Tag Archives: Sermon on the Mount

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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Blessed are the persecuted?


Here are people declared by our Lord to be “blessed” when they are insulted, persecuted and falsely maligned with all kinds of evil against them. How unusual for them to be commanded to, “Rejoice and be glad!”
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What does poor in spirit mean?

I was recently asked a question about Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Does this refer to actual poverty or spiritual humility? Does “blessed” mean “happy”? I shared a few thoughts and decided to post them for others. … Continue reading

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