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Matthew 4:24-25 tells us that Jesus was surrounded by people who were afflicted and hurting: demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics, all of whom not only suffered physically but were socially estranged in their culture. Matthew 5:1 says that he left this crowd and moved up a mountain, followed by his disciples. He saw those who were outcasts of society and beside him were those who would reach out to them, welcome and heal them in his name. And Jesus said to each, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake."
Peacemaking goes beyond peacekeeping or even being peaceful. Peacemaking cannot happen without an act of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the conflict. It is the work of God through us. When one truly serves as a peacemaker others will see in that person or persons a family resemblance to their heavenly Father. They will be called children of God.
This message takes the congregation on a word study of heart and purity then ends with a challenge in applying what we have learned in real life.
Only 4 days after the death of Maya Angelou, this message begins with her early life of hardship and hurt to lift her as an example of one who lived set free by mercy. Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.
Opening with John Ortberg's article on "Happy Meal Spirituality," we reflect on the way we seek to fill the God-shaped vacuum in our lives with things that never satisfy (Isaiah 55:1-2). Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, said Jesus. They will be filled.
The meek will inherit the world? Most of us associate meekness with timidity, with weakness. This sermon will offer a word study, introducing other biblical texts that use the very same word translated as "meek" in this beatitude. It will open greater understanding to the meaning of both the word and the blessing.
Mother's Day, a joyful celebration, has the power to impact in a negative way: for mother's who may be estranged from their children, for women who may feel excluded because they have no children, for those who are still grieving the loss of parents or children, for any number of reasons. Jesus' second blessing from the Beatitudes speaks to this reality and gives us guidance in personal healing and support for one another as a church: "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted."
The second in our series on the Beatitudes, the first of Christ's word of blessing from Matthew. Who are the poor in spirit? How are they blessed?
The sermon is an introduction to a series on the Beatitudes. It opens after a vocal solo with a paraphrase of the Beatitudes to the tune of the rock song, "Titanium." Comparison is made between the rock song's lyrics and the condition of those to whom Jesus is speaking - those injured, rejected and hurting. How is it that these can be called blessed?