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Are You Preparing For a Life-Time Marriage?

Jerry Daley spoke this message to Grace Church in Southern Pines, North Carolina on the 21st of May, 2016.  If you’re preparing for a successful marriage, working on your existing marriage, or if you’re a pastor who is counseling couples, this message is for you!

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Beatitudes, Discipleship, Excerpts, Inspiration

Purity: Finding Your True Heart

  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)   We can glimpse God’s beauty in nature and sometimes in people, but overall the history of man has been less than pure and beautiful. The tragic story told in Genesis 3-11 seems to be a…

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Compassion: Receiving the Ability to Care

  “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). I told a friend recently that I’m a recovering Type-A. What I mean by this is that compassion is not my natural default! I’m visionary, motivated, task-oriented, and determined… but I’m not naturally sensitive and caring. When that…

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Satisfaction: The Surprise Blessing of Character

  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). Jesus seems to have the habit of surprising us. We crave one thing, and He comes along and says, “No, no; don’t crave that. Let Me show you what to crave because this…

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Meekness: The Secret to Spiritual Power

  “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). The Man who conquered death describes Himself as “meek.” We simply are not accustomed to thinking of meekness as a virtue, much less that it is associated with spiritual power.

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Mourning: Experiencing God’s Comfort

  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).   This is one of those statements that only sounds good in church. In real life, few ever discover the “comfort”…and as a result, they discount what Jesus was teaching. No one ever comes right out and…

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