Monthly Archives: May 2019

Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 In verses 7-10, we see a shift from basic personal and physical circumstances into a set of social principles or values that are the identifying aspect of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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For They Will Be Filled

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 I doubt that I need to discuss what it means to “hunger and thirst for righteousness” so let’s jump directly to what will become … Continue reading

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For They Will Inherit the Earth

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 A person who is “meek” is often thought of as being resigned to their circumstances, even weak, but that really isn’t what is being described here. Those who … Continue reading

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Those Who Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 Most of the time, we don’t associate blessing with mourning; maybe we should rethink this… Matthew didn’t actually say what those blessed ones are mourning; it could be … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: May 30, 2019

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Poor in Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 The first Beatitude speaks of those who are “poor in spirit”. Much has been made about the difference between Matthew’s language and that of Luke … Continue reading

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The Beatitudes: An Introduction

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,  and he began to teach them. Matthew 5:1-2 The Sermon on the Mount begins with nine “Beatitudes” in which Jesus describes … Continue reading

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