When Jesus preached on the requirements to enter the kingdom of heaven in the Sermon on the Mount, He began with the Beatitudes—that list of statements beginning with “Blessed are….” Sermon titles and books reveal an assortment of Beatitude puns such as “Bee Attitudes” and “Me Attitudes.” And there are certainly enough to make you wonder (1.) why we call them Beatitudes and (2.) if the word Beatitude has anything to do with attitudes.
Facts can be so interesting. I just learned that the moon returns to the same spot in the sky at the same phase every nineteen years. Fascinating.
Which of these intruders would generate more of a ruckus in your home: a lizard or a spider? The Book of Proverbs asks us to imagine one of these critters in a king’s home—his palace. And Proverbs doesn’t stop there. It asks us to go even further and envision one of these creatures in our own hands!
We are happy to introduce the newest member of Positive Action for Christ, Brent Niedergall.
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Thomas mentioned? “Doubting Thomas,” isn’t it? Of all the disciples—besides Judas—Thomas seems to get put down the most. He refused to believe Jesus was alive unless he saw Him.
As one who enjoyed a special measure of God’s wisdom, Solomon reminds us that the only constant in life is change — there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). We are experiencing a changing of seasons here at Positive Action.
The current pandemic has ravaged our social lives. We have been limited in the times and places that we can be with others. And the necessity of wearing masks has compounded these difficulties, limiting our ability to recognize people, read social cues, and respond to facial emotions. Even the most introverted of us have felt the sting of this degree of isolation.
Friendship is a tremendous blessing from God that provides opportunities to glorify Him through enjoying each other, supporting one another, and growing together. No relationship will be free from conflict, but friends can grow closer by the way they work through problems together. Our friendships will either thrive through respect and love—or shrivel and die through selfishness.