Posts by SDusza32

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

by SDusza32

To understand what it means to be a peacemaker requires two key distinctions. The first is the difference between the Greco-Roman and Hebraic ideas of peace. The second is the difference between making peace and keeping the peace. Both of these distinctions explain why peacemakers need a blessing from God. Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Single-Minded

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When Jesus blesses the pure in heart, he challenges us to consider the underlying motives for loving God. Do we love God because of what God does–or what we want God to do–for us? Or do we love God because God is infinitely lovable? Blessed are the Single-Minded

Blessed are the Merciful

by SDusza32

In the fifth beatitude, Jesus invites us into the circle of mercy. Which is to say he challenges us to consider the relationship between mercy given and mercy received and in doing so raises a vexing question: How can a religion rooted in God’s mercy toward humanity produce people incapable of showing it to others? Blessed are the Merciful

Blessed are the Hungry

by SDusza32

It’s easy to confuse what we want with what we need, especially when all our basic needs are met. In the fourth beatitude, Jesus blesses a group of people who need something that many aren’t even sure they want. Confused yet? Blessed are the Hungry

Blessed are the Littles

by SDusza32

When Jesus blesses the meek, he puts us in a tight spot. Not because we believe the meek shouldn’t be blessed, but because meekness is so rarely rewarded in our culture. Very few of us, therefore, aspire to be meek. Nor do we usually encourage such a trait in our children. Yet at the same […]

Blessed are the Brokenhearted

by SDusza32

A crowd has gathered to hear Jesus teach. Their eyes are swollen. Their voices are hoarse. Their grief has left them exhausted. They’ve suffered heartbreaking losses and absorbed faith-shaking disappointments. They’ve fought a battle with darkness and lost. They’ve come looking for some hope. What will this young teacher say? Will they—can they—believe it? Blessed […]

Blessed are the Bankrupt

by SDusza32

Jesus begins his most famous sermon with a series of blessings. These blessings have a double function. They’re good news for those Jesus blesses. They also challenge our values, especially the kind of people we admire, celebrate, and imitate. At first glance, these blessings turn our world upside down. But what if it’s the other […]

Overcoming Identity Theft

by SDusza32

Guest Speaker: Jim Barnett, Minister to Young Adults 13 million US consumers  were victims of identity theft last year and an estimated $15 billion was stolen from them.  That number is awful, but there is something far more tragic: many Christians fall victim to the thief who comes to steal and kill and destroy, and […]

Immanuel

by SDusza32

As we begin to make the transition from anticipating God’s coming to celebrating the birth of Christ, we’ll explore how the name “Immanuel” can be both a comforting and challenging word from the Lord. Immanuel