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SOTM: The Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 PEACEMAKERS NOT PEACEKEEPERS PEACEKEEPERS OFTEN AVOID CONFLICT TO KEEP THE PEACE. PEACEMAKERS EMBRACE CONFLICT TO MAKE PEACE. DON’T JUST WANT A CHRISTIAN LIFE AND HOME. WE WANT A CHRIST-CENTERED LIFE AND HOME. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace…

SOTM: Pure in Heart

Beatitudes –Divine Joy and Perfect Happiness Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 “The heart has reasonsthat reason does not know.” Pascal The heart is the control center of a person’s life.  “Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, ‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Matthew 15:1-2 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about…

Director of CityTeam in the Neighborhood & Church Engagement, Hermie Smit

CityTeam is founded on meeting local needs. Our programs across the United States offer help and hope to our neighbors in need with hot meals, groceries, shelter, housing and restorative programs, learning and career help, discovery Bible studies, and so much more. Each of our cities has customized programs to specifically meet the needs of their community. City Team, about Us Page: https://cityteam.org/who-we-are/ City Team, Testimony Page: https://cityteam.org/stories/ City Team Donation Page: https://cityteam.org/ways-to-give/ City Team Volunteer Page: https://cityteam.org/get-involved/ Contact Hermie:…

Adult & Teen Challenge CEO Randy Rowe

Adult & Teen Challenge USA are confident that a restored relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, can transform those who suffer from addiction into vibrant, free, and sober followers of the Lord. They base their curriculum and community of their addiction recovery centers on God’s Word—the Bible. Addiction recovery centers that offer practical, appropriate, and accessible Bible-based courses facilitate the transition from alcoholism and substance abuse to a life of freedom in Christ. At Adult and Teen Challenge USA, they…

SOTM: The Merciful

Intro The Jesus Prayer – Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner Most of the New Testament is really built upon the Sermon on the Mount First -inward in focus. Second -how our hearts changed to see people the way Jesus does Problem Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 Compassion vs. mercy- the one who doesn’t deserve it promotion  – cut in line – vacation this year  – cookies…

SOTM: Hunger for Righteousness

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 PROBLEM “You can’t eat that; you will spoil your appetite.” Well, isn’t that the whole point of eating—to get rid of my hunger? You will spoil your appetite. What a curious phrase. The big question is, what are you hungry for? That’s what matters We all want both/and. Your appetites reveal whether you’re on a trajectory of life or death. The Picture of Dorian…

Interview With Spanish Pastor Mary Santiago

Interview With Spanish Pastor Mary Santiago This is part of the missionary enlightenment project. Playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… Website here: https://thepoint.church/sermon-topic/… Mary’s Email: mary@thepoint.church

SOTM: The Meek

INTRO There are 2 ways of understanding the beatitudes Lord, help me to cultivate a willingness to be… This is how God works.  Luke 17:20 observed, here, there, midst PROBLEM Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Meek gentle humble Survival of the fittest. Early bird gets the worm. The only thing the meek get is left behind. Fretting is what we do when our plans don’t seem to be working out.  we begin to…

SOTM: Those Who Mourn

Beatitudes – Divine Joy and Perfect Happiness.  Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 1. Mourning the Losses You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book. Psalm 56:8 2. Mourning Our Sinfulness “Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.”James…

SOTM:Poor In Spirit

PROBLEM One of the problems with growing up is that we learn to hide. For some reason when we get older, we are no longer comfortable letting the truth be known. When we were little, it didn’t matter. If we were afraid we’d quickly say I’m scared and we’d take the hand of our mom or dad or older brother or sister, because we were scared. But as we get older, we become reluctant. And we turn from that kind…