Peacemakers (Matthew 5:1-12)

Peacemakers (Matthew 5:1-12)

Blessed are the people who pursue wholeness, completeness. Blessed are the people who make space for the gathering together of things that are meant to be whole, but aren’t yet. And that’s all things. Because all things - our relationships, our communities, our ecosystems, our selves and our minds and our ways of thinking about ourselves - they were all meant to be whole, to be sound, to be healthy and safe.

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Earthrise (Matthew 5:1-12)

Earthrise (Matthew 5:1-12)

But what if the world doesn’t have to revolve around power, greed, violence and retribution? What if the world is actually designed to function in a completely different way? What if there is another way of looking at the world, a proverbial Earthrise, that provides the perspective to see that power, greed, violence and retribution are actually part of the decaying and corrupt Upside Down?

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Strengthening Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Strengthening Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

And today, as so many of us face our own suffering and tendencies to isolate and mask pain, we will explore an alternative. What could it look like to open ourselves up to God and one another in times of difficulty, receiving the comfort and strength that our souls yearn for? How would it feel to receive empowerment to such a degree that we have reserves to comfort others? And what is the promise when we do?

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