Category Archives: The Beatitudes

December 12 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are those who are persecuted…”

Read Matthew 5:10-12 It is hard to envision blessing in persecution. Where is the win in the verbal assault, personal discrimination, or perhaps even physical harm? The whole idea deserves further exploration. The reason for the persecution – This is … Continue reading

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December 11 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the peacemakers…”

Read Romans 12:18 To live in peace is quite hard to do. Especially when you disagree with the person next to you. I think about my work environment and just how I am constantly striving to live in peace with … Continue reading

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December 10 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the pure in heart…”

Read Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” In the YouTube program titled “Childhood 2.0”, the subject of smartphones in the hands of young people in our country is discussed. … Continue reading

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December 9 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the merciful…”

Read James 2:13 and Luke 6:36 “Mercy me. Get a real job.” These were the words of the grandma of Bart Mallard before he wrote the amazing song, “I Can Only Imagine.” He sings now in one of my favorite … Continue reading

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December 8 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…”

Read John 6:35 and 7:37-38 I have heard Coach Tom Ryan speak two times at Grace Church. His is a story of being a husband, father and Christian coach, hungry for answers. I have found Tom’s story to be inspiring. … Continue reading

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December 7 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the gentle…”

Read Titus 3:2 and Proverbs 15:1 For those of you who don’t know, I went to Wooster Christian School from Pre-K through 6th grade. My church and school were the same building and I grew up a pastor’s kid as … Continue reading

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December 6 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are those who mourn…”

Read 1 Samuel 21:1-15 and Psalm 34:1-22 Every parent longs for a perfectly healthy child. But we are brokenhearted when we’re born. We’re driven to be independent, desire control, and exhibit ownership from the first time we’re encouraged to share. … Continue reading

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December 5 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the poor in spirit…”

Read Matthew 11:28-30 Someone once told me that you never really know the word “tired” until you have a kid. The day Mattie came into the world, I woke up to Kelly telling me she was experiencing contractions at 3:00 … Continue reading

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