The Beatitudes Part 7

The Peacemakers “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 I tend to think of peace as a ceasefire. If you can keep people from firing at each other, you are keeping the peace. I am naturally skilled at this task. I can diffuse tension and diplomatically navigate conversations.Continue reading “The Beatitudes Part 7”

The Beatitudes Part 5

The Merciful “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 Jesus gives an incredible statement about the merciful: “They shall receive mercy.” As those who know the gospel and have received mercy from the Lord, we can often gloss over this verse. Yet it truly is remarkable. Think about it: the mercyContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 5”

The Beatitudes Part 1

The Poor in Spirit “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 Poverty is not popular. It never has been and never will be. Nobody wants to be poor. So why would poverty of the spirit be any different? What is it about this quality or state thatContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 1”

Steadfast

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Psalm 103:8 “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is myContinue reading “Steadfast”

His Glorious Grace

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption toContinue reading “His Glorious Grace”

Living Hope

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s powerContinue reading “Living Hope”

Watching and Waiting

I naturally revolt against waiting. I like to know exactly what is coming. In this season with Anna, we know so little about the future. Right now, we are waiting on a test result that will change our lives. The major chromosome abnormalities, including Down syndrome, came back negative. But there are still several chromosomesContinue reading “Watching and Waiting”

Amnioinfusion Part 1

Today we had our first amnioinfusion appointment. Em and I traveled down to Denver in the morning and spent the day at Children’s Hospital. Two of the MFM doctors along with two stenographers performed the amnioinfusion. As a husband, it is difficult to watch your wife being stuck with a large needle. We had signedContinue reading “Amnioinfusion Part 1”