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Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

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"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8 The Greek word for heart is "kardia" - think "cardiac arrest." We talk about the heart being at our center when we express ideas like "I love you with all of my heart" or "Let's get to the heart of the matter." This is how "heart" is used in Scripture (105 times in 98 verses in the New Testament alone). ...

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

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"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4) What does it mean to "mourn"? It is certainly top of mind these days and associated with a range of physical losses - from the loss of a game or season (inconsequential) to the loss of a job or one's physical health (catastrophic). Everyone wants to believe there will be an end to sadness and mourni...

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Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

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It goes without saying that we are in a crazy, unprecedented time (but not completely unknown, see the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic). Worry and fear and confusion are everywhere. We look to scientists, governments, and media for answers and quick solutions, but none have surfaced. The unscientific and unpopular answer seems to be: "well, I guess we've just got to hold on" wh...

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Advent Joy

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One of the most loved Christmas carols of all time is, in fact, not a Christmas carol at all. The song is so familiar and its words are so well known that you really don't notice that the song does not include a single detail of Jesus' birth: no stable, no shepherds, no wise men, no Mary or Joseph, no little town of Bethlehem or choirs of angels or silent nights. It's "J...

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Men: Why Church Plants Need You

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Planting a church requires all-hands-on-deck. Men, women, teenagers, and children all contribute in significant ways to seeing a new church come to life. The organizational needs required to make a church a church are tremendous: facility logistics, greeters, kids workers, and coffee pots (seriously). As we set out to plant the Trails, I am praying we see committed, sacrif...

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