These are the words that introduce the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5. I ran across a wonderful description of these great words of our Lord and would like to share them with you.
“Now was opened the richest fountain of instruction which had ever flowed for the good of mankind. He who had aforetime opened the mouths of prophets now opened his own mouth. Speaking distinctly and earnestly, as all should do who have an important messaged to deliver, he went on to pronounce seven benedictions upon seven sorts of persons. These seven descriptions makeup a perfect character, and the seven blessings appended thereto when combined constitute perfect bliss. The whole seven rise one above another like the steps of a ladder of light, and the blessings appropriated to each grow out of the virtues described. At the close of the seven beatitudes of character comes and eighth and double benediction bestowed upon that persecuted condition which is the present result of holiness. The whole make up a celestial octave of benediction.”
-Charles Spurgeon in “Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible”
2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
I hope these words have encouraged you today.
The Supreme Court issued the stay in a brief, unsigned order, without elaborating on its reasoning.
You may see the source HERE.
I am surprised and very pleased by the decision. This is not the last we’ve heard on this issue but, for now, Arkansas is doing the right thing.
I tried to reblog Manny’s post with this video and the video didn’t show up. Thus, I want to give Manny of “The Cracked Pot” credit for where I found this. It is something that every Arkansan and American needs to see at this time when the foundations of our culture are heading towards the ruins pictured in the previous post.
“A county judge in Arkansas struck down his state’s constitutional bans on gay marriage, saying in a ruling Friday night that they did not advance “any conceivable legitimate state interest.”
“In finding the ban unconstitutional, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Christopher Piazza cited the series of federal court rulings, including those in Utah and Virginia, that have been issued since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. That landmark ruling has led to a spate of lawsuits in about a dozen states seeking to topple bans on same-sex marriage.
“Same-sex couples are a morally disliked minority and the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages is driven by animus rather than a rational basis,” Piazza wrote. “This violates the United States Constitution.”
“The judge did not issue a stay, meaning same-sex marriages could begin as soon as county clerks next open their doors. However, Arkansas Atty. Gen. Dustin McDaniel plans to ask for a stay and immediately appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court, which has initial jurisdiction on all county circuit appeals.
“We respect the court’s decision, but, in keeping with the attorney general’s obligation to defend the state constitution, we will appeal,” spokesman Aaron Sadler said. “We will request that Judge Piazza issue a stay of his ruling so as not to create confusion or uncertainty about the law while the Supreme Court considers the matter.”
“Piazza’s ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by 12 same-sex couples who sought to wed in Arkansas and eight same-sex couples who had legally married in other states. They had been barred from either receiving marriage licenses or having their marriages recognized because of a 1997 law approved by lawmakers and a 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution.”
This is a portion of a story that you can read HERE.
So…what has happened? Putting a couple of new sources together, I’m still trying to understand it all.
Last Friday, Arkansas’ Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza made a ruling that removed a 10-year-old constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2004 banning gay marriage. His ruling also overturned a 1997 state law banning gay marriage. The results: 15 couples were issued same-sex marriage licenses yesterday in northwest Arkansas.
One judge opened a can of worms. Since he didn’t issue a stay, Arkansas’ 75 county clerks were left to decide for themselves whether to grant marriage licenses.
This ruling comes about a week after Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel became the first statewide official in Arkansas to back same-sex marriage. He said that he supported allowing same-sex couples to wed. At the same time he stated that he will continue defending his state’s 2004 ban on gay marriages in court.
What a mess. So, the State’s Attorney General will have to fight the judge’s decision although he agrees with it.
“They” (those who are trying to override the will of the people) really timed this whole thing well…FOR THEM. A single judge commits judicial tyranny on Friday and marriage licenses are granted the next day before those who are supposed to uphold the state constitution have an opportunity to stop it before it’s out of the box. Those who are familiar with Arkansas news know that the story will not really get any traction until Monday. The only matter local Arkansas channels stay on top of on weekends is dangerous weather.
This story is still developing and I intend to stay on top of it here. I have no confidence in our state Supreme Court. If the matter winds up there, we are surely in trouble. My assessment is based on the 2008 7-0 decision, overruling the will of the people, to allow homosexuals to foster and adopt children.
The “weather” is becoming very dangerous in Arkansas.
Quick update: It’s Monday morning in Arkansas and they were discussing this issue on the morning news. At this point, I seem to have my facts straight.
Deborah and I are living in the same time and we are seeing the same things. And we both know how the story ends….
Originally posted on CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann:
I have seen morality fade,
the withering of man’s ethics
I have seen Love’s first bloom
be shattered, by the skeptics.
I have seen evil governments,
that are wicked and corrupt
I have seen terrorist bombs
on peaceful streets erupt.
I have seen earthy riches,
make the wealthiest go bust
I have seen the awful pain
due to hearts full of lust.
I have seen Satan destroy,
families with booze and dope
I have seen little children
give up all trust and hope.
I have seen the falling away,
of those who once believed
I have seen to their First Love
they no longer heed or cleave.
I have seen the fruit plummet,
far from the One True Vine
I have seen the Gospel truth
become dull and benign.
But, what I have not seen,
is for God to change His mind
His Word still gives sight . . .
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A song I always think of at Easter. He is risen. Hallelujah!!!