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Living Out Matthew 4:23-5:16

C. Wess Daniels of Gathering in Light tagged me for a meme built upon favorite passages of Scripture. I have a lot of favorite passages and stories, but I think the following represents the one portion I find myself going back to time and time again. I personally believe Jesus meant what he said, and said what he meant. Yet, we are so comfortable with life lived apart from the practical ramifications of his teaching. I personally go back to the following portion of scripture because I - me - have to check myself daily against the master’s teaching, lest I comfortably wander away from my own cross. Jesus never said his way was easy …

Matthew 4:23-5:16:

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Incidentally, I’ll be preaching on the above portion of scripture for our very first Sunday morning gathering of Inner Metro Green, which is this Sunday morning. So, do join us if you are in the area!

People I’d like to tag for the meme: Just an Apprentice, Rich Kirkpatrick, Nicholas Gray, Thom Stark, and Yannick Lyn Fatt.


  1. nick
    Posted August 23, 2007 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Hey man, thanks for the tag. It has been so long since I had a meme to do, and this is a good one right for me.

  2. Shawn Anthony
    Posted August 23, 2007 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    You are welcome!

  3. c. wess daniels
    Posted August 23, 2007 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    wonderful passage shawn, it is in my list as well. I’d like to hear what your thoughts on it are.

  4. Thom Stark
    Posted August 23, 2007 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Hey, Shawn. Thanks for the tag. I look forward to this meme, as soon as I get the chance. I’m glad things are moving forward with IMG. Wish I could be there to participate and hear you preach.

  5. Shawn Anthony
    Posted August 23, 2007 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    @Wess - I’ll upload portions of my text, once I have it finished.

    @Thom - Thanks! hopefully soon we will have some basic gear to record and make MP3’s. I’ll upload everything then. Things are moving forward, but it is a ton of work! I’d honestly love to find about 30 of you in the area. We are blessed to have been introduced to several great people, but we could always use more!

    Small ripples … become waves, and all of that …

    Pray for us!

  6. Yannick
    Posted August 26, 2007 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    Hey Shawn,

    Nice passage, thanks for sharing and thanks for the tag. I almost missed it. Hopefully I’ll be able to post something soon.


  7. Rich Kirkpatrick
    Posted September 9, 2007 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the tag…I do follow your extraordinary blog, but a lot has been going on in my world…Romans 8:18-30 is my choice

  8. Yannick
    Posted September 16, 2007 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again Shawn. I’ve finally posted.

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