Walking in Peace. Matthew 5.9
I remember the exchange like it was yesterday, though it was probably at least 16 years ago. On my never-ending pursuit of fitness, one early morning I was ru-alking1 the hilly area in which we lived, when I rounded the corner and came upon a strange sight. Twas an old lady, who looked like Granny from Sylvester and Tweety Bird cartoons, holding up in the air a smallish open Bible, arms extended. Bidding her ‘good morning’,…
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Do You Have Peace? Matthew 5.9
Peace, peacemaking, peacekeeping. We have talked all around it, but now I must ask you a question:
Do you have inner peace?
In all honesty, I can say that for the most part, I have peace~
~in my heart ~in my soul ~in my mind ~and usually in my body.
Yesterday, my peace was tested, so I can say that it is so. I had a Rudyard Kipling moment … several of them actually! “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing…Continue
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Are you a Peacemaker? Matthew 5.9
One of the things I learned from my mother was to be a peacekeeper—good in some respects, not so good in others. I remember how she waited to tell my father things until ‘the right time’ when she thought he would not blow up; I watched and learned from what was modeled. However, Jesus did not say, ‘blessed are the peacekeepers,’ you notice, but rather, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be…
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Blessed are the Peacemakers. Matthew 5.9
Have you ever climbed to the top of Half Dome1, Gangirwal2 or even Mount Kenya3? If so, you have some sense of ‘arriving’, right? Well, you and I are about to arrive at the crest or the top rung of the ladder of the Beatitudes.
In truth, I could personally revisit the Beatitudes again and again—that is how much they have grabbed and challenged me--so beautiful, yet so vital to living and loving the way Christ would have us.
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God, give me a pure heart! Matthew 5.8
It is nighttime and I am flying over the farmland of California, winging my way back home from Northern California, where I attended an event to honor the birth of my niece’s newborn baby girl, just two months old. Looking at her, complete innocence . . . lack of guilt; one could say, pure in heart. Hmmm . . . step a little closer please—not so sure.
You will remember that Jesus was becoming quite a sensation, teaching people about…Continue
In Entirety, the Beatitudes. ~ Matthew 5.3-10, 1599 Geneva Bible
Before we take a look at the last three beatitudes, let’s just consider them altogether, in the order in which Jesus delivered them. I sure would have loved to hear him, seen the expression on his face, the look in his eyes, as he pronounced that day:…
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What is Mercy All About? The fifth beatitude – Matthew 5.7
Unless you had a religious upbringing, the word ‘mercy’ probably doesn’t make itself into your vocabulary too much, or unless you are from the South and use it as an exclamation, ‘Mercy!’
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Mercy is a multi-faceted jewel. How I am enjoying the beauty of the Beatitudes Jesus is teaching! If we can but comprehend them, and then seek God in such a way that the…Continue
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Hungry? Thirsty? You’re Alive! Matthew 5.6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
My sweet Bennett1 seems to catch a lot of colds, which have the propensity to go into croup, and cause his appetite to dissipate. His mommy said to me yesterday, ‘since he is feeling better, he has his appetite back, and is filling out.’ Hunger is indeed an indication of health.
It is never a good sign when a person loses her desire to eat, and…Continue
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Meekness is not Weakness. Matthew 5.5
Jesus was the master of paradox.
Last is first.
Giving is receiving.
Dying is living.
Losing is finding.
Least is greatest.
Poor is rich.
Weakness is strength.
Serving is ruling.1
Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit the earth. ‘A strong statement, deserving our inspection. Step a little closer, please. This third beatitude is rightly ordered and builds off the first two…Continue
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Mourning, and thankful.. Matthew 5.4
“What is a beatitude?” a simple enough question, with a more complex answer I do believe. beatitude |bēˈatiˌt(y)o͞od| noun
supreme blessedness. • (the Beatitudes) the blessings listed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:3–11).
"Beatitude is a possession of all things held to be good, from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want.
Perhaps the meaning of beatitude may become clearer to us if it is…Continue
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Blessed. Matthew 5.1-1
Last night I stopped on the way home from a long grueling day to get a bite to eat, and send out Morning Briefings. The shop owner came and sat down, inquiring about what I was writing. (Always happy to oblige that question!) After finding out my new friend is a Christian, I asked him what he thought about the Beatitudes. He had an interesting response—kinda…Continue
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Why Give a Sermon on a Mountain? Matthew 4.23-5.2
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WHO IS JESUS?
It all started when they came to their local San Clemente beach to see a longtime friend get baptized by his dad and me. I can see their two beautiful young faces so clearly in my mind . . . one dark, the other light; one had a strong football build, the other a tall, lean volleyball build; one has grown up in a Hindu household, the other a family who didn’t talk too much about God, didn’t believe in church either. Both were curious high school students, coming…Continue
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Calling and Purity—their relationship. Matthew 5.8
It is called plate spinning. You’ve seen it, right? Where a juggler gets one plate (and then another), spinning on the end of the pole, and just as sure as it appears that one plate will peter out and fall, the juggler keeps it alive, and soon there are four plates spinning! I love the visual, and it certainly fits—for me. On one spinning plate in my head, I have Jesus’ calling of his first disciples, on another plate, teaching on…Continue
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Jesus Calling. Matthew 4.18-25
Two sets of brothers about their daily business of fishing the Sea of Galilee. One pair on shore, the other pair in a boat, but both had the same reaction--they dropped what they were doing and followed Jesus when he called them. I have thought a lot about this before; what was it about Jesus that made them so immediately responsive, so much so that they left their livelihoods to go with him?1
This message from Jesus’ disciple, Andrew, one of the…Continue
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Strategically Placed. Matthew 4.12-17
It was not an accident that Jesus settled in the region of Galilee, setting up headquarters in Capernaum; it was strategic.
Where you live and work, who your neighbors are,
is no accident either—you are strategically placed.
Following Matthew’s account of…Continue
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True Empowerment. Matthew 4.1-11
After resisting the tempter’s final snare, (recorded in Matthew 4), the angels came to minister to Jesus’ physical needs, which were great, after 40 days of fasting and living in the rugged wilderness. Before leaving this passage, we note two things about how the Lord Jesus handled great temptation:
1) He countered with Scripture.
2) He did what his brother James would later tell believers to…
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People are Looking for God. Matthew Three.
Yesterday at the close of a radio interview broadcast nationally out of Texas, the host gave me a couple minutes to say anything I wanted to close the segment. Anything?! Wow, what a privilege, what a responsibility to use my words to point people to God. After buying a few moments to think, with a protracted ‘Hmmm. . .’ I said something like this:
“This is what I’ve learned ~ all people--no matter their…
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