Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, for They Shall Be Comforted

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, for They Shall Be Comforted

In a time when the corona virus is wreaking havoc on our healthcare and economic systems, we all need to hear good news, to be comforted and reassured. On the surface, this beatitude fits the job description of a blanket blessing. However, when we look a bit closer, Jesus is literally saying, “Happy are those who are sad”.

A Journey Through the Beatitudes

A Journey Through the Beatitudes

Even 2000 years after it was first taught by Jesus, the “Sermon on the Mount” is still revolutionary; it is a revolution not against the powers that be, but a revolution of the heart and mind. It represents what John Stott calls a manifesto, albeit a condensed one, for a “Christian counter-culture” that illustrates the way of life in the Kingdom of God. The same Kingdom Jesus was proclaiming in chapter 4 saying: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” v.17.

The “Upside-Down” Kingdom

The “Upside-Down” Kingdom

After having meditated on and journeyed through the Lord’s prayer for the past seven months, the concluding words of the Lord’s Prayer remind us that it all starts and ends with God’s glory and His Sovereignty. And it is when God stops being the center of our lives that things start to fall apart.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Bread is the essence of life—it’s what sustains us every day. As we ask God to give us our daily bread, we not only acknowledge our dependency on Him for life’s necessities, we also declare that He is everything we need.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done

Last month, we prayed for God’s name to be Hallowed, to be made holy. Recognizing the awesome holiness of God should lead to a disposition of our hearts and minds that naturally creates in us a desire to see the manifestation of His Kingdom.

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Hallowed Be Thy Name

This month we are focusing on the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “Hallowed be thy name”. There are two thoughts that I would like to reflect on.

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