Flourish: The Foundation

May 1, 2018

Today we read Matthew 7:24-29, the famous story of the wise and foolish builders. This text concludes our series on the Beatitudes.

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Flourishing are those who are persecuted

April 26, 2018

The text today is Matthew 5:10-12. We'll try to avoid some of the common interpretation pitfalls and understand the Beatitude in the context in which Jesus spoke it, as well as our own context.

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Flourishing are the Peacemakers

April 23, 2018

Today's Beatitude comes from Matthew 5:9.

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Flourishing are the Pure in Heart

April 23, 2018

Today's Beatitude comes from Matthew 5:8 and Psalm 24.

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What Would You March For?

April 5, 2018

Today is Palm Sunday. Yesterday was the March for our Lives around the nation and world. What do Palm Sunday and the March for Our Lives have in common?

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Flourishing are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness

February 19, 2018

We look today at the 4th Beatitude, traditionally read as "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness". What does it mean to hunger and thirst? And what is righteousness? What does it mean to be filled? And how does that help us move out of the closet into the world?

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Flourishing are the Humble

February 12, 2018

Today we connect the Beatitude "Flourishing are the humble, because they will inherit the earth" with Psalm 37. Jesus most likely directly quoted Psalm 37:11 when He spoke this Beatitude. And the humility called for is a humility born in a situation where it looks like evil has won the day.

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#metoo and the Christian Community

February 5, 2018

Today we discuss the avalanche of sexual abuse (proven) accusations of the last months. We read John 7:53-8:11, a classic story of sexual abuse of the Harvey Weinstein/Larry Nassar caliber. What does the Bible teach us about how we should treat each other? We do not avoid asking ourselves the hard questions. For a visual portrayal of a piece of the story recorded in John, which was used in the sermon, click here.

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Flourishing are the Mourners

January 31, 2018

Today we are on the 2nd Beatitude: Flourishing are the Mourners, because they shall be comforted. The second video, the Greek couple who help refugees, is subtitled. You can see it here.

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