Category Archives: Beatitudes

True followers of Christ

Consider how eight blessings (which we call beatitudes) present in a logical, interrelated sequence the character qualities of normal Christianity.  Continue reading

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Are you poor in Spirit?

Blessed — approved of God — are the poor in spirit. To be poor in spirit is to recognize… Continue reading

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Strategic deployment of well-placed believers

When responding to culture, so often the Church finds itself choosing between retreat, outspoken protests or compromise. Those who take seriously the metaphors Jesus used for His followers must ask two important questions. How can we maintain permeating contact (as … Continue reading

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The grand reversal of every religion

As a hush came over the crowd, Jesus began his Sermon on the Mount. They awaited his words with great expectation and intrigue. Yet who would have expected his first words to be a pronouncement of blessing on the poor … Continue reading

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When mercy found me

The Church has been singing John Newton’s Amazing Grace for many years. God’s grace isn’t just interesting or intriguing; It’s amazing! But I find the patience of God equally amazing. Reflect on these great words from the NT, “The Lord is … Continue reading

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Identity: the basis for mission

My secretary has a collection of some of my handwritten sermons from years ago that she types from time to time. Today, she typed a few messages I gave in 1993. It’s really hard for me to believe that these … Continue reading

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Blessed are those who mourn

As a hush came over the crowd, Jesus began his Sermon on the Mount. They awaited his words with great expectation and intrigue. Yet who would have expected his first words to be a pronouncement of blessing on the poor … Continue reading

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