Pastor John’s Corner

Engaging God When Persecuted

UNPACKING THE BEATITUDE:“Blessed are those who are persecuted because ofrighteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:3-10, NIVThis is a difficult beatitude to understand. At firstglance, it is almost like Jesus is glorifying suffering andpersecution. Of course, he’s not. Jesus knowssuffering and persecution are wrong, but he alsoknows that—even in painful places of persecution—there …

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The Spiritual Practice of Mourning

UNPACKING THE BEATITUDE: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Jesus in Matthew 5:4, NIV “The ability to mourn, the willingness to mourn, is an admission—a kind of an acceptance—of our loss, our lostness and therefore a capacity for comfort.” Eugene Peterson, Regent College Lecture  Blessed are those who mourn, because they …

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