The Small Gate

The teachings of Jesus are life changing- revolutionary and radical. He came to call us to the way of God. We see this in the things he taught: The Beatitudes, turning the other cheek, loving your enemies, forgiving people, and the golden rule. All of these are counter intuitive ideas about how life should be … [Read more…]

A Burning Bush

Do you remember Charleston Heston’s Moses? If you’re over 30 chances are that’s how Moses looks in your head. The red and black robe, and the grey and white hair. And for most of us his story gets interesting at the burning bush part, right? So here’s the scene. Moses, the shepherd, is out tending … [Read more…]

The Joy of Persecution

The Beatitudes set the tone and nature for the rest of Jesus’ sermon. They serve as the key to understanding, not only the Sermon on the Mount, but Jesus’ teachings as a whole. Want to understand Jesus? Study the Beatitudes. I feel it is important to state that while I have tried to take a … [Read more…]

On Being a Peacemaker

When Jesus was giving this sermon his country was occupied by the super power of the day: Rome. Rome was a military power that created “peace” through force. They conquered nations and maintained control with military presences and the threat of death for those who opposed them. A cross waited for anyone who was suspected … [Read more…]

How To See God’s Face

Jesus often took what people where familiar with and went a step further. So it’s no surprise that he does that here. It’s not uncommon for us to say things like, “grace over law” or to act like grace is somehow more lacks than the law. That is incorrect. Graces calls us beyond “just” keeping … [Read more…]

Have Mercy!

Imagine being on the side of a mountain hearing this no-name, backwater preacher dropping this beautifully powerful poem. Think about the energy in that crowd. People often committed on how Jesus spoke with power and authority. He commanded the room (or mountain side). Love him or hate him, you listened to him. There was power … [Read more…]

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Jesus was an itinerant preacher. We might call him a traveling evangelist. It’s important to remember that when reading the Beatitudes. This is a sermon He’s given multiple times. We learn in Matthew chapter 4 that Jesus, “went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom.” Matthew goes on … [Read more…]

Who Are The Poor In Spirit?

If you really want to understand Jesus you have to understand the Beatitudes. They are key to understanding Jesus’ kingdom message and how He expects his followers to live and act. So for the next few days we are going to take a closer look at them and see what they mean for us today. … [Read more…]