You Are Blessed
With Rev. Bill Comfort (1/29/17)
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Micah 6: 6-8
You say, “What can I bring with me when I come before the Lord, when I bow before God on high? Should I come before him with burnt offerings, with year-old calves? Will the Lord be pleased with a thousand male sheep? Will he be pleased with ten thousand rivers of oil? Should I give my first child for the evil I have done? Should I give my very own child for my sin?”
The Lord has told you, human, what is good; he has told you what he wants from you: to do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God.
Matthew 5: 1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a hill and sat down. His followers came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying:
“They are blessed who realize their spiritual poverty, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
They are blessed who grieve, for God will comfort them.
They are blessed who are humble, for the whole earth will be theirs.
They are blessed who hunger and thirst after justice, for they will be satisfied.
They are blessed who show mercy to others, for God will show mercy to them.
They are blessed whose thoughts are pure, for they will see God.
They are blessed who work for peace, for they will be called God’s children.
They are blessed who are persecuted for doing good, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
“People will insult you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow me. But when they do, you will be blessed. Rejoice and be glad, because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. People did the same evil things to the prophets who lived before you.