means to hunger and thirst for righteousness as the psalmist describes … Continue reading

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The Inheritance of the Meek

January 3 (Matthew 5:5 NIV) Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. The ideal American male is tall, muscular, and is involved in athletics. Football players tend to be the top of that heap. If they excel … Continue reading

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The Last Supper

While I’m getting ahead of the story here, it’s important to remember that when Peter saw Jesus after His resurrection, Jesus forgave and restored him.No one has ever surprised Jesus and no matter how badly we may mess up, He’s ready to forgive us. Continue reading

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Those Who Mourn Shall Be Comforted

(As I get used to my new schedule, these will begin appearing earlier in the morning my time. Thank you for your patience in the meanwhile.) January 2 (Matthew 5:4 NIV) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be … Continue reading

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The Poor in Spirit

This year, I am going back to writing daily devotionals. They will be topical, and I’m beginning with a series on the Sermon on the Mount. I pray that they help you grow deeper in your relationship with God. January … Continue reading

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