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Key Verse: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 As we continue looking at the Sermon on the Mount, it’s important to recognize that the Beatitudes are not commands to obey but rather the character of Christ to display. In His righteousness, Jesus displayed mercy and forgiveness; whereas[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 Diet and exercise are critical to physical health and maturity. Can you imagine eating just one meal a week and sustaining an active and productive life? You might succeed for a week or two[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 The third Beatitude, gentleness, is not the absence of anger but the discipline and discernment to be angry over the right things, at the right time, and with the right tone. Those who are gentle rest in[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 One of the greatest deterrents to revival in the American church is a lack of grief over our own sin. The baseline for what the average professing Christian considers sinful has been lowered tremendously in recent[...]

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Our February newsletter posed the question, “Have we lost our passion for the lost?” I pray that being reminded of their condition has burdened you to pray for people who are without Christ and has made you more intentional in sharing the Gospel. Today I want to ask a related[...]

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Key Verse: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 The crowd listening to Jesus that day was made up of all kinds of people, including those who were very religious. These people were working hard to prove their goodness and their religious[...]

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Key Passage: Matthew 5:1-12 We often confuse being blessed with being happy. Whether we’re happy or not is usually tied to our circumstances, while being blessed is about our relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount with the definition of what it means to be blessed[...]

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Key Passage: He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:46-48 Our final Holy Week conversation is the most enjoyable,[...]

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Key Passage: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18 Have you ever stopped to think about what the day after Jesus’ death was like for His disciples? Friday had been devastating, and now in the silence of Saturday they were left to contemplate[...]

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