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Christian encouragement released daily in two minute episodes. The show focuses on positive things in a broken world.

Sparking Faith Podcast Elmer Fuller

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Christian encouragement released daily in two minute episodes. The show focuses on positive things in a broken world.

    Pure in Heart – Tue – 21-09-28

    Pure in Heart – Tue – 21-09-28

    People often like rituals. One of my favorite baseball players has a specific ritual when he steps up to bat. He tucks the bat under his arm and tightens each batting glove. Then he takes the bat and flips it in his hand. He then taps the toe of his right shoe, then his left, then his right. He steps into the batter’s box and takes a couple of swings. Then, just before the pitch, he does a little wiggle with his upper body. It is quite a sight! He is a good player, but his ritual does not make him good.







    When Jesus spoke the Beatitude in Matthew 5:8, I wonder if he had rituals in mind. He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (NIV) You see, the Pharisees in Jesus’ day had a lot of rituals. They thought their rituals made them good, moral people. They were wrong. Listen to Luke 11:39-41, “Then the Lord said to him, 'Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.'” (NIV)







    Being pure in heart is not about outward rituals, whether they are devotional habits, church attendance or giving offerings. It is about purity in our inner self.















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    Pure in Heart – Mon – 21-09-27

    Pure in Heart – Mon – 21-09-27

    This week, the podcast is focused on the Beatitude found in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”* What is the heart that must be pure?







    The word can refer the physical organ. However, that is not the meaning here. It is used in different ways in the New Testament.







    First it is the place of emotions. Romans 9:2 speaks of great sorrow and anguish in the heart. In Luke 7:13, Jesus sees a widow who had lost her only son. It says, “his heart went out to her.” This usage echoes common usage of the word heart today. People pledge to love each other with all their heart.







    Second, it is used for the place of thought and understanding. Mark 7:21 says, “For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come.” And Acts 8:22 says, “Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.” We usually use the word mind for this, rather than the word heart.







    Finally, the word heart describes our will or decision-making self. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give.”







    So, to paraphrase the Beatitude, blessed are those who are pure in their entire inner being, for they will see God.















    *All Scripture from the NIV.







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    Pure in Heart – Sun – 21-09-26

    Pure in Heart – Sun – 21-09-26

    My mother tells a story about me. I don’t remember it, but on the last day of school in second grade, my teacher read a poem to the class. The poem was all about the joys of summer for a child. You know, going barefoot – that sort of thing.  I must have taken the poem to heart! It seems one of the joys mentioned was not needing to take baths. Mom says that she had to work hard to convince me at the beginning of that summer to bathe! It didn’t matter what my teacher had read! Mrs. Fuller wanted her boy to get clean!







    This concept of being clean is in the Beatitude found in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (NIV) The word pure basically means clean. The same word is used in Matthew 27:59 to describe the linen cloth Joseph of Arimathea used to wrap the body of Jesus for burial. It was a clean cloth.







    We understand what clean means when we think of clothing. It means no dirt, no stains, no spots of any kind. We can purchase all kinds of products to clean our clothes – or our bodies and our hair. We also know how important cleanliness is to food preparation, drug manufacturing and medical procedures.







    With all this emphasis on outward cleanliness, have we missed the importance of our hearts? Remember, focus on being pure in heart!















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    The Merciful – Sat – 21-09-25

    The Merciful – Sat – 21-09-25

    Do you ever look in the closet trying to decide what to wear? Usually, we think about the activities of the day, right? If working in the yard, we dress differently than going to a wedding or a ballgame. We also think about the weather. Will it be hot, comfortable or cold? Will it be windy, rainy, calm? And for some of us, we also have to ask, what’s clean, right? These questions help narrow down our choices. Sometimes we may still dither over one garment or another. But once the decision is made, we clothe ourselves.







    Now, what about your inner self? If you are looking for a list of things with which to “clothe” your character, you should look at Colossians 3:12. It says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (NIV)







    Did you notice the word compassion? That is the same concept as mercy. In the Beatitudes, Jesus promised mercy to the merciful. God also told us that he desires mercy more than sacrifice. Listen to Hosea 6:6, “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” Jesus used this verse to rebuke the Pharisees.







    So, clothe your character with mercy. Use whatever power you have to help alleviate the problems of people, even if they don’t deserve it. That’s the mercy God shows to us.















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    The Merciful – Fri – 21-09-24

    The Merciful – Fri – 21-09-24

    Do you know what it means to be rich? The definition can shift. The number of dollars required to be rich in 1921 was vastly different than today. So, here’s a simple definition of rich -- having a lot. Rich people have a lot of money, a lot of cars, a lot of clothes, a lot of jewelry, a lot of space in their house – even a lot of houses! That’s what we usually think of when we hear the word rich – someone with a lot.







    But people can be rich in other things as well. If I say someone is rich in family, don’t you think of someone surrounded by smiling, loving people? If I say someone is rich with happiness, you probably visualize someone who is elated, beaming with joy. So, what do you think of when you hear the phrase “rich in mercy”? You should think of God. That’s how he is described in Ephesians 2:4-5, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.” (NIV)







    In other words, God has a lot of mercy! He is rich with mercy. His mercy is connected with his love and grace. Aren’t you glad? Instead of chasing the riches of wealth, perhaps we should try to be rich in mercy!















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    The Merciful – Thu – 21-09-23

    The Merciful – Thu – 21-09-23

    We are focused this week on the Beatitude found in Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”(NIV) My work to uncover the nuances of mercy led to a surprise. I wanted to look at Jesus as an example of mercy. He is a great example – that is not a surprise! But the surprise was in Hebrews 2:17, which reads, “For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.”







    You see, I knew Jesus needed to be faithful to God to give his life as a sacrifice. It was not easy to face the cross. But Jesus was faithful. So how did his becoming human lead to being a merciful priest in his service to God? Hmm. I think the clue is in the next verse, “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”  Jesus’ experience in this life made him more sympathetic to the struggles we face. He is compassionate. This concern for the suffering of others and willingness to alleviate it is the very definition of mercy.







    If we are to be merciful, then we need be compassionate with others.















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