December 30, 2017

Sermon on the Mount II

December 30, 2017


Matthew 5:1-12

Psalm 33:12-22

This weekend’s reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

From The Voice translation:

     “And He began to teach them.
    Jesus: Blessed are the spiritually poor—the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
    Blessed are those who mourn—they will be comforted.
    Blessed are the meek and gentle—they will inherit the earth.
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness—they will be filled.
    Blessed are the merciful—they will be shown mercy.
    Blessed are those who are pure in heart—they will see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers—they will be called children of God.
    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness—the
     kingdom of heaven is theirs.
    And blessed are you, blessed are all of you, when people persecute you or   
     denigrate you or despise you or tell lies about you on My account. But when
     this happens, rejoice. Be glad. Remember that God’s prophets have been
     persecuted in the past. And know that in heaven, you have a great reward.”


  • Meditate on this passage this week. Let it wash over you. Breathe it in and out of your life.

Lord, we give it all to you. We refuse to hold on to things so tightly you are unable to take control. Make it so in us. Heal our brokenness. May we always be all-in with you. In your name we pray, Jesus. Amen.