Blessed are the Peacemakers

March 24th, 2015 | John Chandler

Blessed are the Peacemakers As Jesus opened his famous Sermon on the Mount, he said something that has been quoted repeatedly ever since, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” The word “peacemaker” has such a lovely ring to it. It sounds like someone whose job it is to make sure everything is tranquil and … Read More

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. by Mason Parva

March 17th, 2015 | John Chandler

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matthew 5:4 After Jesus returned from the peril of the wilderness, He began announcing the nearness of the Kingdom of Heaven. Around the corner lay a new order of the universe in which the first would be last and the last first. The rule by the lofty, powerful, and … Read More

Blessed are the pure in heart- By Tracy Mueller

March 9th, 2015 | John Chandler

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. If Lent is the season to reflect on our brokenness and prepare for Easter, then what a powerful verse this is to nudge us closer to Christ. To unpack the truth of this verse, it’s helpful to first ask what it means to have a pure heart. It’s easy … Read More

Blessed are the merciful- by Jonathan Baker.

March 2nd, 2015 | John Chandler

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” At some point in our lives, we all need mercy. I believe everyone knows this, regardless of how “good” of a person we think we are. Mary Gauthier acknowledges this in her song “Mercy Now,” which is the title track from her 2005 album.   Yeah, we all could use a … Read More

Happy Are The Poor In Spirit

February 23rd, 2015 | John Chandler

My original hope for this post was that I could bring something clearly tangible for you to take away from this passage. That I could come up with the best way to explain it. After spending the last few days reading and thinking I have ended up with more questions than answers. I am ok with that. So I will … Read More