Category Archives: Sermon on the Mount

The Persecuted Ones | Matthew 5:10-12

Dear Friends of Jesus Christ, Last week, during my Christianity Explored Class, the class and I spent sometime reflecting on the importance of Christ’s resurrection. The resurrection, of course, is the central claim of the Christian faith. There is no … Continue reading

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The Pure in Heart | Matthew 5:8

Dear Friends of Jesus Christ, Jesus says: Blessed, congratulations, in sync are the pure in heart, they will see God. You know, the heart is an amazing muscle in our body. It beats in our chest 60 to 100 times … Continue reading

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The Peacemakers | Matthew 5:9

Dear Friends of Jesus Christ, Jesus blesses the peace-makers. They are the ones who will be called “children of God”. I love, and I’m challenged by the fact that Jesus blesses the “Peace-Makers” as opposed to “peace-lovers”, or “peace-seekers”, or … Continue reading

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The Merciful | Matthew 5

Dear Friends of Jesus Christ, There’s an Old Testament verse that Jesus quotes a few times in Matthew. Its a verse from Hosea. “I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6. Hosea 6 … Continue reading

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Hungering for Righteousness | Matthew 5

Dear friends of Jesus Christ, There is a logic to the order of the beatitudes that is beginning to become clear. The first two beatitudes are introspective. When the gospel takes hold of us, we realize that we are like … Continue reading

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Those Who Mourn | Matthew 5:5

We’re engaging the Sermon on the Mount this Fall. Together, we’re letting Jesus teach us what it looks like to be a disciple. And together, we’re seeking to listen and obey, and so build our lives on the solid foundation … Continue reading

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Those Who Mourn | Matthew 5:4

We are exploring the sermon on the mount this Fall. This is Jesus’ most sustained teaching on what it looks like to live in sync with the reign of God. Together, we’re trying to grow in knowledge and practice. We’re … Continue reading

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