Message Monday 10/23/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Meek

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

When Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  (Matthew 5:5) some of us think, “Well, there just went my blessing! Ain’t NO WAY I’m gonna be like that. I just can’t!”

But even though we don’t like the image of a wimpy, meek guy, or even a wimpy, meek gal, if we’re basically good-willed, we hope that someone would at least stick up for them, don’t we? Hopefully we would.

What we need to see, is that this is exactly what Jesus is doing here in the Beatitudes. Dallas Willard puts it like this:

The Beatitudes take those who, from the human point of view,
are regarded as most hopeless, most beyond all possibility of God’s blessing or even interest,
and exhibit them as enjoying God’s touch and abundant provision from the heavens. 

–Dallas Willard

Jesus, in the Beatitudes is giving us a glimpse of God’s Upside Down Kingdom. It’s upside down to us, only because we don’t have it right side up!  It’s a new day w/Jesus! Now thru him the most unlikely people are in on God’s blessing!  (more…)

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Message Monday 10/16/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Those Who Mourn

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

In our last message, we saw how we commonly approach The 1st Four Beatitudes as if they are instructions for us to “be like this and you’ll be among the blessed.”

If this is true, we would have to rewrite this 2nd Beatitude. It would have to read, “Be mournful and you’ll be blessed.”  Somehow I don’t think that’s what Jesus had in mind at all.  Jesus did not say: “What a fine thing to be mournful! Those people are blessed!”  He said…  (more…)

Message Monday 10/2/17 – Love Your Neighbor – The Beatitudes: Poor In Spirit

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”   Matthew 5:3

What we need to see/admit is that this is not a virtue! Poor in Spirit does not mean “humble.”  Poor in Spirit refers to the spiritually impoverished and destitute, the spiritual losers!

We’ve attempted to translate this and the other dreadful states of existence mentioned by Jesus in his preamble to his Sermon on the Mount, into virtues because it’s inconceivable to us that God would do anything for those who don’t first become worthy or who don’t first at least seek him.  (more…)

Message Monday 9/25/17 – Love Your Neighbor Through The Church: The Mission Of Jesus

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

God has called us to join him in the battle against injustice in our world, rescuing and restoring lives in the name and power of Jesus, the Savior of the World. Part of our motivation for combating injustice in our world is learning true empathy.  According to Webster, Empathy is “the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another’s feelings.”  Wow! How good are we at dong that?  God’s Word actually tells us, straight out, to be empathetic.  Check this out… (more…)

Message Monday 9/11/17 – Love Your Neighbor Through The Church: The Head Of The Body

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

A couple of very interesting scripture passages present themselves when we’re trying to discover what it really means for Jesus to be the Head of the Church, His Body. (That’s us, by the way.)

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:22-23)  (more…)