November 3, 2021

The Beatitudes: The Poor in Spirit Roman Centurion

Jesus starts his Beatitudes with a startling statement: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Allow me to rephrase so you may gain the full thrust of Jesus’ statement: “You enter the Kingdom now, […]
October 28, 2021

The Beatitudes: Poor but Not Poor

As we jump into the Beatitudes let us remember we are looking for life, not laws. These Beatitudes are descriptions, not prescriptions. Descriptions of what life in the Kingdom looks like, not prescriptions for how to try to act to be blessed.  Jesus starts his descriptions with a startling […]
October 21, 2021

The Beatitudes: Poor in Spirit?

As we jump into the Beatitudes let us remember we are looking for life, not laws. These Beatitudes are descriptions, not prescriptions. Descriptions of what life in the Kingdom looks like, not prescriptions for how to try to act to be blessed.  But Jesus starts his descriptions with an […]
October 14, 2021

The Beatitudes: Descriptive, not Prescriptive

Let’s jump into the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Jesus begins with the Beatitudes – a most confusing set of … what? Laws? Ways we must act to be blessed? Prescriptions for Christian attitudes and behavior?  No. Not at all.  These statements by Jesus are descriptive, not prescriptive. They describe what […]

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