Posts from 2016

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…

On Christian Virtue Part 8

Jesus shifts His focus By Pastor Don Strand The Beatitudes can be a problem for people and for many churches.  Today there are many churches that are, what Michael Horton has termed, the “happy-clappy” variety.  The characteristic of Happy-clappy churches is their relentless stream of feel good, positive messages.  God is a God of love. …

On Christian Virtue Part 7

The Importance of Imputation By Pastor Don Strand Matthew 5:6 says ““Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” and,  But to get the full effect of Jesus’ words, I need to give you a small bit of Greek grammar.  Stay with me here for the discussion is worthwhile. …

On Christian Virtue Part 6

The Righteousness that Qualifies By Pastor Don Strand So far, the description of a disciple, one who follows and learns, of Jesus has been negative in nature.  The first three “Beatitudes,” the “blessed are” statements of Jesus from His Sermon on the Mount have been about lacking.  A follower of Christ is poor in spirit,…

On Christian Virtue Part 5

What’s all this talk about meekness? By Pastor Don Strand The early church theologian, John Chrysostom, was once asked, what are the three most important Christian virtues.  His answer, “first, humility, second, humility and third, humility.”   With these first three beatitudes; how those who are poor in spirit, who mourn over personal sin and the…

On Christian Virtue Part 4

Why Are Those Who Mourn Blessed? By Pastor Don Strand Jesus continues, with the pronouncement of eight attributes that are seen in a disciple of Christ which will bring God’s blessing, with this second Beatitude.  ““Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4, ESV). How is it, that a condition of…