Blessed are The Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9 What does it mean to be a peacemaker? In a world that is ugly with violence and hate, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers. But, what did Jesus mean by peacemakers? A peace maker is someone who is constantly seeking…

Blessed are The Pure in Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8 What does it mean to be pure of heart? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines pure as “unmixed with any other matter”. For example, pure gold consists of no other element but gold.  So what is a pure heart? Much of the time…

Blessed are The Merciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” – Matthew 5:7 What does it mean to be merciful? Mercy is God’s active empathy and compassion to those who are guilty and needy. Before our Holy God, we are all guilty, yet despite our guiltiness, God chooses to move toward us in this undeserving condition…

Blessed are Those who Hunger

“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”. – Matthew 5:6 What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness? Hunger and thirst are recurrent urges. It’s exceedingly satisfying to eat a meal when starving or to drink water when parched. Hunger is often used to convey a…

Blessed are The Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.  – Matthew 5:5 What does it mean to be meek? The word meek from the original language was used to describe reigning in a stallion. It is the idea of a horse being controlled by a bit and bridle. The horse is choosing to submit…

Blessed are They who Mourn

“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4 What does it mean to mourn? This verse can be something we can cling to when we are mourning. It also is one of the many places in the Bible that shows us that it is okay to share our emotions. The…

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3 What does it mean to be poor in Spirit? When we come to God we must not be self-satisfied or proud in our hearts, thinking we don’t really need God. If we do, God cannot bless us. The Bible says,…

A World Made New…

On this Pentecost Day, as we live in the midst of a world and nation in crisis, in worship, through God’s word, we have heard the invitation to be a part of making the world new. We all have a part to play in this story. As this week has unfolded, I have found myself…

Life Together | Whitney Rodden

Each month we will be sharing the testimony of one member of our community’s experience of and commitment to our life together. This month’s story comes from Whitney Rodden. We are not meant to be self-sufficient. We are meant to live this life together. I grew up on a farm in Plattsburg, Missouri, a town…

The Hands that Cleanse

15 After entering the temple, he threw out those who were selling and buying there. He pushed over the tables used for currency exchange and the chairs of those who sold doves. 16 He didn’t allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 He taught them, “Hasn’t it been written, My house will be called a…

The Hands that Pray

Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer.  Mark 1:35 This Lent, we are studying the Hands of Christ and their activity in the world, to learn more about how we are called to use our created-in-the-image-of-God hands. This week, as…

Life Together | Mark Wardle

WE ARE NOT MEANT TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT What are the reasons we become committed to a particular organization or activity? There are several different answers to this question, but to me the one that has the greatest impact is a sense of belonging. Many people go through life longing to be a part of something…