:) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Jesus, Matthew 5:10, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com Let’s face it, living a righteous, Godly life has never been easy.  There has always been opposition.  The prophets suffered greatly for their calling.  John the Baptist, Jesus and many othersContinue reading “:) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness”

:) Blessed are the peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God.”  — Jesus, Matthew 5:9, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com It seems that many Christians have trouble with the idea of Jesus as a peacemaker and even more trouble with the idea of themselves as peacemakers.  After all what can one person in this world doContinue reading “:) Blessed are the peacemakers”

:) Blessed are the pure in heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  –Jesus, Matthew 5:8, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com Blessed are those who see the world through the eyes of love.  When our hearts are pure we see a world filled with life, love and oneness. We see God. Dig Deeper:  How do we better expressContinue reading “:) Blessed are the pure in heart”

:) 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”