Are you blessed? Do you want to be?

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The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ description of a blessed life. In short, righteousness is blessed. His teaching recorded in Matthew 5 describes genuine righteousness in ways that are often different than what we might expect. Someone who is pursuing unmixed and unhindered righteousness will be persecuted for being different. Peacemaking will be a priority when dealing with conflict, purity of heart will be more important than defending oneself as “good enough” and proactive mercy will dominate their actions instead of reactive demands for justice. In short, righteousness that gets …

Suffer Well

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Life is challenging. As a new year begins we resolve to overcome challenges, to “be a better me”. Some of us boldly buy new pens to use in our new journal. Well, at least we know Karla does that. But why is she so confident in her resolution? The inside scoop is this: she has built habits of journaling. Habits can be painful to establish, but they are essential to suffering well enough to overcome. No Pain? No Gain! Pain, the signal to pull back from something, is a gift …