Am I blessed?

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Chapter 5 of Matthew Gospel has a title that usually says something like “Sermon on the Mount” or something similar.  Whether we see it primarily as preaching or teaching or just Jesus spontaneously sharing wisdom one things is clear–this was heavy stuff!  This was not a feel-good , follow-me-and-everything-will-be-great message.  There was no hint of Jesus just saying what the crowd wanted to hear or trying to be careful so as not to offend anyone.  Jesus touched on some hot button issues and laid out some principles for life that are among some of the most important distinguishing marks of those who follow Christ, as opposed to those who follow any other number of religions, including Christianity. Brief tangent : There is, I believe, a clear and distinct difference between those who claim to be “Disciples of Jesus Christ” and those who claim to be Christian.  A disciple can rightfully be called a Christiain , but with a Christian we can never be sure is such a person is truly a disciple.  Are they really walking?  Listening?  Obeying?  I’m not the one (and neither are you) to judge on this, but we should at least acknowledge that the distinction is real. Okay, so to start this time of teaching Jesus talks about people who are blessed or those who will receive great blessing.  Who are they?

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Be Generous With Your Smiles

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Be a blessing to others every day … #1

There is a phrase in the local language where we live that literally means that someone “smiles generously” or is “easy to smile.”  Our little MJ is this.  In fact, if often seems as if her smile overwhelms her entire body as a her arms and legs begin to fling about and she turns her head as if to say, “Enough….I can’t take it…I’m so happy I think I might explode!” It’s quite funny to watch and it makes people very happy when they are on the receiving end of one of these smile explosions.

A smile is such an easy thing to do…and it’s completely free of charge!  As simple as it is, though, a smile is also a powerful tool for friendship and connection.  And a smile not given speaks more loudly than many of us realize.  A genuine, authentic smile cam makes someones day, lift them out of the doldrums, help them move past a difficult situation, or just give them a little extra joy in their day.

Be a blessing–be generous with your smiles.

Galatians 5:22-23; Philippians 4:31-32 

Am I blessed?

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Chapter 5 of Matthew Gospel has a title that usually says something like “Sermon on the Mount” or something similar.  Whether we see it primarily as preaching or teaching or just Jesus spontaneously sharing wisdom one things is clear–this was heavy stuff!  This was not a feel-good , follow-me-and-everything-will-be-great message.  There was no hint of Jesus just saying what the crowd wanted to hear or trying to be careful so as not to offend anyone.  Jesus touched on some hot button issues and laid out some principles for life that are among some of the most important distinguishing marks of those who follow Christ, as opposed to those who follow any other number of religions, including Christianity. Brief tangent : There is, I believe, a clear and distinct difference between those who claim to be “Disciples of Jesus Christ” and those who claim to be Christian.  A disciple can rightfully be called a Christiain , but with a Christian we can never be sure is such a person is truly a disciple.  Are they really walking?  Listening?  Obeying?  I’m not the one (and neither are you) to judge on this, but we should at least acknowledge that the distinction is real. Okay, so to start this time of teaching Jesus talks about people who are blessed or those who will receive great blessing.  Who are they?

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