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On Christian Virtue Part 18

How Should I Respond to The Beatitudes, Concluding Thoughts To conclude this commentary on the Beatitudes of Matthew 5, I would like to say a few things about how we are to respond to the teaching Jesus gave on that hill in Galilee.  What can we learn and how should we respond to these virtues Jesus has laid before us? First, recognize…

On Christian Virtue Part 17

Persecuted for the Right Reasons.  Part four: How do I rejoice in persecution? Finally, I want to close out this long running discussion on the eighth Beatitude with why we rejoice when we are persecuted for the proper reasons. First, it is a sign that we are Christian.  Jesus says at the end of vs. 12 that we are to rejoice because…

On Christian Virtue Part 16

Persecuted for all the Right Reasons.  Part Three. In the last post, I wrote that living a life in accordance with biblical principles; living righteously, even when done quietly will result in persecution by those in the world opposed to God and Christ.  There are two humanities, those who are against God and those who are His children.  Those in the world…

On Christian Virtue Part 15

Persecuted for all the Right Reasons.  Part Two. Last week in part one of “Persecuted for all the Right Reasons” we found that the consequences of unrighteous decisions by a Christian cannot be properly called persecution.  When our actions harm others or ourselves and result in suffering, that’s not persecution.  That’s called the God ordained outcome of making poor choices.  When someone…

On Christian Virtue Part 14

Part 14 Persecuted for all the right reasons. Part One. I have a friend with whom I talk by phone every week. At least we try to, but occasionally the busyness of life, church (he is a pastor too) and other commitments will cause us to cancel our weekly talk. On these occasions, he will e-mail me and say “Sorry, no call…

On Christian Virtue part 13

Part 13 How to be a Peacemaker Last time we looked closely at Matthew 5:9, the seventh of the eight Beatitudes Jesus spoke on the mount above the Sea of Galilee. Jesus said; ““Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Those who profess faith in Jesus and claim to follow Him will be dedicated to seeking peace…

On Christian Virtue Part 12

Part 12 What is a Peacemaker The Beatitudes found in Matthew 5: 1-12 show us a beautiful picture of how disciples of Jesus are to act and appear. In previous posts, we have seen that on the inside, a disciple of Jesus is humble, aware of his or her shortcomings, displays a meekness because they understand their true condition as a sinner,…

On Christian Virtue Part 11

Part 11 True Purity of Heart: Realizing the Promise Last week we discussed the sixth Beatitude, found in Matthew 5:8. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” We learned that Jesus is talking about those who are pure in their innermost being; in the heart, where the Bible says our and deepest desires, emotions, thoughts, and will reside.…

On Christian Virtue Part 10

We come now to the sixth Beatitude. Matthew 5:8: ““Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” In part 2 of our study of the Beatitudes, we learned that when Jesus talked about those who were poor in spirit, He did not mean people who lack material possessions. Instead, by ‘poor in spirit,’ Jesus means those who are spiritually…

On Christian Virtue Part 9

The Obstacles to Being Merciful By Pastor Don Strand The fifth beatitude; the blessing that comes from the Father to those who are in Christ, is for those who are merciful.  We learned last week that Jesus defines the ‘merciful’ as those who develop a quality of helpful compassion, a quality of sympathetic interest and activity for those who are suffering because…