:) Blessed are the Merciful

  “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”  –Matthew Jesus, Matthew 5:7, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com If we show mercy to others God will show mercy to us. Scary isn’t it?   Digging Deeper Where do you fall short in showing mercy to others?  How can you do better?  

:) Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” —  Jesus, Matthew 5:3, NIV (New International Version), accessed from BibleGateway.com So who are the poor in spirit?  The version of this in Luke 6:20 says simply blessed are the poor. Those poor in the material things of this world have aContinue reading “:) Blessed are the Poor in Spirit”

:) Introduction to the Beatitudes

“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.”  — The Bible Matthew Chapter 5:1-2, New International Version, accessed via Bible Gateway.com. Beginning today we will be considering that great teaching session of Jesus usually referred toContinue reading “:) Introduction to the Beatitudes”

:) Want to Keep Christ in Christmas?

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”   ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience   ———- Dig a Little Deeper   HowContinue reading “:) Want to Keep Christ in Christmas?”

:) Jesus Faced Temptation

Scripture tells us that after his baptism, Jesus was led out into the wilderness for forty days where he was tempted by Satan.  This is the story we are looking at today. I chose the version of this story from Luke 4:1-14, NIV (New International Version). 1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left theContinue reading “:) Jesus Faced Temptation”

:) The Life and Teachings of Jesus

Here we are again at the beginning of the month of  December when we celebrate “Christmas.”  Are you one of the people who dread this time of year and just wish it would be over?  Do you feel like you are going through the motions of the season because you don’t want to let yourContinue reading “:) The Life and Teachings of Jesus”

Caring for Each Other — an oldie but goodie

This month I have decided to bring back an old post from 2017.  This is still timely today. CARING FOR EACH OTHER I have been blessed to have experience several wonderful examples of community throughout my life so far.  I grew up in a church that was a close, loving “church family.”  We cared forContinue reading “Caring for Each Other — an oldie but goodie”

Creating Community

We live in a world where it seems fewer and fewer people understand community.  Our emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of individuals often separates us, creating a lonely world with little concern for the needs and welfare of others. I grew up in a church with a strong sense of community.  We were family. Continue reading “Creating Community”