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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Kingdom, Teaching, Healing

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe … Continue reading

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Calling Disciples

  As we continue with Matthew’s account of Jesus, we come to the time when He began calling disciples, and no matter how many times I read these accounts whether it be here in Matthew or in one of the … Continue reading

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Jesus Heads to Galilee

When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land … Continue reading

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