"Beatitudes" Tagged Sermons

Wolf Larson’s Floating Hell

Wolf Larson’s Floating Hell – Matthew 5:1-12 The beatitudes we read in the gospel today are probably the most memorable words in the New Testament. They are powerful because they defy reality. They bestow God’s blessings on individuals who are by common human perception definitively not among those who are blessed. But God and humans see things differently and that is why God could never create a hell that is so devastating than the hell that humans create for themselves.…

How to Move Mountains

How to Move Mountains – Luke 6:20-31 What is strong and what is weak? The early church faced a dilemma. In the time of Jesus, the common expectation was that the messiah would be a hero. He would be a victorious fighter who defeats the Romans and restores Israel as a free and independent country. Jesus did not really do that. He died painfully on the cross and the Romans were as powerful as they were before. But when we…

All Saints Day

All Saints Day How can we be happy (joyful, blessed) in the presence of death, persecution, suffering and oppression? The happiness Jesus is talking about is not the happy-go-lucky kind. It is more like the defiance to succumb to death and desperation. We do not deny the tragedies, failures, and losses in our life, but we do not give ourselves over to them to determine our thoughts, feelings, and actions. We defy the forces of death and desperation by declaring…

Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies ‘If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn your other also’ – These words do not mean you shall give in to bullies. Jesus is asking you to courageously stand up to your non-violent values of love and peace and justice, even in the face of violence. Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA, 2/19/2017 www.go2trinity.org