Rejoice and Be Glad…

Rejoice and Be Glad…

Rejoice and Be Glad “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven . . .” (Matthew 5:11). Joy and gladness go together in the Bible like peanut butter and jelly on a sandwich. Joy and gladness are more than happiness, they are part of Jesus’ own...
Persecuted for Christ…

Persecuted for Christ…

Persecuted for Christ “Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake” (Mt 5.10–11). Persecution is one...
The Peacemakers…

The Peacemakers…

The Peacemakers “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” (Mt 5.9). A peacemaker isn’t someone who makes peace where there is conflict. Rather, he is someone who is at peace in the midst of conflict. Jesus Christ, the “prince of...
Pure in Heart…

Pure in Heart…

Pure in Heart Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 When I think of someone with a truly pure heart, besides Jesus and His blessed mother, I think of children, little boys and girls seeing the world through innocent eyes. Beauty, color,...
Mercy…

Mercy…

Mercy Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 The more aware I am about my own need for God’s mercy, the more merciful I will become of others weaknesses. In the ancient prayer of the church, the Jesus Prayer, or the Prayer of the Heart, the...