Bride-Atude Nine: The Faithful Witnesses

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake.     In China we are imprisoned and tortured; in Egypt we are denied justice; in Nigeria we are regularly gunned down or burned to death; in Myanmar we are used as slaves by the military; … Continue reading Bride-Atude Nine: The Faithful Witnesses

Bride-Atude Eight: The Light Keepers

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...    We have a habit of associating persecution only with ‘non-Christian’ countries and oppressive regimes. Especially in democratic societies we tend automatically to think that persecution belongs to a world we don’t really know.   The idea that we may also … Continue reading Bride-Atude Eight: The Light Keepers

Bride-Atude Seven: The Good Will Ambassadors

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God  Somewhere in eternity there is a garden.  In that garden humankind was created and co-existed in peace with the Creator. Then catastrophe struck.  Man rejected God and the peace between them was shattered.  No longer could they peacefully co-exist with God so … Continue reading Bride-Atude Seven: The Good Will Ambassadors

Bride-Atude Four: The Dove Eyed Lovers

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.   How do you add water to a river in flood? How do you add righteousness to unlimited righteousness? Answer:  you don’t.  The point being that in this statement Jesus wasn’t encouraging us to try to  increase in righteousness through our own efforts.  His … Continue reading Bride-Atude Four: The Dove Eyed Lovers

Bride-Atude Two: The Passionate Mourners

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. God is irrepressibly drawn to brokeness in the human heart.  Jesus was acquainted with grief, meaning He knew sorrow by experience (Is.53:3).  One of the most beautiful phrases in the New Testament is “Jesus wept”.  When Jesus wept at Bethany it wasn’t because his friend Lazarus … Continue reading Bride-Atude Two: The Passionate Mourners