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    Blessed Are The Peacemakers

    In the Anglican tradition and others that are like it, there is in fact a specific portion in the service dedicated to “passing the peace.” While some may view this as an opportunity to shake someone’s hand with a smile and a greeting, the more ancient tradition reveals a time where Christian brothers and sisters are encouraged to confirm with one another that there is peace within the body and that all can approach the communion table in clear conscience.

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    The Immorality of Private Revenge Pt. 2

    Jesus eliminated the Old Testament allowances for private revenge by redeeming the land of Israel and the sins of the whole world through the shedding of his blood.  He replaced the principle of blood vengeance with forgiveness, as seen in the verses from Matthew.  The New Testament is clear that private revenge is morally wrong.

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    The Immorality Of Private Revenge Pt. 1

    Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; but the revenge of that wrong putteth the law out of office. Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior…

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    Blessed Are The Meek

    The Kingdom that Jesus comes to bring is one that is a reversal of the structures of the age, antithetical to the economy of Rome. This kingdom is open to all, those who find themselves without power, prestige, protection and position—those who cannot do for themselves, these are who are blessed, and these have a heritage.

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    Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit Pt. II

    I want us to remember that the Beatitudes, including poverty of spirit, are not some special sort of Christian ethic or a list of rules that we must keep in order to “go to heaven.”  Instead, they are supernatural attributes that flow from the people of God because they are being transformed by the grace of God. 

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    A Proverb

    Written by R.A. Loyd   A young monk spoke to an elder after the liturgy service. “Why such formality? Why do we not merely worship as we will, in the Spirit?”