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Blessed are the peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers.  But who / what are peacemakers?  Some of you will think of a Colt handgun.  Or a strategic bomber.  Or maybe even an MX Missile.  If you’re Christian, or think you’re Christian, hopefully those aren’t the first things that come to mind.  Why not?  Because Blessed are the peacemakers is something Jesus said.  It’s one of the Beatitudes, from the Sermon on the Mount.

Blessed are the peacemakers

Is Covid-19 a modern-day Exile?

Is Covid-19 a modern-day exile scenario?

We look at the virus as a bad thing, maybe from God.  However, those who have read the Bible know that sometimes God allows bad things in order to bring about better things.  Or to wake up His people.

So, what if this is God’s way of showing us that we need to wake up?  We’re supposed to be living in this world as if we’re in exile – right here, wherever we are.  In exile from our Heavenly home.  But we’re too busy turning this into a false “heaven on earth” kind of thing.

And we’re falling in love with it.  And by doing that, we’re at risk of losing our real Heavenly home that God created for us.

Is Covid 19 a modern-day Exile?

Don’t settle for less, #05: Don’t wait until you’re ready

Don’t wait until you’re ready

If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll be waiting your entire life.  OK, I’ll go along with that part.  Even with: be as prepared as you can, but then dive in headfirst.

That’s all good stuff for the secular world.  But we’re taking this to look at what it takes to be a successful Christian.  Hopefully this part’s obvious, but we really ought to wait until God’s ready.

Don't wait until you're ready

Blessed are those who mourn

Blessed are those who mourn.  Oh yeah.  That’s a message we all want to hear.  Especially when it’s translated as “happy are those who are unhappy”.  But remember, this is Jesus.  Everything’s either upside down or backwards.  After all, Jesus is the one who said, Mt 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”  So what else should we expect?

blessed are those who mourn
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