You are the Salt of the Earth

  The Salt of the Earth   Jesus makes a statement here that tells us a great deal about His followers and the world they live in – and it comes immediately after the promise of persecution!  When the world persecutes you don’t forget who you are.  You are the salt of the earth!  A little salt

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Blessed are the Persecuted

      Blessed are the Persecuted     Whether we like it or not, there is conflict between the follower of Jesus and the world.  We must expect to be persecuted if we are living as God wants us to live.  But we can be sure our suffering is not due to our own

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

    Blessed are the Peacemakers   There is nothing more dangerous than for the natural man to think he can take the Beatitudes and try to put them into practice.  In the end, he will distort them into something God never intended and entirely miss the point.  Only a new man can live this

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart

   The Pure in Heart   Last week we looked at the “merciful” in the Beatitudes.  Now Jesus takes us to the “heart.”  As we go through each of the Beatitudes remember Jesus is describing the character of the life that has been transformed by God – not of the natural man.   Matthew 5:8 “Blessed

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Blessed are the Merciful

        Blessed are the Merciful    What you believe always affects your conduct. The gospel is all about “being” rather than “doing.”  Doing is to be a reflection of who we are and not a means to becoming something new.  How do we live out and experience the incredible truths Jesus is

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