Persecution (Matthew 5:10-12)

MOTIVATE –        In Iran, on July 3, 2017 Amin Afshar Naderi was sentenced to 15 years in prison (10 for acting against national security by organizing and conducting house churches, and 5 for blasphemy). –        In Turkey, a father named Byram became a Christian and had his 9-year old daughter kidnapped because of his faith….

Pure In Heart (Matthew 5:8)

MOTIVATE –        Friend S told me she would put skittles and m&m’s in the same bowl just to confuse people. While that amuses me because we share the same humor and perhaps strange personalities, we can all agree that our preference is purity. We’d rather have a pure bowl of m&m’s or a pure bowl of…

Merciful or Merciless (Matthew 5:7)

PLAY AUDIO: MOTIVATE There once was a Hollywood actor getting all the attention that celebrities get: photographs, conversations, asked for autographs. A group of teen girls asked to take a selfie picture with this actor. They gathered around him and one of the girls snapped a picture. The actor became very upset with the group…

The Blessed Appetite (Matthew 5:6)

PLAY AUDIO: MOTIVATE –        One of the repeatable elements from our FUGE experience each night was our church group devotional time. The segment was an opportunity to debrief the day’s faith experiences with application personally and as a church group. If you’ve been with me in these sort of debrief experiences you know my discussion…