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Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Here’s the full audio of Pastor Michael’s sermon from October 15, 2017, reflecting on the fourth Beatitude in the Sermon on the Mount: And here’s a written excerpt, looking at what Jesus meant by “righteousness”: “Righteousness” is not a regular, … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Meek

Here’s the full audio of Pastor Michael’s sermon from October 8, 2017, reflecting on the third Beatitude in the Sermon on the Mount: And here’s a written excerpt, from the conclusion: “Blessed are the meek,” Jesus says, “for they will … Continue reading

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Blessed are Those Who Mourn

Here’s the full audio of Pastor Michael’s sermon from October 1, 2017, reflecting on the second Beatitude in the Sermon on the Mount: And here’s a written excerpt: How do we hear these words of Jesus? “Blessed are those who … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Here’s the full audio of Pastor Michael’s sermon from September 17, 2017, reflecting on the first Beatitude in the Sermon on the Mount: And here’s a written excerpt, looking at what Jesus meant by being “blessed”: When Jesus talks in … Continue reading

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Lord, Teach Us!

Jesus’ teaching is not just an add-on, something extra for extra-spiritual Christians. Rather, Jesus’ teaching is central to Jesus’ entire life. It fits hand-in-glove with Jesus’ healings and miracles, his death and resurrection. If you’re going to claim to follow … Continue reading

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Things Jesus Didn’t Say

This morning I got thinking about ways in which we ignore or distort Jesus’ teachings (note the “we” there – that’s me implicated as well!). Why do we do this? Well, to put it bluntly, Jesus’ teachings are hard! Jesus’ teachings are … Continue reading

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“Turn the Other Cheek” ≠ “Be a Doormat”

This past Sunday I taught our adult Sunday Study class. As always, it turned into a wide-ranging discussion only remotely connected to the topic, in which we noted and immediately solved all the world’s problems. (Just kidding, of course. It took us at … Continue reading

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