Monthly Archives: December 2013

A new way for a new year

Matthew 5:1–12 Today we come to consider the last beatitude. It is far longer than all the others, running through verses 10, 11 and 12. This emphasis gives it extra importance. Jesus said, “God blesses you when people mock you … Continue reading

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Called to work hard for peace

Matthew 5:1–12 Today we come to consider the seventh beatitude. Verse 9. “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” God’s children work for peace. God’s children are ‘eirēnopoiós’ (literally, makers of … Continue reading

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How we can see God

Matthew 5:1–12 Today we come to consider the sixth beatitude. Verse 8. “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” There is a curious modern psychological condition where people lose their identity. I don’t mean identity … Continue reading

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Be not slow to show mercy

Matthew 5:1–12 Today we come to consider the fifth beatitude. Verse 7. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” We need to start with the meaning of the word ‘mercy’ before we move on. Mercy comes from … Continue reading

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An appetite for justice

Matthew 5:1–12 Here is a random fact about myself. I like ice cream. If I am offered ice cream, there is a good chance I will say yes. I enjoy eating ice cream and exploring all the different flavours available. … Continue reading

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