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"Blessed" Week 4

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St. J & B Port Colborne,
Our study on the Beatitudes, week 4

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"Blessed" Week 4

  1. 1. The Bridge & The Border:
  2. 2. The Beatitudes: Crossing into God’s Kingdom Hungry For Righteousness Mourn Poor in Spirit Meek Merciful
  3. 3. Blessed are the Pure in Heart… “Heart” kardia • Your truest self • Thoughts, Feelings, Actions “Pure” kaqaros • Undivided, Unmixed • Singleness of Thought
  4. 4. Blessed are The Pure in Heart “Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing.’ ” Soren Kierkegaard
  5. 5. Purity of Heart means Focus in Life “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10
  6. 6. Purity of Heart means Focus in Life Henri Nouwen “The closer I come to the HUB of life, the closer I come to all that receives its strength from there. My tendancy is to get so distracted by the diversity of the many spokes of life, that I am busy, but not truly life giving…”
  7. 7. Purity of Heart means Focus in Life Henri Nouwen “…all over the place but not focused… what does the hub represent? I think of it as my own heart, the heart of God, and the heart of the world.”
  8. 8. Purity of Heart means Freedom From Idols “Who may ascend… he who has a clean hand, and a pure heart, and does not life up his soul to an idol.” Psalm 24 “I will sprinkle you and cleanse you from your impurities and your idolatries.” Ezekiel Luke 10
  9. 9. Purity of Heart means Freedom From Idols ““Samaria, throw out your calf-idol! My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity?” Hosea 8:5 “No one can serve two masters.” Matthew 6:24 Luke 10
  10. 10. Purity of Heart means Freedom From Idols “The human heart is an idol factory.” John Calvin
  11. 11. Purity of Heart means Freedom From Idols “The good things that we really desire… if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a C. country we have never S. Lewis yet visited.”
  12. 12. Purity of Heart means Freedom From Idols “I need Christ, not something that resembles Him. I want Joy, not something that is like her.” C. S. Lewis & Joy Gresham
  13. 13. Blessed are the Pure in Heart:

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