Rejoice when you’re persecuted for my sake, because that means you’re living the blessed life, Jesus says. Well, that’s a challenging word to swallow at first pass. But that’s what Jesus says as he closes out the Beatitudes. Maybe the blessed life - the God-life, is far different than what our world says is the good life. Our Savior said that we’d have hardships in this world, but to take heart, as He has overcome the world. Here’s his reminder to ‘ride with him’ no matter what and we’ll end up with him no matter what. It’s also an invitation to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world, enduring so much more than us.
Blessed are the Persecuted
May 30, 2021 • Pastor Jack Schull
Blessed are the Peacemakers
May 23, 2021 • Pastor Lyle Thompson
Jesus tells His followers, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” But being people of peace in today’s culture can be challenging. Fortunately, Paul gives us insight into this in Romans 14. We look through ways we can keep the peace based on Paul’s letter to the Romans, even in the midst of disagreement.
Blessed are the Pure
May 16, 2021 • Pastor Jack Schull
In a world that searches for purity in things we consume, things on the outside, Jesus challenges us to pursue purity on the inside of us. The pure in heart will be blessed to see God, not only in the life to come, but more and more in this one. Purity comes from faith in the gift of God through Jesus. We’re to follow His lead in living with singleness of heart - living an undivided life where no part of us is compartmentalized off from the Lordship and leadership of Christ.
Blessed are the Merciful
May 9, 2021 • Pastor Jack Schull
In the kingdom of God, mercy matters! Those who have experienced divine mercy are themselves shaped and fashioned into merciful people. This takes God’s transformational power working within us, as it’s not natural to be merciful. Jesus shares his mercy with us so that we can become merciful. Mercy is action oriented; it’s not just a philosophy to believe or a concept to understand - mercy’s got gestures and activity to it. It’s a comfort to know that God’s mercy meets us NEW every morning.