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David Young's Blog – September 2018 Archive (8)

SPIRITUALLY NEEDY

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:3

I am not sure we think enough about the Beatitudes. Jesus gave us these truths as the foundation of His kingdom in our lives, in the world, and forever. I love the name, “Beatitudes,” because these eight principles are not just something we are to hear like a lecture. They are…

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Added by David Young on September 28, 2018 at 12:50pm — No Comments

MOURNING WILL BE COMFORTED

Matthew 5:4

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

I recently listened to a re-dramatization of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Dame Agatha drew that marvelous story out of the heartache of mourning. The story was built around the extended…

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Added by David Young on September 27, 2018 at 3:09pm — No Comments

ARE YOU HUNGRY

Matthew 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

But someone may ask, aren't our hungers natural? Aren't they beyond our control? To some extent I think that is true. But they can also be trained or tantalized.

A child asks, “May I have some more…

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Added by David Young on September 25, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

THE BLESSING OF SHOWING MERCY

Matthew 5:7

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

This is the first of the Beatitudes that may come close to making sense to modern Westerners. However that is because we really do not understand. This almost sounds like Jesus was saying, “If you are nice to people, they will be nice to you.” There is some truth to that. But it misses…

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Added by David Young on September 24, 2018 at 2:41pm — No Comments

PURE IN HEART

PURE IN HEART

Matthew 5:9

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

One of my favorite spiritual songs is Change My Heart O God by Eddie Espinoza. The lyrics read,

“Change my heart…

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Added by David Young on September 23, 2018 at 4:04pm — No Comments

PEACEMAKERS

  • Matthew 5:10

    “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”



    Has there ever been a time of greater need for peacemakers? In these days everything from politics to dietary preferences divides people. What will bring us back together?

    Years ago now, I took a team to Thailand to help lead a…

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Added by David Young on September 21, 2018 at 7:02pm — No Comments

THE SHOCKING BLESSING OF PERSECUTION

Some of the most hope filled verses in the Bible are found in the Beatitudes as Jesus began his ministry with The Sermon on the Mount. These words are quite as hopeful as the most powerful promises at the end of The Revelation.

For several reasons I want to look at the Beatitudes in reverse order. When we do this we see some things very clearly about them. When you plunge into the deep water first, you get a better…

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Added by David Young on September 20, 2018 at 4:54pm — No Comments

BREAKING DEPRESSION'S GRIP

It is important to see hope as something that makes a difference in our daily lives. Among the things hope affects are discouragement and depression. Most of us have experienced depression from time to time. Some of my heroes dealt with personal disconsolation. Among them Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great nineteenth century pulpiteer. On several occasions as thousands who came to hear him on a Sunday morning sang hymns and waited for him to come to the…

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Added by David Young on September 6, 2018 at 5:41pm — 2 Comments

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