Blessed Summer – Week 9

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Of all the beatitudes, “blessed are those who are persecuted” may be the one that is most counterintuitive. How can we say we are Blessed when we are being persecuted? 

Blessed Summer – Week 7

“Pure” is a word when immediately heard and spoken conjures up an image of cleanliness. Try it…what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word pure? Often we can look at the impurity in others while elevating ourselves to a notion or belief that we are truly pure, but how…

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Blessed Summer – Week 5

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matt 5:6 How often do we hear the following statement?: “I am starving!” Kids, for instance, use the expression all the time. It is common, but misplaced.

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Blessed Summer – Week 4

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matt 5:5 Surely we know this by now…meekness and weakness sound alike but are not interchangeable. Meekness speaks of control not strength. Or, to say it even more accurately, meekness describes a willingness to surrender control. Sometimes words become unreliable.

Blessed Summer – Week 3

Blessed are they who mourn,for they shall be comforted. Grief; sadness; lament; mourning…not a description of what we desire for ourselves, or prefer to experience in the company of others. In some places, these feeling are unavoidable, like at the death of a loved one, but even then, we run away from it as quickly…

Blessed Summer – Week 2

Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Poverty is never a good thing…right? Typically it is viewed negatively. Jesus regularly spoke to the needs of the poor, as well as the writers of the New Testament. The reminder was consistent—God’s expectation on the rest of us to have compassion on them.…