Thought For The Day 04/08/13

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The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached

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The Sermon on the Mount. It is perhaps the greatest sermon ever delivered by any person. But do you know what exactly comprises this exquisitely beautiful discourse? Well, it is a collection of moral teachings that Christ delivered early in His ministry (shortly after His Baptism and days in Galilee). It comprises the 5th, 6th and 7th chapters in the Gospel of Matthew and it is, perhaps, the most frequently quoted of any of His teachings. It includes the universally known, 8 Beatitudes, and the Lord’s Prayer!

The Beatitudes
Matthew 5: 3-10

Blessed are…the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are….those who mourn: for they will be comforted. 
Blessed are…the meek: for they will inherit the earth
Blessed are….those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. 
Blessed are…the merciful: for they will be shown mercy.  
Blessed are…the pure in heart: for they will see God. 
Blessed are…the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. 
Blessed are…those who are persecuted for because of righteousness: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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The Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

Amen.

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The final verse of the 5th Chapter of Matthew serves to act as both a summary of them all and a caveat as to what is expected from those who will choose to follow this burgeoning religion called Christianity! Matthew 5:48 says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,” because it is this which serves as the core tenets for Christians everywhere and it is the path to perfection that leads all to the Kingdom of God! And how appropriate it is considering that this gift that was the reason Christ was conceived, born, lived and died, in the first place, isn’t it?

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As I was looking at material to guide me in this post, I discovered a wonderful video on You Tube which is a clip from something called, “The Visual Bible”. I am sharing the video of “The Sermon on the Mount”, which they offer to be seen, and enjoyed, by us all! If you would like more information about“The Visual Bible”, please visit their website: http://www.visual-bible.com/

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Video clip is from “The Visual Bible: Matthew”.
Copyright Visual International 1997

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27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.

John 10:27-30 KJV

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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