Transcript: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy,” Let’s turn to the particular beatitude tonight, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy,” (Matt. 5:7). I’d like to look at just two questions tonight, and that is this: What does it mean to be “merciful”? How do I become “merciful”? […]Read more "The Merciful (Matt. 5:7)"
Transcript: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” – Matt. 5:6 When was the last time you remember being incredibly hungry or incredibly thirsty? Once, back in Washington, some friends and I were planning on floating down the Yakima River on a Sunday afternoon. We parked some […]Read more "Those Who Hunger & Thirst (Matt. 5:6)"
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” The Bible is strange. I think sometimes we forget just how weird it really is. For the past few weeks we have been looking at the beginning of Jesus’ teaching of the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, and if we have been paying […]Read more "The Meek (Matt. 5:5)"
Normally, I have the transcript of my sermon below – but it would appear that I forgot to save my transcript, and it is lost. So the audio recording above will have to suffice!Read more "Those Who Mourn (Matt. 5:4)"
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Last week we began our series on the Sermon on the Mount with an overview of what the Sermon is about and how we should interpret it. This week we actually begin the sermon with what is famously called the “Beatitudes”, starting […]Read more "The Poor in Spirit (Matt. 5:3)"
Notes: What comes to your mind when you think of a “King”? A crown? Throne? Iron scepter, red-fur cape, and jewel-encrusted sword? I think of someone with total authority, power, and control of a realm, a kingdom. Kings litter the pages of our favorite fairy-tales and stories: King Richard the Lionheart, King Arthur and the […]Read more "The King’s Sermon (Matt. 4:23, 25, 5:1-2)"