Come, Just As You Are

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Introduction:

Introduction

The Poor in Spirit:

The Poor in Spirit

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What is a beatitude? Are they impossible standards? For whom is the Gospel “good news”?

The Gospel and Empire:

The Gospel and Empire

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What does it mean to be poor in spirit? What does it mean to live as aliens and strangers?

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We are the poor in spirit, when we do not seek the riches of this world, but instead seek the wealth of the kingdom. We are the poor in spirit, when we do not seek the power of this world (to exploit and dominate) but rather live in the power of the Spirit.  

Testimony:

Testimony

Those Who Mourn:

Those Who Mourn

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“Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days.” John 11:5

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“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25

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“Jesus wept!” John 11:35

Conclusion:

Conclusion

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“If we let him (Jesus) go on like this everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” John 11:48

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Those who lose loved ones, who face the sadness of death, but who believe and entrust themselves to the Lord of Life, will know a joy and comfort that cannot be overcome!

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