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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Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

      Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness The “beatitudes” are the expression of God’s life in us.  They are completely impossible to make experiential in our lives through self-effort.  However, when Christ lives through you the beatitudes become real.  Think of what a different world we would live in if

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Blessed are the Meek

    Blessed are the Meek   Blessedness, the Savior seems to say, shows up in character.  It exhibits, not in thinking something, nor in saying something, nor in doing something, but in being something.  Therefore, the Beatitudes embody the very heart of the everlasting gospel.      Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall

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