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Blessed Are the Persecuted

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"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falselyon my account.Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, forso they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:11-12 Coexist Driving down the road I see multiple bumper stickers with sayings and symbols pointing to a lifewhere everyone can g...

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Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

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"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, fortheirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10 Growing up, I can hardly remember a Sunday my parents didn't take me and my siblings to church. My dad taught Sunday school and was a deacon for The Colony Park Baptist Church and then again at First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon. My mom was always actively serv...

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

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"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9 (NIV) At the height of the Cold War, the United States developed and deployed a class of ICMBs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) called the "Peacemaker." These missiles were far more accurate and carried a much greater destructive payload than any before them. Like the famous Colt pist...

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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 the Merciful

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"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." Matthew 5:7 Mercy Last Sunday Matt quoted Hosea 6:6, where God tells the people of their fickle love and the brevity of their loyalty. The people had no desire for a true relationship and God responded by saying "I desire mercy and not sacrifice." The point of this passage is that God wants a real, affectionate re...

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They Shall Be Satisfied

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"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Matthew 5:6 Restlessness and Longing As a father of two small children, I often learn about myself by watching them. My five year old loves to play games that are simple and silly. I can make almost any voice and pretend to be almost any character to her amusement and laughter. In f...

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Blessed Are the Meek

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"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5) Like all living things, our English language is constantly shifting and morphing. Words come in and out of our daily usage almost as quickly as fashions change. Even if you are not a "sluberdegullion," it would take a lot of effort to keep some of our antiquated words alive. And sometimes our words r...

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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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Theirs Is the Kingdom of Heaven

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Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:1-3) The Sermon on the Mount is regarded as the greatest sermon preached in history, for it is a sermon preached by the Lord Jesus himself. "The Se...

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